(Almost) welcome to Hasselt University!
It is easy to travel back to Belgium. We do recommend, however, to consult the website with the latest information about Covid. To stay informed about the latest measures, please consult the website of the Belgian authorities.
By public transport
You can use public transport from the airport to your destination.
You can always travel from the airport to your destination by taxi. You can book your taxi in advance. We recommend Taxi Patrick
UHasselt wants to make your first trip to your student room/lodging in Belgium as smooth as possible. We refund part (maximum 30€) of the price of your cab ticket. More info can be found on this website.
More information about the location of our 2 campuses can be found on our website.
When staying in Belgium, it is mandatory to registrate at the town hall.
Please contact the town hall to ask them for an appointment. Please mention that you’re an international student of UHasselt.
You are staying in Hasselt
You are staying in Diepenbeek
You are staying in Genk
Take following documents to your appointment
After your initial appointment, a local police officer will formally determine your address. Afterwards, town hall will contact you about a second appointment for receiving your A-card residence permit.
Make sure to take care of your insurance. More information can be found on this website.
If you cannot use your own bank account when you are in Belgium, you can open a Belgian bank account. Below you can find the process to do so.
In order to speed up the opening of a Belgian bank account we hereby provide you with some more information. Via the link to the KBC website, you can already start the process for opening a bank account:
You will have to enter some personal data, as well as upload some documents:
Upon your arrival, you just have to send one more document which you receive after registration at the town hall.
Who can help me when I have urgent questions or when I don’t know what to do?
The European Student Network (ESN) is an international student organisation, represented at Hasselt University. If you have questions you rather want to ask to a colleague-student, you can always get in touch with them
At the start of each semester, orientation days are organised for international students to show them around Hasselt University and give them information about administrative procedures, the electronic learning environment, insurance, Belgian culture, student societies, bicycle renting, etc. Furthermore, these days are an ideal opportunity to get to know other (international) students at Hasselt University.
This welcome guide (pdf, 24.7 MB) helps you find your way at Hasselt University and in Belgium in general. It includes practical information and provides answers to questions about accommodation, public transport, how to study and administrative steps. We hope that you will soon feel completely at home.
Every year, Hasselt University welcomes hundreds of students from all over the world. The purpose of the Buddy Programme is to help international students integrate into Flemish student life. In return, the Buddy gets the opportunity to practise a foreign language and learn about new cultures.
Your Buddy is a UHasselt student. The International Office will do its best to find a good match for each Buddy and international student. At the start of each semester, a Buddy event will be held to which all Buddies and international students are invited, so that they can get to know one another personally. Various activities will also be organised during the semester, but it is up to the two of you to determine how much interaction support is needed.
Do you want to request a Buddy?
The Buddy Programme is designed to make it easier for you to settle in at Hasselt University and in Belgium. You will be matched with a UHasselt student who has volunteered to help you find your way around during the early days of your stay and introduce you to Belgian customs and student life here.
Interested in requesting a Buddy? Then register via this registration link.
At the start of each semester, Hasselt University's International Office welcomes international students (master students and exchange students) during the 'Orientation days'.
We show our students around Hasselt University and provide them with the necessary information about administrative procedures, the electronic learning environment, insurance, Belgian culture, student societies, bicycle renting,.. .
Furthermore, you get the chance to taste typical Belgian dishes and there are plenty of opportunities to get to know the other (international) student at Hasselt University.
During this 4-part workshop, we will be taking a look at different facets of Academic English. This workshop will take place in four sessions. In order to maximize interaction and participation, the maximum number of attendants per course is 10 students. Please note that by registering for the course, you are committing to being present for all four classes. If you know beforehand that you will not be able to attend one of the classes, please do not register, so as to keep as many slots free as possible for students who can attend all four classes.
Class #1: Academic Writing - general overview, structure and referencing
In the first class, we will take a look at different types of Academic writing. You will be made familiar with the difference between an essay, a term paper, and a scientific article and the conventions used in these different types of writing. We will also be discussing the importance of correct referencing, the difference between quoting and paraphrasing and the different referencing styles (APA, MLA, Vancouver).
Class #2: Academic Writing - general conventions and features
This class will focus on the conventions of Academic English, more specifically on the language register, general and linguistic characteristics of academic writing, reader-friendly and non-sexist writing, and information distribution.
Class #3: Academic Writing - grammar revision
In this class, we will focus on the most common grammatical issues that crop up in Academic Writing. We will be looking at the use of correct discourse markers, relative clauses, verb tenses, modality, articles and quantifiers, and adverbs.
Class #4: Oral skills
This class will focus on spoken Academic English. We will examine the structure and basic components of a good, clear presentation of information and data, and on how to give constructive peer feedback.
The workshop is offered twice, during the first semester. You can start the courses in September or in November.
UHasselt campus Diepenbeek (Agoralaan, Building D)
This course is free of charge, but you need to register via this registration link.
Together with the 'provincial center for adult education Hasselt (PCVO)' Hasselt University organizes a A1 Dutch course for international students, PhD students and guests.
This beginners course aims at giving you the basics for everyday conversation. During this cours you will, together with other international students, learn the basics of the Dutch language, focusing on reading, writing, listening and speaking. One course level (A1) will have been covered by the end of this course.
This course starts with an intensive week, followed by two-weekly lessons (one online, one on campus).
In order to maximize interaction and participation, the maximum number of attendants per course is 12 students.
International students, PhD-students, guests who want to learn Dutch. No prior knowledge of the Dutch language is required.
UHasselt campus Hasselt (Old prison building, Martelarenlaan 42).
Rooms Intensive course week:
From September 12 on:
Registrations are closed.
UHasselt students and PhD-students can also attend Dutch or other langues courses at external language centres (Center for adult education, centrum voor Volwassenonderwijs (CVO)) in the neighbourhood:
If you are interested in taking a Dutch course at one of the centers above, please contact the Agentschap Integratie en inburgering of Flemish government or consult the website (=departement of the government focussing on integration).