Welcome at Hasselt University

Info before arrival

(Almost) welcome to Hasselt University!

Travelling to Belgium

Covid measures

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.

Travel from the airport to my destination in Hasselt, Diepenbeek or Genk

By public transport
You can use public transport from the airport to your destination.

  • You can take a train from the airport to Hasselt. You can buy tickets on this website.
  • Then you can take a taxi from the train station in Hasselt to your destination. Taxis are located in front of the train station in Hasselt. More information: www.uhasselt.be/Contact-and-location.

By taxi
You can always travel from the airport to your destination by taxi. You can book your taxi in advance. We recommend Taxi Patrick

  • Email: info@airportservicepatrick.be
  • Telephone: 0032 (0)474 74 74 74
  • Price: +/- € 80 (to be paid in cash)

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.

Campus Hasselt & Diepenbeek

More information about the location of our 2 campuses can be found on our website.

Registration at town hall

Registration at town hall

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

  • go to the website of the city of Hasselt
  • choose 'inschrijving vreemdelingenregister'
  • If you don't have a Belgian telephone number to add, you can use +32 11 26 81 11, the general UHasselt telephone number. Please ask to receive a BIS-number (cf. national insurance number).

You are staying in Diepenbeek

You are staying in Genk

Take following documents to your appointment

  • Your passport
  • Your rental contract, including your e-mail address
  • Your enrollment certificate which clearly mentions your study/internship. You can find this in your student file - if you have trouble finding it, or it doesn't mention your study or internship yet, please contact studentenadministratie@uhasselt.be
  • If applicable, proof of your scholarship
  • 19 euro for Stad Hasselt, 22 euro for Stad Genk, 15 euro for Gemeente Diepenbeek
  • 2 passport pictures for Stad Hasselt, 2 for Stad Genk, 3 for Gemeente Diepenbeek

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.

Insurance

Make sure to take care of your insurance. More information can be found on this website.

Bank account

Money - How do I open my bank account?

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:

  • A clear photo or copy of your identity card or passport
  • Proof of your current domicile address (e.g., a declaration from your local authority or a copy of a utilities bill). Ensure this document bears a signature and date
  • Proof of your future school or place of work (this could be your acceptance letter from UHasselt

Upon your arrival, you just have to send one more document which you receive after registration at the town hall.

Contact information

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

    • Via messenger: www.facebook.com/esnhasselt
    • Via their facebook-group: ESN has a closed facebook group for international students of 2022-2023 (newcomers and 2-year master students are welcome).
    • Via Whatsapp: the link to the whatsapp chat can be found on the facebook group.

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.

Welcome guide

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.

Buddy Program

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.

Orientation Days

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.

  • First semester: September 12th till September 16th: register here
  • Second semester: 2nd week of February

More information:

Language courses

Academic English for International Students

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.

Target group?
International students

When?
The workshop is offered twice, during the first semester. You can start the courses in September or in November.

Workshop September:

  • Class 1 - September 26, 5PM-7 PM
  • Class 2 - October 3, 5PM-7 PM
  • Class 3 - October 10, 5PM-7 PM
  • Class 4 - October 17, 5PM-7 PM

Workshop November:

  • Class 1 - November 14, 5PM-7 PM
  • Class 2 - November 21, 5PM-7 PM
  • Class 3 - November 28, 5PM-7 PM
  • Class 4 - December 5, 5PM-7 PM

Where? 
UHasselt campus Diepenbeek (Agoralaan, Building D)

Registration
This course is free of charge, but you need to register via this registration link.

More information
Laurien Stuvers

Dutch

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.

Target group?
International students, PhD-students, guests who want to learn Dutch. No prior knowledge of the Dutch language is required.

When?

  • Intensive course week: September 5-9, 9h00 - 14h00
  • September 12 - November 9: 2 classes a week
    • online on Monday from 18h30 - 21h30
    • on campus every Wednesday from 18h30 - 21h30

Where? 

UHasselt campus Hasselt (Old prison building, Martelarenlaan 42).

Rooms Intensive course week:

  • Monday September 5: FR-1.01 and FR-1.02
  • Tuesday September 6: FR-1.01 and FR-2.03
  • Wednesday September 7: FR-1.02 and FR-2.03
  • Thursday September 8: FR-1.01 and FR-1.02
  • Friday September 9: FR-1.01 and FR-1.02

From September 12 on:

  • each Monday: online
  • each Wednesday: room FR-2.03.

Registration
Registrations are closed.

More information
Laurien Stuvers or Leen Lambrechts

other languages

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).

Life on campus

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