Political system: Constitutional monarchy
Capital city: Brussels
Total area: 30 528 km²
Population: 10.7 million
Listen to the official EU languages: German , French , Dutch
Belgium is a federal state divided into three regions: Dutch-speaking Flanders in the north, francophone Wallonia in the south and Brussels, the bilingual capital, where French and Dutch share official status. There is also a small German-speaking minority of some 70 000 in the eastern part of the country.
Belgium’s landscape varies widely: 67 kilometres of seacoast and flat coastal plains along the North Sea, a central plateau and the rolling hills and forests of the Ardennes region in the southeast.
Brussels hosts several international organisations: most of the European institutions are located here as well as the NATO headquarters.
Independent since 1830, Belgium is a constitutional monarchy. The two houses of Parliament are the Chamber of Representatives, whose members are elected for a maximum period of four years, and the Senate or upper house, whose members are elected or co-opted. Given its political make-up, Belgium is generally run by coalition governments.
Among the best known Belgians are Georges Rémi (Hergé), creator of the Tintin comic-strip, writers Georges Simenon and Hugo Claus, composer and singer Jacques Brel and cyclist Eddy Merckx. Painters like James Ensor, Paul Delvaux and René Magritte are the modern-day successors of Rubens and the other Flemish masters of yesteryear.
Belgium is famous for its chocolates, which are appreciated the world over. A favourite dish is mussels and chips (French fries) which, according to legend, are a Belgian invention. The country also produces over 1 000 brands of beer.
According to the Time Higher Education, Belgium have 6 university ranged in the World Ranking Universities: the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (67), the Ghent University (106), the Université Catholique de Louvain (169), the niversité Libre de Bruxelles (201-225),the University of Antwerp (276-300) and the Université de Liège (301-350).
Most of Belgian Universities participate to European programmes such as Erasmus.
To find an accomodation, you have different possibilities.
- You can share a room with other students or workers.
- You can rent a room in the University residence.
- You can rent a small flat named “kot”.
You can find accomodation in Brussels through this Facebook group: BXL A LOUER – bouche à oreilles. An easy way to get in contact with people
Multilingual and multicultural country, Belgium attracts many French studentsbecause the language barrier does not exist in the French speaking part, to belgica a few tasty they speak French! The paramedical courses are particularly popular and artistic.
Cost of living
The cost of living is very close to French, it is necessary to provide the samebudget in France when we do not live with her parents.
Brussels is renowned as a city more expensive than other Belgian cities.
The budget you’ll spend will depend of the type of accomodation you choose. The avarage amount you’ll spend is between 700 and 900 euros per mounth. This include accomodation, food, public transport, leisure, telephone, etc.
Renting a room in town is rather expensive, especially in Brussels and co-locations are common. Go to the secretariats and social services schools anduniversities, ”kots services” centers Infor Jeunes.
Peel the newspaper ads is an approach to perform, whether newspapers or newspapers advertising ”toutes boîtes”. It is essentially on Saturday that these offersappear:
On site, look also posters that owners put in a window property for rent or for sale.
It is also possible to go through a realtor.
Short-term stay locations in Brussels?
Brussels Destination offers personalized solutions for short -term stays mainly for EU trainees or students, but also for anyone who needs accommodation.
Their database contains more than 350 furnished rentals of different types: rooms, studios, apartments, shared accommodation, family homes… Each location has been visited, selected and priced by their team.
Brussels Destination has also set up standard and beneficial rental conditions: e.g. all charges are always included in the rent; rental deposits are for one month only; accommodation rental can begin any day in a given month, contracts are extendable by the week, etc…
Check this out on: http://www.brusselsdestination.be/en/index.html
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HAUTE ECOLE CHARLEMAGNE LIÈGE
XIOS HOGESCHOOL LIMBURG Diepenbeek
HAUTE ECOLE GALILEE Bruxelles
KAREL DE GROTE HOGESCHOOL, KATHOLIEKE HOGESCHOOL ANTWERPEN, VZW ANTWERPEN
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPÉRIEURE DES ARTS VISUELS DE LA CAMBRE BRUXELLES
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL BRUSSEL
UNIVERSITEIT GENT GENT
UNIVERSITEIT HASSELT Diepenbeek
STEUNPUNT INCLUSIEF HOGER ONDERWIJS Kortrijk
UNIVERSITÉ CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN LEUVEN
ERASMUSHOGESCHOOL BRUSSEL BRUSSEL
GROEP T – INTERNATIONALE HOGESCHOOL LEUVEN Leuven
HAUTE ECOLE LIBRE MOSANE (HELMO) LIEGE
HAUTE ECOLE LEONARD DE VINCI BRUXELLES
FACULTES UNIVERSITAIRES NOTRE-DAME DE LA PAIX Namur
HAUTE ECOLE EPHEC BRUXELLES
KATHOLIEKE HOGESCHOOL LEUVEN Leuven (Heverlee)
KATHOLIEKE HOGESCHOOL SINT-LIEVEN GENT
PROVINCIALE HOGESCHOOL LIMBURG HASSELT
HAUTE ECOLE LUCIA DE BROUCKERE BRUXELLES
HAUTE ECOLE ‘GROUPE ICHEC-ISC SAINT LOUIS-ISFSC’ Bruxelles
ACADEMIE ROYALE DES BEAUX-ARTS DE LIEGE (ECOLE SUPERIEURE DES ARTS DE LA VILLE DE LIEGE) LIEGE
KATHOLIEKE HOGESCHOOL LIMBURG vzw DIEPENBEEK
ECOLE COMMUNALE D’ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR DES ARTS DE L’IMAGE “LE 75″ BRUXELLES
LESSIUS ANTWERPEN ANTWERPEN
HOGESCHOOL GENT GENT
ARTESIS HOGESCHOOL ANTWERPEN ANTWERPEN
UNIVERSITÉ DE LIÈGE LIÈGE
LESSIUS MECHELEN VZW MECHELEN
HAUTE ECOLE PAUL-HENRI SPAAK BRUXELLES
HOGESCHOOL VOOR WETENSCHAP & KUNST BRUSSEL
KATHOLIEKE HOGESCHOOL ZUID-WEST-VLAANDEREN KORTRIJK
ACADEMIE ROYALE DES BEAUX-ARTS DE BRUXELLES, ECOLE SUPÉRIEURE DES ARTS BRUXELLES
UNIVERSITÉ LIBRE DE BRUXELLES BRUXELLES
HAUTE ECOLE ROBERT SCHUMAN ARLON
HAUTE ECOLE COMMUNAUTE FRANCAISE BRUXELLES BRUXELLES
KATHOLIEKE HOGESCHOOL BRUGGE-OOSTENDE BRUGGE
KATHOLIEKE HOGESCHOOL KEMPEN GEEL
PLANTIJNHOGESCHOOL VAN DE PROVINCIE ANTWERPEN ANTWERPEN
HAUTE ECOLE FRANCISCO FERRER BRUXELLES
FACULTES UNIVERSITAIRES SAINT-LOUIS BRUXELLES
HAUTE ECOLE DE LA PROVINCE DE LIEGE JEMEPPE
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN ANTWERPEN
EVANGELISCHE THEOLOGISCHE FACULTEIT HEVERLEE (LEUVEN)
TRANSNATIONALE UNIVERSITEIT LIMBURG Diepenbeek
Thanks to the EU’s freedom of movement provisions, working in Belgium is made easier for European citizens. Belgium offer a wide range of opportunities in leading industries thanks to the high level of education and it’s central position in Europe.
note: Belgium is part of the euro zone so the monetary unit is the euro. Euro is used in 17 European countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia.
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