Come to Vlerick, study at the heart of Europe

Incoming student exchange opportunities

Being located in the heart of Europe, Vlerick Business School offers exchange students a unique opportunity to spend some time at our triple-accredited and top-ranked business school while immersing themselves in Belgium's culture. You will have the opportunity to expand your network, get to know major financial and multinational institutions, all the while enjoying the country's local specialties of chocolate, beer, waffles, and fries. Each of our programmes offers a transformative experience that ignites the entrepreneurial leadership fire, one that prepares you to live your dream, learn continuously, and leap with confidence. We invite you to come experience Vlerick first-hand during your exchange.

Our partner schools

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How it works?

If you’re studying at one of our partner schools, this is how to apply for an exchange opportunity at Vlerick:

  1. Check whether your home school offers a Vlerick exchange for your specific Masters programme 
  2. Let your home school know you want to be considered to study at Vlerick – and they will put your name forward
  3. If your nomination is successful, we’ll be in touch with you to complete the application process

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Important deadlines

For exchanges starting in or around January:

  • 15 October – last day for nominations
  • 22 October – last day for completed applications

For exchanges starting in September:

  • 15 May – last day for nominations
  • 22 May – last day for completed applications

Remember - We can't accept late applications, nor exchange students from schools we don't have an agreement with.


What happens next?

If your application is accepted, we’ll be in touch with information on accommodation, local transport, healthcare, visa requirements, residence permits – and everything else you need to know.

We’ll also invite you to an orientation moment, where we’ll give you further information about your exchange. Download the International Student Guide to find out more about living in Belgium.

Contact us

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find accommodation in Belgium?

Download our International Student Guide above for our accommodation tips!

What is the average living cost in Belgium?

This largely depends on your lifestyle and type of housing, but Belgium and Brussels are cheaper than many European capitals like London, Paris and Stockholm. An average monthly cost is €950-€1,350 including housing, utility bills, food, healthcare and miscellaneous spending.

Is having healthcare insurance necessary?

A health insurance is mandatory to be able to study in Belgium. EU students should bring their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). If they are staying for a longer period, then they are advised to join a Belgian insurance fund for free. Non-EU students may need to obtain a private insurance covering their stay in Belgium.

Do I need to speak the local language?

You can get around in English almost everywhere in Belgium. However, Brussels is bilingual Dutch/French, although French is spoken mostly in the neighbourhood of our campus. This while the first language in Ghent and Leuven is most commonly Dutch. Learning one of our national languages is highly recommended even if only the basics to get by in everyday life. See our International Student Guide for tips on where to start!