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België Belgique Belgien
Credits: Paul Deetman
Capital: Brussels
Population: 11,492,641
Language(s): DutchFrenchGerman
Currency: Euro (€/EUR)
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Cost of living

a room in a 3 bedrooms shared flat in the city centre 389€/month
a meal 15€
a cappuccino 2.88€

These are average costs of living for Belgium. Costs can differ accross cities and locations. For more details, you can check numbeo website.


Rank Value
Rainbow Index 2 74.24

Rainbow Europe, 2021.

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Rainbow Europe

Rainbow Europe by ILGA-Europe illustrates the legal and policy situation of LGBTI people in Europe. It ranks all 49 European countries on a scale between 0% (gross violations of human rights, discrimination) and 100% (respect of human rights, full equality), on the basis of laws and policies that have a direct impact on the LGBTI people’s human rights in under 6 categories: equality and non-discrimination; family; hate crime and hate speech; legal gender recognition and bodily integrity; civil society space; and asylum.


The is the European platform about inclusion and support services offered by higher education institutions, national agencies, and ministries for education to international students. In its current version, the platform aims to provide to students with disabilities all the information they need to study abroad.

Quality of life

Rank Value
Human Development Index 14 0.931
World Press Freedom Index 11 11.69

HDI, 2019.
WPFI, 2021.

Human Development Index

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a statistic composite index of life expectancy, education, and per capita income indicators, which are used to rank countries into four tiers of human development. A country scores a higher HDI when the lifespan is higher, the education level is higher, and the gross national income GNI (PPP) per capita is higher.

World Press Freedom Index

The World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between states, published every year by Reporters Without Borders. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country.

ESN sections supporting international students

  • ESN Antwerp
  • ESN Geel
  • ESN Gent
  • ESN HEC Liege
  • ESN Hasselt
  • ESN ICHEC ECAM Brussels
  • ESN KULBrussels
  • ESN Leonardo Kortrijk
  • ESN Leuven
  • ESN Louvain-la-Neuve
  • ESN Mechelen
  • ESN Mons
  • ESN Saint-Louis Brussels
  • ESN ULB Brussels
  • ESN ULiège
  • ESN VUB EhB Brussels

Higher education institutions

  • Universiteit Antwerpen (Antwerpen | Antwerp)
  • Karel de Grote Hogeschool Katholieke Hogeschool Antwerpen (Antwerpen | Antwerp)
  • Hogere Zeevaartschool (Antwerpen | Antwerp)
  • Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen (Antwerpen | Antwerp)
  • Prins Leopold Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde (Antwerpen | Antwerp)
  • Haute Ecole Robert Schuman (Libramont)
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Luca School of Arts (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Erasmushogeschool Brussel (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Vesalius College (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Odisee (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Ecole Royale Militaire - Koninklijke Militaire School (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Universite Saint-Louis-Bruxelles Asbl (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles Ecole Superieure des Arts (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Iepscf-Uccle (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Haute Ecole Francisco Ferrer (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Haute Ecole Galilee (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Haute Ecole Libre de Bruxelles - Ilya Prigogine (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Haute Ecole Léonard de Vinci (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Haute Ecole Lucia de Brouckère (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Ecole Superieure des Arts Saint-Luc de Bruxelles (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Institut Supérieur de Promotion Sociale Libre de Bruxelles - Ilya Prigogine (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et des Techniques de Diffusion (Insas) (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Centre de Formation pour les Secteurs Infirmier et de Santé de l'Acn - Asbl (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Haute Ecole Bruxelles-Brabant (He2B) (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Performing Arts Research and Training Studios Asbl Parts (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Haute Ecole Ichec - Ecam - Isfsc (Bruxelles | Brussel | Brussels)
  • Ecole Supérieure des Arts de l'Image le 75 (Woluwe-Saint-Lambert)
  • Ecole de Recherche Graphique - Ecole Supérieure des Arts (Saint-Gilles)
  • Institut Supérieur de Formation Continue d'Etterbeek (Etterbeek)
  • Faculty For Protestant Theology and Religious Studies (Fptr) (Etterbeek)
  • Universiteit Hasselt (Hasselt)
  • Hogeschool Pxl (Hasselt)
  • Katholieke Hogeschool Vives Noord (Kortrijk)
  • Katholieke Hogeschool Vives Zuid (Kortrijk)
  • Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen Howest (Kortrijk)
  • Autonome Hochschule in der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft (Eupen)
  • Autonome Hochschule Ostbelgien (Eupen)
  • Thomas More Kempen Vzw (Geel)
  • Universiteit Gent (Gent | Ghent)
  • Hogeschool Gent (Gent | Ghent)
  • Arteveldehogeschool (Gent | Ghent)
  • Orpheus Instituut Vzw (Gent | Ghent)
  • Uc Limburg (Diepenbeek)
  • Evangelische Theologische Faculteit (Leuven)
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Leuven)
  • Uc Leuven (Heverlee)
  • Universite de Liege (Liège)
  • Conservatoire Royal de Liège (Liège)
  • Esa Saint-Luc Liège (Liège)
  • Haute Ecole Libre Mosane (Liège)
  • Haute Ecole de la Ville de Liege (Liège)
  • Haute Ecole Charlemagne He Ch (Liège)
  • Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Liege - Ecole Supérieure des Arts de la Ville de Liège (Liège)
  • Haute École de la Province de Liège (Seraing)
  • Universite Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve)
  • Institut des Arts de Diffusion (Louvain-la-Neuve)
  • Thomas More Mechelen-Antwerpen (Mechelen)
  • Haute Ecole en Hainaut (Mons)
  • Universite de Mons (Mons)
  • Haute Ecole Louvain en Hainaut - Helha (Mons)
  • Haute Ecole Provinciale de Hainaut - Condorcet (Mons)
  • Arts2 Mons (Mons)
  • Iepscf Jemappes (Jemappes)
  • Institut d'Enseignement de Promotion Sociale de la Communauté Française Frameries (Frameries)
  • Universite de Namur Asbl (Namur)
  • Haute Ecole de la Communauté Française Albert Jacquard (Namur)
  • Imep (Namur)
  • Haute Ecole de la Province de Namur (Namur)
  • Haute Ecole de Namur-Liege-Luxembourg (Namur)
  • Académie des Beaux-Arts de Tournai (Tournai)
  • Ecole Superieure des Arts Saint-Luc de Tournai (Ramegnies-Chin)
  • European University Foundation - Brussels office (Bruxelles / Brussel / Brussels)
  • Haute Ecole Ichec - Ecam - Isfsc (Bruxelles / Brussel / Brussels)
  • Von Karman Institute For Fluid Dynamics (Sint-Genesius-Rode)
  • Institut Provincial des Arts et Métiers du Centre (La Louvière)

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