I have a non-EEA diploma of secondary education and I will have to apply for a student visa
Send your confirmation email and pay the application fee
We'll examine your application
Payment of the applicable costs
Start your visa application
Check whether you are eligible for exemptions (if applicable)
As of 1 November 2020 you can start your application for academic year 2021-2022.
In the 'Extra' section of the web registration, you can fill in the name of the study programme you wish to follow.
Make sure to add the following required documents to your application:
- Diploma of secondary and/or higher education (make sure to include an official translation if your diploma(s) is/are not in English, French, Dutch or German).
- Transcript of records (make sure to include an official translation if your diploma(s) is/are not in English, French, Dutch or German);
- Color copy of identity card/passport (front- and backside);
- Proof of English proficiency (you can see here which language certificates we accept);
- Proof of Dutch proficiency (only applicable if you want to start in a programme taught in Dutch).
The application deadline for academic year 2021-2022 is 1 May 2021. After this date it is no longer possible to apply. So make sure to register on time, even if there are still documents missing to complete your application.
Register for AY 21-22 (deadline was 1 May 2021). Applications for academic year 2022-2023 will start as of 1 November 2021
Once the application is filled out, send a confirmation email to firstname.lastname@example.org containing:
- your first name and last name
- the study programme you wish to follow
Payment of your application fee
Pay the application fee of 75 euro (excluding additional bank charges). This application fee is non-refundable.
We will contact you within 3 weeks and examine your application
Once we have received the application fee we will further investigate your admission request.
Within three weeks, we will send you an email saying whether or not you meet the admission requirements.
If you meet the requirements, the educational institution itself must send a certified copy of your diploma of secondary and/or higher education + transcript of records to our university of applied sciences, in a sealed envelope.
Another option is that you ask your secondary/higher institution to send us (email@example.com) an official email ( with stamp and signature) confirming that you have graduated + date of graduation + official name of your diploma.
If you are already in Belgium, you can also come by our office (only possible after appointment!) with your original documents. Due to the corona measures this option is currently not possible.
After we have received and verified these documents, you will receive an answer confirming the approval or rejection of your application.
Payment of the applicable costs
You will receive an email asking you to pay the processing cost. For academic year 2021-2022 the total amount is 3,800 euro.
Upon enrolment, this amount will be converted into the tuition fee.
Proof of sufficient means of subsistence
You will need to prove that you have the required necessary means to cover your healthcare, living expenses, and study and repatriation costs.
There are two possibilities to do so:
- Option 1: You transfer the means of subsistence for the complete academic year to the blocked account of Artevelde University of Applied Sciences. The total amount for academic year 2021-2022 (14 months) is 9,730 euro. The amount is transferred back to your Belgian bank account in instalments of 695 euro per month (including a double instalment in September).
- Option 2: You have a sponsor who is able to demonstrate that he/she has sufficient resources to take over responsibility from you, for one academic year. You will need to fill out Annex 32 (Document of the Belgian Embassy) at the Belgian Embassy and deliver the signed and stamped document to us by email.
We advise you to choose the first option for a smooth student visa application process at the Belgian Embassy. You will receive a 'certificate of sufficient means of subsistence' from us as proof of the payment of the means of subsistence, which will facilitate your visa application process.
The payment deadline of the processing cost + sufficient means of subsistence is 30 June 2021.
After we have received the payments, we will send you and the Belgian Embassy/Consulate where you plan to apply for your student visa, the following documents by email:
- Permission to Enrol
- Certificate of Sufficient Means of Subsistence (if you have chosen option 1 in the step above).
These documents will allow you to apply for a student visa. We will reserve a place for you in the programme provided that there are still places available for your country. If there are no more places available, the processing costs (and means of subsistence, if applicable) will be fully refunded.
The minimum waiting time for visa processing is approximately 4 weeks, but it could take up to 3 months. Therefore, submit your visa application on time (The earliest to start you visa application is 3 months before the start of our programme). For more information about the visa application at the Belgian Embassy/Consulate, click here.
Check whether you are eligible for exemptions
You might be eligible for exemptions if you have already obtained credits in similar higher education courses before. You can verify this with the contact person of the programme you wish to follow. You can find an overview of the Study Track Managers per study programme here. Together you determine your curriculum.
Upon enrolment, your previously paid processing costs will be converted into your tuition fee. Your student card will be sent to the front desk of your campus.
Check whether your study programme has an inflow procedure.
STUDY PROGRAMMES including an INFLOW SESSION
Some study programmes make use of an inflow session. This is a mandatory session, not aimed at selecting you as a student or not, but to find out together whether the chosen study programme is right for you.
These study programmes make use of an inflow session.
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
- Advanced Bachelor of School Development
- Advanced Bachelor: Creative Therapy
- Associate Degree in Secondary Education
- Study programmes in distance learning and SWITCH study tracks (study + work)'
STUDY PROGRAMMES WITH A MANDATORY ENTRANCE TEST
If you want to enrol in a teacher training programme (Preschool education, Primary education or Secondary education) then you have to take a mandatory entrance test throughout Flanders. You can find more information about this entrance test and where and when you can take it here. Load it into your online registration or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org