Practical information

Visa information for short stay (maximum 90 days)

  • Participants selected for a VLIR-UOS scholarship will follow an alternative visa procedure. They will be informed in due time.

  • Nationals of European Economic Area

If you are a national of an European Economic Area country (EU + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein), Switzerland or one of the countries in the list below, you do not need a visa. You may travel to Belgium on the strength of a national passport or identity card. 

  • Other nationalities

If you have any other nationality, you have to apply for a visa (short-stay period of maximum 90 days, type C) with the Belgian embassy or consulate in your current country of residence before leaving for Belgium. 

> All information on visa for short stay 


All participants will be housed in international student accommodation, which will be arranged by our secretariat. 

We are always looking for the best available price/quality balance in student accommodation. More detailed information will be provided to the participants in a timely matter. From experience we know that housing everyone together benefits both the group’s dynamics and the learning process.

Travel to Belgium and Antwerp

Antwerp is located in the centre of Belgium and is easily accessible by plane, train, car and bus. The international airport of Brussels (Zaventem) is the most frequently used gateway to Antwerp, but you might also want to consider the low-cost airport of Brussels South (Charleroi) or the very nearby airport of Antwerp.

Antwerp is also very easy to reach by train. International railway lines link Brussels and Antwerp to several other major European cities. 

Lastly, Eurolines and Flixbus buses also frequent the city centre of Antwerp, which might be the cheapest option to get here. 

> Read more on travelling to Antwerp