Brussels, an ideal city for students…
1h20 from Paris, 2h from London, 1h50 from Amsterdam and Cologne, 30 minutes from Lille: Brussels is at the centre of Europe. As the heart of the European Union, Brussels has gradually become one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe, while having none of the disadvantages of a megacity.
Brussels is a very dynamic city but retains a quality of life uncommon for a large capital. The large mix of European and other cultures brings great cultural wealth to this city, which is known for being a hub for developing highly valued, creative students and renowned, professional creators. Big names in design (many of whom are teachers at the CAD), advertising, fashion design, cinema, comics, music, theatre, dance, etc. showcase their creations in Brussels but also elsewhere throughout the world.
Students adapt and live here well because they are appreciated and welcomed with open arms. Going out and having fun, while feeling safe, is one of the big advantages of this city.
Additionally, it is very easy to find housing for students in Brussels and at particularly affordable prices, which is very rare in major capital cities.
The CAD is nestled in lush greenery in Uccle, a beautiful residential area in the south of Brussels. It is well-served by public transportation, and it is, among other things, only a 9-minute tram ride from the South Station where one can take the TGV, Thalys and Eurostar.
Classes are taught in English. Over 50% of CAD students come from the four corners of Europe: there are over 20 nationalities at CAD. Welcome to all of you!
Living in Brussels – Practical information
If you plan on living in Brussels, there are many opportunities to rent studios or small apartments in the area of CAD; please refer to the following websites:
Study in Brussels – Paperwork
- Visa et residence in Belgium
If you are not a national of a member state of the European Union, you will need a visa to study in Belgium. This request is made to the Belgian embassy of the country of origin. As a general rule, the authorization to stay for more than 3 months in Belgium is granted to the foreign student who produces the following documents:
- a certificate of definitive registration or certificate of provisional admission or certificate of enrollment in an examination for admission to a higher school;
- a national passport valid for 12 months;
- proof that he has sufficient means of subsistence;
- a medical certificate stating that he is not suffering from a disease that could endanger public health;
- if he is over 21 years old, a certificate attesting the absence of convictions for crimes or offenses of common law.
Registration to the municipal administration is compulsory for foreign students (outside the European Union). You must go to the municipal administration of the place where you reside within 8 days of your entry in Belgium and ask for your registration in the register of foreigners and the issuance of a residence card (card A).
The student will have to renew his residence permit every year before October 1st. For this, he must present various documents to the municipal administration:
- a certificate of registration in a school;
- a certificate confirming that he has attended all the exams of the previous academic year;
- proof of sufficient means of subsistence.
More info: Immigration Office
In Belgium, individual health insurance is compulsory. As a result, the student must join a mutual fund of his choice. In case of health problem, he can then consult a doctor and be reimbursed for a large part of the medical expenses incurred.
Foreign students from the U.E. will first contact the Social Security organization of their country (European card) and then a Belgian Mutual fund of their choice. Medical expenses will be reimbursed directly without a qualifying period. Only a mandatory additional contribution is required.
Foreign students outside the U.E. or not covered by the European card, must contact a mutual fund directly after their registration to the municipal administration of their home. Only a mandatory additional contribution is required.
To register for a Mutual Fund, the following conditions must be respected:
- Be a Belgian Resident
- Provide an extract from the Population Register of the municipality of domicile
- Be in possession of an Identity Card
- Be in possession of a Student Card or Certificate of Education if applicable
- Declaration on honor that the student has no income
More info: list of Mutual Funds
- Foreign diplomas and equivalences
If you have a foreign higher education diploma issued outside Europe, please refer to the Belgian Embassy in your country for the diploma equivalence application.
If you have any questions about housing or paperwork, do not hesitate to contact us.