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Health insurance

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel has made health insurance compulsory. Registration at the university is not possible without medical coverage.

Depending on the nature of the resident status, international students and scholars have the possibility to join the Belgian state insurance system which guarantees them exactly the same benefits that Belgian nationals are entitled to. The government determines the amount of the contribution as well as the reimbursement rate for all recognized medical interventions and medication. The practical matters are left in the care of several agencies. The agency the Vrije Universiteit Brussel works with is called EUROMUT.

EEA citizens

EEA citizens usually remain covered through their national health care system, on the condition that they bring along the European Insurance Card, provided by their home insurance agency. The card guarantees access to medical care in any EEA member state. Patients are expected to pay the bills in Belgium and claim the refunds in their home country. Bear in mind that this card is also required when applying for the Belgian ID card. More information about applying for the Belgian ID card.

In order to obtain the refund in Belgium, the European Insurance Card also allows additional registration with the Belgian system, free of charge, if your stay is less than 1 year. If longer, a mandatory contribution of +/- € 6.5/month will be charged. Hospitals will send the bills to the Belgian insurance agency with which the student or scholar has registered, and the insurance agency will take care of the follow up. The International Relations and Mobility Office can assist students and scholars in subscribing with the Belgian state health insurance system upon arrival.

EEA citizens that, for whatever reason, do not have (or no longer have) medical coverage in their home country can still join the Belgian state health insurance system. Please check thenon-EEA citizen section.

Although Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey and Morocco are not part of the EEA, similar agreements exist in the framework of bilateral agreements.

Non-EEA citizens

Since medical insurance is compulsory for registration at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, students and scholars are expected to have health insurance coverage. The International Relations and Mobility Office will assist students and scholars in subscribing with the Belgian state health insurance system upon arrival.

Although Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey and Morocco are not part of the EEA, similar agreements exist in the framework of bilateral agreements. Students and scholars from these countries can find more information in the EEA citizen section.

FAQ

EEA: all countries listed below:

EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway.

EU: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Holland, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Sweden Cyprus, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic. 
New EU member states with restrictions: Romania and Bulgaria.
Switzerland is neither EU nor EEA, but has bilateral agreements with the EU which means that Swiss citizens do not require a visa to travel within the EEA.

Non-EEA: all countries that are NOT listed below:

EEA: EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway.

EU: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Holland, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Sweden Cyprus, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic. 
New EU member states with restrictions: Romania and Bulgaria.
Switzerland is neither EU nor EEA, but has bilateral agreements with the EU which means that Swiss citizens do not require a visa to travel within the EEA.

The local administration

The local administration is the whole of public services and departments managing the communication between the local authorities (city, town or village) and the citizen, usually the local town hall, which is in charge of issuing residence permits, building permits, driving licences, registration of births and deaths, etc.

local official representation

Embassy, Consulate, or other local official representation.

Commune

Commune: town, city or village. Brussels consists of 19 communes, these are: Anderlecht, Brussel Centrum (Bruxelles centre), Elsene (Ixelles), Etterbeek, Evere, Ganshoren, Jette, Koekelberg, Oudergem (Auderghem), Schaarbeek (Schaerbeek), Sint-Agatha Berchem (Berchem Saint-Agathe), Sint-Gillis (Saint-Gilles), Sint-Jans-Molenbeek (Molenbeek Saint-Jean), Sint-Joost ten Noode (Saint-Josse ten Noode), Sint-Lambrechts Woluwe (Woluwe Saint-Lambert), Sint-Pieters Woluwe (Woluwe Saint-Pierre), Ukkel (Uccle), Vorst (Forrest), Watermaal-Bosvoorde (Watermael-Boitsfort).

European Insurance Card
Schengen:

EU: Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Austria, Greece, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland Slovakia, Slovenia

Schengen non-EU : Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

Ireland and UK are EU but NOT part of the Schengen area.

students from specific countries

Special rules may apply to students from specific countries. Students from China need to deposit an amount of €6000 on a blocked account in China. They also need to pass a selection procedure called APS.

financial means

Non-EEA students are not allowed to use their own financial means through money on a bank account and always need a third person, to act as their financial guarantor. The latter will be responsible for the student’s living, study and medical costs as well as repatriation. (Annex 32 – also see “Scholarship certificate or a financial guarantee form”)
Are also accepted: proof of a regular income such as a scholarship, grant, student loan or salary (leave with pay) and money, blocked on an account provided by the University.

Scholarship certificate or a financial guarantee form
Type D visa

Type D visa for entire families are only delivered in the framework of economic migration. Under the student status the family can only travel after the student has obtained his ID card, has arranged medical insurance for the family and can present proof of suitable accommodation (registered rental contract).

Charter

charter awarded by the European Commission. The Charter sets out the fundamental principles and the minimum requirements with which the higher education institution must comply when implementing its ERASMUS activities.