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2019 Belgium University Rankings - Top Choices for Postgraduate Study

As the home of the EU and NATO headquarters, Belgium has established itself at the centre of international politics and culture. As such, the country’s historic universities attract thousands of students from across the globe each year.

The Belgium higher education system benefits from this diverse and multi-lingual population of international students and staff.

But how does Belgium fair in the academic ranking tables? Which of its universities from the Flemish and French communities come out top?

This page summarises the performance of Belgian universities in the three most prominent global university rankings.

Top Ranked Belgian Universities

The following table gives the eight best universities in Belgium in 2019, according to global rankings.

This information is based on the latest rankings tables, researched and published by Times Higher Education, QS and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Each ranking system uses its own methodology, with different factors having more or less influence on a university's result.

For more information on using international rankings as a postgraduate, see our guide.


Top Belgian Universities in 2019
University THE 2019 QS 2019 ARWU 2018
KU Leuven 48 81 86
Université Catholique de Louvain =128 165 151-200
Ghent University =143 138 61
University of Antwerp 201-250 =223 201-300
Université Libre de Bruxelles 201-250 =239 151-200
Vrije Universiteit Brussel 251-300 188 201-300
University of Liège 301-350 =391 301-400
Hasselt University 401-500 - -
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

How do rankings work for Masters study?

International rankings use all sorts of metrics to assess universities and they aren't all equally relevant to postgraduate study. That's why we've put together a guide to university rankings for Masters students.

So, how good are Belgian universities for Masters study?

With several universities in the top 200, Belgium stands strong in the international rankings and a postgraduate degree from one of its universities is likely to introduce you to a wealth of employment opportunities.

Its oldest and largest institution, KU Leuven, ranks in the top 50 of the Times Higher Education list and is a world leader in subjects such as Dentistry and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Politics and International Relations.

The Belgian higher education system is credited with preparing its students for the job market, and KU Leuven is also recognised for its excellent graduate employability rates.

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Last updated 02/10/2018

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