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Introduction

Belgium Medical residency flagBelgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium is Western European country, bordered by the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France and the North Sea. It is one of the six founding countries of the European Union. Dutch (59% speakers), French (41% speakers) and German (few German speakers) are the three official languages in the country.  So the country has Flanders (Dutch speakers) and Walloon (French Speakers) making it population 12 million (2016 est ). Brussels is Capital of Belgium

Belgium has one of the most developed health care system in the world. Life expectancy is 79.69. Health care is financed through social security contribution and taxation while Health Insurance is mandatory in the country.

More health statistics can bee seen here.

WHO Health profile of Belgium can be seen here 

Undergraduate Medical Education

Undergraduate medical education in Belgium starts after 15.5 years of school education and the language of instruction differs according to the region.(Detailed structure of education in Belgium).

Belgium accounts for dozens of universities and medical schools. Medical studies in Belgium are available either in French or in Dutch. Some of the popular universities are:

1. Universities and medical schools in Belgium in French:-

  1. Université Libre de Bruxelles – Faculté de médecine
  2. Université Catholique de Louvain – Faculté de médecine et de médecine dentaires
  3. Université de Liège – Faculté de médecine
  4. Université de Mons – Faculté de médecine
  5. Facultés universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix – Faculté de médecine

Entry into these french medical faculties for local and foreign students requires passing a competitive exam called “le test d’orientation du secteurs de la santé”. More information for this entry exam can be found here.

2. Universities and medical schools in Flemish Belgium (Dutch):-

  1. Universiteit Antwerpen – Faculté de médecine
  2. Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Faculté de médecine et de pharmacie
  3. Universiteit Gent – Faculté de médecine et de sciences de la vie
  4. Universiteit Hasselt – Faculté de médecine
  5. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven – Faculté de médecine

Medical studies in Belgium are organized in three cycles:

  1. 1st cycle: bachelor: 3 year
  2. 2nd cycle: master: 4 year

These 2 cycles lead to the the State Diploma of Doctor of Medicine (MD)

3.  3rd cycle: Complementary master of specialization: (generalist or specialist doctor) 3- 6 years

Belgian medical students society

Residency/Complementary master of specialization

Belgium medical residency training is mostly master degree training/3rd cycle training. Faculty of medicine of liege offers many complementary master of specialization

1. Graduate candidates of Belgium

At the end of the 7 years , students receive the title of “Doctor”. However, they must complete their studies with a complementary master of specialization in order to practice. Specializations in medicine (general medicine or other specialties) are subject to restrictions by federal quotas imposed by the Federal Government.

The graduate medical student should apply for a selection test which different in each specialty  and is established by the ministry  of French community  high education

2. Graduate candidates from other EU Countries

These graduate medical student can apply for complementary masters of specialization (selection test )

3. Graduate candidates from Non EU Countries

These candidates can’t apply for complete specialization in Belgium. However they can either submit an application for diploma equivalence (which make them register in  the first year in second cycle: master)  or continue their education through the university certificate in partial specialized training.

For the partial specialized training , they should apply for selection test.

Can find more information  here and here

Licence/Registration

At the end of “ master complémentaire “ the specialist candidate” should apply  the ministerial commission for licence application “demande d’agrément” then register to “ ordre des médécins” to practice medicine in Belgium

Foreign doctor can practice medicine in Belgium if they register in “ordre des médécins“. This National Council provides the possibility of submitting the foreign doctor to an aptitude test and/or to a Training period.

Eligibility

1. For medical student wishing to enroll in basic medical education in Belgium 

For local students:

For foreign students:

2. For Belgium medical residency / complementary master of specialization

For Local Students:

  • Basic medical graduate certificate
  • Passing the selection exam according to each specialty

For EU students:

  • Basic medical graduate certificate
  • Be authorized to practice medicine in Belgium
  • Passing the selection test

For Non EU students:

  • Basic medical graduate certificate
  • French language competitive exam or B2 Certificate

Procedure

1. Procedure for foreign student non EU to study medicine in Belgium:

  1. Application for admission to an educational institution (faculties of medicine)
  2. Application for temporary residence permit for study
  3. Application of equivalence of diploma of higher secondary school education to Ministry of Education (Wallonie-Bruxelles federation)
  4. French Language Competence Certificate (B2)

2. Procedure for local student to access Belgium medical residency / medical specialization:

Any local  medical student at the end of second cycle can apply for selection test.

3. Procedure for foreign Non EU doctors to access to partial medical specialization:

  1. Student should contact directly the chief of the specialty department of interest
  2. If he/she selects you, you should contact Admissions Center, Fill the application form which must be accompanied by the authorization of the chief of that department
  3. Then file is sent to the jury for approval
  4. The official registration authorization is sent to the doctors accompanied by a acceptance certificate in the program which allows him to apply for a student visa and a document specifying the dates and registration details.
  5. To obtain exemption of training or for recognition of specialists qualification, doctors should contact Ministry of Health to know more about process of equivalence and exemption.

4. Procedure for foreign EU doctors to access to Belgian medical residency/specialization:

check eligibility criteria and know if his basic medical qualification allows him access to a master of specialization then check for an online application form and submit required documents. Also he needs to send cv and cover letter to dean of faculty of medicine he can apply for selection test

5. Procedure for foreign doctor to work in Belgium:

For EEA, Swiss and Non EU doctors

  1. Submit application for equivalence of diploma to Ministry of Education (Wallonie-Bruxelles federation)
  2. Submit an individual application for approval of training supervisor to Public Health care (FPS Public Health). (For training supervisor for medicine, training supervisor for dentists, For specialists supervisors)

For Non EEA doctor should apply to Ministry of Health for equivalence of his specialization to  to give him authorization to practice in Belgium.

Documentation

1. For Non EU doctors to apply for Belgium medical residency/master de specialization in Université de Liège – Faculté de médecine

  1. Fill an application form
  2. Cover letter
  3. Copy of passport
  4. Certified copy Higher Secondary School certificate (translated in French)
  5. Certified copy of basic medical qualification
  6. Certified copy of detailed transcript of record for basic medical qualification
  7. Detailed curriculum of basic medical qualification
  8. The higher education pattern/plan from country of graduation.
  9. A summary of your graduation project/thesis in French or English with copy of the table of contents.
  10. Copy of French language proficiency certificate (minimum B2 level)
  11. Proof of proficiency in English: Proof of completion of a standardized test (IELTS, TOEFL etc) proving the required level (B1)
  12. Scholarship and Student Loan: Certification of stock agency or lender stating the amount, duration, destination funding.
  13. Commitment of care.
  14. Bank account with balances greater than € 10,000: proof that money can be transferred to an account in Belgium.

Additional optional documents:

  • Certificate(s) of original work(s) specifying the dates of beginning and end of activities
  • Certification contribution to a social insurance fund for self-employed
  • Unemployment Certification
  • Certificate of military service

2. For EU doctors to apply for Belgium medical residency /”master de specialization” in Université de Liège – Faculté de médecine

  1. Fill Application form for EU students
  2. Cover letter
  3. Copy of passport
  4. Certified copy Higher Secondary School certificate (translated in French)
  5. Certified copy of basic medical qualification
  6. Certified copy of detailed transcript of record for basic medical qualification
  7. Detailed curriculum of basic medical qualification
  8. The higher education pattern/plan from country of graduation.
  9. A summary of your graduation project/these in French or English and a copy of the table of contents
  10. Copy of French language proficiency certificate B2 level at least
  11. Proof of proficiency in English: Proof of completion of a standardized test proving the required level (B1)

Additional optional documents

  • Certificate (s) of original work (s) specifying the dates of beginning and end of activities;
  • Certification contribution to a social insurance fund for self-employed;
  • Unemployment Certification;
  • Certificate of military service;

3. For Registration to practice medicine in Belgium :

To register to ordre des médécins of Belgium submit these documents.

  1. Equivalence diploma certificate from Ministry of Education (Wallonie-Bruxelles federation) (after submitting application for equivalence of diploma to Ministry of Education (Wallonie-Bruxelles federation)).
  2. The medical degree recognized equivalence certificate issued by the Federal Public Health;
  3. A statement by the applicant indicating the place where it has or will have its main activities.
  4. A certificate of good life and morals 
  5. Registration certificate/License from home country or country of latest job. 
  6. Good standing certificate (not older than 3 months)

Examination

1. Undergraduate medical education entry test “ test d’orientation “. 

The test is MCQs based and consists of 2 parts and evaluates the student’s competence (knowledge and understanding) in six subjects i.e. mathematics (25 questions) English (20 issues) biology (25 questions) French (15 questions) Physics (25 questions) Chemistry (25 questions)

2. The selection test for local student into Belgium medical residency program

The selection test is marked out of a maximum of 100 points, divided as follows:

  • Results obtained during the second round: 50 point
  • Particular result  in teaching second cycle directly related to the specialization
  • Theoretical examinations, training: 25 points
  • Test of  Jury/viva exam: 25 points (Evaluation of specific skills and motivation of the student)

3. The selection test for foreign student into Belgium medical residency program

There is oral and written test to evaluate the student ‘s competence.

Fee

For” test d’orientation” is 30 euro

Salary

General Practitioner:  2500 – 4500 euro/month, Specialist doctor : 2500- 5500 euro/month

More information about salaries of doctors in Belgium

Postgraduate Medical Education

Every specialist candidate can apply to register in “ l’école docorale  en médécine Clinique  “ and carry out part of his training in research and reach to MD /PhD degree.

Some universities e.g. Université Catholique de Louvain offers continuous medical education (CME) programs and courses which are good for doctors to update their professional knowledge. 

Training courses by Université Libre de Bruxelles allow doctors to update their knowledge and enhance their professional skills.

Links

Université de Liège – Faculté de médecine

ordre des médécins

Ecole doctorale en médécine clinique

Ministry of Education- Wallonie-Bruxelles federation

41 thoughts on “Belgium

    1. Junaid Khan

      yes language is compulsory. since there are dutch and French medical schools. but always remember clinical courses in most countries usually are in their official languages

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    1. Junaid Khan

      If u are registered in UK. u might get exemption for exam. But still u will be required to have knowledge of French B2 level. Kindly visit this site https://ordomedic.be/

      and open links which are there in the post for more information

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  1. Senthil nath

    I have finshed my diploma and masters in anesthesia in india what should i do to do a fellowship I belgium and work in belgium
    how is the pay scale

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    1. Junaid Khan

      you should Submit application for equivalence of diploma to Ministry of Education (Wallonie-Bruxelles federation), then Submit an individual application for approval of training supervisor to Public Health care (FPS Public Health) and you should apply to Ministry of Health for equivalence of your specialization to give you authorization to practice in Belgium. (all links are in post) u will be required to have good knowledge of French (B2) and pay for anesthesiologist is 236073 euro / year

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  2. hassan

    i am a general practioner.can i get permission and registration to work in beljium and admission also in master programe ?

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  3. Dr.abdul fakher TASKEEN

    I started dermatology residency this year in kabul-afghanistan so can i continue my residency in belgium?
    so please give me complete information about joining or participation

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    1. Junaid Khan

      in belgium : there is partial specialization , to access to any specialty candidate should pass selection test , in the first he should contact chief of department of the specialty concerned , should contact directly the chief of the specialty department of interest
      If he/she selects you, you should contact Admissions Center, Fill the application form which must be accompanied by the authorization of the chief of that department
      Then file is sent to the jury for approval
      The official registration authorization is sent to the doctors accompanied by a acceptance certificate in the program which allows him to apply for a student visa and a document specifying the dates and registration

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  4. hassan

    How we can contact the head of department for master course.B2 language is required after approval or before.

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    1. Junaid Khan

      you should know language when you start your studies there and get admission into the program
      there is complete list of universities with faculties according to their language of studies. kindly open them and translate their faculties pages and you can easily find professors and deans of those faculties
      http://www.residencydatabase.com/belgium/

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  5. ali

    Hello , am in my last year to finish my cardiology diploma i would like to ask if i can apply for practical training in the cath lab.department to improve my skills and learn new things .

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  6. Maed roumieh

    I am about to finish my orthopedic residency in Syria.
    I am planning to specialize in Belgium .
    Can i get visa for language course with conditional accept from chief

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    1. Junaid Khan

      yes you can always write the Chief. But without your language proficiency you will not have much luck. So first search for different language schools and then apply for admission in them and get visa for the language. only after your language proficiency you can apply for specialty exam or evaluation

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  7. Tima Abdullah

    Mr. Khan could u write down some links for dermatology school . Since I wanna apply for dermatology next year so I could contact the chief of dermatology department there . Thanks a lot

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    1. Junaid Khan

      there are no specific dermatology schools. but all of those medicine schools or faculties they offer dermatology courses as well. kindly contact them

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  8. Ralph Dube

    I’ve done primaries and Intermediate exams in Otorhinolaryngology in SA, is it possible to complete the training in Belgium? NB. I also speak some French.

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    1. Junaid Khan

      you need B2 level of French and then apply for belgium exam in your specialty. Because I don’t think South African exam is recognized in Belgium

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  9. Sara

    Hello im from Sudan i just graduated from med school this year and i want to start my residency program in belgium and also i was to do my masters a double major one in public health and the other in pediatrics im aware that i need to perfect my french. But other than that what do i need to do to get in a residency program and a masters program in Belgium.

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  10. Hind

    hello,

    I’m a medical student from Lebanon.
    I would like to apply for residency in Belgium. I read that there’s only partial residency for non-EU students
    May I know what do u mean by partial residency ? And is there a university in Belgium with full residency for non-EU students ?

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  11. martins

    please i have a bachelor degree in anatomy from a Nigeria University,and I Wish To Specialize In General Surgery In Belgium,i Want You To Explain In Full Details How To Go About This,details Should Include Tuition Fee,living Cost,duration,and How To Apply.

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    1. Junaid Khan

      sir , you have apply to pass selection test in general surgery for partial specialization , the fee of this test is 30 euro , living in blgium is bit expensive

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    1. Junaid Khan

      Since you are non EU graduate you have apply to pass selection test in radiology , there is just partial specialization

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  12. Soni Gautam

    i am working as thoracic surgeon for last 14 years but never done post grad studies ,i am interested in residency in same ,how can i go about it .presently working in bahamas.

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    1. Junaid Khan

      well your experience as thoracic surgeon would not be considered because you don’t have postgraduate qualification. But for residency if you want to start in Belgium then you will need good command on Dutch or French language and then sit for residency exam after licensing exam.

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  13. Salih

    Hello;
    I am a Saudi physician .working as a primary care physician in Saudi Arabia and I have been graduated from carol Davila faculty of medicine and surgery from Romania since 2012 ,I would like to ask you how I can to apply for family medicine residency program in Belgium .
    Thank you very much

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    1. Junaid Khan

      Hi,

      Since Romania joined EU in 2007 so it means your qualification from Romania is already recognized in Belgium. All you need to do is to learn French language till B2 level atleast and then apply for residency program as an EU graduate. details about eligibility and documentation can be found in the post and links mentioned there

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    2. Salih

      Thank you very much
      So this mean I can apply asa EU doctor even if I am not but I have been graduated from EU country ?
      how I can do these next steps(eligibility /documentation ) ?
      Can I get a conditioned acceptance from program director befor starting language courses (I mean by conditioned acceptance = that a they accept me as a resident but fter taking this b2 level you will start the program ) ?
      this for my job (sponsor job )
      Sorry for inconvenience Mr Juniad

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      1. Junaid Khan

        yes you are EU doctor if you graduated from EU Country. First you should learn the language and get a valid B2 certificate proving your proficiency in it. Then apply for license/registration in Belgium and then go for Residency/complimentary master. here are details for that

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        1. Salih

          MR;Junaid khan
          first of all thank you very much
          And I am sorry about all these questions ☺️;
          • can I get the residency program acceptance befor taking the language courses( I mean Can I get a condioned acceptance ;that include the acceptance of language courses and residency program ) because my country will pay for me during the program and they asking me to bring either acceptance in residency program or conditioned acceptance including both language course and program?!!
          • how I can do the documentation /eligibility?
          •how I can contact the hospitals or faculties?
          ((thank you very much and I am sorry for these Qs))

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  14. Victor

    Hi! I have graduated from Medical University in Ukraine as a dentist, now I am finishing my internship.
    I would like to move to Belgium and start practice.
    What permissions and exams do I need to pass? (work permit, language exam, some specialozation exams, etc)
    Do I need to prove equivalence of diploma, if Ukraine is signed up to the Bologna Process?

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    1. Junaid Khan

      Well first of all Yes Ukraine has signed bologna process for both bachelors and masters degree. So your qualification is equivalent. Secondly please read again eligibility and documentation section. You can find all relative information there. But you definitely need Language proficiency over there

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  16. Qian

    Mr. Hi, I am registered dentist in China. Master’s degree,1 year working experience. Can I apply for registration and permision to work in Belgium? I know the language proficiency certificate is needed, will Dunch B2 be OK?
    Is there any successful cases which foreign doctor working in Belgium, especially Chinese? Will it be very difficult?
    I need to do as the “3. For Registration to practice medicine in Belgium” ,which you have list above?
    Look forward to your reply.
    Thank you very much.

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    1. Junaid Khan

      1/Yeah doctors from Non EU country can work in beligium if they get recogization of their diploma and then he/she can pass aptitude exam , yeah French language is required

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