Universities in Belgium
- Rankings & Reviews -

32 out of 75
  • Universities in Belgium
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
24
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Belgium
  • (18 institution and 6 subject rankings)
28
  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Belgium
  • Among TOP 200

For business studies see our separate ranking of business schools in Belgium

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Belgium
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Latest Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities from Scimago Institutions. 11 universities from Belgium appear in this ranking.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK published most recent results of QS World University Rankings By Subject (Law & Legal Studies). Includes 100 universities from Belgium.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: Publication of UniRank 4icu - World Ranking. KU Leuven with highest ranking among universities in Belgium ranked #116.
  • 28 Jan, 2021: Publication of THE World's Most International Universities - Times Higher Education. KU Leuven with highest ranking among universities in Belgium ranked #49.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Belgium

Veterinary Science
#1 
Ghent University
Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies
#6 
KU Leuven
Agriculture & Forestry
#11 
Ghent University
Biotechnology
#23 
Ghent University
Physics
#25 
Free University of Brussels ULB
Journalism
#30 
Ghent University
Statistics
#50 
KU Leuven
Linguistics
#63 
KU Leuven

Rankings of universities in Belgium 2021

#1

KU Leuven

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (371 reviews)
  • #1 
  • #45 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #84 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #49 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#2

Ghent University

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (281 reviews)
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  • #2 
  • #103 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #2 
  • #135 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #2 
  • #74 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#3

Catholic University of Louvain

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (62 reviews)
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  • #3 
  • #164 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #3 
  • #189 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #4 
  • #248 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#4

Free University of Brussels ULB

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (111 reviews)
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  • #5 
  • #201 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #6 
  • #250 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #6 
  • #273 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#5

University of Antwerp

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (9 reviews)
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  • #4 
  • #170 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #5 
  • #238 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #3 
  • #225 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#6

University of Liège

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (56 reviews)
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  • #8 
  • #351 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #7 
  • #451 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #7 
  • #302 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#7

Hasselt University

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (15 reviews)
  • #7 
  • #351 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #8 
  • #456 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #8 
  • #410 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#8

Free University of Brussels VUB

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (362 reviews)
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  • #6 
  • #251 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #6 
  • #271 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]
  • #6 
  • #537 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]


#9

University of Mons

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (7 reviews)
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  • #9 
  • #651 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #9 
  • #434 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #8 
  • #618 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]


#10

HUB Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel

  • #4 
  • #200 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #7 
  • #301 
ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
[Published 17 August, 2020]
  • #7 
  • #359 
CWUR Center for World University Rankings
[Published 15 June, 2020]


#11

University of Namur

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (30 reviews)
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  • #11 
  • #489 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #10 
  • #1436 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]
  • #8 
  • #998 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]


#12

Institute of Tropical Medicine

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
  • #10 
  • #458 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #11 
  • #2181 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #11 
  • #1347 
CWUR Center for World University Rankings
[Published 15 June, 2020]

#13

Robert Schuman University College

Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (4 reviews)
  • #10 
  • #1967 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]

#14

Leuven University College

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
  • #1 
  • #54 
CWTS Leiden Ranking
[Published 09 July, 2020]

#15

University College of Louvain en Hainaut

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (32 reviews)
  • #1 
  • #101 
World University Ranking 2020 - Europe
[Published 21 September, 2020]

#16

West-Flanders University College

  • #6 
  • #276 
World University Ranking 2020 - Europe
[Published 21 September, 2020]

#17

PXL University College

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  • #11 
  • #314 
World University Ranking 2020 - Europe
[Published 21 September, 2020]
  • #19 
  • #9226 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #10 
  • #308 
World University Ranking 2020 - Europe
[Published 21 September, 2020]

#19

University College Ghent

Student satisfaction: 3.0 / 5.0 (4 reviews)
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  • #13 
  • #368 
World University Ranking 2020 - Europe
[Published 21 September, 2020]
  • #13 
  • #3833 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#20

Saint-Louis University - Brussels

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (21 reviews)
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  • #15 
  • #393 
World University Ranking 2020 - Europe
[Published 21 September, 2020]
  • #15 
  • #6654 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#21

Karel de Grote-University College

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (102 reviews)
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  • #14 
  • #392 
World University Ranking 2020 - Europe
[Published 21 September, 2020]
  • #17 
  • #8827 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#22

Erasmus University College, Brussels

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (42 reviews)
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  • #16 
  • #444 
World University Ranking 2020 - Europe
[Published 21 September, 2020]

#23

Artevelde University College Ghent

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  • #17 
  • #453 
World University Ranking 2020 - Europe
[Published 21 September, 2020]

#24

Plantijn University College

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (8 reviews)
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  • #18 
  • #494 
World University Ranking 2020 - Europe
[Published 21 September, 2020]
  • #16 
  • #8365 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#25

University College Leuven-Limburg

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  • #19 
  • #513 
World University Ranking 2020 - Europe
[Published 21 September, 2020]

#26

Vlerick Business School

Student satisfaction: 3.6 / 5.0 (9 reviews)
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  • #12 
  • #2705 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#27

University College Arteveldehogeschool

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  • #18 
  • #9212 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#28

Antwerp Management School

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (42 reviews)
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  • #20 
  • #9648 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#29

Limburg Catholic University College

  • #21 
  • #9680 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#30

Leonardo da Vinci University College

  • #22 
  • #11222 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#31

La Cambre National School of Visual Arts

  • #23 
  • #11256 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#32

Antwerp Maritime Academy

  • #24 
  • #11281 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#33

Brussels Free University College - Ilya Prigogine

Student satisfaction: 5.0 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
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#34

Higher Institute of the Arts of Spectacle

Student satisfaction: 4.8 / 5.0 (5 reviews)

#35

Charlemagne University College

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (5 reviews)

#36

University College of the Province of Liège

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (44 reviews)

#37

School of Arts Saint-Luc de Liège

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (41 reviews)

#38

ICHEC Brussels Management School

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (57 reviews)

#39

Royal Conservatory of Bruxelles

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (17 reviews)
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#40

Arts² - Academy of Arts

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (38 reviews)

#41

Higher Institute of Music and Pedagogy

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (20 reviews)

#42

EPHEC University College

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (29 reviews)

#43

Provincial University College of Hainaut-Condorcet

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (6 reviews)

#44

transnational University of Limburg

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (5 reviews)

#45

University College of Brussels

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (8 reviews)

#46

Paul-Henri Spaak University College

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (4 reviews)

#47

Catholic University of Mons

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (11 reviews)
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#48

Mosane Free University College

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (60 reviews)

#49

University College for Sciences & Arts

Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (33 reviews)

#50

Lucia de Brouckère University College

Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (36 reviews)
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#51

KATHO University College

Student satisfaction: 3.4 / 5.0 (14 reviews)

#52

Catholic University College Ghent

Student satisfaction: 3.0 / 5.0 (4 reviews)

#53

K.H. Kempen University College


#54

Francisco Ferrer University College


#55

University College of Namur-Liège-Luxembourg


#56

Vesalius College

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#57

Catholic University College of Bruges-Ostend


#58

Albert Jacquard University College


#59

School of Graphic Research


#60

University College of the Town of Liège


#61

University College of the Province of Namur

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#62

Hainaut University College

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#63

Galilée University College


#64

Institute of Visual Arts


#65

Evangelical Theological Faculty, Leuven

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#66

PHL University College

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#67

Academy of Fine Arts, Tournai


#68

Group T - International University College Leuven


#69

Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp


#70

University College Haute Ecole Roi Baudouin


Belgium Key Facts for International Students

Nobel prize laureates:
François Englert (Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2013)
 
Ilya Prigogine (Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1977)
 
Christian de Duve (Université Catholique de Louvain, 1974)
 
Albert Claude (Université Catholique de Louvain, 1974)
 
Corneille Heymans (Ghent University, 1938)
 
Jules Bordet (Brussels University, 1919)
 

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FAQ

KU Leuven ranks #1 in Belgium in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in Belgium KU Leuven is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 26 rankings where KU Leuven is listed.

Ghent University is ranked best in Belgium for Medicine & Health (Veterinary Science). See all rankings for the Ghent University.

KU Leuven is ranked best in Belgium for Social Studies & Humanities (Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies). See all rankings for the KU Leuven.

Ghent University is ranked best in Belgium for Agriculture (Agriculture & Forestry). See all rankings for the Ghent University.

Ghent University is ranked best in Belgium for Engineering (Biotechnology). See all rankings for the Ghent University.

Free University of Brussels ULB is ranked best in Belgium for Natural Sciences (Physics). See all rankings for the Free University of Brussels ULB.

Ghent University is ranked best in Belgium for Journalism & Media Studies (Journalism). See all rankings for the Ghent University.

KU Leuven is ranked best in Belgium for Mathematics (Statistics). See all rankings for the KU Leuven.

KU Leuven is ranked best in Belgium for Languages & Literature (Linguistics). See all rankings for the KU Leuven.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS 50 under 50:
Based on the QS World University rankings methodology, the top 50 universities that are under 50 years old.

Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU Europe:
Scientific Efficiency 23%
Scientific Potential 15%
Graduates on the labour market 15%
Internationalisation 15%
Prestige 14%
Learning Conditions 10%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

Criteria used in ranking -THE World's Most International Universities - Times Higher Education:
Proportion of international students 25%
Proportion of international staff 25%
Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25%
University’s international reputation 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -Young University Rankings:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Thomson Reuters

Criteria used in ranking -Reuters Most Innovative Universities:
Patent Volume 33%
Patent Citations 34%
Industry Article Citation Impact 11%
Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11%
Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11%

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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