Travel to Brussels and Visas

 

 

 

Before booking flights, trains, buses etc, check your arrival and departure times on our Course Schedule page.

We recommend that all students take advice from the Belgian Embassy in their country on whether a visa is required to enter Belgium. You can search for the local embassy in your country here.

 

Important visa information

 

If you do need a visa to enter Belgium, you should complete the relevant visitor visa application form according to embassy advice – more information is available here.

We are happy to provide a letter in support of your visa application – however, prior to us providing such a letter, your total course fees must be paid in full. Please contact us if you require a letter in support of your visa application.

Please note that many embassies take a long time to process a visa application – it is best to contact them as soon as possible to find out about the procedures and make your application.

If a visa is refused we will refund the full fees minus a handling charge of €100, provided that the visa application was made at least 1 month prior to the start of the whole course. Proof of application date and refusal is required before fees are refunded – please see our Cancellation Policy.

Please note: not having received a response from the visa authority does not qualify the Student or Parent for a refund.

 

Travel Insurance

 

It is essential that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover loss of possessions and medical expenses as for any trip away from home – it is also highly advisable to include cancellation cover with your insurance.

 

 

 

 

Travelling to Brussels from Overseas

 

By Air - Brussels Airports

 

  • Most major international airlines will fly into Brussels Airport (also known as Zaventem Airport).
  • There is also a smaller airport further outside the city called Charleroi Airport, which is serviced by 'low-cost' airlines within Europe.
  • There are several public transport and taxi links from the airports to the school; please see below for more information.

 

By Train - Brussels Midi

 

  • Trains go to Brussels Midi from most cities across Europe. Details of the international and domestic train services available in Europe can be found on the SNCB Europe website
  • There are several public transport links from the train station to the school; please see below for more information.

 

 

 

Consent to Travel Letters

It is recommended that students who are under 18 and are flying without parental supervision carry a letter from their parent/guardian giving consent for them to travel alone. More and more airlines are asking to see these letters at check in. The letter should include:

  • your dates of travel and return 

  • where you will be travelling to 

  • where you will be staying  

  • parental consent to travel alone.

 

 

Getting to the School

 

Below are directions for how to get to the school if arriving by taxi, tram, bus, or train. Full details on all public transport within Brussels can be found on the Brussels Public Transport website

 

Address: The International School of Brussels, Kattenberg 19, 1170, Brussels, Belgium

 

By Taxi

 

There are taxi ranks available at both the train station and airports. Alternatively, there are some taxi companies available for pre-booking:

Taxis Verts: http://www.taxisverts.be/en/

Taxis Bleus: http://www.taxisbleus.be/index.php/en/

 

By Tram

 

No. 94 (Route Stade/Herrman Debroux): The nearest stop is Wiener. From here, you can get the no. 17 bus that goes directly to the school (see below).

You can also walk: From Wiener, cross over the main road. After crossing, turn right and walk down the road immediately to your left. There should be a park to your right, and a row of shops to your left. Keep walking straight down this road. Take a left when reaching the fork (at bus stop Diabolo). Walk until you reach a friterie and a bus stop named Etangs. Take a right, cross over the main road, and take a left. There should now be a large lake on your right and Delhaize on your left. At the next set of traffic lights you will see the "International School of Brussels" sign on your right; take a right here up the driveway.

 

By Bus

 

No. 17 (Route Beaulieu/ Heiligenborre): The nearest stop is International School.

From the stop, cross the road and walk up the school driveway. You will see "The International School of Brussels" sign.

No. 95 (Route Bourse/Wiener): The nearest stop is Wiener.

From Wiener, cross over the main road. After crossing, turn right and walk down the road immediately to your left. There should be a park to your right, and a row of shops to your left. Keep walking straight down this road. Take a left when reaching the fork (at bus stop Diabolo). Walk until you reach a friterie and a bus stop named Etangs. Take a right, cross over the main road, and take a left. There should now be a large lake on your right and Delhaize on your left. At the next set of traffic lights you will see the "International School of Brussels" sign on your right; take a right here up the driveway.

No. 366 (Route Place Flagey/Court St Etienne): The nearest stop is Kattenberg (Heiligenborre)

After getting off at Kattenberg, take a right. Walk straight until you see "The International School of Brussels" sign on your left. Take a left up the driveway to the school.

 

By Train

 

Trainline: Brussels Midi/Wavre. The nearest stop is Boitsfort

Turn right upon leaving the station and walk down a steep hill called Chaussee de la Hulpe/Terhulpe Sesteenweg. Continue straight on, passing the big lake on your right. You will see the school driveway and sign on your right at the next set of traffic lights.