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About Basic Education (Basisonderwijs) in Gent

Wide ISG Hallway

Photo courtesy of the International School Ghent. For expats with children, finding and enrolling in schools is one of the highest priorities when arriving in Gent. Not only is it a personal priority, it is also a legal requirement. New residents in Belgium must enroll their children (from age 6 until

How to see a doctor in Gent

If you are looking for an English-speaking doctor (including a paediatrician, dentist, specialist …), a good source of latest information are the two useful Facebook groups: Expats in Gent and Gentse Spruiten. The latter one is a good mix of foreign expats and local, so a great information source from

How to get health insurance in Belgium

Belgian health insurance is based on the system of mutual health insurance funds (ziekenfonds, mutuelle, mutualiteit). The basic rule is that you need to be registered with one of these funds if you want to be eligible for reimbursement of health expenses. For people who register as 'economically non-active EU citizens'

Basic information in English

When you move to a new city, in a country whose language you don’t speak, you want to know where can you quickly find answers to all your questions in a language you understand. Luckily, this is the age of the internet and information, and the online expat community is

Rental agreements: costs

Rent is agreed between the landlord and tenant at the start of a contract, and can only be changed under certain circumstances. This post explains more, plus gives some info on what the landlord can charge you for, and what happens if tenants don’t pay up. 3476

How To Get Internet In Ghent

In this guide I provide you with tips and tricks to fixed Internet in Ghent. I divided this into 6 steps. Starting with an outline why Internet in Ghent and Belgium is expensive. Next, I provide information about download speed and internet provider for your location before showing tools to

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