It must have been the cheese platter that was causing the terrible pain in my sister’s stomach. At least, that’s what we thought. She was attending a conference in Cologne, so we met up with her and her husband for the weekend, but she couldn’t get out of bed the
As mentioned in our previous post, About Basic Education (Basisonderwijs) in Gent, new residents in Belgium must enroll their school-aged children in school within sixty days of completing their national registration. This article describes how to find and enroll in Pre-Primary and Primary schools in Gent. Factors Expat Families Consider when
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
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
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'