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Finding and Registering for Basic Schools in Gent

ISG Building

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

About Basic Education (Basisonderwijs) in Gent

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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

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