Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees at ITM

The tuition fee policy for 2020-2021 and following years was approved by the ITM Board of Governors on 6 January 2020. The principles for the tuition fees at ITM are:

  • A distinction is made between registration fee and fees for credits.
  • The fee levels are harmonized across all courses at ITM (short courses, postgraduate certificate courses, master programmes).
  • For collaborative courses or programmes a different credit fee is or can be defined.
  • Different fees are defined for EEA and non-EEA students, both for registration and the credit fee.
  • The fee levels are benchmarked at Flemish and international levels.

Main characteristics:

  • Tuition fees include a registration fee and a fee for credits. Registration fees are only due once per course and/or academic year. This means that a student who is following one or more courses in the same academic year will pay for registration once and for the total number of credits the student registers for. Master programme students will, as has been the case until now, pay the full tuition cost (registration and credits) of their programme at the moment of registration. When a course programme is spread over different years, the student will also pay for the registration and credits upfront. If needed, a payment scheme with installments can be agreed upon.
  • In case the number of credits taken at ITM changes in the course of a study programme, the fees will be adjusted/reimbursed.
  • According to European practices, differential fees are introduced between EEA-students and non-EEA students*. The registration process for a non-EEA student implies higher costs as compared to a EEA-student, even more so if the student cannot travel on a tourist visa and needs a residency permit. Mobility of students in the EU and reciprocity among EU member states justifies harmonization of credit fees at levels customary in Belgium and the EU for EEA students.
    *Swiss citizens will be treated as EEA students.

The fee levels are set as follows:

Registration fee

Master courses (60 credits) or any course longer than 3 months

Courses of 3 months or shorter

Non-EEA student

€ 900

€ 600


€ 300

€ 300


Fee per credit (1 credit equals 25-30 hours student investment time)

ITM courses (MSc, Postgraduate certificates and short courses)

Collaborative MSc-degree (e.g. MScTAH)

Non-EEA student

€ 260

€ 172


€ 86

€ 86

Some examples:

  • A non-EEA student registering for
    • A short course of 5 ECTS will have a tuition fee of € 600 + € 260 * 5 = € 1900
    • 2 short courses of each 5 ECTS within the same academic year will have a tuition fee of € 600 + 2 * (€ 260 * 5) = € 3200
    • A full-time Master programme of 60 ECTS will have a tuition fee of € 900 + € 260 * 60  = € 16.500
  • An EEA-student registering for
    • A short course of 5 ECTS will have a tuition fee of € 300 + € 86 * 5 = € 730
    • 2 short courses of each 5 ECTS within the same academic year will have a tuition fee of € 300 + 2 * (€ 86 * 5) = € 1160
    • A full time Master programme of 60 ECTS will have a tuition fee of € 300 + € 86 * 60  = € 5460
    • A full time Postgraduate Certificate of 30 ECTS will have a tuition fee of € 300 + € 86 * 30 = € 2880

Scholarships to study at ITM

The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) manages a scholarships programme for students from low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).

Which scholarships exist?
Who can apply for a DGD scholarship?
What is included in a DGD scholarship?
How are scholarships awarded, what are selection criteria?
Do DGD scholarships for doctoral candidates from LMICs exist?

Which scholarships exist?

  • The Belgian Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGD) is the main scholarship sponsor for ITM. Through ITM, DGD offers scholarships for
    • Master programmes
    • Short courses
    • PhD studies
    • As postgraduate certificate courses are mainly targeting students from EEA countries, no scholarship programme is available for these courses.
  • The Romain De Cock scholarship for master studies in the field of international health with a research focus on surgery and public health. This full scholarship - covering tuition, travel and subsistence - can be awarded yearly to a Low and Middle Income Country (LMIC) student. The same eligibility rules as the DGD scholarships apply
  • There are often alternative (full or partial) scholarship opportunities and applicants are strongly encouraged to also search for other sponsors such as employers, private sponsors, development cooperation projects or national agencies supporting studies abroad.

Who can apply for a DGD scholarship?

Citizens from any LMIC can apply. Applicants need to be both citizen of and actually living in a LMIC as defined in the OECD-DAC list of LMICs.

A majority of scholarships, but not all, will be awarded to citizens from the countries defined as priority countries for the Belgian Directorate for Development Cooperation (see list below). But, as mentioned higher, students from any LMIC can apply.

The DGD country list includes:

Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Palestine, Philippines, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.

Note that candidates with an second citizenship from a high income country (e.g. through a double nationality) or candidates who are employed in a high income country or have been for more than one year in the three years preceding the application for a scholarship, cannot be awarded a DGD scholarship through ITM.

What is included in a DGD scholarship?

DGD scholarships can cover travel, tuition (registration and credit fees), insurances and livelihood.

A DGD scholarship can be full, covering all items mentioned above or partial and only cover one or a few items (e.g. only tuition fees or only livelihood).

In a part-time MSc study track a DGD scholarships can also cover the costs of a course components (modules) outside ITM, in the framework of credit mobility (e.g. in the tropEd network), or at partner institutions within the framework of a collaborative/joint programme.

How are scholarships awarded, what are selection criteria?

As stated higher, scholarships (full or partial) can only be awarded to candidates who fulfil all criteria for admission to the course, including the language proficiency requirement. During the online application process applicants can download a DGD scholarship application form. ITM indeed only accepts DGD scholarship applications as part of a course application file.

ITM and DGD will jointly award the available scholarships among the academically highest ranked candidates. DGD scholarships can only be awarded to candidates less than 46 years old at the end of the course or at graduation. See also ITM scholarship regulations.

Selection criteria as defined by DGD and used to rank applicants for the available scholarships are:

  • Personal motivation
  • Gender: at equal qualification, preference for female scholarship candidates
  • Preferably not have been awarded a DGD scholarship in the past and not yet have studied in a high-income country
  • Preferably employment in a research institute, a higher education institution, the public sector, the social economy, a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) or in a non-governmental organisation
  • Employment characteristics and or prospects, as per support of an employer
  • Likely professional (re-)integration after following the course
  • Employment in a context where the learnings can be readily applied

Do DGD scholarships for doctoral candidates from LMICs exist?

Each year, three PhD scholarships can be awarded to ITM alumni who are admitted to the ITM doctoral (PhD) programme. Admitted PhD candidates have to comply to DGD eligibility criteria (nationality, home address/domicile and age) before a DGD PhD-scholarship can be awarded. A PhD scholarship can provide financial support for up to four years (48 months) of doctoral training.