Thomas More offers exchange students who have been accepted to one of their programmes the option of a blocked account procedure.
What is a blocked account procedure?
It's a way for you to prove your financial solvency, i.e. sufficient means of subsistence, when applying for a student visa.
How does it work?
You make an advance payment of your monthly living expenses into a blocked account managed by Thomas More. The minimum amount to cover your living expenses is €850 per month and is set by the Belgian government*. There is an administrative fee of €250.
Blocked account 23/24: €850 x 5 months + 250€ administrative fee = €4500
When you arrive in Belgium you open a Belgian bank account in your name into which you receive monthly payments during your stay with us. You will receive a double payment (€1700) the first month to cover all extra costs such as rent deposit etc.. At the end of your stay you are fully reimbursed, apart from the €250 administrative fee.
* Be aware that the monthly amount is set by the Belgian Government and is subject to change at any given time. If any changes should occur we will notify our students.
How can I apply for a blocked account?
If you want to apply for a blocked account as an exchange student, you need to contact the International Office yourself asap via firstname.lastname@example.org. They will send you the procedure via email.
Please note you should do this as soon as possible, since it takes some time to set it up.
Should your visa be refused, the blocked account will be fully refunded (€-250 administrative fee 23/24) onto the account where the money originally was transferred from.