Blocked Account

LUCA currently supports two types of Blocked Account procedures:

  1. The blocked account for the purpose of a study related stay at LUCA (first residence permit or permit renewal),
  2. The blocked account for the purpose of the residence permit extension related to the 'search year'.

The Blocked Account procedure for Study Stays can only be used by international students with non-EEA nationality who have been officially admitted to a degree programme at LUCA School of Arts and have received the official notification hereof, or by enrolled students who continue their studies and require to extend their residence permit. They are obliged by Belgian law to provide evidence of sufficient financial means to cover their study and living expenses for the duration of the studies. The blocked account procedure is one of three acceptable options that can be used to proof you have sufficient funds to cover your stay in Belgium.

If you decide to go for this option, this implies that you choose to transfer the appropriate amount of money to the bank account of Luca School of Arts, that will in turn forward this amount on a monthly basis to your personal bank account in Belgium.

The procedure is explained in detail on the website of the University of Leuven, the associated university for LUCA School of Arts. 

The Blocked Account procedure for the Search Year can only be used by international graduates from LUCA with non-EEA nationality. The purpose of the Search Year is to allow them to stay on the territory of a member state for a period of maximum 12 months, when they have completed their studies or research in that specific member state.

The procedure is explained in detail on the website of the University of Leuven, the associated university for LUCA School of Arts.


Calculation of 'means of stay amount' (2024-2025)

All students (First registration or re-enrolment/extension) 

  Monthly amount Example: Full Academic Year
Single Person

1,000 EUR/month  + one-time 100 EUR handling fee

1,000 EUR/month  x 12 months + €100 one-time handling fee

= 12,100 EUR

Married/Children(*)

2,100 EUR/month + one-time 100 EUR handling fee

2,100 EUR/month x 12 months + €100 one-time handling fee

= 25,300 EUR

    Example: semester stay of 6 months (only exchange studies)
Single Person

1,000 EUR/month + one-time 100 EUR handling fee

1,000 EUR/month x 6 months + €100 one-time handling fee

= 6,100 EUR

Married/Children(*)

2,100 EUR/month + one-time 100 EUR handling fee

2,100 EUR/month x 6 months + €100 one-time handling fee

= 12,700 EUR

(*): the amounts mentioned are applicable in order to proof the minimum required amount of financial resources for both students and family members of the student who are traveling along. 

Search Year (only possible for 12 months!)

  Monthly Amount Example: Full Academic Year
Single Person

1,000 EUR/month  + one-time 100 EUR handling fee

1,000 EUR/month  x 12 months + €100 one-time handling fee

= 12,100 EUR

Married/Children(*) 2,100 EUR/month + one-time 100 EUR handling fee

2,100 EUR/month x 12 months + €100 one-time handling fee

= 25,300 EUR

* The application for family reunion will be done, based on your search year registation. Information on how to apply for a family reunion visa can be best acquired through your local city office of residence.


Sending Money

Do not transfer money to the account of LUCA before you have contacted the Admission office! Please follow the following steps. 

  1. Inform the LUCA Admission office by sending a short notification to admissions@luca-arts.be about your intention to use the blocked account procedure. Also, clearly mention your name + academic year + choice of degree programme + campus location 
  2. Wait for a reply from the LUCA Admissions Office before you wire the requested amount to our bank account.
  3. Send the required blocked account amount to the bank account of LUCA School of Arts (details below). Clearly mention your full name + academic year+ your degree programme + campus location as reference code. If your blocked account is for the purpose of a search year (and not for study) please provide the following reference instead: Full name + search year 12 months​.
  4. Once the due total amount has been transferred to the LUCA account, the Admissions office will issue an official statement on your behalf for the Belgian Embassy, Consular Post or Visa Application Center which will be dealing with your study visa application. 
  5. Upon arrival in Belgium it is strongly advised to open a Belgian bank account as soon as possible.
  6. From the beginning of the academic year at the end of each month, LUCA Financial Department will transfer the monthly amount for the upcoming month into the student's Belgian (or alternatively European) bank account.

Bank details LUCA School of Arts

Address LUCA: LUCA School of Arts, Paleizenstraat 70, 1030 Brussel
International Bank Account Number (IBAN): BE31 4252 0317 2155
Bank Identification Code (BIC): KREDBEBB
Bank name: KBC Bank
Bank address: KBC Bank Brussels,  Turn & Taxis, Opzichterstraat 1, 1080 Brussel, Belgium.


Refund policy in case of withdrawal

In case you need to withdraw from your studies (for any possible reason) after you've received your personal Proof of Solvency Certificate, please note that LUCA will withheld a one-time administrative fee of €100 when processing a refund.

Contact Information Admissions Office

Contact information Admissions Office:

admissions@luca-arts.be