Hasselt is the provincial capital of Belgian Limburg and located just a ten-minute drive from Maastricht. There is plenty to see and do in Hasselt. Hasselt has a rich history that dates back to prehistoric times. With 73,000 inhabitants, Hasselt is a medium-sized city. Thanks to several urban renovation projects, it has become increasingly green over the past few years. Areas that have been completely revitalized include the Groene Boulevard (a ring road with lots of greenery), Kolonel Dusart Square with its underground car park, and several residential districts.

Hasselt is very future-oriented. A good example of this includes the expansion of the Grenslandhallen exhibition and events centre with the Ethias Arena and the opening of Belgium's first covered theme park, Plopsa Indoor Hasselt (9,000 m2). The University of Hasselt is also expanding, with construction currently underway on a second campus adjacent to the present Diepenbeek campus.