Acces conditions to the Bachelor — EU (outside Belgium)

The access conditions for 1st cycle studies are governed by articles 107 to 109 of the Decree of 7 November 2013 defining the landscape of higher education and the academic organisation of studies.

Can enrol in first-cycle university studies in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation:

Any candidate with a secondary school diploma other than the Certificate of Belgian Higher Secondary Education (CESS), the European Baccalaureate issued by the High Council of European Schools or the International Baccalaureate (IB) issued by the International Baccalaureate Office of Geneva, must obtain recognition of equivalence for their secondary school diploma with the CESS.

This recognition must be requested from the Equivalence Service of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation until July 15th at the latest.

Another solution for obtaining a legal title for access to university studies in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation is to pass the admissions examination for 1st cycle university studies.

There are special conditions for certain courses of study:

Access to studies in Civil Engineering/Architecture is conditional upon the successful completion of a special entrance exam organised by each of the four university institutions of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation which offers a programme in School of Engineering. Therefore, you will need to present the certificate of achievement of the special admissions exam for studies in Engineering (only the mathematical section if you have an equivalence, or the entire exam if you do not have an equivalence).

Furthermore, the programmes in Veterinary Medicine, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Medicine, or Dentistry are subject to special conditions. The procedure that applies to them is described on a special page:

Specific coniditons for Veterinary Medicine, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Medicine or Dentistry

Since the 2023-2024 academic year, an mandatory entrance competition is organised for medical and dental studies.



Universities in the French Community of Belgium may refuse the registration application of a non-fundable student on the basis of his or her academic record (cf. art. 5 of the decree of 11 April 2014).

This measure applies in particular to students who already have a certain number of registrations in the same course of study (without having obtained a degree).

In addition, students who enrol in a course of study after failing twice in a competitive examination or any test enabling them to undertake or continue higher education in the same course of study are not eligible for funding.

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updated on 3/1/24

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