Frequently asked questions
You are a (future) graduate of a foreign institution, University College, or Graduate School of the Arts of the French Community and you wish to pursue your studies at the University of Liège.
Here are some of the questions that are most frequently asked to the Registration Department.
- Special situations
- What diploma must I have obtained to start university studies?
- I don't have a secondary school diploma. Can I still plan on pursuing university studies?
- How can I register if I have a secondary school diploma from the Flemish Community?
- How can I register if I have a secondary school diploma from the German-speaking Community?
- Where can I find the admissions request form?
- What is the deadline for returning an admissions request?
- What level of French do I need to complete my studies at the University of Liège?
- I am from a country outside of the European Union. Can I benefit from a scholarship?
- How does the visa process work?
- Which students need to contact the Registration Department?
- What are the documents to provide in order to constitute an admissions application?
- I have a foreign secondary school diploma Do I need a certificate of equivalence?
- How much are the registration fees at the University of Liège?
- I have a foreign diploma; at what level will I be admitted?
- I am from the European Union; what is the procedure for registering in 1st year?
- Where can I find the list of bridging programmes open to me?
- What can I do if the bridging programme that I seek is not provided for in the decree?
- I work but would like to resume studies that would allow me to continue my professional activity. Is it possible?
- Can I have my professional experience validated to be exempt from additional credits for the Master that I have chosen?
- I don't have a degree, but I have acquired over the years significant professional experience. How can I use it?
- Does my social advancement diploma provide me access to an automatic bridging programme?
- I have a University College diploma from before 2004 (graduate). Can I also benefit from the bridging programmes provided for in the decree?
- What can I do if I still have doubts about the choice of my section or of a potential reorientation?
- Command of the French language
- Admissions examination for 1st cycle university studies
- Equivalence of a foreign diploma
- Validation of acquired experience (VAE)
- Appeals available to students
- Admission on the basis of a convention
Under the regulations, you have the following options:
- The Belgian Certificate of Higher Secondary Education (C.E.S.S.)
- The Belgian Certificate of Higher Secondary Education (C.E.S.S.) + the certificate of achievement of the DAES if your diploma was obtained no later than the 1992-1993 academic year.
- a diploma issued by an institution of higher learning from the French Community
- a title of higher education issued by a social advancement educational institution
- a European Baccalaureate issued by the High Council of European Schools
- an International Baccalaureate of Geneva, issued by the International Baccalaureate Office of Geneva
- a foreign secondary diploma recognised as equivalent to the Certificate of Higher Secondary Education (C.E.S.S.) of the French Community of Belgium, and if applicable, the certificate of achievement of the additional examinations imposed upon you
- the certificate of achievement of an admissions exam for 1st cycle university studies
- the certificate of achievement of the 1st cycle admissions exam in applied sciences, mandatory for enrolment in a 1st Bachelors in Civil Engineering
- In addition to the legal access, certain students are subject to additional conditions
To register for first cycle university studies, it is necessary to be in possession of a legal access title.
Failing possession of one of the above mentioned diplomas, or of a complete equivalence decision for the Belgian C.E.S.S. issued by the Ministry of the French Community, you have the possibility to take the admissions exam for 1st cycle university studies or the maturity exam (D.A.E.S.) organised by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
: if you are from a country outside the European Union, you will only have access to the exam if you are officially "admissible" to the University of Liège (authorisation letter from the Registration Department) or in another higher learning institution in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
The secondary school diploma obtained in the Flemish Community leads to the same rights as the secondary school diploma obtained in the French Community.
You are not subject to the French language proficiency exam.
The secondary school diploma obtained in the German-speaking Community leads to the same rights as the secondary school diploma obtained in the French Community.
You are not subject to the French language proficiency exam.
Before completing the online admissions request form, you should check if you meet the set conditions, depending on your European or non-European nationality.
On each of these pages, you will find a link to the online form.
The submission deadline for applications from students from a country outside of the European Union is 30 April before the start of the academic year (September).
The submission deadline for applications from students from the European Union is 31 August before the academic year (September).
Reminder: students from the European Union who wish to enrol in 1st year Bachelors are not concerned for pre-registration.
For Belgian students making an orientation change, the deadline can be extended until 15 September.
In order to study at the University of Liège, your level of French must correspond to at least an intermediate level, namely: "B2" according to the European reference framework. If you are a graduate of a non-francophone institution and wish to register for the 1st cycle, you will be subject to a French language proficiency exam.
Our University only offers a limited number of scholarships, and these are not intended for first enrolments.
We suggest that you check with the authorities of your country if there exist possibilities for financing your study project.
You can also contact the Belgian Consulate or Embassy in order to find out the conditions for granting scholarships in our country. Nevertheless, we draw your attention to the fact that these scholarships are rare, that they are not granted in all countries, and that they are generally intended for enrolments beyond the 1st cycle of university studies.
As part of your search for financing, you must take into account the estimation of the annual budget of a student.
One academic year costs about 10,000 EUR. To this amount must be added the registration fees.
We inform you that the University of Liège only reviews admission request applications from individuals from outside the European Union if these applications are accompanied by a financing plan, along with proof of sufficient resources to pursue your studies.
In addition, a certificate of "guardianship", completed by a guarantor residing in Belgium or a grant organisation, will be demanded of these students by the Embassy or the Consulate for the issuance of a student visa.
Before going to the Embassy or Belgian Consulate to submit your visa request application, acquire from this site the precise and updated list of documents required: an incomplete application could lead to a visa refusal or require you to repeat steps and trips which are sometimes long, costly, and tedious.
For more information: http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/Services/venir_en_belgique
These are, firstly, all students who have a non-Belgian diploma (even the students of Belgian nationality) and all students from a non-EU country (even those with a Belgian diploma).
The main documents are:
- A letter of motivation
- An identity document
- The secondary school diploma + transcript
- The university diploma(s) + transcripts
- A classification certificate
- The study pattern from the country in which you have studied
- An abstract of the dissertation
- Proof of knowledge of the French language
- Official supporting documents for the last five years (employment attestation specifying the start and end dates of activities, or transcripts if for studies)
- A financing plan (HUE)
With the exception of students who have obtained a European Baccalaureate issued by the High Council of European Schools or an International Baccalaureate delivered by the International Baccalaureate Office of Geneva, all students having earned a secondary school diploma abroad must, in order to have access to 1st cycle university studies, obtain an equivalence between their diploma and the C.E.S.S. (certificate of upper secondary education).
Equivalency applications must imperatively be submitted before 15 July. The procedure is detailed on the website of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
If you are a national of a European Union country, click here.
If you are not a national of a European Union country, click here.
The level of admission depends on several parameters, namely: the type of diploma that you have, the degree course that you wish to begin, the number of years of study that you have achieved, the number of course hours, the content of your training, and the weighting of results.
If you have a secondary school diploma, you can apply for admission to the first year of a Bachelors programme.
If you have already started university studies, you can request a partial recognition for admission into a ongoing programme (Bachelors or Masters depending on the number of successful years).
If you already have a university diploma obtained after 5 years of study, you can apply for a complementary Masters or for a Doctorate.
If you are a national of the European Union, you will be able to register directly in 1st year, without submitting an admission request application, as long as you meet the access conditions and have a legal title for access to 1st-cycle university studies.
You have a diploma earned from a University College, you can consult the site of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, which will indicate all the possibilities available to you.
You will then consult our special access conditions for Masters in order to check if the Masters that interests you is organised at ULiège.
If access to the Masters that interests you is not provided for, it is perhaps possible to consider a personalised admission to the 1st cycle (2nd or 3rd year of Bachelors) in order to access the Masters at a later date.
I work but would like to resume studies that would allow me to continue my professional activity. Is it possible?
If you are not able to take full-time courses, two possibilities are available to you:
1) request the lightening of your study programme:
You will then agree to a lightening agreement with your jury.
The number of credits recorded in your annual study programme determines your registration fees.
2) complete your studies by way of the Jury of the French Community: In this instance, you only register for the exam when you are ready to take the tests that are part of the programme of this exam. You do not have the
grade of regular student, and you only register for one exam session at a time (January + June or September). To enrol in the Jury of the French Community, you must prove that you are not able to follow courses (a certificate from your employer or an authorisation from FOREM to demonstrate this). If you nevertheless wish to attend lessons, you will need to register as an auditor as well.
Information and Registration for the Jury of the French Community: Registration Department.
You should also be aware that certain study programmes are organised on an off-schedule basis: Public Health Sciences, Management Sciences, and Labour Studies.
Can I have my professional experience validated to be exempt from additional credits for the Master that I have chosen?
Your professional experience in the field of this Masters may, if it is significant, be recognised to exempt you from additional credits by requesting a personalised access on the basis of an individual application.
I don't have a degree, but I have acquired over the years significant professional experience. How can I use it?
If your diploma was issued by an institution of social advancement with authorisation provided for by the Decree, it will give you the same rights in terms of bridging programs. Otherwise, your admission request must go through an admissions application. Don't hesitate to contact us in order to obtain more detailed information.
I have a University College diploma from before 2004 (graduate). Can I also benefit from the bridging programmes provided for in the decree?
Under the correspondence decree of 6 July 2007, the former grades corresponding to the new grades have access to the same bridging programmes.
What can I do if I still have doubts about the choice of my section or of a potential reorientation?
For ULiège students who are thinking about changing orientations, but who still have doubts, the SOU organises special sessions on this topic.