For Bachelor Programmes (both professional and academic) the general admission requirement is the Flemish Diploma van secundair onderwijs, the secondary school-leaving certificate. If a foreign qualification is recognised on the basis of a Flemish decree, a Belgian law, a European directive or an international convention, the holder will have direct access to bachelor’s programmes. Admission may also be granted to students, after individual assessment of their secondary education diploma, if it gives access to higher education in the student’s country of origin. The higher education institution boards are also allowed to admit persons who cannot meet the general admission requirement.
Academic Bachelor Degrees give direct access to Master Programmes. Some Master Degrees will give access to advanced Master Programmes (at least another 60 ECTS credits), in some cases after a preliminary examination. The institution board will stipulate which Master Degrees give access to these specialised and advanced Master programmes. Professional Bachelor Degrees may give access to some Master Programmes after a bridging programme. The programme and study workload will be determined by the institution board, with due consideration for individual skills, working experience, qualifications and competences of the student after an evaluation interview.
Foreign higher education degrees give access to Master Programmes (including the advanced Master Programmes) if the higher education institution boards consider the foreign higher education degree equivalent to the Flemish higher education degree giving access to the programmes concerned.
Doctoral Programmes are open to graduates with a relevant Master Degree, in some cases after a preliminary examination (depending on the study field). Foreign higher education degrees give access to Doctoral Programmes if the university board considers the foreign higher education degree equivalent to a Flemish Master Degree. The admission may still depend on a preliminary examination.
The individual admission decisions take into account:
Entry examinations must be passed by any student (Flemish or other) who wants to take up studies in Dentistry, Medicine and Fine Arts.
A number of professional Bachelor degrees give access to subsequent Bachelor programmes (at least 60 ECTS credits). A preliminary examination may be required. The institution board will stipulate which Bachelor degrees give access to these profession-oriented specialisation programmes.