Info for foreign students

Our 2 options for international students can be found here.

Are you from the Netherlands?

With a Dutch VWO or MBO diploma (level 4 BOL) or HAVO diploma + propaedeutic year, you can immediately start a professional bachelor's programme. For the academic art programmes, only a VWO diploma is sufficient.

A HAVO diploma is not sufficient to enrol for a bachelor's programme in Flanders. However, this diploma is sufficient to enrol for a Flemish graduate programme.

Are you from Wallonia or another European country?

These diplomas give direct access to a Flemish bachelor programme:

  • Certificat d' Enseignement secondaire supérieur (French Community of Belgium)
  • European Baccalaureate Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma / Diplôme du Baccalauréat International
  • Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife / Abitur (Germany)
  • Baccalauréat with minimum score 10/20 (France)  

Attention: you still have to fulfil the language requirements (see below). If you have another diploma, you can submit a dossier that we will assess. Read how to do this under 'Submitting a dossier'.

Language requirements

Anyone who has obtained a diploma of secondary or higher education at a Dutch-speaking institution automatically meets the language requirements. In all other cases, you have to submit a dossier. You provide the necessary evidence and attestations via admissions@ehb.be.

For the majority of the bachelor's programmes, you have to demonstrate that you have a command of Dutch at a minimum level of B2. This can be done in various ways:

  • Proving that you have passed the exams of at least one academic year in Dutch-language secondary or higher education,
  • or passing a Dutch language exam that corresponds to level B2 of the European Framework of Reference.

The following certificates are accepted for bachelor programmes:

For the graduate programmes, you must be able to demonstrate that you have a command of Dutch at a minimum B1+ level. This can be done in various ways:

  • demonstrating that you have successfully completed the exams of at least one academic year in Dutch-language secondary or higher education;
  • or having passed a Dutch language exam that corresponds to level B2 of the European Framework of Reference.

The following certificates are accepted for graduate programmes:

  • Certificate B1+ or NT2 level 4 from a university language centre
  • Certificate of NT2 Adult Education Centre 'Treshold' (levels 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4)
  • B1+ certificate from one of the following test centres

Starting with a master

You can start a Master of Arts programme if your foreign diploma is equivalent to the required basic diploma, both in terms of content and scope. To determine this, you submit a dossier. If this shows that you cannot enrol, we immediately determine whether you can start with a preparatory or transitional programme.

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Filing a case

You submit your file to the student secretariat of the programme you want to start.
A file certainly contains:

  • a legalised copy of the obtained diploma and the obtained diploma supplements (length of study, ECTS, the followed courses)
  • a sworn translation of all documents into Dutch, French or English
  • a declaration of the competent ministry of education that the obtained diploma gives access to university studies in the country of origin

Tuition fee

Learn more about tuition fee here.