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'.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Certificate B2 or NT2 level 5 from a university language centre
- Certificate of Interuniversity Language Test Dutch for Non-Refugees (ITNA)
- Certificate of Dutch as a Foreign Language (CNaVT) - "Proficiency in Higher Education" or "Educational Proficiency
- Certificate of NT2 Adult Education Centre 'Vantage' (levels 3.1 and 3.2)
- Certificate B2 delivered by one of the following test centres
- Successful State Examination NT2 programme 2 (Netherlands)
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.
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