Belgian Education System
Education in Belgium is regulated and for the most part financed by one of the three Belgian language communities: Flemish, French and German-speaking. Each community has its own school system, with small differences among them.
Secondary school is divided into four general types which take 6 years to complete. Each type consists of a set of different directions that may vary from school to school.
– General Secondary Education
– Technical Secondary
– Vocational Secondary Education
– Art Secondary Education
In Belgium anybody with a qualifying diploma of secondary education is admissible to any bachelor study (university or vocational), except:
– Medicine: students must take an entrance exam
– Arts: students must take an entrance exam; mostly practical
– Engineering: students must take an entrance exam if they intent to study for a Master of Science degree
– Management studies: business schools generally conduct an admission test for students who want to pursue an MBA or Master of Financial Management.
Higher Education system
Higher education in Belgium is organized by the two main language communities, the Dutch /Flemish speaking and the French speaking community.
Higher education in Flanders (the Dutch speaking community) is organized in Universities and Polytechnics. The French Community organises higher education in Universities (6 universities), but makes a difference between the two types of schools that make up polytechnics: Hautes écoles and Écoles supérieures des Arts. (Source: wikipedia)
The following qualifications are delivered by higher education institutions in Belgium:
- Bachelor: the duration of study is three years; 180 ECTS. There is a distinction between the bachelor degrees from universities and polytechnics.
– Polytechnics issue ‘professional bachelor degrees
– Universities award ‘academic bachelor degrees
- Master: the duration of study is one or two years; 60 or 120 ECTS.
- Doctor of Philosophy, PhD: the duration of study is 4 years.