Higher education in Flanders is organised at universities and at university colleges (‘hogescholen’). Whereas most training programmes at the university colleges prepare students for a specific profession, such as nursing and translation work, university curricula are typically more academic and generic.
All students who have obtained a certificate of secondary education or an equivalent foreign diploma, are admitted to tertiary education. However, some courses are subject to an entrance exam, e.g., medicine and dentistry at the university, and courses that focus on art at the university colleges.
The three essential factors are:
Bachelor – Master in Flanders
Flanders has introduced the Bachelor-Master structure by decree in 2004-2005 for all Higher Education Institutions. The use of the ECTS credit system (60 credits per academic year) is also compulsory. Each course represents a minimum of 3 credits. One credit represents 25 to 30 hours of a student’s workload.