Admission criteria of the Commission for admissions : 1st year of the 1st cycle for non EU students

Please note that all our bachelor programs are taught in French

The following criteria are for academic year 2015-2016. It is given for information purposes only and can be subject to change.

Academic criteria

  • The candidate must have a diploma of upper secondary education with an average of 13 points out of 20 upon graduation. An equivalence with the certificate of upper secondary education (CESS) of the “Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles” must be obtained before any registration (this requirement does not concern the IBO and the "High School Certificate" (HSC) for which success is sufficient).

  • The candidate must have obtained 12/20 in school subjects directly related to the application, namely:

    • Law: 1st and 2nd language ; If French was not the official language of instruction at the upper secondary school of the candidate, he/she will have to pass a mandatory examination of proficiency in the French language and obtain the level B2;

    • Literature, Translation and Communication: 1st and 2nd language ; If French was not the official language of instruction at the upper secondary school of the candidate, he/she will have to pass a mandatory examination of proficiency in the French language and obtain the level B2;

    • Psychology and Educational Sciences: 2nd language, mathematics, science (physics, chemistry and/or biology depending on the subjects studied by the candidate according to his/her upper secondary diploma);

    • Sciences: 2nd language, mathematics, science (physics, chemistry and/or biology depending on the subjects studied by the candidate according to his/her upper secondary diploma);

    • Economic and management sciences: 2nd language, mathematics, science (physics, chemistry and/or biology depending on the subjects studied by the candidate according to his/her upper secondary diploma);

    • Health Sciences (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, biomedical sciences, pharmacy, Motor Skills ) : 2nd language, mathematics, science (physics, chemistry and/or biology depending on the subjects studied by the candidate according to his/her upper secondary diploma;

    • Architecture: 2nd language, mathematics, science (physics, chemistry and/or biology depending on the subjects studied by the candidate according to his/her upper secondary diploma);

    • Social and political sciences: mathematics: 1st and 2nd language;

    • Engineering Sciences : the success in a specific university entrance exam

  • As regards the amount of time between obtaining the upper secondary school diploma and the applicant's request at the ULB :

    • The candidate who graduated from upper secondary school over the last two years will be admitted according to the abovementioned criteria, including the average of grades. The years of university studies undertaken since since graduation have to be successful.

    • The file of the applicant who obtained his diploma of upper secondary education more than two years before sending the application at the ULB will be subject to an assessment by the commission for admissions. The years of university studies undertaken since graduation have to be successful.

    • The candidate who is in the process of obtaining his diploma of upper secondary education may be admitted if he receives the diploma and meets the abovementioned criteria of average of grades.

Specific cases where it is impossible to get all information or meet the conditions referred to above will also be submitted to the jury’s assessment.


The candidate must prove that he has submitted an equivalence application to the department of equivalence of the “Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles” by providing a proof of the payment of the administrative fees using an official document from its banking institution. All information about the Service of equivalence of compulsory education should be clearly identifiable: :

  • If the candidate's file has already been analyzed by the department, he will provide a proof of submission of the equivalence request.

  • Failing that, any other official document from the equivalences Service, stating that the candidate's application is being processed. The candidate may provide a copy of the online tracking of the progress of their file.


Warning :Article 54 of the General Study Regulations states that the mastery of the French language is required.

Advance deposit

If you are a non-EU student (not legally resident in Belgium and not assimilated to a European student) and want to submit an application for the first year of a bachelor course, you will have to pay an advance deposit of 200 € for administrative costs. The payment has to be made on the account 363-1162423-15 entitled "FRAIS ADM HORS UE " (IBAN: BE83 363116242315 - BIC CODE: BBRU BE BB) quoting in reference:

  • « Frais administratif BA1 HUE »

  • Last name and first name

  • the year of studies requested

This payment is a prerequisite for consideration of the student’s file by the special admission BA1 Commission.

Warning : The applicant is responsible for any additional fees related to international transfer.


The candidate will have to show a proof of payment (required for the submission of a student’s file). The documents accepted are :

  • Debit advice: YES

  • Statement of account : YES

  • Postal transfer of a Belgian post office: YES

  • Bank certificate containing all the information relating to the transfer: YES

  • Transfer Order: NO

  • Money Order: NO

  • Check : NO

  • Internet payment proof: NO

  • Ticket transfer ( "self banking"): NO

  • Cash: NO

  • Receipt of a transfer request: NO


This advance deposit is not refundable in case of refusal of admission or in the event that the candidate does not finalize his/her registration for the academic year.
This is why we strongly advise the candidates to carefully check if they meet the criteria set out above.


Only one application may be submitted per academic year.
Only applicants who have been granted of a partial equivalence that does not give them access to the studies for which the admission file has been introduced or applicants have failed the polytechnic entrance examination will have the opportunity to have their cases reviewed by the Commission in vue of a possible reorientation.