Assimilation criteria

Assimilation of non-EU students

If you match one of the criteria listed below, you will be put on a par with students from the European Union in all matters involving admission and registration.

> Criteria and documents to be provided


Warning : a guarantor providing (financial) support is no assimilation criterion.


1. My father, mother, legal guardian, spouse or legal cohabitant has the nationality of a member state of the European Union.


2. My father, mother, legal guardian, spouse, legal cohabitant or myself have been granted long-term resident status under the provisions of the Act of 15 December 1980 on “ l’accès au territoire, le séjour, l’établissement et l’éloignement des étrangers”.


3. My father, mother, legal guardian, spouse, legal cohabitant or myself are a refugee candidate, refugee, a stateless person or “person enjoying subsidiary protection” under the provisions of the Act of 15 December 1980.


4. My father, mother, legal guardian, spouse, legal cohabitant or myself live and work in Belgium (as attested by an employment contract, the duration of which is likely to cover the forthcoming academic year, and where gross pay exceeds the statutory minimum wage - student contracts do not apply here) or receive social security benefits.


5. My father, mother, legal guardian, spouse, legal cohabitant or myself are supported by a CPAS and live in a CPAS home or one designated by the CPAS.


6. I have a scholarship granted by the French Community of Belgium or by de ARES-CCD.


To know the required documents, please check the french version of this websitepdf


>Additional information


Legal guardian : The legal guardian concept is based on a court decision, specifying who, in the case of one's parents dying or losing their parental rights, has responsibility for the minor. The legal guardian therefore takes over full (i.e. not just financial) responsibility for his ward.
If your application for admission states that you are dependent on a legal guardian, you will need to provide proof of such by providing a certified copy of the respective legal deed, together with a family declaration (composition de famille) of your guardian stating the guardian-ward relationship.

Financial guardian : a financial guardian is a person who has accepted taking over financial (and nothing but financial) responsibility for another person, and is not designated by a court decision. A financial guardian acts as a financial guarantor for the student, undertaking to support the latter should financial difficulties arise. He basically guarantees that the student will have sufficient financial means to pursue his studies under acceptable living conditions. This has absolutely nothing to do with legal guardianship.


Candidate UN refugee : On Belgian territory, the term 'candidate UN refugee' applies to any person of a nationality other than Belgian who has been officially recognised by the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons (CGRS) as fulfilling the conditions set by the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 and those set by the lax of 15 December 1980 on foreigners' access to the territory, staying and taking up residence, and their expulsion.
Having been recognised as a "candidate UN refugee", the person possesses an "orange" ID card.
If your application from states that you are a candidate UN refugee, you will be requested to attach the attestation obtainable from the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons (CGRS). This document is an absolute must for your application.


UN refugee : On Belgian territory, the term 'UN refugee' applies to any person of a nationality other than Belgian who has been officially recognised by the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons (CGRS) as fulfilling the conditions set by the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 and those set by the lax of 15 December 1980 on foreigners' access to the territory, staying and taking up residence, and their expulsion.
Having been recognised as a "UN refugee", the person in question possesses a "blue" ID card guaranteeing him/her access to Belgian territory.
If your application states that you are a UN refugee, you will be requested to prove your status either by providing us with a copy of your refugee card, or by sending us a recent household declaration on which your status is mentioned.


Please note : Only people with the Belgian-recognised status of a candidate UN refugee or UN refugee will be taken into account.


Address of the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons (CGRS) :
North Gate I
6 boulevard Albert II
B-1000 Brussels
Belgium