Proficiency in French

To be eligible for exams for a Bachelor degree or an upper secondary teaching qualification (Agrégation), students must be able to prove that they have sufficient command of the French language.

French language proficiency tests are held by all French-speaking higher education institutions in Belgium. A pass certificate for this test, gained in one of the institutions, is valid in all the others.

For practical details, click here.

You are exempted from the test if you hold:

  • an upper secondary school-leaving certificate (CESS) or a short-type full-time higher education diploma awarded by an institution within the French Community of Belgium

  • an upper secondary school-leaving certificate (CESS) or a full-time short-type higher education diploma awarded by an institution within the German Community of Belgium

  • A Belgian or foreign diploma awarded on completion of secondary studies or a higher education course followed in an institution where the language of instruction is French (see the list)

  • A degree awarded in Luxembourg (see the list)

  • A Moroccan baccalaureate or degree awarded on completion of a higher education course

  • Any other foreign degree awarded on completion of secondary studies or a higher education course followed in an institution where the language of instruction is at least in part French and after being tested by the authorities responsible for issuing the certificate of equivalence for the degree.

  • A pass certificate for the university admission exam

  • A pass certificate for the special admission exam for engineering sciences

Good to know

During the summer (August and September) the university offers French courses in preparation for this French language proficiency test.