Admission degree students

Aside from making a well-informed choice of study, you are required to meet the admission requirements before starting the online application.

Structure of Higher Education in Flanders

This may be different from your country. If you are interested in a Master, note that there are 3 types of masters: initial and advanced (subsequent) master programmes and master programmes in Teaching (in Dutch). More information about the structure of Higher education in Flanders can be found here (Higher Education Register) or on the website Study in Flanders

Choice of Study

It is important to make a well-motivated choice when selecting the programme of your interest.

Our Study Guide ( provides you with information about the programme, admission requirements but also gives you options for when you have graduated!

Academic Admission Requirements

Language requirements

In brief, all bachelor programmes are taught in Dutch (with the exception of the Bachelor of Social Sciences - application at Vrije Universiteit Brussel). English is the language of instruction in a number of Master programmes. The common language in the Doctoral Schools is English.

Basic Diploma

Admission is granted on the basis of a diploma, irrelevant of nationality. Most qualifications obtained abroad do not grant direct admission. This means that the diploma is not automatically recognised as equivalent to a Flemish diploma and that admission can be granted after an individual application procedure.

During the application procedure, we will assess the basic diploma and will check if you have acquired the same or equivalent competences as a student with a Flemish diploma with direct access. To check the admission requirements of the programme of your interest, please go to the Study Guide.

Please check the diploma requirement applicable to you, by selecting the type of programme you want to apply for:

Financial Means

Students who want to study at our university have to dispose of sufficient financial means to cover all expenses during the whole period of study.

Only  a limited number of scholarships is available, granted on a competitive basis. 

How to Apply?

  1. Check application deadlines
  2. Start up the application procedure
  3. Legalise your documents

Behind the scenes

  • The Registrar's Office will check the general, academic requirements and the authenticity of the provided documents, before sending the application file through to the faculty involved, for assessment of your application.
  • The faculty will go into more detail and determine whether the candidate's degree is sufficiently related and will decide on whether or not to grant admission. Other application documents, such as CV and grade sheets, will also be considered in the decision-making.
  • On average, it takes around 3 months after the application package has been received to have a result.

Contact the International Admissions Desk

The International Admissions Desk (IAD) is part of the Registrar's Office.