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Frequently Asked Questions

Let's suppose you are about to receive a diploma from a foreign school or an institution of higher learning within the French-speaking Community, and you want to pursue your studies at the University of Liège.

Here are the Admissions Office's most frequently asked questions. 

 

What diploma do you have to have in order to begin university studies ?

According to the regulations, you can choose from among the following possibilities :

  • Belgian Certificate of Higher Secondary Education (C.E.S.S.)
  • Belgian Certificate of Higher Secondary Education (C.E.S.S.) + an attestation that you successfully passed the DAES examination if your diploma was awarded no later than at the end of the 1992-1993 school year
  • a diploma issued by an institution of higher learning of the French-speaking Community
  • a higher education degree issued by an institution of continuing adult education
  • a European baccalaureate issued by the High Council of the European School
  • an international baccalaureate issued by the International Baccalaureate Office in Geneva
  • a secondary school diploma recognized to be equivalent to the Certificate of Higher Secondary Education (C.E.S.S.) of the French-speaking Community of Belgium, and if necessary an attestation of your having successfully passed any complementary examination you were required to take
  • an attestation of your having successfully passed an admission examination for the 1st cycle of university studies
  • an attestation of your having successfully passed an admission examination for the 1st cycle of studies in the applied sciences, required for registration in the the 1st year of engineering
  • besides the legal title to access, some students are subject to additional conditions

I don't have a secondary school diploma. Can I still begin university studies ?

In order to register for first-cycle university studies,  it is necessary that you have an acceptable credential giving you the right to register.

If you do not hold any of the diplomas previously mentioned, or an attestation of complete equivalency to the Belgian C.E.S.S. issued by the Ministry of the French-speaking Coimmunity, you can still take the general admission examination for first cycle university studies or maturity examination (D.A.E.S.) organized by the Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles.

Please note: If you are a citizen of a country outside the European Union, you can only take the universitary examination if you are officially eligible to be "admitted" to the University of Liège (as attested by a letter from the Admissions Office).

How do I register if I have a high school diploma of the Flemish-speaking Community?

A high school diploma in the Flemish Community opens the same rights as a high school diploma in the French Community.
You will however be subject to the examination of proficiency in the French language.

How do I register if I have a high school diploma from German-speaking Community?

A high school diploma in German-speaking Community opens the same rights as a high school diploma in the French Community.
You are not subject to the review of mastery of the French language.

Where can I get a form for applying for admission ?

Before supplementing the form of application, you must check if you answer the conditions fixed, according to your European nationality or your non-European nationality.

On each one of these pages, you will find a link to the online form.  PDF downloadable versions of the various forms of admission are also available on these pages.

What is the last day on which I can submit an admissions file ?

The deadline for submitting files for students who are citizens of countries outside the European Union is April 30, previous the academic entry (September).

The deadline for submitting files for students who are citizens of Member States of the European Union is August 15, previous the academic entry (September).
Reminder: students from European Union countries who want to register to 1st year bachelor are not required to pre-register.

For Belgian students in reorientation, the deadline may be extended until September 15.

How much French do I need to do my studies at the University of Liège ?

To study at the University of Liège, your level of French will be at least an intermediate level or "B2" by European Framework of Reference.
If you graduated from a non-francophone institution and wish to enroll in the first cycle, you will be subject to an examination of proficiency in the French language.

Can I get a scholarship ?

Our University offers a very limited number of scholarships and they are not intended for first registration.

We suggest you to check with the authorities in your country if there are opportunities to finance your studies.

You can also contact the Consulate or the Belgian Embassy to know the conditions for granting scholarships for our country. However, we draw your attention to the fact that these scholarships are rare, they are not granted in all countries and they generally target enrollment beyond the first cycle of higher education.

As part of your fundraising, you must take into account the estimated annual budget of a student, you will find at the following address: www.ulg.ac.be /cout-etudes).

A study year costs about € 10,000. To this amount should be added to the registration fee.

We inform you that the University of Liège only examines files application if they are accompanied by a financing plan, with evidence of sufficient resources to carry out your studies.

In addition, we remind you that a certificate of "support", supplemented by a guarantor residing in Belgium or a stock agency, you will be requested by the Embassy or Consulate to issue a residence visa for studies .

How is the procedure to get my visa ?

Before you go to the Embassy or Consulate of Belgium to file your visa application, obtain from this instance accurate and updated list of required documents : an incomplete file may lead to refusal of a visa or compel you to multiply the steps and movements sometimes lengthy, costly and time consuming. For more information: http://diplomatie.belgium.be/fr/Services/venir_en_belgique

What students should contact the admissions department ?

These are, firstly, all students holding a non-Belgian diploma (even students of Belgian nationality) and all students from a country outside the EU (even if they have a Belgian diploma). The procedure is explained on page http://www.ulg.ac.be/admissions

What are the documents required to constitute an admission application ?

The key documents are:

- A letter of motivation
- An identity document
- The high school diploma + transcripts
- The degree(s) + graduate transcripts
- A certificate of classification
- The scheme of studies in the country where you studied
- A summary of the work of graduation
- A proof of knowledge of the French language
- Official proof of the last five years (employment certificates specifying the start and end of activity or transcripts case studies)
- A financing plan

The list of documents to be produced according to your particular case is communicated to you at the end of the online form or last page of the paper form encoding process.

I have a diploma of secondary studies abroad. Do I need a certificate of equivalence ?

With the exception of students who have obtained a European baccalaureate issued by the Supreme Council of the European School or International Baccalaureate awarded by the International Baccalaureate Office in Geneva, all students who received a high school diploma to abroad need to have access to university studies first cycle, obtain the equivalence between graduation and CESS (certificate of upper secondary education).

The equivalency records must be submitted before July 15. The procedure is detailed on the website of the Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles.

How much are tuition fees at the University of Liège ?

If you are a European student, click here.
If you are not a European student, click here.

I have a diploma from a foreign country. At what level will I be admitted ?

The level at which you may be admitted depends on a number of factors: the type of diploma you hold currently, the subject area you want to study, the number of years of study you have already passed successfully, the number of classroom hours you accumulated, the content of your training and the significance of the grades you received.

If you have a secondary education diploma, you can apply for admission to 1st year bachelor.

If you have already begun university studies, you can request partial recognition of previous work as part of a mid-year admission(bachelor's or master's, depending on the number of years successfully completed).

If you already have a university diploma awarded after completion of 5 years of studies, you can apply for admission to an advanced Master's programme or a doctoral programme.

I am a citizen of the European Union. What is the procedure I have to follow in order to register for 1st year?

If you are a citizen of a Member State of the European Union you can register directly for 1st year, without having to submit an admissions file, as long as you satisfy the requirements for admission, and you have the legal right to be admitted
to first-cycle university studies
.

Where can I find the list of transitions that applies to the credentials I hold ?

You have a diploma from higher education, you can consult the Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles website, which will show you all the possibilities available to you.

Then you consult our special conditions for access to the Master to verify that the master you want is held at the ULg.

What can I do if the transition I am interested in is not on the list mentioned in the transition regulations?

If admission to the Master's programme you want to enter is not provided, it may still be possible to request individualised admission to first-cycle studies (2nd or 3rd year of a bachelor's programme) with the understanding that you will be admitted later to the Master's programme you are interested in.

I am working, but I would like to go back to school while continuing to work. Is that possible?

If you are unable to attend school full-time, there are still two possibilities open :

1) you can extend the programme over two years :

You can arrange a plan to divide up your course examinations with your jury.
In such a case, you will register normally. During the first year of studies, you will have to pay regular registration fees and during the second year, you will receive a special price for the period during which you complete your plan to divide up your course examinations (you will find the list of the registration fees on this page).

2) carry out your studies via the Jury of the French-speaking Community :

With this option, you do not register until you are ready to take the examinations that are part of the programme. You are not registered as a regular student; you only register for one examination session at a time (January + June or September). In order to register with the Jury of the French-speaking Community, you must prove that you are unable to attend classes (an attesntation from your employer or an authorization from the Forem is customary). If you do wish to attend classes, the best thing to do would be to register to audit classes. For more information and for registration with the Jury of the French-speaking Community, contact the Registration Service.

Please note that certain courses of study are on a staggered schedule: public health sciences and management sciences.

Can I get credit for prior work experience in order to be exempted from a preparatory year of study leading to the Master's programme I want to enter?

Your previous work experience in the area of the Master's programme you want to enter, if it is significant, may be judged as sufficient to exempt you from a preparatory year. In such a case, you will request individualised admission on the basis of your individual file.

 I don't have a diploma, but I have years of valuable work experience. Can I get credit for that?

If you can prove that you have at least 5 years of work experience in the appropriate subject area, you can submit a file to
the jury, requesting admission to a Master's programme through credit for life experience (VAE). 

I have an adult continuing education diploma. Are there any automatic transitions available for me ?

Unless your adult continuing education diploma is recognized as equivalent, your application for admission must be supported by an admissions file. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

I hole an older type of diploma, a "graduat". Can I also take advantage of transitions specified in the regulations ?

Under the law of correspondence of July 6, 2007, formerly issued degrees and diplomas that correspond to current degrees and diplomas are eligible to take advantage of the same transitions that are provided for those current credentials.

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