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French language proficiency – Bachelor

1st cycle

Students who wish to enrol in a bachelor programme and who have not earned their secondary school diploma in an institution where classes are given in French must pass a French proficiency exam, unless they are specifically exempted from this requirement.
 

Exemption criteria

Students applying to a bachelor programme may be exempted from the French proficiency exam if they hold:

- A secondary school diploma or a professionally-oriented higher education diploma delivered by an institution under the authority of the German-speaking Community of Belgium

- A Belgian or foreign degree delivered upon completing a secondary education or higher education programme in an institution where classes are given in French.

- A degree delivered in Luxembourg 

- A secondary school diploma (baccalauréat) or higher education degree delivered in Morocco.

- Another foreign degree delivered at the conclusion of a secondary education or higher education programme in an institution where classes are partially given in French, after the relevant authorities have tested the applicant's proficiency and delivered a degree equivalency.

- A certificate of completion of the admission exam.

- A certificate of completion of the special entrance exam for engineering studies

- A certificate of completion of the special entrance exam for medicine and dentistry studies

- A certificate of completion of a French proficiency exam organised by another university or institute of higher education in the French Community of Belgium.

- A certificate of completion of the DAES (higher education teaching degree)

- A secondary school diploma or a professionally-oriented higher education diploma delivered by an institution under the authority of the French Community of Belgium.

Practical considerations

You may sit the exam twice in the same year; you must pass it by May 15; (exam sessions in September, December, and March)

In order to pass, you must demonstrate that your ability to communicate in written and spoken French is at least equivalent to level B2 as defined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, published by the Council of Europe;

The certificate of completion of the French proficiency exam is valid in all universities and higher education institutes in the French Community of Belgium.

The exam

- a written exam: a one-page summary of a 2-3 page article from "Le Monde Diplomatique" or  "Sciences Humaines". 
Duration: 3 hours.

- an oral exam: discussion of the article summarised during the written exam, intended to test the student's comprehension and evaluate their speaking skills;
Duration: 10 minutes

 

You wish to enrol in a second cycle programme?

Please read the provisions on French proficiency for an application to a master programme with a focus on teaching or to the ‘agrégation’ programme.

Updated on February 26, 2019