Equivalences obligatoires


To continue higher education in the French Community

When should I submit my file ?

Your file must be submitted between 15 November 2023 and 15 July 2024 AT THE LATEST (postal stamp is proof).

If you cannot comply with the limit date of deposit, please refer to the section “Derogation possibilities”.

- Submit your file as soon as possible and do not wait until the last minute
- If you already have a certificate, submit your file as from 15 November 2023.
- Submit your file by registered letter

How should I forward my file ?

- First option: Send the file by post (the postal stamp is proof).
Service des équivalences de l'enseignement obligatoire
Rue A. Lavallée, 1
1080 Bruxelles

- Second option: Bring the complete file to the offices of the Equivalence department of secondary education, only by appointment. Only the complete files (both in content and format) will be accepted at the counter during an appointment.

You can make an appointment:

  • by telephone on 02/690.86.86

-We strongly recommend to send all the documents together by registered mail.
-We strongly recommend to check the file submission deadlines before making an appointment.



Which documents to supply ?

1) Your end of studies certificate and the associated summary of marks

These two documents must be submitted as certified copies.

2) A copy of your identity card or of an excerpt of your birth certificate.

3) A covering letter or justification form

A letter in French signed with your names, first names, address that motivates the type and field of studies you wish to start.

4) A proof of access to higher education (also as certified copy)

Access to higher education is not free. If you hold a certificate of end of secondary education, you effectively must pass a selection process.

It is therefore recommended to provide a document that confirms that you had access to higher education in your country (proof of registration, proof of passing...) if available.

5) The ORIGINAL proof of payment of the administrative fee

The administrative fee for an equivalence application amounts to 200 €. By way of derogation of the above, those fees amount to 150€ for the countries in this list: list.

This sum must be paid before 15 July 2024.
You can pay the administrative costs online. Please print the proof of transaction and enclose it with your letter for equivalence application.

If you don’t pay online click here.

How should I have my documents certified ?

Find out everything about the certification procedure.


How should I have my documents translated ?

If your documents are written in French, German, English, Spanish (Castellan), Italian, Dutch or Portuguese, they do not need translating.

All the above mentioned documents written in another language (except the proof of payment) must be translated into French.

Find out everything about the translation procedure.


To start Higher Education in the French-speaking community as from September 2024, the period for submitting the files runs from 15 November 2023 and 15 July 2024 at the latest.

If you deposit your file at our office after making a previous appointment, your file will only be accepted if it is complete. You will then receive a proof of deposit.

You can send us you file by post, the Equivalence Department. will give you:

  • if your file is complete: the result of the analysis of your file and your decision of equivalence will be sent to the address you indicated in your file;
  • if your file is not complete: a request for additional information to complete your file.

The equivalences will be issued from 1 March 2024.

Decree 30%

The Decree limits the number of non-resident students to 30% in the courses leading to the following academic degrees:

  • In Universities:

- bachelor in physiotherapy and rehabilitation;
- bachelor in veterinary sciences;
- bachelor in psychological sciences and Education speech therapy orientation;
- bachelor in medicine;
- bachelor in dentistry sciences

  • In the Higher Schools:

- bachelor in kinesiotherapy
- bachelor in speech therapy
- bachelor in audiology

--> Please read the circular non-residents (.pdf) for more information.


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