Equivalences obligatoires


To continue higher studies in the French Community

When should I submit my file ?

Your file must be submitted between 15 November 2019 and 15 July 2020 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 don’t wait until the last few days.
-    If you already hold a certificate, submit your file as from 15 November 2019
-    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 Brussels

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

You can make an appointment:

  • on our website: Online form
  • 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 secondary studies certificate and the associated summary of marks

These two documents must be submitted in original and have to be translated (the original translation must be provided)

2) An excerpt of the original birth certificate.

3) A covering letter or justification form

A letter drawn up in French and signed with your names, first names, address and justifying the type and orientation of the studies you wish to start.

4) The ORIGINAL proof of payment of the administrative fee

The administrative fee for an equivalence application amounts to 200 €.

This sum must be paid before 15 July 2020.

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 translated ?

All the above mentioned documents written in Polish, Romanian or Bulgarian (except the proof of payment) must be translated. Find out everything about the translation procedure. 


How do I get my original documents back ?


Find out everything about the return of original documents.


To start studying in Higher education in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation from September 2020, the period for submitting the files runs from 15 November 2019 and 15 July 2020 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 it is not complete: a request for additional information to complete your file.

The equivalences will be issued as from 1 March 2020.

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 High 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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