Studying in Belgium

The academic year  in Belgium starts on in September and consists of two semesters, autumn semester and spring semester.

Academic year

Autumn semester lasts till the end of January, spring semester starts on the second Monday of February and lasts till the end of June. Both periods consist of educational activities including the evaluation of learning outcomes, the announcement and debriefing of the examination results. Students who fail to pass in the first and second examination period may enroll for the third examination period that runs from the middle of August till the middle of September.

Holiday periods

  • Christmas holidays: 2 weeks at the end of December, beginning of January
  • One week between the first and the second semester
  • Easter holidays: 2 weeks in April
  • Summer holidays: 10 weeks, starting in July and ending at the end of September (the second examination period is included here)

Student services

More info about housing, insurance, transport... can be found on the student services pages.

The Flemish educational system

In Flanders, around 75% of the secondary education students progress to higher education. Half of them decide to study at a university of applied sciences.  

But how does the Belgian educational system compare to your country's educational system?

The Flemish Educational System: what's the difference between a univeristy of applied sciences and a university?

Will I receive a college or university degree?

When you finish a degree programme at Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, you will receive a college degree.

Do I have access to a master's programme after the degree programme? 

Depending on the type of degree programme you're doing, you'll have access to a number of other degree programmes.

When you receive your Bachelor's degree at Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, you'll have acces to a master's degree after finishing a transfer programme. This transfer programme will consist of no more than 90 ECTS-points.

Our university of applied sciences is member of the Ghent University Association. This allows our students to easily progress to a further course of study at one of our local partner institutions, such as Ghent University.