Admission to the University

The entry requirements for all UMONS degree courses vary depending on previously attained qualifications and the level of study you wish to follow.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES (BACHELOR)

Students who possess one or more of the following credentials may register on an undergraduate degree programme at UMONS:

  • A Belgian School Leavers’ Certificate (CESS) issued during or after the 1993-1994 academic year by an accredited secondary school or a school of Continuing Education in the French Community before 1st January 2008, and approved by the French Community if it was issued after this date, or, equivalent certificates issued by the Board of Education of the French Community during or after 1994
  • A Belgian School Leavers’ Certificate (CESS) issued before the end of the 1992-1993 academic year along with official documentation attesting to the student’s aptitude for higher education (equivalent to a “DAES” in Belgium);
  • A degree awarded by a higher education institution of the French Community that officially recognises academic degrees issued by other universities or higher education institutions, in accordance with the Decree of 31st March 2004
  • A higher education certificate or diploma, issued by a school of continuing education;
  • A Transcript of Results that attests to the passing of the relevant entrance exam(s) coordinated by higher education institutions or by the Board of Education of the French Community; this document will allow registration for studies in the sectors or fields it indicates
  • Qualifications similar to those aforementioned, issued by the Flemish Community, the German-speaking Community, or the Royal Military School
  • A foreign qualification identical in level to those mentioned in the above four points, in accordance with European law or international convention (please refer to the page on Equivalence of Degrees and Other Qualifications)
  • Official documentation attesting to the student’s aptitude for higher education (DAES), issued by the examining board of the French Community.

 

In order to take first year assessments, students must provide proof of sufficient command of the French language, which can be achieved by one of the following methods:

  • Providing either a certificate or other official documentation issued in the French Community, as mentioned in Article 107 of the Decree of the 7th November 2013, or, in accordance with provisions established by the Belgian Government, official documentation attesting to sufficient command of the French language to be able to pursue higher education
  • Passing a specific French exam organised by the Academy for Higher Education and Research (ARES) in accordance with provisions established by the Belgian Government
  • Providing official documentation attesting to the passing of one of the relevant entrance exams for admission onto a course of higher education, as outlined in the “Paysage” decree and organised in the French Community.

Universities hold French language proficiency tests at least twice per academic year.

For information about the French Language Proficiency Test at UMONS, please click here.

Students who wish to register for the Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Education – Speech-Language Therapy (Orthophony) are subject to the specific provisions of the Decree of 16th June 2006 of the French Community, which regulates the number of students on certain undergraduate degree programmes.

These students are requested to contact the UMONS Registration Office.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDIES (MASTER)

Students who possess one or more of the following credentials may register for a Master’s degree programme at UMONS:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from the same curriculum as the desired Master’s programme
  • A Master’s degree in the same field, but with a different specialist focus
  • A university degree that allows registration for postgraduate studies, pursuant to a decision of the academic authorities and any additional requirements they establish
  • Qualifications similar to those previously mentioned, issued under the same conditions by the French Community (or other), pursuant to a decision of the academic authorities and any additional requirements they establish
  • A foreign degree identical in level to the two above points, in accordance with the Decree of the 7th November 2013, European Law or international convention.

Following the admissions procedure, students may be required to follow extra classes.
The following credentials are also considered for admission onto a Master’s degree programme at UMONS:

  • A vocational degree, pursuant to a decision of the Government or academic authorities and any additional conditions they establish, without being more restrictive than those set by the Government or making any distinction between institutions having issued the academic degree
  • A similar academic degree awarded by a higher education institution in the French Community (or other), pursuant to a decision of the academic authorities and any additional requirements they establish
  • A foreign degree identical in level to the two above points, in accordance with the Decree of the 7th November 2013, European Law or international convention.

Following the admissions procedure, students may be required to follow extra classes for a maximum of 60 additional credits. These credits are part of the student’s programme.

Students who wish to register for a Master’s degree with a teaching focus or the AESS course (AESS = Certificate of Teaching for Upper Secondary Education) must provide proof of sufficient command of the French language. For more information, please click here: French Language Proficiency Exam.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR DOCTORAL STUDIES (PhD)

Students who possess one or more of the following credentials can register for a doctoral programme (PhD) at UMONS:

  • A Master’s degree which accounts for at least 120 credits
  •   Qualifications similar to the aforementioned, issued by the French Community (or other) in accordance with the terms and conditions set by the academic authorities
  • A foreign qualification, equivalent in level to those mentioned in the first two points, issued in accordance with European Law or international convention
  • Pursuant to the preceding paragraph, and in accordance with the terms and conditions set by the academic authorities, a student who holds a postgraduate-level degree issued in the French Community (or other) that does not meet the requirements to register for a PhD programme, but accounts for at least 300 credits validated by the examining board, can, however, be admitted onto a PhD programme by the Board of Education in accordance with the terms and conditions it establishes.

Students cannot gain the title of “Doctor” if they do not pass the doctoral training.