Changes to procedure of recognition of foreign diplomas in French-speaking Community

A decree of the government of the French-speaking Community – which entered into force today – introduces changes regarding the procedure of recognition of the equivalence of higher education diplomas and certificates obtained abroad.

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The Decree of 29 June 2016 of the Government of the French Speaking Community entered into force on 15 September 2016.

The main changes are:

  • Procedure split into two: choice between a full academic equivalence (level and field of studies) and an equivalence of the level only (which does not mention the field of studies).
  • Costs lowered for graduates from certain countries.
  • Procedure adapted to refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection (e.g. costs or documents to be presented).
  • Different procedures for the equivalence of diplomas in order to work (competence of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation) or to study (competence of the educational establishments).

The Decree can be consulted here.

For further information, please have a look at the website of Ciré, who prepared a short analysis of this new decree (in French).

Publication Date: Thu 15 Sep 2016
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