Study Abroad Belgium.
education is provided in both universities and non-university institutions,
mainly the Hautes Ecoles, which include long cycle and short cycle studies.
The Instituts supérieurs d'Architecture provide long cycles only. University
studies and long cycle studies are of the same level. Article 24 of
the Belgian Constitution lays down the principle of the freedom of teaching
and provides for the existence of state-organized teaching. Within this
constitutional framework, two networks of institutions of higher education
have developed extensively: public institutions set up by the state and
administered by the (linguistic) communities, or by the provincial or municipal
authorities, and private institutions of which the majority are denominational
(Roman Catholic). Private higher education is of considerable importance:
it takes place either in religious institutions or in civic institutions.
The community is responsible for official education. Private institutions
of higher education receive financial aid from the state, subject to certain
Belgium (Flemish Community)
education comprises university and non-university institutions (Hogescholen);
transfer from one type to another is possible. Entrance examinations exist
only for Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering -Architecture, Dental Sciences,
Medical Sciences, Nautical Sciences and Fine Arts. Higher non-university
education offers both short-term (one cycle), three-year study courses and
long-term (two-cycle) four-to five-year study courses of academic level.
There are 24 hogescholen and 6 universities. University education takes
four, five, six or seven years, depending on the discipline. In addition,
hogescholen and universities offer postgraduate (advanced, supplementary
or specialized) training programmes. Courses at postgraduate level are also
organized at postgraduate training institutions, three of which are recognized
by the Flemish government: Vlerick Leuven-Gent Management School, Instituut
voor Tropische Geneeskunde and Instituut voor ontwikkelingsbeleid en-beheer.