6. Learning French

In Wallonia-Brussels, the language of instruction and assessment of higher education studies is French, which is why a good command of the language is required in most fields of study.

  • During 1st and 2nd cycle studies (Bachelor and Master), some courses may however be dispensed and assessed in another language, usually English.
  • Some courses can be taught and assessed entirely in English or another foreign language (German, Dutch): this is particularly true of Advanced Bachelors and Advanced Masters but also some other courses that meet specific criteria. Knowledge of French is therefore not required to enrol in these programmes. The list of courses taught fully or partially in English in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation is available on our website via the search engine "courses".
  • Students who have not had the opportunity to learn French but who speak English without difficulty can easily study for a doctorate. Once in the region, they can learn rudimentary French.

There are no overall rules for registering for a Masters degree. Every institution is free to set its own admissions criteria in terms of proficiency in French.
We advise you to get in touch with the registration service at your chosen higher education institution to find out its own requirements.

In order to improve the language skills of foreign students, higher education institutions organise French language courses during the summer holidays or throughout the entire academic year. French conversation groups are also organised by some of them. All information can be obtained in our brochure "Learn French in French-speaking Belgium!" and from the enrolment departments of higher education institutions.

It is generally considered that the level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is the ideal level for studying in French (attending courses, communicating, carrying out pedagogical tasks, etc.).
Sufficient knowledge = independent user (B2).