Universities offer high-quality training programmes in 21 extremely varied fields in the human and social sciences, health, art and science and technology. Besides a thorough knowledge of the chosen subject matter, university education provides students with a solid general education and an introduction to scientific research, both basic and applied.
The universities offer courses in the following areas:
Human and Social sciences
- Languages, Literature and Translation Studies
- History, Art History and Archaeology
- Information and communication
- Politics and Sociology
- Economics and Management
- Psychology and Education
- Veterinary Science
- Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
- Public Health
- Motor skills
Science and technology
- Agriculture and Biological Engineering
- Engineering and Technology
- Building and planning
- Performing arts and broadcasting and communication technologies
There are six universities in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. All are recognised and subsidised by the Federation:
- The Catholic University of Louvain (UCL);
- The Free University of Brussels (ULB) ;
- The University of Liège (ULiège);
- The University of Mons (UMons);
- The University of Namur (UNamur);
- The Saint-Louis University, Brussels (USL-B).
Organisation of studies
University courses are organised into three cycles:
The 1st cycle studies correspond to 180 credits (3 years) and lead to the award of a Bachelor's degree.
The 2nd cycle studies lead to the award of:
- A Master after successful completion of 60 credits (1 year) or 120 credits (2 years).
- A qualification as medical doctor or veterinarian after passing 180 credits (3 years).
The second cycle studies can also lead to the award of an Advanced Master (at least 60 credits). This Master makes it possible to earn a specialised professional qualification and is accessible only to students who already hold a Master’s degree.
The third cycle of studies lead to the award of the academic degree of Doctor after defending a thesis. See Doctorate.
Universities play a leading role in scientific research in Wallonia-Brussels. Winner of numerous international prizes, research within universities covers multiple fields. The excellence of university research teams allows students to keep their finger on the pulse of the latest developments in science.