Belgium

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RECOMMENDATION:

Expect an average of Distinction, or Onderscheiding,

GRADING SYSTEM:  (French or Dutch)

French system 0 – 20 scale:

Plus grande distinction

18 - 20

Excellent, rarely given

Grande distinction

16 – 17.99

Outstanding, not frequently given

Distinction

14 – 15.99

Very good

Satisfaction

12 – 13.99

Satisfactory

     

Dutch system 0 – 100% scale:

Grootse onderscheiding

90 – 100%

Excellent, rarely given

Grote onderscheiding

80 – 89%

Outstanding, not frequently given

Onderscheiding

70 – 79%

Very good

Voldoening

60 – 69%

Satisfactory

     

Individual courses will be graded on the  0 – 20 scale or the 0 – 100 percentage scale.  Each year should have a final mention. Students need a final mention of Satisfaction or Voldoening to pass on to the next year.

Diploma Supplement is available for students after they receive a degree.  The Diploma Supplement will usually show ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) grades, and grades in the particular country’s grading scale.

ECTS grades:

A

Top 10% of the cohort

B

Next 25%

C

Next 30%

D

Next 25%

E

Next 10%

ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) – US schools cut these back by half.

DEGREES:

Kandidaat/Candidat: 2 years

Goegradueerde: 3–4 years

Bachelor/Bachelier: 3 years,  180 ECTS credits

Licence/Licentiaat, 2–3 years after Kandidaat/Candidat -  comparable to US bachelor’s.

Ingenieur/Engineer, 2–3 years after Kandidaat/Candidat -  comparable  to US bachelor’s.

Doctorat/Doctoraat – comparable to US master’s.

Doctorat Speciale/Special Doctoraat – comparable to US PhD.

Agregation de l’Enseignement Superieur – comparable to US PhD.

Agregatie voor het Hoger Onderwijs -  comparable to US PhD.