Take a look at the calendar of a year of higher education studies in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation

What are the highlights of an academic year in Belgium? How is the year organised? When are the exams held? Although there might be slight variations from one institution to the next, as a rule, the calendar of an academic year in French-speaking Belgium is divided up into three terms, each lasting approximately four months. Learning is split over the first two terms, except for certain assessments or professional integration activities.

The 1st term of the academic year of higher education in French-speaking Belgium

Running from September to January, the 1st term is dedicated to teaching, which is organised from mid-September to the end of January. There is a Christmas break from the end of December to early January, during which the revision period and exams are organised. 

The 2nd term of the academic year of higher education in French-speaking Belgium

The 2nd term runs from February to June. During this time, teaching is resumed until mid-May.  Another revision period and exams are scheduled from mid-April to the end of June.

The 3rd term of the academic year of higher education in French-speaking Belgium

Finally, the 3rd term, which runs from July to September consists of a summer break, from early July to mid-August. From mid-August to September, you can re-sit any exams for which you were not happy with the results or which you had not passed during exam sessions.