Diploma requirements

Diploma conditions

If an international or Belgian student's secondary-school diploma is obtained outside Flanders, LUCA School of Arts may still grant admission to a bachelor's programme if the diploma grants access to similar university studies in one’s home country.

  • Students with a diploma obtained in a country that signed the Lisbon Recognition Convention are admitted if the obtained diploma provides access to higher education in the country in question.
  • Students with a diploma obtained in a country that did not sign the Lisbon Recognition Convention can be admitted if the obtained diploma provides access to equivalent higher education in the country in question. The permission in this case depends on an additional test of the programme’s competences.

To prove this, a candidate may provide either type of valid proof:

  • Certificate of Equivalence (please use the template in attachment)
  • Certificate of registration at or admission to a university in one’s home country

Certified or legalized copies: what does it mean?

Before a public document (like a diploma) can be used in a country other than the one where it was issued, the origin of the document must be authenticated.
The legalisation is done in the country where the document was issued. There are different procedures to authenticate a document. The procedure to follow depends on the country where the document was issued. Please always check the website of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/services/legalisation_of_documents/

There are several ways to authenticate your documents, but core element is always that the certification or legalisation is being done in the country where the diploma or documents were issued.

  1. You can have documents certified by the educational institution that issued the original documents. You can ask your university to issue a new set of original transcripts and either send these to us yourself (preferably in a closed university envelope) or have the university send them to our Admissions Office
  2. You can ask the university who originally issued the documents to make a certified copy of your diploma/transcript/diploma supplement. A ‘certified’ copy is a copy made by an individual or institution authorised to do so, in this case, the academic institution or university that granted your transcripts/diploma/supplements. They stamp the copy, thereby attesting that it is a true copy of the original document;
  3. If the country where the diploma was issued has signed "The Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents" (1961), in that case the copy of your diploma or transcripts has to bear the "Apostille". For more information on this convention, to see whether the country where your diploma was issued has signed the convention and to find out who can put an apostille on the copy of your diploma, go to the official website:https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/conventions/status-table/?cid=41
  4. Legalisation by the Belgian Embassy: http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/services/legalisation_of_documents
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