The education system

The Dutch-speaking education and training offer in Brussels is, just like in Flanders, subdivided into various levels. Hereafter, we offer you a concise description of the various levels of education and training and the option to click through for further information.


Nursery and primary schools

Elementary education

Nursery schools ('kleuterschool') cater for children from 2.5 up to and including 6 years of age, primary schools ('lagere school') for children from 6 to 12 years of age. Nursery education and primary education together are known as elementary education ('basisonderwijs').
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Find a nurseryschool
Find a primary school

Tienerschool (school for teenagers)

The Tienerschool is a brand-new school concept, tailored to Brussels teenagers.
It caters for pupils in the third stage of primary education and the fi rst stage of
secondary education.
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Special education

Special education ('buitengewoon onderwijs') caters for pupils suffering from a disability or from learning or behavioural disorders. 
There are different types of special elementary education.
Learn more about the structure of special education
Find a special-education nursery school
Find a special-education primary school


Secondary education

Full-time secondary education

Full-time secondary education ('voltijds secundair onderwijs') caters for youngsters between the ages of 12 and 18 years. As a rule, secondary education comprises 6 grades (3 stages of 2 grades each). In Brussels, there are 42 Dutch-language schools offering secondary education.
To learn more about the structure of full-time secondary education
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Special education

Special education ('buitengewoon onderwijs') caters for pupils suffering from a disability or from learning or behavioural disorders.
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Find a special-education secondary-education school


Learning and working

Part-time secondary education is open to pupils from the age of 15 years who wish to combine learning and working. To do so, they can go to one of the various Centra voor Leren en Werken (Learning and Working Centres) Brussels boasts or apply for a SYNTRA apprenticeship. 
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Search a Learning and Working Centre
Check out the SYNTRA website (in Dutch)

In adult education: second-chance education

Second-chance education ('tweedekansonderwijs' - TKO) offers adults (from the age of 18 upwards) the opportunity to obtain a fully-fledged diploma of secondary education.
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Via the Exams Commission

Via the Exams Commission ('Examencommissie'), you can obtain a diploma or certificate of secondary education at your own pace by way of self-study.
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Higher education

At a college of higher education or a university

Higher education (hosted by a college of higer education or university) offers you the opportunity to obtain a degree of Bachelor or Master.
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Go to the website of Br(ik, the servicedesk for students (site in Dutch)


Through adult education: higher vocational education

Further (evening) education allows you to obtain a graduate diploma in higher vocational education. Higher vocational education training programmes are practice oriented and prepare course participants for a specific vocation.
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Lifelong learning

In adult education

Adult education ('volwassenenonderwijs') offers you the opportunity to obtain a recognised diploma or certificate (getuigschrift or certificaat) through (evening) education. Adult education offers a highly diverse and huge range of courses.
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Learning and practising Dutch

Proficiency in Dutch is a tremendous asset in Brussels, especially if you want to work in the city.
Adults can contact the Huis van het Nederlands Brussel (Dutch Language House of Brussels) for further information on where they can learn and practise Dutch. The site 'Nederlands oefenen in Brussel' (practise your Dutch in Brussels') offers anyone interested in improving their Dutch-language skills an opportunity to actively practise the Dutch language.
Go to the website of het Huis van het Nederlands Brussel
Go to the website 'Nederlands oefenen in Brussel' (site in Dutch)




‘Pathway-to-Work Training’

‘Pathway-to-Work Training’ ('vorming' or 'opleiding tot werk') allows you to enhance your professional skills. These courses are especially geared towards boosting the employment opportunities for people in high-risk groups.
The Brussels werkwinkels (work shops) cater for jobseekers keen to get some help with or advice on finding a course or job.
The website ‘Schakels naar Werk' offers an overview of the counselling services, the Dutch-speaking vocational training programmes and the work-experience placements you can avail of in Brussels.
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The Brussels werkwinkels (work shops) (in Dutch)
Check out the website of 'Schakels naar Werk' (in Dutch)


SYNTRA Brussel

SYNTRA Brussel is a Brussels Dutch-speaking training centre that promotes entrepreneurship and organises a wide range of vocational training courses and training modules: traditional entrepreneurial training through day and evening classes, 'business administration' courses via day and evening courses, short-term courses...
Go to the SYNTRA-website (in Dutch)


Part-time artistic education

Part-time artistic education ('deeltijds kunstonderwijs' - DKO) offers extra-curricular artistic education for children, youngsters and adults. It offers course participants an opportunity to practise one or several forms of art, individually or in group. The courses music, word craft and dance are offered by the 'Academies voor Muziek, Woord en Dans (Academies for Music, Word Craft and Dance)'. 'Academies voor Beeldende Kunsten (Academies for Visual Arts)' host visual arts courses. 
In Brussels, even 6 and 7-year-olds can attend DKO.
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