Résumé des informations sur l'augmentation des frais de scolarité pour les étudiants non-EEE fournies par STURA dans l'enquête de mars-mai 2019

Ce qui suit est le texte qui a été lu par les étudiants qui ont rempli le sondage qui faisait STURA (mars-mai 2019 de l'augmentation des frais de scolarité). Il peut être considéré comme un résumé des faits que STURA a fait des recherches, et il pourrait être utile en tant que référence pour les futures discussions sur la question.

Le sondage a été fait dans cette page: http://www.sturakuleuven.be/en/tuition/

Quelles sont ces Soulève Exactement?

Dans 2014 le gouvernement flamand prévoyait des changements en ce qui concerne tous les frais de scolarité pour les universités flamandes. Outre les relances à 922,3 € pour tous les EEE étudiants, il a été décidé qu'aucune limite n'existerait sur les frais pour les étudiants de l'extérieur de l'Espace économique européen. Le raisonnement juridique derrière cela est que pas d'impôts au profit de l'EEE sont payés par ces étudiants.


La KU Leuven a ensuite présenté trois catégories de frais de scolarité élevés possibles, 1750 €, 3500 € et 6000 €. De là, facultés pourraient décider de manière autonome quel tarif ils ont installé pour les étudiants non-EEE. Quatre ans après les modifications du décret, 11 de 16 facultés ont progressivement élevé au moins un de leurs programmes. Cela a donc été un processus sur une plus longue période de temps.

Why is This Being Debated Right Now?

On two different levels a new light has been shone on the tuition fees. Firstly, la policy plan of 2017-2021 provides an angle: KU Leuven is aiming for more and better international students, while focussing on more diversity within the student population as well.

It is within this train of thought that the KU Leuven is debating raising the fees for non-EEA students to one standardized raised fee. This decision is expected to bring clarity, for incoming students as well as for marketing purposes, and should provide the financial means to keep evolving the KU Leuven towards a Truly International university.

The second perspective criticizes the very idea of increased tuition fees for non-EEA students. The question is raised whether the diversity at KU Leuven will suffer from the raises and whether this actually is an effective means of attracting better students.

So, What’s The Current Plan?

As already mentioned, the KU Leuven is considering if the tariff can be redefined to one, standardized university-wide fee. The exact number is not yet decided upon.

As to also take into account the faculties that momentarily have not raised their fees and to guarantee diversity, an additional waiver- or grant system will be installed. Students can receive a bursary based on predetermined criteria, such as their socioeconomic status or their academic excellence within their field of study. These criteria are not yet decided upon, but it does however look like every faculty will be able to autonomously decide a big portion of their focus.

It is important to keep in mind that these decisions must be made well in advance of the upcoming academic year. Par conséquent, the earliest possible year to see new changes to the fees would be 2020-2021.

How Many Students Are We Talking About?

Only students from outside of the European Economic Area enrolling in a bachelors or initial masters programme are affected. Some categories of students do however not pay the increased fees:

  • Students with a refugee-status
  • Students who are a family member of a subject of the EEA
  • Students who have been living in Belgium for one whole year, without the use of a work or study visa
  • Students enrolled in a programme, right when the fees of their programme are being raised.

During the academic year 2018-2019, 1291 de 5000 non-EEA students did pay the raised fee; one fourth of all current non-EEA students. This number will most probably increase, since the last category of exemptions will become less and less relevant.

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