ULiègeois" dictionary: definitions of some important terms


Student secretariat, present in every faculty. The people who work there are called appariteurs - apparitrices. They are your point of contact for all administrative aspects of your studies at ULiège.

In addition to the apparitorat, some faculties have a pedagogical office staffed by pedagogical coordinators. They advise you on pedagogical matters throughout your course and act as a link between teaching staff and students.

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Bachelor's degree

University studies are organized into 3 cycles: bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctorate. The "classic" university course consists of 2 cycles, usually 5 years of study.

University baccalaureates are known as "transition" baccalaureates: they do not lead to the exercise of a profession, but give access to master's degrees. The same bachelor's degree can lead to several master's degrees, which are either an extension of the subject chosen in the bachelor's degree, or open the door to new subjects.

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Study programs are presented in credits or ECTS (European transfer credit system). These units correspond to the workload that each student must devote to a given course of study. Credits take into account not only classroom hours, but also practical work, seminars, laboratories, internships, personal work, field research and surveys, etc.

One credit corresponds to 30 hours of learning activities, and a year of study counts for at least 60 credits.

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Teaching units (associated learning activities with common objectives) to be taken in the same year.


A curriculum is made up of one or more study cycles. At university, a curriculum always comprises at least two cycles: the transition bachelor's degree and the master's degree. The third cycle - the doctorate - is optional and dedicated to research. It is subject to specific regulations and supervised by a promoter.

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Student delegate 

Student delegates are the intermediaries between the teaching staff of a faculty and the students in their field.



ULiège uses the term "filière" to refer to a discipline selected from the range of courses on offer. For example, the French and Romance Languages and Humanities stream, or the History stream offered by the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities. Or the Biology stream offered by the Faculty of Science, or the Bioengineering stream offered by Gembloux Agro Bio-Tech.


This term refers to the academic process of continuing one's studies by changing courses. In most cases, this involves moving from a short to a long higher education program. The aim is to gain access to a Master's degree after having obtained a short Bachelor's degree at a Haute École or École Supérieure des Arts, usually through a complementary program, known as a "complementary program" or "block 0", lasting a maximum of one year (15 to 60 credits maximum, depending on the case).


In a higher education course program: the term refers to the teaching units (learning activities associated with common objectives) of a curriculum that must be validated before enrolling others in your program.

Before starting higher education: the notion of pre-requisites is used to describe the specific knowledge and skills expected at the end of secondary schooling, which are essential if you are to have every chance of success in higher education. For example, a minimum of 6h/mathematics per week for civil engineering studies, a minimum of 3h/science per week for science courses, or an A2+ level in English or Dutch for information and communication courses.


Division of the academic year covering approximately four months. The academic year thus comprises three quadrimesters. Learning activities are spread over the first two, with the exception of certain assessments or professional integration activities. At the end of each of these first two quarters, an assessment period is organized. The third quarter includes assessment periods as well as professional integration or personal work activities.

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A set of teaching units in a program of study corresponding to a specific set of skills and teaching profile, and leading to a distinct academic degree.

Example: Master's degree in modern languages and literature, Germanic orientation [BM1]

An orientation indicates a specificity of the study cycle program corresponding to a set of learning activities.


An option indicates the student's choice of a coherent set of specific teaching activities (15 to 30 credits) that characterizes all or part of his or her study cycle program. The total number of options may not exceed half the number of credits in the study cycle.

Teaching unit

One or more learning activities associated with common objectives. A teaching unit is associated with a specific number of credits.

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