Looking for a school for my children

The Brussels-Capital Region offers a wide choice of pre-schools (2.5 to 6 years old), primary schools (6 to 12 years old) and secondary schools (12 to 18 years old). Education is organised by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and by the Flemish Community in the Brussels-Capital Region.

In schools in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, lessons are held in French. The Wallonia-Brussels Federation runs a Reception and Schooling Scheme for Newly Arrived Pupils (DASPA). DASPA classes are designed to receive refugee children and young people with appropriate support. A list of schools offering DASPA classes is available on the website:


DASPA classes are being created and the list will be updated as this happens.

Children and young people can also be received in a “standard” class, in agreement with the school.
The Wallonia-Brussels Federation has websites to help find a school: In pre-school and primary education, it is possible to search for a school where places are available via the following link:


In secondary education, a list of schools is available on the website :

› standard secondary education
› specialist secondary education

The enrolment assistance service of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation can be contacted for help in searching for a school: this service can be contacted by phone from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on 02/690 87 70. It is also possible to send an e-mail to the following address:

In schools in the Flemish Community, classes are held in Dutch. Every child is entitled to education. For children aged 2½ to 5, education is not mandatory, but strongly recommended. From 5 to 18 years of age, every child is subject to mandatory schooling: from the 60th day following registration as a resident of a Belgian municipality. Ukrainian refugees can be registered just like other non-Dutch-speaking residents.

Further information on Onthaalonderwijs voor anderstalige nieuwkomers (OKAN) en Oekraïnecrisis | Vlaams Ministerie van Onderwijs en Vorming (

  • Specific to Brussels : Both in primary and secondary education, new arrivals who speak a foreign language can be received in reception classes.

  • In primary education, every school (to view all primary schools in Brussels: can request additional hours for an OKAN offering when a certain number of non-native new arrivals have enrolled in the school. The school decides how to organise the OKAN offering (in a separate class, additional support in the normal class or a mixed class).

› Sint-Pieterscollege (basisschool): organises an ongoing lesson for OKAN pupils (Laken)
› Steinerschool Brussel (basisschool): organises an OKAN class (Anderlecht)

  • In secondary education, some schools are designated as “OKAN schools”. New arrivals who speak another language and choose to attend one of these schools follow a full-time Dutch language course. They then move into standard education. After the reception year, a coach will continue to support, guide and monitor pupils. The coach can also provide guidance to the school’s teachers. OKAN schools: :

› Sint-Guido Instituut (Anderlecht)
› Instituut Anneessens-Funck (Brussel)
› GO! Meertalig Atheneum Woluwe (Sint-Pieters-Woluwe)

  • In part-time secondary education (learning and working), there is also reception education for new arrivals who speak a foreign language. The aim is to improve the transition to employment. This educational offering focuses on language skills, integration and self-sufficiency.

› CLW Don Bosco (Sint-Pieters-Woluwe)

People who do not find a place in a primary or secondary school should contact the Brussels Local Consultation Platform:

› LOP Brussel Basisonderwijs
Telefoon: 02 553 30 20, bereikbaar op werkdagen tussen 9 en 12 uur

› LOP Brussel Secundair Onderwijs
Telefoon: 02 553 05 82

  • For higher education (non-mandatory education for those aged over 18), we invite you to contact:

› Ciré (Coordination and initiatives for refugees and foreigners)
› Wallonie-Bruxelles Campus :
› Study in Flanders :

Holders of a Ukrainian degree who wish to continue their studies in an educational institution in Flanders have to contact the educational institution where they wish to study directly. Holders of a Ukrainian degree have to apply for recognition of their degree to NARIC-Flandres NARIC-Flandres.
Brik (service desk for students, Flemish institutions) :

An overview of all higher education institutions can be consulted at the following address: Studying in Brussels - Brik.

In addition, an initiative to create a Ukrainian school in Brussels is underway. For further information: or 0032/472 68 31 20

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