The College of Europe (Bruges and Natolin campus) is a European educational institution established under Belgian Law. It is registered with the Flemish Government of Belgium as an institution of higher education (The Flemish Government is competent for educational matters within the Belgian Federal State). Its Masters are officially recognised by the Flemish Government, and are equivalent to fully recognised Masters issued by a Flemish University.
The official recognition is valid for all graduates of both campuses and has retroactive effect (Articles 53bis, 124 and 130 of the Decree on the Restructuring of Higher Education in Flanders as amended on 4 July 2008.
(Dutch version) – (French version)
In accordance with the Bologna Declaration the College of Europe offers one year advanced Masters and, from the academic year 2009-2010 on, calculates coursework in ECTS credits. (English version) – (French version)
The one-year study programme at the College of Europe leads to an accredited degree of 66 ECTS.
The academic programmes of the College of Europe are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO, Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatie Organisatie) for the period 2010-2018 which is renewable. This official organisation was established by international treaty between the Flemish Government and the Dutch government with the aim of ensuring the quality of higher education in both Flanders and the Netherlands (cf. Belgisch Staatsblad (Moniteur belge), 19.08.2010, pp.53938ff).
The Flemish Government had already granted a provisional accreditation for the period 2007-2010.
Information on the recognition of diplomas awarded by the College of Europe on the territory of the Republic of Poland
The College of Europe (Collège d’Europe) is a non-public higher education institution, established in 1948 in Belgium in the aftermath of the decisions taken at the Hague Congress.
Since 1993, the College of Europe has offered studies at two independent campuses: in Bruges (Belgium) and Natolin in Warsaw (Poland).
In 2007, the College of Europe (Collège d’Europe) obtained the accreditation of the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) for its studies in Belgium. In Poland, on the basis of permission granted by the Minister of Science and Higher Education, the Natolin Campus of the College of Europe functions as a branch of a foreign higher education institution.
The diplomas awarded by the College of Europe in Natolin are recognised in Poland in the same manner as the diplomas awarded by the College of Europe in Bruges. The diplomas confirm the completion of a one-year programme of studies in the Belgian higher education system, at the level of advanced Master, worth 66 ECTS-credits.
The minimum requirement laid down for candidates applying for advanced Master studies offered at both campuses (Bruges and Natolin), in accordance with The Study Regulations approved by the Academic Council of the College of Europe, is to have acquired at least 240 ECTS-credits prior to admission.
Given the fact that the minimum requirement laid down for candidates applying for advanced Master studies offered at the Bruges campus and the Natolin campus, in accordance with The Study Regulations approved by the Academic Council of the College of Europe, is the possession of a higher education degree that is the equivalent of at least 240 ECTS-credits, the advanced Master diplomas awarded in the Belgian higher education system are treated in Poland as diplomas of completion of post-graduate studies.
The original version in Polish is available on the website of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, here.