Legal framework: Alternating Learning and Working in Higher Education

Legal framework: Alternating Learning and Working in Higher Education


The Master in Sales Management alternating work/study complies with the decree of 30 June 2016 organizing higher education in programmes alternating work with study. http://www.gallilex.cfwb.be/document/pdf/42853_000.pdf

The landscape decree defines higher education alternating work/study as "education in which the acquisition of the skills necessary to obtain a degree issued by a higher education establishment partly takes place in a company and partly within the said establishment". cf.: article 15, §1er, 30 bis° of the decree of 7 November 2013).

"Courses organized in alternation give access to higher education degrees which are of the same level and equal value as those awarded in the framework of courses organized in full exercise... and lead to level 7 qualifications" (art 5 of the decree of 30 June 2016 organizing higher education in alternation, p.2). 

The legislator has defined a set of minimum provisions to be respected with regard to internships in companies that have no legal basis in order to combat undeclared work. The legislator has therefore laid down the working and remuneration conditions for these trainees.

These legislative elements are set out in :

  • Programme Act of 2 August 2002, Articles 104 to 112 (basic text)
  • Royal Decree of 11 March 2003 (indemnity)
  • Decree of June 30, 2016 organizing higher education in alternating work-study programmes
Last update :12/06/2020