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Welcoming Refugees

From October 2015, the University of Mons (UMONS) has decided to welcome and assist asylum seekers who have just arrived in the Province of Hainaut. Its objective is to give refugees, who have undertaken studies in their country, the opportunity to pursue higher education. To this end, a working group has been set up and contacts have been established with organisations such as Fedasil and the Belgian Red Cross.

Since 2015-2016 academic year, refugees and asylum seekers have taken French (FLE) courses offered by both the UMONS Centre for Modern Languages (CLV)  and the continuing education schools of Mons-Borinage and Jemappes.

Social and cultural integration activities have also been organised, including Arabic-French conversation classes, bringing together learners of Arabic at the Faculty of Translation and Interpretation and the refugees.

The refugees have been given "auditing student" status, which has enabled them to attend courses, become familiar with university life and improve their French.

Financial and material aids are also available to them.

To prepare for the following academic year, those wanting to study at UMONS have been given guidance on how to register. In fact, some have already duly registered at UMONS.

UMONS offers the following to the refugees received in Hainaut:

  • French courses: 240 hours between October and June. These face-to-face lessons also entail social and cultural integration activities and are taught by French teachers of the CLV and the continuing education schools of Mons-Borinage and Jemappes
  • Preparatory courses
  • Access to courses as an auditing student
  • Financial support to do a PhD: in 2017, the UMONS Research Council awarded a doctoral grant to a refugee
  • Assistance with administrative procedures (e.g. equivalency, entrance exams, and admissions application)
  • Financial and material aids.

The French course started on 7th November. Applications may, however, still be considered after this date if this programme is offered again.


Are you a member of UMONS? Do you want to support the refugees?

To get involved, in any way whatsoever, you can contact the following people:


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