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Education in Belgium Study and TrainingEight-year compulsory schooling was introduced in 1914 with constitutional right for parents to choose school for their children. In 1983, compulsory schooling, which now includes ages 6-18, was extended. The primary school is six years old. It is followed by the secondary school of two plus four years. There is both a French and a Flemish school system, each with its own Ministry of Education. Teaching should be given in the language that dominates the region. In Brussels, students can choose the language of instruction according to their mother tongue. For children aged 3 to 6, there are nursery schools, where nine out of ten children of these ages attend. See TOPSCHOOLSINTHEUSA for TOEFL, ACT, SAT testing locations and high school codes in Belgium.

Education in Belgium

The state-supported municipal schools, écoles officiales, are religiously neutral, while so-called free schools, écoles libres, with government grants are run by communities and organizations, mainly Catholic. Of the children in the Flemish regions, 2/3 go to the free schools; In the French-speaking regions, more than half of the children attend public schools.

In Leuven there is Belgium's oldest university, founded in 1425. It has since 1970 been divided into two independent universities, one French-speaking and one Flemish. In addition, there are fifteen universities and a large number of other higher schools. The largest universities are those in Leuven and Brussels.

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