"All mainland Chinese citizens who are not in possession of a foreign degree, or have not completed any courses at a university in another country other than China, need to go through the APS procedure. "
Obtainining the APS certificate is needed in order to apply for a student visa for Belgium. These students cannot get a Belgian student visa without this certificate.
Mainland Chinese students who hold a non-Chinese degree, or who have completed some courses in the framework of an official exchange programme at a university in another country than China (and can provide transcripts to prove this) do not have to go through the APS procedure. Non-Chinese citizens who have obtained a degree in P.R.China also do not need to go through the APS procedure. Citizens of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao do not need to go through the APS procedure.
The APS center considers APS applications only when the following criteria are met:
- If you are a student at a university listed in ‘project 211’: the applicant needs to have obtained a sufficient score on the National Examination (Gaokao) and needs to have successfully completed at least one semester at this university listed in ‘project 211’.
- If you are a student at a university that is not listed in ‘project 211’: the applicant needs to have obtained a sufficient score on the National Examination (Gaokao) and needs to have succesfullly completed at least three semesters at this university.
If the applicant for the APS certificate meets neither of the aforementioned requirements the APS centre will not be able to accept the application. Thus the student will not be able to obtain an APS certificate and will not be able to obtain a student visa for Belgium.
The APS procedure consists of two parts:
- Verification of documents (by mail): diplomas, certificates, and reviews of exam results, language tests etc. are subjected to an authenticity test. For this reason, either the student's home institution will be contacted, or databases of graduates issued by the Chinese Ministry of Education will be consulted.
- Academic interview (in Beijing or before a travelling jury).
Students who are already residing in Belgium (and hold a Belgian residence permit) at the time of application do not require APS certificate.
Where can I register for APS?
You can register for the APS procedure, and find all information regarding the procedure on the APS website.