Posted 13 September 2011 - 08:00 PM
Well, if you insist.
Belgian universities use a national system called 'studiepunten' (basically an extended version of ECTS-points). You get 180 points to spend over 3 years, 60/year. All our classes take up a certain amount of points: for example I have 3 classes with 4 points each, one with 6, one with 24, etc. When you pass the class, you get your points back. When you don't, you don't. Let's say you fail for every subject in the first year. You then have 120 out of the 180 points left (luckily there is a system that gets you back to 180: the first 60 points you win back come back doubled. So suppose you failed everything the first year, but you pass the second try, you're back on 180).
If you keep on failing, you'll run out of credit. Now this doesn't necessarily mean you can't enter ever again: credits come back over time, I think 10/year so you'll have to wait 6 years to try again, or, you lose any government sponsorship and you have to pay extremely high tuition fees (if you stay within the credit system, enrollment in uni is €580, if you leave the system we are talking about 1000's of euros).
Every Belgian citizen starts with 180 points as soon as you leave highschool, and anyone can start. We don't have to apply for universities to get in (except for medicine, where you have to pass an entry exam). I don't know how things are set up for foreign students though. I know my faculty (Philosophy) has very extended support for English-speaking students, but for example the faculty of arts doesn't. My guess is you still have to prove you know English, but I guess we are rather mild in what certificates are allowed. So, your TOEFL-certificate should be no problem.
For universities, classes start on September 26th; for 'hogescholen', classes start on September 19th.