Presenting Ephec

Our Institution of Higher Education EPHEC (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) was founded in 1969 by professionals who wanted to offer practical education to junior line executives.


EPHEC continually interacts with the professional world. A close link to the world of business is a basic pedagogical principle in all the educational programmes we offer.


Educational DNA structure of Haute Ecole EPHEC


EPHEC is open to the world. It fully subscribes to the project of a European Area of Higher Education promoting students and staff mobility and aims at forming citizens who will become real actors in the global community.


The following bachelor degrees are offered at our 3 campuses : 


Brussels I campus          Louvain-la-Neuve campusBrussels II campus          
Marketing Marketing Automation
International trade Accounting Electromechanics
Accounting IT  



Key figures


Number of day students More than 4000
Number of intake every year About 1 400
Number of students obtaining their bachelor degree every year About 800
Number of nationalities represented More than 40
Number of staff More than 240
Number of partner companies for work placements 500
Number of EPHEC graduate students More than 12 500
Number of partner institutions outside Belgium About 100
Number of partner Flemish-speaking Institutions in Belgium 9
Number of partner institutions within French-speaking Belgium 2


Teaching is entrusted to associate lecturers occupying prominent positions in various companies and major sectors of activity (close to 40% of the staff) and to permanent lecturers often with previous business experience (more than 60% of the staff). Both groups cooperate to make sure their training is practical and quickly operational.


Teaching methods


Associating theory and practice in a close link to companies.

Students get practical experience from work placements. The first work placement lasts 3 weeks in the summer between the first and the second year for students in the Marketing and International Trade Departments.

The second work placement lasts 14 weeks during the spring semester of the third year for students of all Bachelor degrees.


Throughout their studies students are encouraged to see the links between theory and practice thanks to practical assignments (sometimes commissioned by companies), on-site visits and presentations by expert guest lecturers. Students are requested to use foreign languages for many integrated activities or when working on joint projects with our partner schools.


The contents and learning outcomes of courses are constantly adapted and the course offer is regularly modified to comply with the requirements of the labour market and the expectations of the business world.


Offering a student -friendly departemental organisation


EPHEC is organised in departments with 150 to 600 students. Each department has a common team: one head, one course coordinator, one secretary, and about 20 to 50 lecturers (more than half of them full-time in the department). Teaching is done in groups of 25 to 50 students according to the nature of the course (language classes and practical classes take place in smaller groups). Lectures in large auditoriums are restricted to a strict minimum. Each group is under the supervision of a head tutor and is allotted a classroom.


Attendance, assessment and examinations


Course attendance is compulsory.


Interaction between lecturer and students and between students themselves is a key concept in our system of tuition. Students are requested to attend classes and to actively participate in class work. It is important to justify any absence with the lecturer and the student coordinator in order not to lose marks. Lecturers can organise their own assessment system and follow an individual planning provided it is presented in the course descriptor in the ECTS guide.

Assessment can take various forms. This involves mainly continuous assessment and examinations. Continuous assessment comprises regular tests in class (generally announced and covering a well-determined subject), individual or group presentations, homework, projects and seminar work.