Can a student make a break in his studies?

Verified 03 July 2023 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Are you a student and you want to suspend your higher education training to have a professional or personal experience? This period is called the hyphenation.

Duration, steps to apply, course of the period: here is the information to know about the hyphenation.

Cessation is a period during which you temporarily suspend your higher education training to gain personal or professional experience.

Cessation should allow you to have professional or personal experience.

This experience may take one of the following forms:

The experience can therefore be paid or unpaid.

The hyphenation has to last at least 1 semester and maximum 2 semesters consecutive.

It must start at the same time as a university semester.

It can start as soon as you register in a course on the 1er cycle and shall be completed before the last six months of completion of this training.

Only one hyphenation per course of study is possible.

If your institution allows it, you can do several assignments during your university course.

If you want to interrupt the cut-off before the scheduled end, the President or Warden of the institution must agree to your reinstatement in the training.

Each higher education institution shall determine the following:

  • Timetable and procedure for requests for cessation
  • Documents to be attached to the application (e.g. CV, cover letter)
  • Organization of the pedagogical supervision and support of the student

The procedure differs according to the year of study during which you want to make a break.

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General case

You must forward your project to the president or director of the institution in which you are registered.

You indicate the nature and objectives of your project, according to the procedure provided by the establishment.

The director or president of the institution will agree or refuse your request taking into account the quality and consistency of your project.

1st year in higher education

You must submit your request on the platform Browse at the time of entering and confirming your wishes.

Cessation will be granted or refused by the President or the Director of the institution after your administrative registration.

The director or the president of the institution will agree or refuse your request taking into account the quality and consistency of your project.

If your request is accepted, you sign an agreement with the establishment. This shall include the following information:

  • Conditions for reintegration into training
  • Educational support device
  • Rules for validation of hyphenation (e.g. by credit allocation) ECTS: titleContent)

During the entire period of the hyphenation, you remain registered in your institution.

You retain your student status. It gives you the same rights as other students.

Student Card

During the entire period of time you have a student card.

Registration fee

If you're preparing a national degree, you're paying registration fee at the reduced rate.

If it is not a national diploma (for example, university degree), you pay a fee at the standard rate.


Your entitlement to the scholarship depends on your activity during the blackout period.

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You are trained to receive fellows

You can benefit from the scholarship during the cut-off. You must do in apply like other students.


The President or Principal may decide to maintain the right to stock exchange during hyphenation.

The decision will be made on the basis of the relationship between the theme of the break and the training provided within the institution.

The hotel will assist you in the preparation of the hyphenation. He provides educational supervision and assists you in drawing up your balance sheet.

According to your project, the pedagogical support is reinforced to allow you to evaluate the skills acquired and to issue credits ECTS: titleContent where the Convention so provides.

These credits can facilitate, if necessary, your reorientation to a different training curriculum from the one you followed before the cut-off.

Please note

if ECTS credits are awarded as a result of the cut-off, they shall be added to the total number of European credits issued at the end of the training.

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