International Relations

If you wish to study at the Academy, as an Erasmus student, for several months, the first step is to contact your Erasmus coordinator and to check the existence of agreements between the Tournai Academy of Fine Arts (Actournai) and your school.

You can then send your application to us at our international office:


The following documents are required before we can consider your application: 

  • Eramus Application Form ACTournai
  • your portfolioyour academic transcripts (from the previous year)
  • 1 photocopy of your passport or your identity card
  • a copy of your insurance certificate, valid for the duration of your studies at the Academy.

Once your application has been accepted, please fill in the ‘learning agreement before mobility’ with your Erasmus coordinator as soon as possible. This should be completed according to the courses chosen and only by programme.

There are 9 programmes at the academy, please choose one programme at a time.

Within this programme, please choose the classes you wish to follow.  Reminder: 1ECTS = 15 hours of lessons.

Documents at your disposal:

French lessons: 

You can also take advantage of free French lessons. If you wish to follow these classes, please indicate this on your application form.


ECTS Grading Table for ACT Tournai, Belgium   BTOURNAI01


The Erasmus + programme aims to support European modernisation and the internationalisation of the agenda in higher education. By completing the application form and signing the new Charter, the higher education institutions confirm that their participation in Erasmus + is an integral part of their strategy for modernisation and internationalisation. This strategy must recognise the role of the students’ and staff’s mobility as well as the projects for incorporation in favour of a better training offering for the students.

The Erasmus + programme is particularly aimed at reinforcing the quality of the students’ and staff’s mobility as well as assisting the institutions involved. The new Erasmus + Charter for higher education (ECHE) has been reinforced with new requirements in terms of quality. The new Erasmus + Charter, applicable over the period 2014-2020 replaces the old Erasmus University Charter (standard, extended to internships only and extended) valid until academic year 2013-2014.

What is our strategy towards the objectives and priorities of the Erasmus activities?

The Tournai Academy of Fine Arts is an ESA (Art College) of the longer type, which adheres to the framework of European harmonisation of higher education. (Boulogne-ECTS)

Therefore, the school has adopted the ECTS system, which allows all students to pursue part of their studies in another country of the European Community.
By assuming the sincerity of all creations, the school must become a laboratory of fundamental research where the arts taught are not limited to the production of works identifiable in the social context experienced, but are also a social agent participating in the invention of new means of expression and redefining the context in which it evolves.

Our educational centre is open to others and to the world.
Given the international vocation of art, verified over the centuries and throughout the world through the practice of painters, sculptors, architects, draughtsmen, etc, who have forever tried to push back the boundaries, whatever they may be (geographical, cultural, aesthetic, etc.), the Academy is convinced of the necessity of offering its students the opportunity to experience, during their studies, this internationalisation of artistic creation.
In practice, the artistic institution of Tournai is willing to take all educational initiatives as well as social economic and administrative initiatives that favour the mobility of students in European countries during the years 2007-2013.
As for the teachers, the establishment encourages them to multiply their trips abroad, not just as artists but also as teachers, whose expertise will benefit greatly from the contacts maintained with European colleagues.
The cooperation with European art colleges, as experienced by both students and teachers, can only improve the quality of education and artistic research within the Academy. In particular, it will stimulate the students to reflect on the differences between cultures and the usefulness of their meeting.

What specific actions are planned and implemented to promote the Erasmus actions?

In order to respond to the expectations of the Erasmus programme, the Academy has set up a commission specifically charged with the implementation and management of the activities concerning the specific programme. Information about the Erasmus activities will be distributed as widely as possible through the school website and the publication of leaflets. In addition, information sessions are organised regularly throughout the coming academic year (September, January, May).
Starting from 2006-2007, we have approached the authorities concerned (city administration, French-speaking Community/CGRI) in order to diversify our financing sources.

For the last ten years, our school has welcomed students with sensory disabilities.
The school has always fought against all forms of violence that diminish human dignity.

Which measures have been taken by our institution to guarantee high quality in the mobility of students and teaching personnel?

As of academic year 2005-2006, the Tournai Academy of Fine Arts has adopted the system of ECTS standards. The system will soon be computerised which will facilitate both the identification of art colleges which may become Erasmus partners, as well as the administrative procedure for assisting the students during their stay in another country or those staying here in our institution (including evaluation).

In terms of preparation, the student(s) of our institution will be invited to improve their linguistic skills in the language of the host country, by following training given by specialised education facilities (Babel Lingua, etc.). Students coming from non-French-speaking countries in Europe will also be able to receive the same advantage, if needed, with the aim of accelerating their elementary skills in the language of the host country.

A supplement will be added to their diploma.
Concerning lodgings for the Erasmus students staying in Tournai, the Academy of Fine Arts is currently negotiating with the town authorities who represent the Education Authority of the institution, to be able to use the lodging facilities offered by the public sector (boarding schools, Infor Jeunes, etc.).

As well as mastering the logistics necessary for participating in the Erasmus activities, the management and teaching staff of the Tournai Academy of Fine Arts is aware of the need to develop a management policy for artistic teaching that is open to the external European world. This implies that the institution needs to think about international recruitment as well as considering the importance of international experience (as an artist/teacher) in the career of its staff members.

Which specific measures have been taken to ensure a very high standard in the professional internships available to the students?

The Academy’s study programme requires three periods of internal internships for all students during the 3 years of Bachelor studies.

In the Master’s programme, the students have external internships (in companies, agencies, cultural associations, etc.) which complete their training over periods of 2 weeks to 2 months in Belgium or abroad.
They are calculated in study credits.

For the Master 2 with specialisation, it would be of interest to extend the internship possibilities internationally.

For the organisation of professional internships, education, research and innovation are the driving forces behind cooperation projects with the world outside of school: companies, public or private cultural associations and of course the great contemporary art museums in Europe