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Vrije Universiteit Brussel: A university with character

For more than 185 years VUB has helped build a better society as an innovative, free inquiring and critical thinking university. A never-ending quest for knowledge, insights and enlightenment form the golden thread in all we do in education, research and social commitment.

Diverse, inclusive, personal

VUB has been a pioneer in internationalisation in Belgium. Thanks to its strong international orientation VUB is home to a vibrant community of international scholars. Over 23% of the university’s 20,100 students are of foreign origin, representing 148 countries.

English-taught programmes to meet your interest

VUB offers a wide variety of English-taught programmes supported by high-quality interdisciplinary research. Our system of majors and minors enables students to plan and personalise the curriculum in a way that best meets your interests. All degree programmes offered by VUB are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO), ensuring that they meet the highest predefined quality standards.

Research excellence

VUB aims to deliver high quality research that is both locally grounded and has strong international recognition. Over 50% of the PhD students at the VUB are international. They are enrolled in one of the over 30 PhD trajectories VUB offers. Through the three Doctoral Schools PhD students get free access to a wide range of elective courses meant to support them in acquiring and developing the skills they need.

Connected to the world

VUB offers many joint and double-degree programmes at master’s and PhD level, giving students the opportunity to study at both VUB and partner institutions in Belgium or overseas.

A step up in your career

It goes without saying that Brussels offers unique career opportunities. As the home to more than 2,000 international organisations and companies, it offers a wide range of internship possibilities and future career options. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel will be a step up in your career. Internships can be a part of your degree programme or can be chosen as an alternative to some courses.

NEW: Work after your studies

Extending your stay in Belgium to find a job after you’ve graduated with the orientation year. As of August 2021, the Non-EU students in possession of a Belgian residence permit are eligible for a stay of 12 months to search for a job or to carry out an independent activity. All information can be found on our website.

Student Life

Being the capital of Europe, Brussels is an international city like no other

There are many reasons to study in Belgium: world-renowned universities, excellent opportunities for international networking, famously multicultural and multilingual cities, a host of regional cuisines and specialties, beautiful countryside, overall high quality of life, and, of course, those fantastic Belgian waffles. Being in the heart of Europe, Belgium is connected to much of the continent. You can get to Paris, London and Amsterdam by train in less than 2 hours.

The VUB offers students more than just a great educational experience. Brussels, the heart of Europe and the capital of Belgium is an open invitation to exploring a truly international city. With its 1.2 million inhabitants, of whom 31% are of foreign origin, Brussels is the centre of international politics and business. Although Dutch and French are official languages in Belgium, English is widely spoken in Brussels by native Belgians and internationals because of the numerous international political organizations. Brussels is the location for over 40,000 employees in the headquarters of the European Union, 4,000 NATO employees, more than 180 embassies, and a city counting the highest concentration of diplomatic missions in the world.

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Being a student at the VUB

Being a middle sized university has its advantages. First of all, it allows frequent personal contact between students, professors and teaching assistants. This is part of a real direct-contact culture that is well embedded within the university. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to interact with each other through group assignments within the curriculum and through the various extracurricular activities. VUB is #2 in Belgium in terms of student-staff ration (Source: QS World University Rankings).

All-in campuses

Student accommodation, sports facilities, restaurants and cafés, a university library, study guidance centre, a student bookshop, located in a vibrant area full of shops and cafés.

Take a closer look at our campuses through our 360° virtual campus tours.

Students on campus

Available Programmes

Bookmark Course Programme Degree Level Duration Tuition
Communications Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences Bachelors 3 years 3,850EUR/year
Economics Bachelor of Science in Business Economics Bachelors 3 years 3,850EUR/year
International Business Master of Science in Business Engineering: Business and Technology Masters 2 years 3,850EUR/year
International Business Master of Science in International Business Masters 2 years 3,850EUR/year
Management Master of Science in Management Masters 1 year 3,850EUR/year
Journalism & Information Master of Science in Communication Studies: Journalism and Media in Europe Masters 1 year 3,850EUR/year
Communications Master of Science in Communication Studies: New Media and Society in Europe Masters 1 year 3,850EUR/year
Political Science Master of Science in Political Science: European and International Governance Masters 1 year 3,850EUR/year
Education Master of Science in Educational Sciences Masters 2 years 3,248EUR/year
Languages Multilingual Master in Linguistics and Literary Studies Masters 1 year 3,248EUR/year
Philosophy Research Master in Philosophy Masters 2 years 962EUR/year
Environmental Sciences Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management Masters 2 years 962EUR/year
Chemistry Master of Science in Chemistry Masters 2 years 3,248EUR/year
Molecular Sciences Master of Science in Molecular Biology Masters 2 years 962EUR/year
Geography Master of Science in Geography Masters 2 years 1,250EUR/year
Computer Science Master of Science in Computer Science Masters 2 years 3,248EUR/year
Biology Master of Science in Biology Masters 2 years 962EUR/year
Physics Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy Masters 2 years 3,248EUR/year
Urban Planning & Land Management Master of Science in Urban Studies Masters 2 years 3,610EUR/year
Biomedical Sciences Master of Science in Biomedical Research Masters 2 years 3,248EUR/year
Gerontology Research Master in Gerontological Sciences Masters 2 years 3,248EUR/year
Engineering & Engineering Trades Master of Science in Photonics Engineering Masters 2 years 962EUR/year
Biomedical Sciences Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering Masters 2 years 2,500EUR/year
Soil Science Master of Science in Sustainable Land Management Masters 2 years 962EUR/year
Computer Science Master of Science in Applied Computer Science Masters 2 years 3,248EUR/year
Engineering & Engineering Trades Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering Masters 2 years 962EUR/year
Engineering & Engineering Trades Master of Science in Architectural Engineering Masters 2 years 2,500EUR/year
Engineering & Engineering Trades Master of Science in Chemical and Materials Engineering Masters 2 years 2,500EUR/year
Engineering & Engineering Trades Master of Science in Civil Engineering Masters 2 years 2,500EUR/year
Engineering & Engineering Trades Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Masters 2 years 2,500EUR/year
Engineering & Engineering Trades Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering Masters 2 years 2,500EUR/year
European Studies Advanced Master in European Integration 1 year 5,000EUR
Law LLM in International and European Law 1 year 13,000EUR
International Relations Postgraduate in Economic Diplomacy 1 year 6,800EUR
Finance Postgraduate in International Trade and Investment 1 year 6,800EUR

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