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Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Belgium
www.vub.be/en
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel

Study in the heart of Europe, Brussels

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A university with character

For more than 180 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 18,000 students are of foreign origin, representing 145 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.

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.

CONTACT INFORMATION
FIELDS OF STUDY
AC
Accounting
AF
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery
AR
Archeology
AB
Architecture and Building
AS
Astronomy
BO
Biology
CH
Chemistry
CO
Communications
CS
Computer Science
CA
Culinary Arts
EC
Economics
ESS
Economics & Statistical Sciences
ED
Education
ET
Engineering and Engineering Trades
ES
Environmental Sciences
FA
Fashion
FI
Finance
GE
Geography
HS
Heritage Sciences
HP
Hospitality
IR
International Relations
JI
Journalism and Information
LG
Languages
LW
Law
MG
Management
MP
Manufacturing and Processing
MK
Marketing
MS
Mathematics & Statistics
MC
Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Technology
MSD
Medicine, Surgery, & Dentistry
MS
Molecular Sciences
ONPR
Obstetrics, Nursery, Physiotherapy, & Medical Radiology
PA
Performing Arts
PH
Pharmacy
PH
Philosophy
PY
Physics
PS
Political Science
PS
Pyschology
RT
Religion and Theology
SB
Social and Behavioral Science
SO
Sociology
SS
Soil Science
TT
Travel and Tourism
UM
Urban Planning & Land Management
VA
Visual Arts
VD
Visual Design (Graphic Design)
ZO
Zoology

Programmes Offered

Symbols & Programme Name PROGRAMME Degree Level Duration Tuition

Economics & Statistical Sciences

ESS
Economics & Statistical Sciences
Master of Science in Business Engineering: Business and Technology Masters 2 years 3,850EUR/year

Finance

FI
Finance
Master of Science in International Business Masters 2 years 3,850EUR/year

Management

MG
Management
Master of Science in Management Masters 1 year 3,850EUR/year

Journalism and Information

JI
Journalism and Information
Master of Science in Communication Studies:Journalism and Media in Europe Masters 1 year 3,850EUR/year

Journalism and Information

JI
Journalism and Information
Master of Science in Communication Studies: New Media and Society in Europe Masters 1 year 3,850EUR/year

Political Science

PS
Political Science
Master of Science in Political Science: European and International Governance Masters 1 year 3,850EUR/year

Social and Behavioral Science

SB
Social and Behavioral Science
Master of Science in Educational Sciences Masters 2 years 3,243EUR/year

Languages

LG
Languages
Master of Arts in Linguistics and Literary Studies Masters 1 year 3,243EUR/year

Social and Behavioral Science

SB
Social and Behavioral Science
Research Master of Arts in Philosophy Masters 2 years 950EUR/year

Medicine, Surgery, & Dentistry

MSD
Medicine, Surgery, & Dentistry
Master of Science in Biomedical Research Masters 2 years 3,243EUR/year

Medicine, Surgery, & Dentistry

MSD
Medicine, Surgery, & Dentistry
Research Master of Science in Gerontological Sciences Masters 2 years 3,243EUR/year

Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery

AF
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery
Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management Masters 2 years 950EUR/year

Chemistry

CH
Chemistry
Master of Science in Chemistry Masters 2 years 3,243EUR/year

Biology

BO
Biology
Master of Science in Molecular Biology Masters 2 years 950EUR/year

Environmental Sciences

ES
Environmental Sciences
Master of Science in Geography Masters 2 years 950EUR/year

Computer Science

CS
Computer Science
Master of Science in Computer Science Masters 2 years 3,243EUR/year

Biology

BO
Biology
Master of Science in Biology Masters 2 years 950EUR/year

Physics

PY
Physics
Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy Masters 2 years 3,243EUR/year

Urban Planning & Land Management

UM
Urban Planning & Land Management
Master of Science in Urban Studies Masters 2 years 4,200EUR/year

Engineering and Engineering Trades

ET
Engineering and Engineering Trades
European Master of Science in Photonics Masters 2 years 950EUR/year

Engineering and Engineering Trades

ET
Engineering and Engineering Trades
Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering Masters 2 years 2,500EUR/year

Urban Planning & Land Management

UM
Urban Planning & Land Management
Master of Science in Physical Land Resources Masters 2 years 950EUR/year

Computer Science

CS
Computer Science
Master of Science in Applied Computer Science Masters 2 years 3,243EUR/year

Engineering and Engineering Trades

ET
Engineering and Engineering Trades
Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering Masters 2 years 950EUR/year

Architecture and Building

AB
Architecture and Building
Master of Science in Architectural Engineering Masters 2 years 2,500EUR/year

Engineering and Engineering Trades

ET
Engineering and Engineering Trades
Master of Science in Chemical and Materials Engineering Masters 2 years 2,500EUR/year

Engineering and Engineering Trades

ET
Engineering and Engineering Trades
Master of Science in Civil Engineering Masters 2 years 2,500EUR/year

Engineering and Engineering Trades

ET
Engineering and Engineering Trades
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Masters 2 years 2,500EUR/year

Engineering and Engineering Trades

ET
Engineering and Engineering Trades
Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering Masters 2 years 2,500EUR/year

Economics

EC
Economics
Postgraduate in Economic Diplomacy Certificate 66 ECTS 6,800EUR

International Relations

IR
International Relations
Postgraduate in International Trade and Investment Certificate 66 ECTS 6,800EUR

Economics & Statistical Sciences

ESS
Economics & Statistical Sciences
Postgraduate Media Economics Certificate 8 trainings 650EUR/training

Languages

LG
Languages
Doctor in Applied Language Studies / Linguisticts and Literary Studies PhD 4 years 960EUR

Heritage Sciences

HS
Heritage Sciences
Doctor in Cultural Heritage Studies PhD 4 years 960EUR

Philosophy

PH
Philosophy
Doctor in Philosophy and Moral Sciences PhD 4 years 960EUR

Economics & Statistical Sciences

ESS
Economics & Statistical Sciences
Doctor in (Business) Economics PhD 4 years 960EUR

Sociology

SO
Sociology
Doctor in Sociology PhD 4 years 960EUR

Journalism and Information

JI
Journalism and Information
Doctor in Media and Communication Studies PhD 4 years 960EUR

Political Science

PS
Political Science
Doctor in Political Sciences PhD

Chemistry

CH
Chemistry
Doctor of Sciences PhD

Physics

PY
Physics
Doctor of Sciences PhD

Computer Science

CS
Computer Science
Doctor of Sciences PhD

Biology

BO
Biology
Doctor of Sciences PhD

Engineering and Engineering Trades

ET
Engineering and Engineering Trades
PhD

Law

LW
Law
PhD

Medicine, Surgery, & Dentistry

MSD
Medicine, Surgery, & Dentistry
PhD

Obstetrics, Nursery, Physiotherapy, & Medical Radiology

ONPR
Obstetrics, Nursery, Physiotherapy, & Medical Radiology
PhD

Pharmacy

PH
Pharmacy
PhD

Pyschology

PS
Pyschology
PhD

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 1.1 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.

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 #1 in Belgium in terms of student-staff ration (Source: QS World University Rankings).

Summer Schools to get a taste of VUB and Brussels

Learn, live and experience being a student at VUB with our intensive and rewarding summer school programmes. More info on www.vub.be/en/study/summerschools.

The academic calendar

The academic year is divided into two semesters. The fall semester represents the start of the academic year and lasts from mid-September to early-February. The spring semesters starts in mid-February and lasts until early July.

Tuition fees

All accredited bachelor and master programmes at the VUB are subsidized by the Flemish Government of Belgium, meaning that students only have to pay a small fraction of the actual cost of the education they get. This holds for students from all over the world. Bachelor and master students pay a minimum of ~900 Euros per year and a maximum of ~6.000 Euros per year, depending on their study program and university of choice. PhD students pay ~500 Euros per year.

Scholarships

The VUB participates in several scholarship programmes which offer grants at different levels of study, from Bachelor to PhD level. They are available to prospective students based on criteria such as nationality, academic performance, programme of study, and level of study. For more information please visit www.vub.be/en/scholarships.

Housing and living costs

International students have various accommodation options to choose from in Brussels. Depending on the type of international student you are, you can either arrange your own accommodation off campus, or apply for a VUB room on campus.

University accommodation, which is always cheaper, is readily available for international students at a cost of ~320 Euros/month. For those who prefer living off campus, rent can range between 300-450 Euros per month depending on the type of room and location.

An average month in Brussels costs between €800 and €1000 for a student. This includes:

  • Accommodation (in a student room also known as "kot")
  • Food and meals
  • Study materials
  • Phone and internet
  • Insurance
  • Local transportation
  • Personal activities

As a student, you can work up to 20 hours a week to top up your budget, but financing your education through a student job is not advisable as it could harm your study progress.

Immigration

It is important to note that you need to register for a specific study program in Belgium before submitting your visa application. As a rule, your studies must be full-time and the main purpose for your residence in Belgium.

FAQs

When is the application deadline?

There are two separate deadlines to submit a complete application, depending on whether or not you require a visa to enter Belgium:

  • Before the 1st of April: for non-EEA citizens.

  • Before the 1st of September: for EEA citizens / non-EEA citizens living in Belgium with a valid residence permit

There are exceptions to these general deadlines. More information on www.vub.be/en/apply.

What are the academic requirements?

When you apply for a master programme you need to have a bachelor degree (or equivalent). Each programme has its own specific requirements. After you submit your application, we will verify your degree and transcripts in order to determine whether you are eligible for the programme of your choice. You can consult the respective programme pages for particular pre-requirements.

What are the language requirements?

All prospective students need to provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of English.This proof can be provided by presenting results of a language test or documents issued by your home institution (see all the options on this webpage).

Please note that language test results cannot be older than 5 years at the moment of application. PhD applicants are exempted from the language requirements.

Which documents do I need to include in my application? 

The required documents depend on the programme level and your nationality. More information on www.vub.be/en/apply.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, students with a non-Flemisch diploma should pay an application fee of 50EURO per submitted application. This fee is non-refundable. However if you are accepted and enrol, the application fee for that specific programme will be deducted from your tuition fee.

For example: if you submit four applications, you should pay a total of four individual application fees: 200 EURO. Once you are enrolled in that programme, only 50 EURO will be deducted from your tuition fees. 

What are the accommodation options? 

International students have various accommodation options to choose from in Brussels. Depending on the type of international student you are, you can either arrange your own accommodation off campus, or apply for a VUB room on campus. More information on https://student.vub.be/en/housing

Vrije Universiteit Brussel offers programmes in many fields of study. Most of our international programmes are masters and advanced masters, although we offer two bachelor’s programmes in English as well. Find the overview of our international programmes here: www.vub.be/en/programmes