Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Vrije Universiteit Brussel


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A university with character

For more than 188 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 link 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.


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.
English taught programmes at Vrije Universiteit Brussel:

PhD in all disciplines, to see what programme, please visit, https://www.vub.be/en/our-research/earning-doctorate-vub

Tuition fee:

Thanks to the government subsidies, Non-EEA students only need to pay from 1092 to 4284 Euro per year depending on the programme (not including few special programmes which require higher fee).

Application procedure:
In order to apply you have to fill in the online application form (link below) and submit all required documents as specified on the programme page mentioned above.

How to apply: https://www.vub.be/en/studying-vub/apply-and-enrol-vub/application-and-enrolment/start-your-application

Application deadlines (to start courses in September 2023)
  • Before 1 April 2023 for non-EEA students(who needs a visa for Belgium)
  • Before 1 September 2023 for EEA citizens or no-EEA citizens living in Belgium with a valid resident permit
Academic calendar: https://www.vub.be/en/about-vub/key-data-vub/academic-calendar

Other information:
Please do not hesitate to send an email to prospective.students@vub.be if you need any further information.