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Prof. dr. Wilfried Rauws, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Criminology

A word of welcome by the Dean

Dear student,

I wish to welcome you to the International Exchange website of the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. One of the main objectives of our Faculty is to intensify its contacts with other Universities and Law Faculties, and to encourage their students to spend part of their study in Brussels, capital of Belgium and the enlarged European Union.

Since the academic year 2004/2005, students of some Belgian French speaking universities, who master the Dutch language, can participate in the Erasmus Belgica programme of our Faculty. They can follow courses of the regular Dutch course programme (one or two semesters).

Since the academic year 2005/2006, we offer an English law course programme for foreign exchange students (Erasmus+ programme). This programme takes place in the first semester of the academic year (late September - beginning of February). Foreign exchange students must have a good command of English.

Since the academic year 2007/2008, we also offer an English criminology course programme for foreign incoming students (Erasmus+ programme). Also this programme takes place in the first semester. Students must already have a basic knowledge of criminology, meet some prerequisites and have a good command of English.

Foreign exchange students who master the Dutch language, may follow courses of our regular Bachelor and Master programmes in Dutch (law and criminology).

This website is designed to stimulate interest in our exchange programmes and to inform prospective exchange students. We trust that the information on the following pages will provide a helpful account of the academic activities carried out by the staff of our Faculty.

Looking forward to welcoming you in Brussels,

with my best regards,

Prof. dr. Wilfried Rauws,
Dean of the Faculty of Law and Criminology,
Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel in perspective

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel holds a unique place in the Belgian university landscape. To fully appreciate this uniqueness, an introduction to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is essential. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is the offshoot of the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) that was founded in 1834 by a Brussels lawyer with Flemish origins, Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen. He wanted to establish a university that would be independent from the state and the church and where academic freedom would reign.

Although some courses at the ULB's Faculty of Law were already being taught in Dutch in 1935, it was not until 1963 that almost all the faculties offered courses in Dutch. The Dutch-speaking university was finally split off from its French-speaking counterpart on 1 October 1969.

The Faculty of Law and Criminology is one of the largest faculties of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Its history goes back to 1935, when it was part of the French speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Have a look at the English website of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Contact persons of the Faculty of Law and Criminology

Law students who have questions about their study programme can contact:

Prof. dr. Tony Joris, Exchange Coordinator
Office 4B353, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels
E-mail: tony.joris@vub.ac.be
Tel: 00 32 (0)2 629 26 40

Mr. Wout De Cock, Exchange Assistant
Office 4B345, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels
E-mail: wout.de.cock@vub.be
Tel: 00 32 (0)2 629 24 54

Criminology students who have questions about their study programme can contact:

Ms. Anneke Evenepoel, Exchange Assistant
Office 4B347, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels
E-mail: anneke.evenepoel@vub.be
Tel: 00 32 (0)2 629 25 94

Prof. dr. Tony Joris


Exchange Coordinator

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Mr. Wout De Cock


Exchange Assistant for Law

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Mrs. Anneke Evenepoel


Exchange Assistant for Criminology

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Contact International Relations Office and Mobility

The International Relations Office and Mobility of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is responsible for practical issues, like housing, insurances, arrivals, administration, etc...

International Relations and Mobility Office
Visiting address: Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels, Belgium (opposite to campus Etterbeek)
Postal address: Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
E-mail: erasmus.incoming@vub.ac.be
Tel: 0032 (0)2 614 81 01

More information on IRMO can be found on their website

International Relations and Mobility Office


Contact IRMO for all practical issues, like housing, insurances, arrivals, admnistration...

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Application and deadlines

If you wish to study at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as an Erasmus+ student, the first thing for you to do is to contact the Exchange Coordinator of your home Faculty and discuss your candidacy with him/her.

Your application must be submitted according to the rules of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (go to https://www.vub.ac.be/en/exchange for all the practical information). The deadline for the paper application is 15 May 2017 (academic year 2017-2018) of the year previous to the one that you wish to study at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Late applications will be rejected. Your Erasmus+ Application Form has to include an Application Form, a Learning Agreement and a Transcript of Records. On the learning agreement you fill in the courses you want to follow at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. This learning agreement has to be signed by the Exchange Coordinator of your Faculty. Prof. Dr. T. Joris, the Exchange Coordinator at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and the International Relations Coordinator of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will sign this document upon receipt. You will receive a copy of the signed agreement via your Exchange Coordinator. For problems with regard to the online application program of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, you can contact erasmus.incoming@vub.ac.be.

Language requirements

Foreign exchange students who wish to enrol in the English Erasmus course programmes of the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel must have a good command of both oral and written English. Without this command, admission cannot be granted.

Students who wish to follow Dutch courses (Bachelor and Master level, not "Master na Master" level) must have a good command of both oral and written Dutch. Without this command, admission cannot be granted. Dutch courses can be followed in both semesters.

Academic requirements

Foreign exchange studens who wish to enrol in the English Erasmus+ course programmes of the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel must be in the (second) last year of their law or criminology study.

Partner universities of the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

At present, the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel participates in two exchange programmes: Erasmus+ and Erasmus Belgica. Hereunder you can find an overview of all partner universities of the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Erasmus+

Denmark: University of Kopenhagen

Finland: University of Lapland

Germany: Universität Bremen

France: Université de Nantes - Université de Rennes 1

Greece: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Hungary: University of Pécs

Italy: University of Padua - Universitat di Siena

Lithuania: Vilnius University

Malta: University of Malta

The Netherlands: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam - Universiteit Tilburg

Norway: Universitetet i Bergen

Poland: University of Silesia

Portugal: Universidade do Porto

Slovenia: University of Maribor

Spain: Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona - Universidad de Alcalá - Universidad de San Pablo - Universidad de Cantabria - Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Turkey: Istanbul Bilgi University - Yeditepe University

Switzerland: Université de Fribourg - Université de Lausanne

United Kingdom: Unversity of Nottingham

Erasmus Belgica

Bruxelles: Université Libre de Bruxelles

Liège: Université de Liège

Louvain-La-Neuve: Université Catholique de Louvain

Law

1. Introduction

The Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel offers a programme with law courses in English to incoming Erasmus+ students. Incoming Erasmus+ students who are in the (second) last year of their law study (Master level) can participate in this programme.

These courses are taught in the first semester only.

The first semester of the academic year 2018/2019 will start on 24 September 2018 and end on 4 February 2019.

Incoming Erasmus students must have a good command of English.

Erasmus Belgica students cannot follow this programme. They will participate in the regular Faculty programme which is taught in Dutch (see 'Courses in Dutch').

Important notice: no other courses than those of the programme mentioned below can be followed by incoming Erasmus+ students. However, if an incoming Erasmus+ student has a good command of Dutch, then he/she can participate in the Faculty programme which is taught in Dutch. An overview of the Dutch courses can be found here.

2. Programme

The Faculty of Law and Criminology offers the following law courses in English (for a description, click on the course):

Comparative Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure - 6 ECTS

European Labour and Employment Law - 6 ECTS

European Public Law - 6 ECTS

International and Comparative Economic Law - 6 ECTS

International and European Tax Law - 6 ECTS

International Law II - 6 ECTS

Introduction to Common Law and Legal English - 5 ECTS

Selected Topics of Company Law - 6 ECTS

Law and Money - 6 ECTS

Legal Theory - 3 ECTS

3. Master Thesis

In case an incoming Erasmus+ student has to write a Master thesis at their home university, part of the research for and writing of the thesis can be done at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. This research can count for a number of ECTS (maximum 12), to be decided by the home university. The Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel cannot, however, provide supervision. Furthermore the Vrije Universiteit Brussel cannot award any grade for such research.

Criminology

The program Criminology offers Incoming Erasmus students the possibility to follow several Dutch courses in English under the form of  Reading Courses. These reading courses are specially designed courses that replace the regularly scheduled courses that are taught in Dutch. Although the format of the reading courses differs from the regularly scheduled courses, the requirements are essentially the same. Students will work on the same topics and subject material of the course but by means of regular meetings with the responsible Professor(s) in small groups.

The responsible Professor will provide the students the following information:

  • The obligatory reading list. It consists of English study material that is used during the lectures of the course and can be filled up with alternative texts that replace the Dutch study material.
  • The mid-term and final assignments that the student will have to perform as well as the deadlines.
  • The agenda with the meeting times. This meetings will be organised on a regular basis and aim at organising discussions and ‘Questions & Answers- moments’ between the Professor and the incoming erasmus students concerning the reading and subject material. These meetings will be organised individually or in small groups depending on the number of incoming Erasmus students.

Please find hereunder an overview of the possible courses:

Crime and the city - 9 ECTS (Dutch, reading course)

Youth Criminology - 9 ECTS (Dutch, reading course)

Penology - 9 ECTS (Dutch, reading course)

Security and policing - 9 ECTS (Dutch, reading course)

Surveillance and Security Management - 3 ECTS (Dutch, reading course)

Penology and Penitentiary Law - 6 ECTS (Dutch, reading course)

Criminology and victimology - 6 ECTS (Dutch, reading course)