Study in the capital of Europe!
Spend one or two semesters as an exchange student at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), in one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities!
Can you apply as an exchange student to the VUB? Find out here! We offer courses to exchange students in the following domains:
Archaeology and art history
Economics and management
Literature and linguistics
Philosophy and ethics
Political and social sciences
Frequently asked questions
No, you can only select courses from the course overview for your study field. Some departments allow you to also select courses from other study fields, but these courses are then also mentioned in your department’s course overview.
Yes, see also here.
Certain course descriptions however still mention SP or Study Points, 1 SP = 1 ECTS.
No, you either follow courses at the VUB or do a training.
You cannot combine both unless you can select the official VUB course ‘Internship’ from the course overview for your field of study.
No, all exchange students that study at the VUB in the framework of an exchange agreement or an exchange scholarship programme managed by the International Relations and Mobility Office are exempted from a tuition fee.
More information on the offered scholarship programmes can be found here.
No, when there is no exchange agreement with your home university or specific cooperation agreement with your government and the VUB you cannot apply for an exchange.
More information on the offered scholarship programmes and their eligibility criteria can be found here.
The VUB will provide your home university with a Transcript of Records of your obtained grades and credits and an explanation of the grading system at the VUB.Your home university then has to transfer and recognize your obtained grades and credits.
The VUB academic year runs from end September until July.
Our academic year is divided into 2 semesters: the first or fall semester and the second or spring semester.
More info: VUB Academic Calendar.
All application information can be found here.
You can contact the International Relations and Mobility Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can contact the Student Administration Center at email@example.com.
We offer a limited number of rooms to exchange students in the on campus U-residence (Brussels Engineering, Sciences & Humanities Campus).
More info on U-residence and finding housing in Brussels can be found here.
EU & non-EU students 2016-17:
- fall semester:
Nomination by home university: 1 May 2016
Application to the VUB: 1 June 2016
- spring semester:
Nomination by home university: 1 October 2016
Application to the VUB: 1 November 2016
All incoming exchange students have to provide a proof of English language knowledge in their online application. This can be an official English test, a proof of English-taught courses taken at the home university, or a statement from the home university confirming that you have sufficient knowledge of English to take English-taught courses at the VUB.A minimum B2 level is recommended.
Exchange students can take courses at the Academic Language Centre, ACTO.
Depending on your VUB department these courses can be recognized for credits or not.
More info can be found here.
Yes, incoming exchange students can select courses from our Dutch-taught programmes, on the condition that you provide us with a proof of Dutch language knowledge in your online application. A minimum B2 level is recommended.
Overview of the Dutch-taught courses:
All incoming exchange students are required to take a minimum of 21 ECTS per semester.