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:

Frequently asked questions

Can I select other courses than those provided in the course overview for my study field?

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.

Does the VUB use ECTS?

Yes, see also here.

Certain course descriptions however still mention SP or Study Points, 1 SP = 1 ECTS.

Can I combine courses with a training or internship?

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.

Do I have to pay a tuition fee?

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.

Can I do an exchange when there is no exchange agreement with my home university?

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.

What about credit recognition at the end of my stay?

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.

Where can I find the VUB academic calendar?

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.

How can I apply for an exchange?

All application information can be found here.

Who can I contact for specific questions about a scholarship programme?

You can contact the International Relations and Mobility Office at international.relations@vub.ac.be.

Who can I contact for questions about my application and offered courses?

You can contact the Student Administration Center at exchange.incoming@vub.ac.be.

Who can I contact for questions about studying at the VUB and living in Brussels?

We advise you to first carefully read our ‘Arrival in Brussels’ webpage.

Should you have further questions, you can contact the International Relations and Mobility Office at international.relations@vub.ac.be.

Does the VUB offer housing to incoming students?

We offer a limited number of rooms to exchange students in the on campus U-residence (Campus Etterbeek).

More info on U-residence and finding housing in Brussels can be found here.

Where can I find more practical information on studying at the VUB and living in Brussels?

Consult MY.VUB.

What are the application deadlines?

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
What are the language requirements for an exchange?

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.

Can I take language courses?

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.

Can I take courses taught in Dutch?

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:

What is the minimum amount of credits I have to take?

All incoming exchange students are required to take a minimum of 21 ECTS per semester.

Exchange Scholarship Programmes

Find out which scholarship programmes we offer and how to apply

Find out now »

Application Deadlines Exchange 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


Applicable for both EU & non-EU citizens.
Late and/or incomplete applications are not considered.

Contact

For more information, please contact:
exchange.incoming@vub.ac.be.

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