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First contact at the university

The International Relations and Mobility Office is responsible for the reception of the International students and scholars, and it remains the central information desk during their entire stay at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The International Relations and Mobility Office should be the first contact at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

International Relations and Mobility Office

Contact information and opening hours of the International Relatons and Mobility Office (IRMO) can be found on the IRMO-webpage.

Campus Security

Campus Security ensures the safety of the students, personnel and visitors of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, as well as its property and buildings. Security personnel are present on the campuses of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students and scholars arriving after opening hours can contact Campus Security, should they encounter any problems in accessing their Vrije Universiteit Brussel rooms.

Other

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel has been participating in the Erasmus programme for more than 20 years and is a holder of the Erasmus University Charter (EUC). All practical details and the list of Erasmus Faculty coordinators.

FAQ Listing

EEA: all countries listed below:

EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway.

EU: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Holland, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Sweden Cyprus, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic. 
New EU member states with restrictions: Romania and Bulgaria.
Switzerland is neither EU nor EEA, but has bilateral agreements with the EU which means that Swiss citizens do not require a visa to travel within the EEA.

Non-EEA: all countries that are NOT listed below:

EEA: EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway.

EU: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Holland, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Sweden Cyprus, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic. 
New EU member states with restrictions: Romania and Bulgaria.
Switzerland is neither EU nor EEA, but has bilateral agreements with the EU which means that Swiss citizens do not require a visa to travel within the EEA.

The local administration

The local administration is the whole of public services and departments managing the communication between the local authorities (city, town or village) and the citizen, usually the local town hall, which is in charge of issuing residence permits, building permits, driving licences, registration of births and deaths, etc.

local official representation

Embassy, Consulate, or other local official representation.

Commune

Commune: town, city or village. Brussels consists of 19 communes, these are: Anderlecht, Brussel Centrum (Bruxelles centre), Elsene (Ixelles), Etterbeek, Evere, Ganshoren, Jette, Koekelberg, Oudergem (Auderghem), Schaarbeek (Schaerbeek), Sint-Agatha Berchem (Berchem Saint-Agathe), Sint-Gillis (Saint-Gilles), Sint-Jans-Molenbeek (Molenbeek Saint-Jean), Sint-Joost ten Noode (Saint-Josse ten Noode), Sint-Lambrechts Woluwe (Woluwe Saint-Lambert), Sint-Pieters Woluwe (Woluwe Saint-Pierre), Ukkel (Uccle), Vorst (Forrest), Watermaal-Bosvoorde (Watermael-Boitsfort).

European Insurance Card
Schengen:

EU: Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Austria, Greece, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland Slovakia, Slovenia

Schengen non-EU : Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

Ireland and UK are EU but NOT part of the Schengen area.

students from specific countries

Special rules may apply to students from specific countries. Students from China need to deposit an amount of €6000 on a blocked account in China. They also need to pass a selection procedure called APS.

financial means

Non-EEA students are not allowed to use their own financial means through money on a bank account and always need a third person, to act as their financial guarantor. The latter will be responsible for the student’s living, study and medical costs as well as repatriation. (Annex 32 – also see “Scholarship certificate or a financial guarantee form”)
Are also accepted: proof of a regular income such as a scholarship, grant, student loan or salary (leave with pay) and money, blocked on an account provided by the University.

Scholarship certificate or a financial guarantee form
Type D visa

Type D visa for entire families are only delivered in the framework of economic migration. Under the student status the family can only travel after the student has obtained his ID card, has arranged medical insurance for the family and can present proof of suitable accommodation (registered rental contract).

Charter

charter awarded by the European Commission. The Charter sets out the fundamental principles and the minimum requirements with which the higher education institution must comply when implementing its ERASMUS activities.