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Number of ECTS credits: 
Number of years: 
12 ECTS optional - in selected institutions and companies related to the subject area
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Economic and Social Sciences and Solvay Business School
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Brussels Engineering, Sciences & Humanities Campus
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Pick a programme for Communication Studies: Journalism and Media in Europe:

For regular students
No plans for working students
For exchange students

Bachelor programmes

and equivalents

Master programmes

and equivalents

After the master


Exchange agreements

Exchange Ba Communication Stud
Academic year 2017-2018
Incoming Bachelor students in Communication Studies can make a choice among the following courses.

Important notes:

• Non-listed courses in Dutch may only be chosen when you can prove your proficiency in Dutch and show that you meet the academic prerequisites. You also need to have the approval by the professor concerned.
• Make sure you select courses that are offered during your stay. Term 1 indicates the fall semester. Term 2 corresponds with the spring semester.
• Check the timetables on the faculty website to avoid overlap of your courses:


Make sure to regularly check these timetables as they might be liable to small changes to cope with unexpected circumstances.

Incoming Erasmus Students at Bachelor level

Incoming Erasmus Students at Bachelor level
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Academic English 2 1st semester 3
Advanced Methods for Communication Studies 1st semester 6
Advanced Methods for Journalism Research 1st semester 6
Advanced Theoretical Debates: Journalism, Politics and Ideology 1st semester 6
Asia's International Politics 1st semester 6
Comparative Communication Research 1st semester 6
Critical Issues in Media Economics 1st semester 6
Digital Media Marketing 1st semester 6
Economics for Business 1st semester 3
Entrepreneurship 1st semester 3
Ethics in International Relations 1st semester 6
EU Institutions : Communication Strategies and Information Sources 1st semester 6
European Innovation Policy 1st semester 6
Financial and Managerial Accounting 1st semester 6
Gender, Diversity and Politics 1st semester 6
Global Population Issues and Urban Demography 1st semester 6
History of International Relations 1st semester 6
Informatics for Management 1st semester 6
Intercultural Communication 1st semester 3
International Conflict Resolution 1st semester 6
International Security and Strategic Studies 1st semester 6
Internet Censorship, Control and Governance 1st semester 6
Introduction Social Science Research Methods 1st semester 6
Introduction to Accounting 1st semester 3
Introduction to IT and Operations Management 1st semester 3
Introduction to Management, Marketing and HRM 1st semester 3
IT Modeling 1st semester 3
Journalism: Trends and Technologies 1st semester 6
Media, Nationalism and Public Sphere 1st semester 6
Political Economy of Communication 1st semester 6
Political Structures and Processes of the European Union 1st semester 6
Politics and Popular Media 1st semester 6
Public Policy Analysis 1st semester 6
Quantitative Methods for Business 1st semester 3
Researching Culture 1st semester 6
The Political Economy of Journalism in the EU 1st semester 6
Theories on Media, Technology and Society 1st semester 6
Academic English 2 2nd semester 3
Brussels Talking: Europe, Media and Society 2nd semester 6
Business and Consumer Ethics 2nd semester 6
Business Aspects of Micro-electronics and Photonics 2nd semester 3
Corporate Finance and Investment Analysis 2nd semester 6
Cultural Sociology 2nd semester 6
Current Case Studies: Global and Regional Governance 2nd semester 6
Current Issues in European Politics 2nd semester 6
EU Competition Policy 2nd semester 6
EU Media and Communication Policy 2nd semester 6
European Media and Communication Markets 2nd semester 6
European Social and Population Issues 2nd semester 3
Human Resources Management 2nd semester 6
International Communication 2nd semester 6
International Relations Theory 2nd semester 6
Introduction to the Sociology of Work and Industrial Relations 2nd semester 6
Journalism Practice in Europe 2nd semester 6
Migration and the Multicultural Society 2nd semester 6
Policy Advocacy and Media in the EU 2nd semester 6
Strategic Marketing 2nd semester 6
Supply Chain Management 2nd semester 6
Users and Innovation in Digital Media 2nd semester 6

Exchange Scholarship Programmes

Find out which scholarship programmes we offer and how to apply

Find out now »


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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 (Brussels Engineering, Sciences & Humanities Campus).

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.