Information technology: omnipresent and ever-evolving

Electronics and information technology spans a broad range of topics related to omni-present systems and devices: smartphones, laptops, robots, games, cars, medical imagers, solar farms, the ‘Internet of Things’, and so on. At VUB you can become an expert in this field, ensuring a career in an ever-evolving aspect of society. The programme combines a rigorous scientific and technical education with the development of practical skills. It encourages independence, creativity and inventiveness, and it shapes competent engineers who can contribute to society on many – if not all – levels.

This programme is part of Bruface, which means it is organised jointly with Université Libre de Bruxelles. This allows students to use the adjacent infrastructures of both institutions, as well as giving them the opportunity to study in a multicultural context. Study in Brussels, the beating heart of Europe, and help build the future.

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Internships

Between the first and the second year, students can take up an internship worth either 6 ECTS (40 working days) or 10 ECTS (60 working days). The student can get actively involved in a real company where they carry out real tasks and are expected to integrate and communicate in a work team, gaining industrial engineering competences through real-life situations in a professional context. This can take place in- or outside Belgium, as long as the theme is related to the professional life of an engineer in the enterprise of choice. It can be a laboratory or a research institute – not including university laboratories in Belgium. Students can even link their internship to their master thesis. To avoid interference with studies in the second year, students are advised to plan their internship as much as possible during the summer holiday between the two master years.

Electives

Students can also choose to postpone the company experience until after the master programme, and choose 12 ECTS from the more than 20 electives courses offered by the academic staff and their research groups. The electives have a wide variety of subjects, covering more in-depth specialisation as well as topics like entrepreneurship and even languages.

AFTER GRADUATION

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations, or continue your academic career as a PhD researcher. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

Plenty of job opportunities

Technology is a key component in today’s society and the rapid evolutions in this field ensure that there’s never a shortage of job opportunities. Graduates are ready for the international job market because of their thorough training with English as the working language. The job possibilities are virtually endless; 90% of students enrolled in the programme receive interesting job offers before they graduate. VUB helps them take their first steps on the job market with workshops, networking events, job fairs and tips for job interviews. It’s all an ambitious student needs!

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THE VUB HELPS YOU TO MAKE YOUR FIRST STEP IN THE JOB MARKET WITH WORKSHOPS, NETWORKING EVENTS, JOB FAIRS, TIPS ‘N TRICKS FOR JOB INTERVIEWS. ALL AN AMBITIOUS STUDENT NEEDS!

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IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE YOUR ACADEMIC CAREER, YOU CAN APPLY FOR A PHD POSITION AT THE VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL. ALL YOU NEED IS A PROMOTER, RESEARCH SUBJECT AND SUFFICIENT FUNDING. ARE YOU UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?

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Language requirements

Prospective students can provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English as language of instruction by meeting one of the following criteria:

1. having successfully completed one of the following language proficiency tests:

• TOEFL: minimum level: 213 for the computer-based test (CBT); 72 for the internet-based test (IBT); 550 for paper -based test

• TOEIC: minimum level: 785

• IELTS: minimum level academic module 6

• CAE: minimum grade B

• CPE: minimum grade C

• ITACE for Students certificate with ERK/CEFR score B2

• Cambridge English First (FCE)

• Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC Vantage)

• Cambridge Michigan ECCE

• Trinity College London: ISE II, GESE Grade 7-9; or ALTE Q mark

• The Pearson Test of English General (PTE General): minimum level 3

• The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): minimum level 59

2. having successfully completed at least one year of secondary education with English as language of instruction, or having successfully completed secondary school in a Belgian institution;

3. having successfully completed programme units in higher education with a minimum of 54 ECTS-credits where English was the language of instruction.

Specific admission criteria

Direct enrolment for this study plan is possible if the applicant has obtained a bachelor degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology at VUB. Admission decisions for students from other institutions are based on evaluation of a complete application file. Students with a bachelor in the same field of study have direct access after the evaluation of their application file. Admission for holders of another engineering degree is based on evaluation and approval by the curriculum council.

Application deadline

Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree. Applications need to be submitted only through our website www.bruface.eu

• Students who require a visa (non-EU/EEA nationals) need to submit their pre-application before March 24th

• Students who do not require a visa must submit their pre-application before September 12th

• Note: if the proof of English proficiency or APS certificate is not ready before the deadline, you can always submit it later instead of missing the deadline

Tuition fees

Students pay the tuition fee at the institution at which they enrol, in agreement with the institution’s legal requirements. The tuition fee for the non-EU students is recalculated yearly and jointly by both institutions, taking into account the legislation in both regions. Indication of tuition fee: 800 - 3000 euro per year. A detailed overview of the tuition fees can be found on www.bruface.eu