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Financing your studies / scholarships

Studying overseas is a wonderful experience in different ways; academically, socially, culturally. However, without the necessary finance, it can turn out to be a big disappointment.

Scholarships granted by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel awards yearly a number of scholarships for advanced studies at Master or Advanced Master level. These programmes are characterized by the integration of education and research and a Master's thesis. They cover at least one year of study and depending on the field of study some programmes may take 2 years.

Yearly one or more specific programmes will be considered for Scholarships of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The Bureau for Development Cooperation selects these programmes every year following an internal "Call for Interest" to all programme directors of a Master or Master after Master programme. This selection is submitted for endorsement to the Research Council. More information…

Scholarships for International Course Programmes (ICP)

The Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) offers yearly scholarships to students from developing countries to follow International Courses. These courses are master courses, lasting two academic years, all of which lead to a master’s degree. The ICP’s focus on specific problems of developing countries. International Courses are:

  • Master in Human Ecology
  • Master of Science in Molecular Biology
  • Master of Science in Ecological Marine Management
  • Master of Science in Physical Land Resources
  • Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering

Outstanding graduates can subsequently apply for a 4 year grant from the Flemish Interuniversity Council to obtain a PhD-degree. More information…

Scholarships for International Training Programmes (ITP)

International Training Programmes are short-term training programmes whose main focus is transferring skills rather than knowledge. The programme is designed for people from developing countries with a certain degree of professional experience. A possibility for cooperation and networking is created during these 3 months of training.

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel offers a training programme in Scientific and Technological Information Management in Universities and Libraries. More information…

Scholarships of the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC)

BTC is the Belgian development cooperation agency that supports developing countries in their fight against poverty. Each year BTC grants some 1.000 scholarships in Belgium across diverse fields of training, including Master programmes to students from its priority countries.More information...

Erasmus Mundus Master scholarships

The Erasmus Mundus programme is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education which promotes the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning around the world. It supports European top-quality Masters Courses and provides EU-funded scholarships for third country (non-EU) nationals participating in these Masters Courses.

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel participates in the following Erasmus Mundus Master programmes: (click on a link for detailed information).

Student Jobs

During the academic year, international students are entitled to work maximum 20 hours per week. They can work on a full time basis only during the summer holidays period (July-September).

The money earned from student jobs should be considered as a supplementary source of income, not as main financial means for living in Belgium.

The Job Service can help international students to find a student job. Nevertheless, students should be aware that they might face the following difficulties during their job search:

  • non-European students are required to have a category C work permit. Procedures to obtain a category C work permit can be found here
  • employers in Brussels very often need bilingual French/Dutch workers or explained at the Job Service or at the International Relations and Mobility Office.

Job Service
Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus - Entrance 6 
Open from Monday till Friday 13.30 - 17.00 or on appointment 
Tel. +32 (0) 2 629 23 16 
E-mail: job@vub.ac.be

Important remarks

Students who apply for a scholarship will receive a conditional letter of acceptance. This admission letter is valid only if the scholarship is awarded. Students coming for a short period are advised to bring either cash money or an international credit card. Most banks refuse customers who are here for less than 6 months. Even when you have the necessary means, problems can still arise, such as:

  • foreign cheques that cannot be cashed in Belgium
  • delayed or blocked bank transfers from abroad
  • loss of money due to devaluation
  • sponsors not paying allowances
  • insufficient scholarships money
  • loss of scholarship.

Remember to save the money for your return flight ticket at the end of your studies.