How to apply
Students who did not obtain a Flemish degree need to submit an application. The application will be processed by the Student Administration Centre and the faculty's selection committee.
Applications for this academic year will open in November 2016.
If you wish to apply in the framework of a scholarship (like VLIR-OUS) please click here.
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel offers Bachelor and Master programmes taught in Dutch and English. An overview of our English-taught programmes can be consulted here:
International students may also apply for a Dutch program; however a proof of Dutch language proficiency will be requested upon time of enrollment.
Please note that some programmes have a very specific application procedure via a different application tool. This information is also displayed on the programme overview as shown above.
!IMPORTANT When you apply online make sure you select the English taught variant of the program you wish to apply for a Dutch taught program will mention (NL) next to its name, the English taught programs will not mention this.
Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree.
The application procedure consists of several steps, as depicted above. You will receive a confirmation email after having finished each step. If your application is rejected, you will be informed. Keep in mind that the time needed to screen an application may vary between faculties.
step 1:Online application
step 2: Screenig Admission Office
step 3: Screening faculty
step 4:Formal check
step 6: Result
Step 1: Apply Online.
The application consists out of a number of steps. You will be asked to fill out your 1) personal details 2) privacy preference 3) prior education 4) social services 5) intake survey 6) program request 7) documents. After this you will have to finalise your application by clicking the 'finish' button, you have to do this before the deadlines as stated above. If you have any questions: check the manual, our SOS application webpage or contact the Admission Office via Admission Office.
Keep the following documents at hand; as you will need them during the application procedure (download the checklist here):
- Diploma and transcripts of records (mark sheets/diploma suppliment)
- Copy of identity card and/or passport
- A recent passport picture
- A motivation letter (template, use of template is not compulsory)
- 2 reference letters (template, use of template is not compulsory)
- Proof of language proficiency (more information)
- Special requirements: an APS-certificate (for Chinese nationals only).
If you are applying for a PhD please consult this website for more information regarding the admission procedure and requested documents.
A detailed manual can be downloaded here:
You can also consult our SOS application webpage for help during your online application.
The Admission Office will check wether your file has all required documents. Make sure your file is compleet. Should you encounter issues via the application fee website to upload your document you should e-mail your documents without delay to email@example.com and mention your username (V_...).
If your file is incomplete it will be rejected.
If approved by the Admission Office, your file will be sent to the faculty. The faculty’s Selection Committee will screen your application and decide on its continuation.
You will be notified of this result by e-mail.
If your application passes the faculty’s screening, you may be asked to send in hard copies. If this is the case, the Admission Office will send out an e-mail requesting those hard copies.
Please do not send us hard copies without our specific request.
If you are accepted, you will receive a (conditional) Letter of Acceptance by e-mail and (regular) post. You can use the soft copy to start your visa application (if applicable) but please note that the embassy will require the hard copy in order to issue a visa.
Please note the letter will be sent to the address you provided in the first page of the application website. Make sure your address details are correct to avoid delays.
Please note we only offer conditional letters of acceptance. The conditions can vary from having to follow a preparatory program to having to show your original degree upon time of enrollment
Applicant who wish to receive their letter via courier service can contact the admission office. Your letter will then be kept aside and you will be notified when it's ready. You can then order a pick up via courier service of your choice.
All prospective students need to provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of English (or Dutch if applying for a Dutch programme) by meeting one of the criteria as stipulated in our Teaching- and Exam regulation.
Students who took a language test need to make sure the test is not more than 2 years old.
If you did not take a language test, ask your home institution to provide you with an attestation of the language of instruction if this was English (or Dutch if you are applying for a program taught in Dutch)
Please note that the language requirements need to be met before you can enroll at our university.
When you apply for a Bachelor programme you need to have a secondary school credential that grants you access to a Bachelor degree in your home country . Some credentials obtained in the EEA are deemed equivalent to a Flemish degree of secondary education and grant direct access (if you also have a proof of language proficiency) to our Bachelor programmes. You can find the list here:
Master and Advanced Master programmes
Each programme has its own specific requirements. After you submit your application, we will verify your degree and transcripts in order to determine whether you are eligible for the programme of your choice. You can consult the respective programme pages for particular pre-requirements.
Please consult the PhD website for more information.
All Flemish universities in Belgium, including the VUB, are financed by the Flemish government, which results in relatively low tuition fees for students from the European Economic Area (EEA). Tuition fees, however, vary between programmes and are considerably higher for non-EEA students.
Tuition fees always consist of a fixed amount (which is paid once per academic year) and a variable amount which is multiplied by the number of registered ECTS credits.
Below you can find a general indication of the tuition fee for academic year 2016-2017. For a complete list please consult the documents below.
|Level||EEA regular student||non-EEA regular student|
|Bachelor||€230 (fixed) + €11 (per ECTS)||€1450 (fixed) + €25 (per ECTS)|
|Master||€230 (fixed) + €11 (per ECTS)||€1450 (fixed) + €25 (per ECTS)|
|PhD||€445 (first and last year)||€445 (first and last year)|
Example 1: a non-EEA student who enrolls for the Master of Science in Management for 81 ECTS (60 (master) +21 (preparatory program)) credits will need to pay € 3.475,00 with the calculation as follows € 1.450,00 (fixed amount) + € 25,00 (variable amount) * 81 ECTS.
Example 2: a EEA student who enrolls for the Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences for 60 ECTS credits will need to pay € 890,00.
Detailed overview of the tuition fees:
- General overview of the tuition fees
- Overview of the programs with different tuition fees for non-EEA students
- Overview of the advanced master's programs with a specific tuition fee calculation
- Overview of the tuition fee calculations for the postgraduate programs
Please note that you cannot apply for a scholarship via this application website. Please consult the specific scholarship website for instructions on how to apply.
Information on the different scholarship opportunities can be found here.
To apply for a VLIR-UOS scholarship for one of our four ICP programs you can apply via the following links:
- Master in Biology – Human Ecology
- Master in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management
- Master in Molecular Biology
- Master in Water Resources Engineering
When you are accepted as a student, you can start preparing your arrival and stay in Brussels. All preparatory information for students can be found on MY.VUB.
After the application procedure you will need to enrol in order to become a VUB student. You can find all information concerning our enrolments here.
We are availble for all your questions concerning your application. Click here to contact us.