Applications for academic year 2018-2019

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The application deadline for non EEA citizens has passed since the 13th of June. The applications for academic year 2018-2019 are still open for

  • PhD applicants
  • EEA citizens with an EEA diploma who wish to apply for a Bachelor

Applications for academic year 2017-2018

The applications for academic year 2017-2018 are still open for

Step 1: apply online

Apply online by filling in the application form. Upload your documents and submit. Be sure to upload all requested documents!

Apply online

Step 2: file complete?

The admission office will check if your file is complete and send it to the faculty for screening. Incomplete files are rejected

Check progress

Step 3: academic screening

The faculty will screen your file and check if you can be admitted into the programme of your choice. You will be informed of the result via email.

Step 4: formal 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.

Tips and tricks

  • Your application file must be completed with all required documents. Incomplete files will be rejected. If you are having issues with uploading your documents into the online application tool, please send them via e-mail without delay.
  • After you submit your application you should receive a confirmation e-mail within 24h. If you don't receive this email please notify us via Mention your full name in the email so we can track your application in our database.
  • If you are a non-EEA national and you apply after April 1st you will be charged an administrative cost of 100€. We will start the screening process after we have received your payments. All applications that are done after June 1st will be rejected because of the deadline. This does not apply for programme specific deadlines.
  • 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 programme to having to show your original degree upon time of enrollment. Applicants 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 charges for this service are the applicant's responsibility.
  • Students who apply for a PhD are exempted from the administrative cost, deadlines and follow a different application procedure when they obtained a masters degree in Flanders.

In need of a manual while you fill out the online application?

download  the Bachelor manual
download  the Master manual
download  the PhD manual 

Programmes taught in English

An overview of our English-taught programmes can be consulted below. Programmes that are taught in Dutch are not listed here.

International students may also apply for a Dutch programme; however, a proof of Dutch language proficiency will be requested upon time of enrolment.

Please make sure you apply for the English taught variant of your programme. To be sure remember the programme n°, you will need it when you apply via the application tool. If you apply for a programme taught in Dutch, a language test for Dutch B2 level is a requirement in order to apply.

00579BSc Social Sciences
00629BSc Business Economics
00243MSc Applied Computer Science
00262MSc Computer Science
MSc in Engineering (BRUFACE): MSc in Architectural Engineering, MSc in Chemical and Materials Engineering, MSc in Civil Engineering, MSc in Electromechanical Engineering, MSc in Electrical Engineeringpre-apply via BRUFACE
00397MSc Biology
00190MSc Biomolecular Sciences
00399MSc Biomedical Engineering
00532MSc Business and TechnologyHigher language requirements!
00537MSc Chemistry
00411MSc Communication Studies: New Media and society + Journalism and MediaHigher language requirements!
00419MSc Educational Sciences
00232European MSc in PhotonicsApply here
00531MA Linguistics and Literary Studies
00244MSc Geography
00224MSc Managementfor students without an economic backgroud. Higher language requirements!
00235MSc International BusinessHigher language requirements!
00392MSc Marine and Lacustrine Scienceonly as self-supporting student
00192MSc Molecular Biologyonly as self-supporting student
00171MSc Physical Land Resources
00538MSc Physics and Astronomy
00294MSc in Urban Studies (4CITIES)Apply via 4CITIES
00294MSc in Urban Studies (VUB/ULB)apply via Urban Studies
Msc Water Resource EngineeringApply via KUL
Advanced Master in Disaster MedicineApply here
00196Advanced Master in Economics of globalisation and European Integration Higher language requirements!
00151Advanced Master in European Integrationapply via IES
00106Advanced Master in Gerontological Sciences
00058Advanced Master in International and European Lawapply via IES
Advanced Master in Nuclear EngineeringApply via BNEN
PhDconsult PHD website
Postgraduatesinformation can be found here
00530Postgraduate in Economic Diplomacy BDA
00540Postgraduate in International Trade and InvestmentBDA
00541Postgraduate Flagship Programme in Economic Diplomacy and International BusinessBDA
00269Postgraduate in China Business DevelopmentBDA

Bachelor of Social Sciences

EEA nationals: September 1st non-EEA nationals: June 1st

BSc Social Sciences


EEA nationals: September 12th non-EEA nationals: April 1st



Deadline September 1st Brussels Diplomatic Academy: June 1st (classes start September 1st)



No deadline


General Deadlines

Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree.

General deadlines:

Non-EEA nationals**:
April 1st: free of charge
June 1st: 100€* -> Please note this deadline has been extended until the 10th of June due to a technical upgrade of our application website. Please find more information here.

EEA nationals:
June 1st: free of charge -> Please note this deadline has been extended until the 10th of June due to a technical upgrade of our application website. Please find more information here.

*All students who require visa and apply after March 31st (and before June 1st, as this is the deadline) will be charged an administrative cost of 100€.This cost can only be paid via bank transfer. Creditcards or other forms of payment are not accepted. Please note that all costs related to this transfer are the applicant's resposibility. After the payment has been received your file will be screened by our offices. This administrative cost is in no way refundable.

Only students who obtained a recognised scholarship via our International Relations office will receive an administrative cost waiver via the International Relations office. Scholarship students must upload this waiver in order to be exempted from the fee.

If you wish to avoid the cost of an application fee, we advise you to apply before April 1st.

**This is determined based on your nationality. Whether or not you already have a visa or residence permit for Belgium does not change the fact that an administrative cost will be charged.


EEA nationals: Nationals of the European Economic Area
non-EEA nationals: Nationals of countries not listed in the European Economic Area

Bachelor programmes

EEA nationals:

  • passport
  • picture
  • high school diploma (or enrollment certificate when you are in your final year) *
  • transcripts of records *
  • proof of language proficiency

non-EEA nationals

Chinese nationals:

  • all documents as stated above +
  • APS-certificate (look below for further information)

(Advanced) Master programmes

General required documents:

  • passport
  • picture
  • bachelor degree (or enrolment certificate when you are in your final year) *
  • transcript of records *
  • proof of language proficiency

Extra documents per program you apply for (=special requirements)

  • all documents as stated above +
  • motivation letter
    • is an important document for the faculty when they screen your file
    • we advise a motivation letter of 1 page in length
    • you may use the template but it is not obligatory
  • 2 reference letters
    • not required for Master of management, international business and communication studies
    • if you apply for a science program (Biology, Geography, etc) this must be written by an academic
    • you may use the template but it is not obligatory

Chinese nationals:

  • all documents as stated above +
  • APS certificate

Students with a Chinese diploma need to obtain the APS certificate, when applying at a Flemish higher education institution. An APS certificate is a condition for obtaining a student visa at the Belgian Embassy or Consulates General in PR China.

APS procedure

In order to start up the procedure, students need to contact the APS administration in Beijing ( .

The screening consists of 2 phases:

  1. Authenticity screening of documents (diplomas, certificates, exam results,..). Either the student’s home institution will be contacted, or databases of graduates issued by the Chinese Ministry of Education will be consulted.
  2. Academic interview (in Beijing or by a travelling jury): testing the language knowledge and defining the student’s level.

The APS-certificate is not requested during the application process, but will be required when you apply for a student visa and/or enrol. Please note that our office does not offer assitance with the APS-procedure. Scholarship holders should contact International Relations Office for further assistance


Please read the PhD website carefully before you apply online.

Students who obtained their diploma outside of Flanders will need the following documents:

  • Passport photo
  • Identity card or passport
  • Research topic and Research proposal
  • Document 'Application form Registration PhD' (without this document, your application is invalid)
  • CV
  • Diploma + transcripts *
  • Motivation letter (if you have a non-Belgian degree)
  • 2 recommendation letters (if you have a non-Belgian degree)
  • If you are applying in the framework of a joint PhD, please mention this in the uploaded documents.

If you obtained your diploma in Flanders after 2004 you will need:


EEA nationals: Nationals of the European Economic Area
non-EEA nationals: Nationals of countries not listed in the European Economic Area

* A certified translation is necessary as well, if your documents are not drafted in English, Dutch, French or German.

Language requirements

  • 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. (! these are general guidelines, some programmes may request a higher level. PhD applicants are exempted)
  • This proof can be provided by presenting a language test (exhaustive list) or a certificate of your home institution that your language of instruction (download attestation to be completed by your home institution) is/was English (or Dutch when applying for a Dutch taught programme.
  • Language tests cannot be older than 2 years
  • Please note that a higher level may be requested based on the programme you apply for. All economic programmes request a higher level in English (TOEFL iBT min. score 80 and IELTS min. score 6.5). Consult the program pages for more information.

Please note that the language requirements need to be met before you can enroll at our university.

Should you wish to apply while still in the process of obtaining your test result or certificate your application can proceed no further than step 3.

Students applying for a PhD programme are exempted from the language requirements.

Academic requirements

Bachelor programmes

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:

List of equivalent secondary school certificates.

These are the general requirements. Each programme can have specific requirements when screening your application file.

Master and Advanced Master programmes

When you apply for a master programme you need to have a bachelor degree (or equivalent). 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.

These are the general requirements. Each programme can have specific requirements when screening your application file.

Tuition fees

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


Please note that you can't apply for a scholarship via our online application tool. Follow the instruction on the scholarship website in order to apply for the scholarship.

Scholarship possibilities

Admission office

The admission office is in charge of your application file. We will screen your file and check if it is complete. We will send your file to the faculty for screening and issue a letter of acceptance if you are accepted.

Have any questions or difficulties during the application process? You can contact us via

Student Information hub

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