MADE IN BELGIUM DEVELOPED FOR EUROPE

This ambitious joint programme by top universities Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel tears down the walls between political science, sociology and communication studies – enabling you to build solid bridges between them. The best of three worlds, one in which you’re about to excel thanks to your analytical approach, methodological strength and of course, your authority on European institutions and social issues.

The Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences (BScSS) doesn’t just help you to manage this interdisciplinary environment – a skill to cherish for life – it actually sees it as an essential asset of the social sciences. Combining the strengths of political science, sociology and communication studies, it gives you the perpetual advantage of looking at things from multiple angles. Especially since you adopt an analytical approach to the three disciplines, diving into theories and concepts on selected themes with real-life relevance, rather than memorising the chronological follow-through of schools and currents. The BScSS realises this ambitious aim for its students by mixing up core courses with interdisciplinary ones. As you get better at adopting the analytical and interdisciplinary position towards social issues, you make better and more targeted use of all the knowledge gained during the programme. That’s the point where you transcend the theoretical level and apply what you know to social reality. A practical asset at your side for many years to come – and one that’s in high demand from many public and private organisations.

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From interdisciplinairy to a specialization

In the first bachelor year, the focus is on the introductionairy aspect: what is political science, sociology, communication studies, statistics, etc.

During the second bachelor year we go in dept and add the critical thinking aspect to each aspect.

In your third year, you will have to pick a study field that will determine your specialization.

Key threads of the programme

Political science

In your first year you’ll spend quite some time coming to terms with fundamental principles and concepts in political science. In your second year, you start applying these for a critical look at timeless issues in political science – you learn about the political deliberation of conflict and contradiction in societies. If you choose the political orientation for your third bachelor year, the focus of your courses shifts to contemporary global and European topics.

Sociology

In your first year you get to meet the world of thought of godfathers of sociology like Max Weber and Jurgen Habermas. The sociologist is fascinated by all sorts of social conduct, and aims to explain its causes and consequences. This critical thinking takes a central place in your second bachelor year. If you choose the sociological orientation in your third bachelor year, you dive deep into topics like health sociology, social demography and European welfare state politics.

Communication studies

How did communication studies come into existence? How did they evolve and what are the big research questions? Food for thought for your first year. Afterwards, you take a much closer look into these research questions, and learn how to develop and answer one yourself. If communication studies turn out to be your thing, choose the specialising orientation for your third bachelor year. You’ll focus on European media policy, for instance, and on the political economy of communication.

Methodological core

An indispensable discipline for all scientific research: statistics. You’ll get acquainted with statistics applied to social sciences in your first bachelor year. Another course introduces you to domain-specific methodologies for social, political and communication studies. The year after, you dig deeper for knowledge and skills in the domain of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Courses in all three bachelor years on current issues help you translate what you’ve learned into practice.

Entry requirements

In order to get accepted, you will have to meet all entry requirements:

English language requirements

You will have to prove your English language proficiency via one of the following ways:

  • submit proof that you completed secondary education in Belgium (ASO-level), International Baccalaureat included;
  • submit proof that you completed a secondary education abroad in the English medium
  • submit a score sheet of the IELTS test, where the minimum overall score is 6.5
  • submit a score sheet of the TOEFL test, where the minimum score is 80 (internet-based)
  • submit a score sheet of the ITACE test, where the minimum is a B2 level

Curriculum requirement

You have completed the secondary education (high school level). If by the time of your application, you are finalizing your degree, submit as much (official!) information as possible (score sheets, statement of the school) 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE


Find out all information on how to submit your application for the class of 2018: what documents to prepare, workflow of review, etc.

Apply before June 1st!

Deadline(s)

All non-eea students will have to submit their application before June 1st.

All European students will have to submit their application before September 1st.

If you do not possess all required documents*, you can already submit your application and send us your late documents when available.

Application

Convinced this is the right programme for you? You can start your application at any time, even if you haven’t obtained your secondary school diploma yet. In this case we will keep you informed on when to take the next step. If you are a student from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) we advise you to start your application well in time for the deadline. More information on the application procedure and deadlines can be found on: www.vub.ac.be/enroll

Application documents

All applicants will have to upload the following documents:

  • ID card/passport copy
  • passport photo (comes on your student card, once accepted & enrolled)
  • secondary education degree
  • transcript of records
  • motivational letter
  • proof of English language requirement (if applicable)

Tuition fees

All Belgian universities offer high-quality education at a very reasonable cost. The exact tuition fee depends on your nationality (EEA or non-EEA) and the number of credits you enroll for. The price for one year will vary between €900 and €3000. For more information go to www.vub.ac.be/en/tuition-fees

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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.

The end? Or the beginning?

There is no doubt that your Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences (BScSS) will stand out on the labour market. However, the biggest added value of the programme lies in paving the way for ambitious follow-up trajectories, such as master programmes and internships.

Your third bachelor year is designed to help you prepare for this choice. You major in one of the three social sciences composing the programme. It allows you to build expertise in this domain, but without losing track of the other two sciences. That way all choices for master programmes remain open, but you’ll have more insight about what you really want to master in.

At the same time, this last bachelor year offers you multiple contacts with professionals from organisations gravitating around the EU institutions through internships, guest lectures and site visits. It’s a great way to start building your network, with an eye on future.

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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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Phd?


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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Master of the universe?

Well, the universe is big. But still, Ghent University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel are two acclaimed universities. Both are well placed on international rankings. The joint project they offer with the BScSS is an internationally accredited bachelor programme. This means your diploma grants you immediate access to many master programmes taught abroad. That’s just one of many possible next stops for you: the UNICAnetwork, the association of universities in European capitals.

Another smart move to consider is pursuing your academic career in one of the available English-taught master programmes at Ghent University or the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. You can join, either directly or via a short preparatory programme, a Master of Science in Communication Studies or a Master of Science in Management.

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