Ranked as one of Europe's top universities, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) combines award-winning research and a range of study programmes with a supportive open-door policy in Brussels, one of the most interesting cities in Europe. Almost 200 years of experience and history await you at its three green, urban campuses.
A young university with a well-established tradition
The single word ‘vrije’ in ‘Vrije Universiteit Brussel’ means ‘free’ and really tells you everything you need to know about the ambition of our university: the promotion of research and thought without dogmas and prejudices. Because studying at VUB, in an open atmosphere of tolerance and diversity, means growing into an independent and critically- thinking the individual who can cope with our fast-changing world.
Over 13,000 students, representing more than 120 nationalities study at VUB in view of the next step in their career. More than 20% of our students are international, making our campus and classrooms vibrant and truly global. Exchange of case studies, cultures, ideas and values is an enriching experience for all our students.
Flexibility - Choice - Guidance
In VUB's eight faculties, students can choose to study and explore beyond their own discipline. VUB offers a full range of Bachelor and Master courses, many of which are taught in English. The key concept in this range of courses is flexibility. The system of majors and minors enables students to plan their studies in a way that best meets their interests. Some of the courses are designed as evening classes, therefore catering to students and professionals alike.
Being a middle-sized university has its advantages. First of all, it allows frequent personal contact between students, teachers and teaching assistants. Students are given the opportunity to ask their questions directly to their professors both in class and outside class. This is part of a real direct-contact culture that is well embedded within the university. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to interact with each other through group assignments within the curriculum and through the various extracurricular activities. VUB alumni are therefore excellent critical thinkers and articulate persons able to network and function remarkably well in society.
All degree programmes offered by the VUB are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) ensuring that they meet predefined quality standards.
A university in the heart of Europe
VUB offers students more than just a great educational experience. Brussels, the heart of Europe and the capital of Belgium is an open invitation to exploring a truly international city. Brussels is the centre of international politics and business. Major political EU institutions are based in Brussels, offering a wide range of career opportunities. The VUB Career Center assists and supports VUB students and young graduates to make an efficient start on the labour market.
Everything you need is at your fingertips and available on-site, near Brussels' bustling city centre: extensive libraries, modern computer labs, state-of-the-art sports facilities, exciting restaurants, interesting cultural activities, language courses and an invaluable Career Centre.
Internationalization is one of the top priorities in the strategic plan of VUB. VUB attracts well prepared, motivated international students and professors by offering an attractive international and English taught education portfolio.
National and transnational collaboration projects are of crucial importance in ensuring innovative education and cutting-edge research. Operating in a network of (inter)national partnerships improve excellence, facilitates the exchange of best practices and allows us to guarantee a well-controlled high-quality level. VUB makes every effort in creating strong partnerships with academic institutes, both regional and worldwide organisations, industry, policymakers and governments.