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Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Brussel, Belgium


University description (as per official university website)

Studying in Brussels...

...the capital of Europe

Brussels is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. The Brussels-Capital Region, one of Belgium's three regions, is also a city with 19 boroughs covering 162 km2 and housing a million inhabitants. It is officially bilingual (French and Dutch), although it boasts an astonishing variety of cultures, styles and nationalities.

Being the capital of an expanding Europe, Brussels is an international city like no other. 31% of its population is of foreign origin, and this makes for a unique atmosphere in which cultures interact easily with one another.
English is rapidly becoming an important language in Brussels because of the numerous international political organizations. Language is not a barrier in the capital of Europe. These same differences and contrasts can be found in architectural Brussels' various styles, where you will find Gothic cathedrals and churches
next to beautiful art nouveau and art deco houses.

The Grand Place (Grote Markt), with its splendid guild houses and the impressive Gothic beauty of its Town Hall, is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful town squares in Europe.

Brussels is a historical centre. Whether you want to unravel the mysteries of Brussels by exploring the Atomium, symbol of the 1958 Brussels world fair, or by checking out the different outfits of the world famous Manneken Pis, discovering Brussels will yield many surprises.

Brussels is also a centre for the arts. Feel like delving into its rich cultural heritage? A wide variety of museums, theatres, and concert halls will see to your every need. Grab a movie at Kinepolis, one of the largest in Europe with 24 cinema theaters and a giant IMAX movie screen. Catch a glimpse of the Eiffel tower, the Brandenburg Gate, and other miniature sized major European monuments at MINI EUROPE. Or relive the adventures of Belgium's comic book heroes like Tintin and his dog Snowy at the Comic Book Museum.

Brussels is also a delight for your taste buds. Chocolate, delicious local cuisine, the smell of hot waffles on a cold winter's day, bars and pubs that never close. you'll find it all. Belgium boasts an incredible diversity of beers, many of them flavoured with herbs, spices and fruits.

A great many people work in Brussels. It is the headquarters of the European Commission, the European Council, the European Parliament. The Brussels-Capital Region accounts for nearly 18% of all of Belgium's exported goods and services. The compulsory medical insurance system provides comprehensive coverage, making health care affordable for all. Patients have free choice of hospital and insurance provider.

A lot of people study in Brussels. Education is free and compulsory until the age of 18. The cost of attending university is very reasonable (especially compared to the US and the UK). This investment in people pays off.

In a 2001 study of the OESO, the Flemish Youth (aged 15) held the world's highest scores in mathematics, ending third in sciences (after Japan & North Korea).

How to enrol as a student ? - Admissions

Admission requirements
Application forms
Language courses & tests
Tuition Fees
Admission requirements

System of recognition/accreditation of medicine studies.

Studies pursued in the home country can be recognized by The Flemish Interuniversity Council.

Bachelor programmes

Please note that the Vrije Universiteit Brussel itself does not offer bachelor courses in English. Students who wish to pursue a bachelorís degree in English are advised to visit Foreign students with thorough knowledge of the Dutch language can consult our Dutch web pages.

The general admission requirement for higher education is the Flemish "Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs", the secondary school leaving certificate. Foreign students wanting to study at Vrije Universiteit Brussel need to prove having obtained a secondary school leaving certificate giving access to university education in their country.

An entrance exam must be passed by any student (Flemish or other) wanting to take up study in Medicine and Dentistry. More information on this exam (website in Dutch only)

Postgraduate and Master degrees

Admission is based upon acceptance of the application form (proof of meeting the language requirements, necessary background...).

Procedure for Chinese students

From the academic year 2007-2008 onwards all students from the P.R. China will have to obtain a certificate of academic screening issued by the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) of the German Embassy in Beijing before being allowed to enrol at any higher education institution, language course or other preparatory course in Flanders.

The APS certificate is also required for obtaining a student visa to Belgium. Students planning to study in Flanders are advised to contact the Academic Evaluation Centre in Beijing, e-mail as soon as possible in order to make the necessary appointments and this before applying for a visa.
More information on APS can be found at

Application forms

Admission is based upon acceptance of the application (proof of meeting the academic and language requirements, necessary background,...)

The completed application form, together with all required documents should be returned to

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Registrar's Office
Pleinlaan 2
B-1050 Brussel


Non EU-nationalities: before March 1, 2010
EU-nationalities: June 1, 2010
Admissions for 2010-2011 are now closed
Application forms

application form Master ( Admissions for 2010-2011 are now closed)
application form PhD - Word & pdf
Application forms can also be obtained from the Registrar's office:

Please note that due to imminent changes in the Flemish legislation and the VUB teaching regulations, changes to this application form might be possible

Language courses / test

Students belonging to the EEA (European Economic Area)*: no proof of language proficiency required.

Proof of English proficiency is compulsory and can be documented by the following certificates (provided by the institution):

a) A document attesting that at least 1 year of secondary education has been completed in English;
b) A diploma of primary education stating that English was the language of instruction;
c) A document attesting that English is the language of instruction for several courses followed (at least 15 ECTS);
c) A language test: only TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, CPE, CAE are accepted. The minimum requirements are TOEFL: paper-based: 550, computer-based: 213, internet-based: 80; TOEIC: 860; IELTS-academic module: Band 6.5; CPE: Grade C; CAE: Grade B. Some programmes do require higher scores. Please check with the programme director for the requested score. Scores should be sent directly by the examination centre to the VUB under sealed envelope. Officially authenticated copies are not accepted. Taking a test (language or GMAT) after the deadline of application will delay the screening of your file.
You are a European Economic Area (EEA) national if you are a citizen or national of one of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. If you have permanent residence in, but not citizenship of, any of these countries, you are not an EEA national.

More information about extracurricular language courses and about language tests.

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On line pre-registration is possible

To save time, you can also submit your pre-registration on line. Bring the print-out of your pre-registration to the registration desk

Once you have met the International Relations and Mobility administrator, you will be given the necessary documents and information to enroll as a student at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. You will need to bring:

your passport
your letter of admission
proof of health insurance.
If you use your bank card to pay your tuition fees immediately, you will also need an ID photograph.
Tuition fees are waived for students of the EU-funded LLP / Erasmus exchange scheme.

The registration period for academic year 2010-2011 is from July 1st until July 16th 2010 and from August 16th until September 30th 2010.

Campus Etterbeek
Campus Jette
from the 1st of July until the 16th of July 2010

from monday until friday from 10:00h until 16:00h at the GalerY, building Y'
from the 16th of August until the 30th of September 2010

from monday until friday from 10:00h until 16:00h at the GalerY, building Y'
from the 1st of July until the 16th of July 2010

from monday until friday from 09:00h until 12:00h at the secretarial office of the faculty of Medicine and Farmacy, building A
from the 16th of August until the 30th of September 2010

from monday until friday from 09:00h until 12:00h at the secretarial office of the faculty of Medicine and Farmacy, building A
Extra registration dates
saturday the 4th of September (infoday) and saturday the 25th of September (infoday for working students) (infodag werkstudenten) from 10:00 until 16:00h at the GalerY, building Y'
saturday the 4th of September (infoday) and saturday the 25th of September (infoday for working students) (infodag werkstudenten) from 10:00 until 16:00h at the secretarial office of the faculty of Medicine and Farmacy, building A

More information

Student Information Hub
Campus Etterbeek
tel. +32 (0)2 629 20 10
Building D, room 1.02, campus Etterbeek
Opening hours : 09.00 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 17.00.

Information & Registration Officer - Faculty of Medicine & Pharmacy at campus Jette:
Tel. +32 (0)2 477 41 02

Student Card

Erasmus students: please contact the Welcome Office.

Student cards will be issued after payment of tuition fees. These cards, with ID photo, can be laminated at your faculty student office or at the Registrar's Office. Should you notice any errors on your card, please contact the Student Information Hub (campus Etterbeek) or information administrator (campus Jette) immediately.

You will need your student card

to buy meals in the restaurant
to buy a sports card (see website Sport)
to access the library
to obtain in (some) cases a discount when using public transport
Enrollment certificates

Should you need additional enrollment certificates (for the municipal authorities or the taxation services for example), you can get these from the infopoint students (campus Etterbeek) or information administrator (campus Jette).

Etterbeek: Student Information Hub, building D 1.02,
from 09.00 to 12.00 and from 13.00 to 17.00.
Tel. +32 (0)2 477 41 02
Change of address

Every change of address should be notified immediately to the Registrar's Office and the faculty. This is to ensure that your correspondence arrives at the correct address.

Quiting your studies

You can stop your studies upon written request. You will need to address your request to:

Student Affairs
Registrar's Office
Building D
Campus Etterbeek
Pleinlaan 2
B-1050 Brussels

You will need to return your student card and all other documents.

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