Campus of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Top University in Europe

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

You are here

Primary tabs

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) 1970

Brussels (Belgium)

1050 Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Pleinlaan 2, Brussels, Belgium

Tel. 003226292010

Watch our welcome video

Year of establishment: 1970

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is a dynamic and modern university with 14,000 students, 3,000 of whom are international. QS Ranked, it offers excellent education and research and competitively priced tuition fees.

That 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 individual who can cope with our fast-changing world.

  • English-taught programmes: 1 Bachelor, 34 Masters and Advanced Masters
  • Low/Subsidized tuition fees
  • 3 International campuses: 21% international students from 123 countries 
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium
  • Great career prospects
  • Quality education: ranked #181 in the World QS Rankings
  • Innovative and prestigious research
  • Modern facilities and services

The 3 campuses boast not only lecture halls and laboratories fitted with the most up-to-date equipment, but also modern sports facilities, libraries, restaurants, language schools and a career centre.


VUB offers a full range of Bachelor and Master programmes fully taught in English where the key concept is flexibility. The system of majors and minors enables students to plan and personalize their curriculum in a way that best meets their interests. All degree programmes offered by the VUB are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) ensuring that they meet the highest predefined quality standards.


All accredited bachelor and master programmes at the VUB are subsidized by the Flemish Government of Belgium, meaning that students only have to pay a small fraction of the actual cost of their education. The current tuition fees are €890 per year.

SMALL AND PERSONAL Being a mid-sized university allows frequent personal contact between students, professors and teaching assistants. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to interact with each other through group assignments within the curriculum and through various extra-curricular activities.


Brussels, the heart of Europe and the capital of Belgium, is an open invitation to explore a truly international city. With its 1.1 million inhabitants, of whom 31% are of foreign origin, Brussels is the centre of international politics and business. Brussels ranks 22nd worldwide for best quality of living (Mercer Human Resources 2015). Living costs are consistently more affordable in Brussels than in other major capital cities in Western Europe. Major political EU institutions are based in Brussels, offering a wide range of career opportunities.

Internationalization is one of the top priorities in the strategic plan of VUB. The exchange of case studies, cultures, ideas and values is an enriching experience for all students. Researchers are integrated in internationally renowned research teams. All educational and research programmes have one common objective: sustainable innovation. The International Relations and Mobility Office (IRMO) of the VUB offers our international students an extensive range of services, helping students feel at home in Brussels. Ranked in the TOP 200 universities, the VUB offers students an excellent education and a great experience. Our research teams are internationally recognized in many disciplines of fundamental and applied research. In recent years, VUB achieved excellent results in the QS Rankings in the fields of Engineering and Technology, Politics and International Studies, Geography, and Medicine.

HEI International Masters
HEI International Bachelors
Building Town and Country Planning Building Town and Country Planning
Biosciences Biosciences
Business, Management and Marketing Business, Management and Marketing
Chemistry Chemistry
Classic and Ancient History Classic and Ancient History
Computer Science and Information Systems Computer Science and Information Systems
Dentistry Dentistry
Earth and Marine Sciences Earth and Marine Sciences
Economics Economics
Education Education
Engineering: Civil Engineering: Civil
Engineering: Electronic and Electrical Engineering: Electronic and Electrical
Engineering: General Engineering: General
Engineering: Materials and mineral Engineering: Materials and mineral
Engineering: Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical
Modern languages and Linguistics Modern languages and Linguistics
Geography and Environmental Studies Geography and Environmental Studies
Health Professions Health Professions
History History
History of Art History of Art
Journalism, publishing and public relations Journalism, publishing and public relations
Law Law
Mathematics Mathematics
Media and film studies Media and film studies
Medicine and Health Medicine and Health
Pharma and Pharmacology Pharma and Pharmacology
Philosophy Philosophy
Physics Physics
Politics Politics
Psychology Psychology
Sociology Sociology
Sports science Sports science


Faculty of Engineering

  • European MSc. Photonics
  • International MSc. Biomedical Engineering
  • MSc Applied Sciences and Engineering: Applied Computer Science
  • MSc. Architectural Engineering
  • MSc. Biomedical Engineering
  • MSc. Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • MSc. Civil Engineering
  • MSc. Electromechanical Engineering
  • MSc. Electronics and Information Technology Engineering
  • MSc. Physical Land Resources
  • MSc. Water Resources Engineering
  • MSc. Nuclear Engineering

Faculty of Arts and Philosophy

  • MA Linguistics and Literary Studies
  • MA American Studies

Faculty of Science and Bio-egineering Sciences

  • MSc. Applied Sciences and Engineering: Computer Science
  • MSc. Biology
  • MSc. Biomolecular Sciences
  • MSc. Chemistry
  • MSc. Geography
  • MSc. Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management
  • MSc. Molecular Biology
  • MSc. Physics and Astronomy
  • MSc. Urban Studies

Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences and Solvay Business School

  • MSc. Business Engineering: Business and Technology
  • MSc. Communication Studies
  • MSc. Management
  • MSc. Management Science
  • MSc. Economics of Globalisation and European Integration

Institute for European Studies

  • LLm. International and European Law
  • MSc. European Integration and Development

Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

  • MSc. Educational Sciences Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • MSc. Disaster Medicine - MSc. Gerontological Sciences


Bachelor in Social Sciences (with specialization in Communication Studies, Political Science, Sociology


The Vrije Universiteit Brussel participates in many scholarship programmes offering grants to all levels of study (from Bachelor – Academic Staff), in various regions, both for short and longer stays. Please visit our scholarship website to learn more about them. - ICP Scholarships for students from (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Nepal, Palestinian Territories, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam)

Please login or register