The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a dynamic and modern Flemish university with two campuses in the Brussels Capital Region: the main campus in Etterbeek is home to seven faculties, and in Jette you can find the medical campus and the University Hospital.
The university is organised into 8 faculties that cover a broad range of fields of knowledge including the natural sciences, classics, life sciences, social sciences, humanities and engineering.
The university offers high-quality education to almost 10.000 students, and the annual educational assessment indicates that the students are “satisfied” to “very satisfied” with 90% of their courses.
Lecture halls and laboratories are furnished with the most up-to-date equipment. Modern sports facilities, including gymnasiums, fitness rooms, tennis and squash courts, and a swimming pool, can be found on campus.
The University is an excellent research centre having contributed to many patents, spin-offs, international publications, top researchers, Ph Ds, and having a strong presence on the European research scene and several renowned transdisciplinary research teams.
Why choose Vrije Universiteit Brussel?
- The university has been ranked a place within the best 350 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education world university ranking 2011-2012 and the position nr. 204 in the QS World University Rankings 2011/12;
- great location - Brussels is situated in the heart of Europe and due to the mixture of people living there is a very international city;
- it is a perfect place to do research - The Brussels-Capital region is one of the European hubs of scientific research and advanced technologies.
- The university has excellent facilities to practice all kinds of sport: among other possibilities there are numerous interesting sport programs such as underwaterhockey, Ju Jitsu, waterpolo, badminton and many others;
Fine chocolates, delectable waffles, assortment of beers, glitzy diamonds, and one could go on about the infinite things that describe and make up Belgium. Nestled amongst France, Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, Belgium is rich in history, culture, and earthly beauty. Comprised of a varied landscape, which includes rivers and gorges, contrasted by endless rolling plains and long stretches of wide, sandy beaches, Belgium is the nature lover's fantasies come true.
After having been the fief of Germanic, Spanish, Austrian, French and Dutch powers down the centuries, in 1830 Belgium was recognised as an independent state. Stamped by a tradition of openness, its inhabitants’ mother tongue can be any of the three official languages: French, Dutch or German.
It is hardly surprising therefore that Brussels, the capital of Belgium, should have been chosen as the capital of Europe. Today, it has grown into an extraordinary city, where the European institutions rub shoulders with the major international organisations. While in the capital, Brussels, one can visit important political institutions like NATO, the European Commission, the European Council.
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.
While Belgium is known for its numerous exported goods, it is also recognized for its open-minded and foreigner-friendly attitude.
About higher education in Belgium
For Belgian and European students, higher education is financed to a very large extent by the public authorities.
The amount of tuition fees in Belgium varies depending on the year, higher education establishment and the type of programme followed.
For example, the basic tuition fees for an EU student for one year of main studies for the academic year 2012-2013 amount to 835 euros.
In addition to the basic tuition fees, students from outside the European Union are required to pay additional fees. For the academic year 2011 – 2012, the amount of these fees varies between 1,923 euros and 3,845 euros.
The exact amount payable is stipulated to the student in the letter authorising him to enrol with the institution of his choice.
More information about studying in Belgium.
Education: Please find this information on the left side of this page.
The tuition fee must be paid by the end of October.
Accommodation: 250-400 € per month, depending on individual needs
Living expenses: 400-500€ per month, depending on individual needs
Rental prices compared to for example London or Paris, Brussels are relatively low.
International students will have equal access to on-campus housing as local students. Please keep in mind that the deadline to apply for an on campus room is 1 May. Rooms are allocated on a first-come first-serve basis, so the sooner you apply the better. The standard rent for a VUB room is 291,28 EUR a month, for the academic year 2014-2015. For a double flat both tenants pay 218,46 EUR. These rates are below the average private market price in Brussels.
More information: my.vub.ac.be/en/housing
You can also rent a private accomodation, though this can take up some time and energy. The temporary room hunting team of the International Relations Office will assist you in the room search.
The easiest way to do that is though an organisation called Br(ik. They have compiled a database called Brusseik which consist of reliable landlords who have met certain criteria and standards in order to be registered in the database. Brusseik has been made to create a safe and reliable network of housing. In case of problems between the landlord and the tenant, the university can and will intervene. (You can find more information on www.brik.be)
You are free to hire a room on you own, but keep in mind that in this case the room hunting team will not assist or intervene in case a problem arises.
For the monthly rent you should expect to pay approximately 250-300 euro for a room and 500 euro for a small flat. Rooms are usually furnished, but kitchen utilities or sheets are not included.
During the academic year, international students are entitled to work maximum 20 hours per week. They can work on a full time basis only during the summer holiday period (July-September). The money earned from student jobs should be considered as a supplementary source of income, not as main financial means for living in Belgium.
The Job Service in VUB can help international students to find student jobs.
You can find more information from here.