In the spirit of Belgium’s independence in 1830, a university was founded in its Capital: the Free University of Brussels (ULB), independent from state and church, where academic freedom would reign.VUB split off as the Dutch speaking homologue of ULB and became a separate legal entity in 1970. Since then, VUB has established an extensive Dutch and English taught portfolio.
VUB offers a full range of Bachelor and Master courses, including various programmes
taught in English. The key educational 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. Many courses are also adapted for working students, being organized in the evenings and/or offered as part-time alternatives.Being a middle sized university has its advantages: highly accessible faculty, a good teacher/student ratio and small group workshops ensure close interaction and hands-on experience. This is part of a real direct-contact culture that is well embedded within the university Educational trajectory counselors.
Doing a PhD at VUB makes it possible for you to focus on a fascinating research topic, under expert guidance. PhD scholars will mainly conduct research, sometimes in combination with teaching assignments. PhD students get free access to a large range of elective courses meant to support them in acquiring and developing the skills needed.
Research at the VUB is conducted with a strong motivation to positively impact society and to enable technological innovation, often leading to the valorization of research results and in new creation.With strong partnerships with other universities,VUB offers many joint and double-degree PhD programmes, giving students the opportunity to conduct research in Belgium or overseas.
The VUB Career Center is the university’s central information hub to assist and support students and young graduates to make an efficient start on the labor market.The Career Centers offers individual career counselling on themes such as career guidance, job application and interview techniques, tailoring and enhancing a CV, networking. Additionally, the Career Center runs a job and internship board students are invited to make use of.
VUB students have access to a variety of services, such as personalized study guidance, social services, housing service, medical services, career development, integration within the VUB community, foreign language learning, library services, etc.
VUB has 1265 rooms, including 39 double apartments, 14 studios and several wheelchair accessible rooms. These rooms are all located on and around the campuses, and are offered at very attractive prices thanks to government subsidies.
The VUB University Library consists of the Central Library and the Medical Library. Both libraries offer a large number of databases and contain an extensive collection of printed or electronic journals, books, newspapers. Most electronic sources are available for remote access by the VUB community via the library website.
All VUB campuses have public computers at student's disposal, including within the libraries. All computer rooms have printers and/or copy machines.
The VUB campuses have free wireless networks coverage.Students have access to the online learning platform, the student self-service, webmail, etc.
The VUB provides medical and psychological services to its students. These services are located on or close to the campuses. Students have easy access to general medical and dental consultations, a dental clinic, physiotherapy.Additionally, there is a mental health care center. On top of that, students also get access to the medical services conveyed by the University Hospital.
VUB is located in 3 campuses in the Brussels-Capital Region: Brussels Campus, Brussels Health Campus and Brussels Kaai Campus.
The main campus is the Brussels Campus, a green and compelte campus with numerous auditoria, classrooms and labs, a library, sports facilities, a student restaurant, the career center, a medical center, a bank.The Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy and the University Hospital are both located in the Brussels Health Campus, also a fully-fledged campus. Finally, Brussels Kaai Campus hosts the department of Industrial Engineering, a place where students can work on/with the latest computer controlled machines such as 3D printers and laser cutting machines.
The VUB sports infrastructure consists of a swimming pool (25m.), athletics track, two large multi sports halls, an artificial grass rugby/football pitch, and artificial training field (tennis/football), three squash courts and a martial arts room. Each campus includes a fitness center as well.
The International Student Platform consists of international students that cooperate with the general VUB Student Council. This platform has been created to give a voice to the growing number of international students at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
The Student Council, and other bodies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, can consult the International Student Platform regarding issues pertaining to international students, but the members of the platform can themselves also propose new ideas and policy changes.The platform consists of international student representatives. The International Student Platform meets twice per month, except during exam and holiday periods.
VUB is registered with the Flemish government of Belgium. The VUB programmes are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO, Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatie Organisatie).
This official organisation was established by an international treaty between the Flemish and the Dutch governments to ensure the quality of higher education in both the Netherlands and Flanders.