Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Established in 1834, VrijeUniversiteitBrussel (VUB) is a research-intensive university in Belgium. With its high-quality academics and research, the institution is committed to creating an improved future for world. The university is recognized among the most comprehensive universities with a rich history that spans 180 years The VUB is a multi-faceted research institution that offers award-winning research as well as recognized English as well as Dutch taught study courses (Bachelors, Masters and PhDs) that have a major impact on the economic, social and cultural advancement. There are more than 150 international recognized researchers, VUB provides students with the opportunity to study in numerous disciplines of fundamental as well as applied research.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Academics

The university is divided into eight faculties which fulfill the three primary responsibilities of the university: research, education and serving the community. They cover a vast array of knowledge fields which include the natural sciences classics and life sciences, as well as humanities, social sciences and engineering. The university offers master, bachelor and doctoral programs to 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, it is a focused on research, which has resulted in its top-189th ranking among all universities. Research articles from the institute are on average more frequently cited than those of the another Flemish university.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Education

The most popular programs that are offered by the university include Masters of Science in Business Engineering (Business and Technology) Masters of Science in Electromechanical Engineering Masters of Science in Chemical and Materials Engineering, Master of Science in Applied Sciences and Engineering (Applied Computer Science), Master of Science in Photonics Engineering Master of Science in Biology master of Science in Physics and Astronomy master of Science in Education Science master of arts in Linguistics and Literary Studies and Master of Science in Biomedical Research.

Around 12,000 students are enrolled in one of the 128 educational programs. The majority of the courses are taught in Dutch however 59 of them students are offered in English. In accordance with the Bologna process the university has introduced the bachelor-master system. This means that it awards four kinds of degrees: master's, bachelor's Master after master's and doctoral .

Academic year can be split into two semesters that each span thirteen weeks of course: the first semester begins from October through January, while the second semester runs is from February through June. Students sit for exams between the months of January and June. In addition to the Easter and Christmas holidays (both lasting for two weeks) which are typically used to prepare for examinations, students are free throughout the time between the semesters as well as during summer break from July to September.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Campus and Facilities

The city is located in the centre of Europe, Brussels is the capital city of Belgium. The four campuses of VUB are situated within the center of Brussels and allow students to feel the energy of a city that is capital on the one hand , but to enjoy the peace of the compact and green campuses on the other.

Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus

The majority of faculties are situated within Etterbeek campus. Etterbeek campus (which is actually situated within the boundaries of the neighbouring town that is Elsene). It is the more lively than the other campuses. It comprises a majority of concrete structures, the majority constructed in the 1970s. Certain structures are deteriorating quickly, however, at least one of them, the Rectoraat created by RenaatBraem is listed as a heritage site. There are numerous auditoriums and laboratories. There is also an upscale sports center with a football field surrounded by a running track and a pool.

Brussels Health Campus

The campus located in Jette can also be described as a full-fledged campus. There is also the University Hospital (UZ Brussel [nlUZ Brussel [nl]) is located in close proximity. Research and all courses related to biomedical sciences (medicine dental, pharmacy as well as paramedical and biomedical sciences) are available here.

Brussels Technology Campus

The campus Kaai in Anderlecht was established in 2013 and shared with the ErasmushogeschoolBrussel. It is home to its Industrial Engineering section of the Faculty of Engineering. Alongside the numerous industrial laboratories and the Brussels fablab has expanded to become the center of activity on campus in recent times.

Brussels Photonics Campus in Gooik.


  • Languages and Humanities
  • Social Sciences and Solvay Business School
  • Engineering
  • Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Psychology and Educational Sciences
  • Sciences and Biomedical Sciences
  • Law and Criminology
  • Physical Education and Physiotherapy

Frequently asked questions

Is Vrije Universiteit Brussels good ?
According to the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is the best university in Belgium. Since last year's ranking, the university has remained unchanged, making it the joint 182nd best university in the world, as well as the best in the country.
Does VUB teach in English ?
The university accredited English and Dutch language to teach their programs.
Is VUB hard to get in ?
This Belgian higher education organisation is very selective, with an admission rate ranging from 20 to 30 percent. International applicants are welcome to apply for admission.
What is the ranking of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) ?
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is ranked 201 in Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, with an overall score of 3.8 stars, and is ranked 221 in the QS World University Rankings for 2022.
Is Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) public or private ?
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is a dynamic, modern public university in the Brussels-Capital Region with four campuses.
What is VUB known for ?
With a 180-year history, the VUB combines award-winning research with accredited English and Dutch-taught study programmes (Bachelors, Masters, and PhDs) that have a significant impact on social, economic, and cultural innovation.
How many campuses Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) have ?
Brussels Humanities, Science and Engineering Campus (in Elsene), Brussels Health Campus (in Jette), Brussels Technology Campus (in Anderlecht), and Brussels Photonics Campus (in Anderlecht) are the four campuses of the university (in Gooik).
How much is the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) cost ?
Courses Duration 1st Year Tuition Fees
MS(17 Courses) (1 year-2 years) Euro 947 - 3.61 K
MIM(3 Courses) (1 year-2 years) Euro 3.85 K
BBA(1 Courses) (3 years) Euro 3.85 K
MASc(2 Courses) (24 months-2 years) Euro 3.24 K - 3.25 K
M.A.(1 Courses) (1 year) Euro 3.24 K
M.Arch(1 Courses) (2 years) Euro 2.5 K
How do I get a full scholarship at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) ?
VUB and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) are teaming up to offer Chinese researchers doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships at VUB. Among all Belgian universities, VUB was the first to sign an agreement with CSC in 2005. VUB and CSC renewed their cooperation agreement in 2013 in order to provide more opportunities for PhD, jointly-supervised PhD (including double PhD degree), Post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scholars, based on positive feedback from students and promoters.
How many master courses VUB offered ?
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) offers 33 master courses in various fields, including 10 courses in Engineering & Technology, 8 courses in Social Sciences, 7 courses in Natural Sciences & Mathematics, 5 courses each in Arts, Design & Architecture, Business & Management, and Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences, 3 courses in Computer Science & IT, and the remaining 12 courses in other fields.
How many bachlor courses VUB offered ?

VUB offers three bachelor's degree programmes.

  • Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Economics
  • Multilingual Bachelor in Linguistics and Literary Studies
What is the acceptance rate of VUB ?
Acceptance Rate of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is 25%.