Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Ranked as one of Europe's top universities, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) combines award-winning research and a range of study programs with a supportive open-door policy in Brussels, one of the most interesting cities in Europe. Almost 200 years of experience and history await you at its green, urban campuses.

A young university with a well-established tradition

The 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.

Our students

Over 18,500 students, representing more than 145 nationalities study at VUB in view of the next step in their career. More than 20% of our students are international, making our campus and classrooms vibrant and truly global. The exchange of case studies, cultures, ideas, and values is an enriching experience for all our students.

Flexibility - Choice - Guidance

In VUB's eight faculties, students can choose to study and explore beyond their own discipline. VUB offers a full range of Bachelor and Master courses, many of which are taught in English. The key 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. Some of the courses are designed as evening classes, therefore catering to students and professionals alike.

Being a middle-sized university has its advantages. First of all, it allows frequent personal contact between students, teachers, and teaching assistants. Students are given the opportunity to ask their questions directly to their professors both in- and outside class. This is part of a real direct-contact culture that is well embedded within the university. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to interact with each other through group assignments within the curriculum and through the various extracurricular activities. VUB alumni are therefore excellent critical thinkers and articulate persons able to network and function remarkably well in society.

All degree programs offered by the VUB are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) ensuring that they meet predefined quality standards.

A university in the heart of Europe

VUB offers students more than just a great educational experience. Brussels, the heart of Europe and the capital of Belgium is an open invitation to exploring a truly international city. Brussels is the center of international politics and business. Major political EU institutions are based in Brussels, offering a wide range of career opportunities.

Our campuses

Everything you need is at your fingertips and available on-site, near Brussels' bustling city center: extensive libraries, modern computer labs, state-of-the-art sports facilities, exciting restaurants, interesting cultural activities, language courses.

Internationalization strategy

Internationalization is one of the top priorities in the strategic plan of VUB. VUB attracts well prepared, motivated international students and professors by offering an attractive international and English-taught education portfolio.

National and transnational collaboration projects are of crucial importance in ensuring innovative education and cutting-edge research. Operating in a network of (inter)national partnerships improve excellence, facilitates the exchange of best practices, and allows us to guarantee a well-controlled high-quality level. VUB makes every effort in creating strong partnerships with academic institutes, both regional and worldwide organizations, industry, policymakers, and governments.



Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus
Pleinlaan 2

1050 Brussels, Belgium
+32 2 629 21 41

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