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ACADEMIC YEAR 21-22

We begin the new academic year under code green coronavirus restrictions*. This means we see you back on campus as much as possible. Finally!  At the same time, we are continuing to focus on blended learning. What’s new this year is that for certain lectures, students will have the choice of following them in-person or digitally.   An important step towards more custom-made education!

How will academic year 2021-2022 look at VUB?

The new academic year is getting closer and closer. And we are looking forward to that because we can finally meet and teach you in person again. On our campus, in our auditoriums and classrooms. How we organize our teaching approach?

  • Where possible we organise teaching on campus. For certain lectures, you will have the choice of following them in-person or digitally (your faculty and lecturer will inform you about your options). How many lessons will you have on campus and how many from your computer? You’ll find out on 13 September, when the timetables are published online.
  • At the same time, we are continuing to focus on blended learning, the combination of on- and offline teaching.
  • Precautions - Face masks remain mandatory during class activities. We will ventilate all classrooms and monitor ventilation with CO2 meters. Our goal is to keep the occupancy rates of our lecture theatres under control by giving students the choice of following classes on campus or online.

In short: this academic year, we teach you the way we did before the corona pandemic broke out*. In doing so, we are using the digital knowledge and skills we have acquired over the past year. And we always keep the necessary safety measures in mind.

* Following a positive expert recommendation on 9th September 2021, the government and the Flemish higher education institutions in Brussels have agreed to begin the new academic year under code green coronavirus restrictions. This was previously confirmed for institutions in Flanders. It means the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will be able to make use of its full campus capacity. Students in Brussels have now also been given this guarantee that they can study in the best possible conditions. We are happy to be able to offer our students contact teaching time on campus and at locations in the city with weKONEKT.brussels, reinforced by digital teaching formats. We will of course continue to respect the public health measures in Brussels and are actively working to increase the vaccination rate.Check this page regularly to stay informed about the latest updates.

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We estimate that the vaccination rate among VUB students is around 70%. That is reasonably high, but we think we can do even better. After all, the more students and staff who are vaccinated, the safer we areA high vaccination rate on our campus and in Brussels also increases the chance that we can continue teaching under code green this academic year. You will also receive a corona certificate, which allows you to travel within the EU and attend events, including those on our campuses. In other words, it is the only way to normality. 

So, in consultation with various Brussels partners, we are taking additional initiatives to promote vaccination and call on all our students and staff to get vaccinated. Between 16 September and 15 October, we are opening vaccination points on our campuses. International students are are also very welcome to attend these centres to receive a vaccine. More information? Click here

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Student life in 21-22...

Studying at VUB prepares you for the job market of tomorrow and develops your critical mind. But being a student is about more than just studying. Being a student also means discovering yourself and the world. By living in a dorm, joining a student association, making new friends, discovering Brussels… you name it!

At VUB, you also have the chance to work towards a better world. Choose your P (People, Planet, Peace, Partnership, Prosperity, Poincaré) and get involved in one of our The World Needs You projects. You’ll enrich your university days even more.

Want to know more? Discover how student life at VUB will look in 2021-2022

Do you need help? Our student services are here for you.

You’re never alone at VUB. Our colleagues are here to answer your questions about study choice, studying, dorm life, study finance and more.

Discover what our student services can do for you.

Still have questions about academic year 2021-2022 at VUB?

The menu on this page will take you to education, student life and student services. For education and student life, we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions. Check the list and you’ll likely find the answers to your questions.

Do you have other questions about studying at VUB? Contact our colleagues at the Student Info Point via info@vub.be or call 02 629 20 10. 

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Prospective student?

Are you a prospective student facing the choice of what to study? And do you have questions about this choice and/or studying at VUB? There are various ways you can find out more:

  1. Book an online information session. How does a particular programme approach distance learning? What are the exams like? Courses and student services organise online information sessions at various times. Each session starts with a general explanation, then you can ask your questions directly to our professors, assistants and other colleagues. Find a time* that fits your diary and ask away!
  2. Get advice from Study Guidance. Maybe you still have a few questions or concerns about your study choice. Or you might want to know what challenges you really face in the transition from secondary education. Be sure to contact Study Guidance. They’ll give you free advice to help you choose your course and will be happy to listen to your concerns.
  3. Chat with a current VUB student. Is studying in Brussels fun? What is there to do on the VUB campus? Do you get enough guidance while studying? As a prospective student, you might have some questions that you’d prefer to ask a fellow student. Why not do it via chat? Your question will be answered as quickly and as honestly as possible!

* Can't find your programme? If so, they are no longer providing online information sessions this year.

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Our teaching approach

We begin the new academic year under code green coronavirus restrictions*. This means we see you back on campus as much as possible for contact teaching. We will continue to focus on digital teaching formats as well. For certain lectures, you will have the choice of following them in-person or digitally. Talking about custom-made education!

Our teaching approach: the basics

  • We organise teaching on campus*. For certain lectures, you will have the choice of following them in-person or digitally (your faculty and lecturer will inform you about your options). At the same time, we integrate digital teaching forms.

    The past year has taught us that online teaching offers lots of advantages. The technology and media of the world we live in help us to increase the quality of our teaching. The combination of in-person and online teaching allows more variation. And it offers students advantages too, because they can consult the teaching material online and work through it at their own pace, at the time that best suits them. We don’t want to throw away these advantages. That’s why we’re happy to adapt our education story to the latest demands and continue to focus on digital teaching. As well as in-person teaching, of course… because meeting you on campus remains important. We are looking for the best mix of on- and offline teaching for each course (blended learning).

  • We stand for high-quality teaching.
  • We keep looking out for our students welfare and offer them welfare, social, and financial help.
  • We guarantee a Brussels and student experience. Because being a student is more than just studying. The student associations, culture house Pilar and our sports offer are at your service.

* Following a positive expert recommendation on 9th September 2021, the government and the Flemish higher education institutions in Brussels have agreed to begin the new academic year under code green coronavirus restrictions. This was previously confirmed for institutions in Flanders. It means the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will be able to make use of its full campus capacity. Students in Brussels have now also been given this guarantee that they can study in the best possible conditions. We are happy to be able to offer our students contact teaching time on campus and at locations in the city with weKONEKT.brussels, reinforced by digital teaching formats. We will of course continue to respect the public health measures in Brussels and are actively working to increase the vaccination rate.Check this page regularly to stay informed about the latest updates.

Good news! We start the new academic year in code green: on campus. And that means a lot of activities are allowed again! Also regarding following courses.

We want to have you as close to us as possible, on campus, so we are eager to have as many in-person classes as possible in our auditoriums and classrooms. We hope that will allow you to make warm contacts with your fellow students and professors, to experience the unique VUB atmosphere, to easily find your way to our support services... in short, to fully enjoy your time as a student.

Depending on your course, these in-person contact moments may be supplemented by online classes. How many lessons will you have on campus and how many from your computer? You’ll find out on 13 September, when the timetables are published online.

As usual, you will have classes on our campuses in Etterbeek and Jette this year. To allow us to have as much contact teaching as possible, we also have classes taking place in central Brussels. So you might see Jozef II, the Flemish Parliament, Flagey, Cinematek, Bozar, KVS or CIVA on your timetable.

Take a look at the Brussels City Campus website for more information about the external locations and how to get there.

Yes! Tutorials and practicals take place on campus. However, it’s possible that for some courses, some classes may be replaced by digital alternatives. You will always be able to see on your timetable whether you need to attend online or on campus.

As always, attendance is compulsory for certain tutorials and practical classes. These activities may contribute to your final grade.

As always, attendance is compulsory for certain tutorials and practical classes. These activities may contribute to your final grade.

If you live in a red zone and therefore can’t be present for these classes, your absence will be considered as permitted. You should contact your faculty if this occurs.

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Student welfare is central

Student welfare is the highest priority for us in the coming academic year. WAs a student, you’re never alone at VUB:

  • Welfare – Are you finding it hard to manage? Do you need to talk? Are you feeling lonely? Depending on your needs, there are various people and initiatives that can help. You can go to Study Guidance for free professional help, dorm coach Jelle is always there for a good chat, as a new student you can count on a VUBuddy to show you the way…
  • Social: Student life in 2021-2022 will perhaps look a bit different to in other years. So we’re always looking for new activities that will help you connect with fellow students. We have an online VUB Escape Room, you can follow free pilates and mindfulness lessons, Pilar culture house hosts regular live music sessions…
  • Finance: Every student at VUB should be able to study without worrying about money. Are you in a difficult financial situation? See which financial services you qualify for.
  • Study places: Studying and following lessons at home isn’t easy for everyone. Do you struggle to find a quiet place to study at home? Is your family situation difficult? Do you have classes on campus followed by an online class? We offer extra study places on campus, so everyone can study in comfort. Reservation is required.

Brussels as a campus

We are focusing on contact teaching. That’s why we’re further expanding our classrooms in central Brussels for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Alongside the existing campuses in Etterbeek, Jette, Usquare, Gooik, Anderlecht, Diest and Leuven, we can welcome you in seven more locations. So you might soon be taking classes in Jozef II, the Flemish Parliament, Flagey, Cinematek, KVS, Bozar or CIVA. Read all about these new locations here.

High-quality teaching

VUB is in the top 17% of the world’s universities in the QS World University ranking. VUB comes in at 200 in the general ranking, making it the fourth-best Belgian institution. Of all Belgian universities in the QS ranking, VUB scores best for quality of teaching. How do we closely monitor the quality of each programme? Using a quality cycle. You can read more about it here.

Studying abroad: some guidelines

At the VUB, you can choose to study abroad for a while or do an internship. All information about studying, doing an internship or volunteering abroad (whether or not within the scope of your studies) can be found here

Keep in mind that also in academic year 2021-2022, the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to have a strong influence on your international mobility as a student. Because, also for the travel policy, we have to fully comply with the coronavirus measures imposed by the experts and our government.

What will that travel policy look like? The list below gives you the most important guidelines that will enter into force on 1 July 2021.

EEA-REGION:

  • GREEN: You can travel.
  • ORANGE: You can travel.
  • RED/GREY: You can travel.

OUTSIDE EEA (including territories situated overseas isolated from the motherland and constitutionally belonging to an EEA country): 

  • ON COUNTRY LIST (GREEN): You can travel.
  • NOT ON COUNTRY LIST (RED): Travel is in principle excluded. You can send a motivated request to the Vice-Rector Internationalisation.

The criteria linked to the color codes are valid on the day of the planned departure, not at the time of any bookings. The travel policy may be modified at any time as a result of the evolution of the pandemic. It is therefore advisable to take out cancellation insurance when booking tickets and accommodation. When a country or region is colored red during the stay, an early return is not necessary.

More info on the application of the color codes of EEA-destinations? Click here. FPS Foreign Affairs warns that non-essential travel outside EEA-region is not advisable. The country list for non-EEA destinations can be found here.

Do you want to travel to a non-EEA country that is not on the country list? And is it a necessary trip (because if you cancel or postpone your studies, for example)? Then you can submit an exception request to the Vice-Rector Internationalisation one month prior to departure. For example:

  • foreign internships for which no alternative can be found in Belgium/EEA-region
  • necessary research in the framework of a master's thesis for which there is no alternative in Belgium/EEA-region
  • built-in mobility in the framework of double or joint degrees

ATTENTION: If you do not comply with a travel ban and/or the order to return to Belgium, you are considered not legally registered for the course units that are the subject of the relevant outgoing mobility and/or the international placement. Consequently, you lose any right to participate in the educational and assessment activities abroad. Achieved examination results are considered non-existent. (Education and examination regulations Art. 92bis)
ATTENTION: Every outgoing mobility MUST be registered correctly and in advance. You do this via SOP Mobility Online.
ATTENTION: If an application has received a negative decision, this is final.

The digital corona certificate will allow you to travel freely within the EU, as well as to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (i.e., EEA-region). Are you in possession of a digital corona certificate? Then you may travel freely across the EEA-Member States. The document in question will be available in all Member States from July 1 and can be obtained from testing centers, health authorities or via an e-health portal. To apply for a certificate, you must either be fully vaccinated, have a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old, or have a recovery certificate.

Are you returning from a green or orange zone in the EEA-region? If so, you do not have to undergo a PCR test or go into quarantine. Please note that the color of a zone can change during your stay. If you are coming (back) from a red zone, the agreement is that you do not have to go into quarantine with the European corona certificate. If you don't have one, but get tested on arrival on day 1 or 2, you don't have to go into quarantine. This applies to foreign tourists as well as Belgians.

ATTENTION: Anyone coming to Belgium (back) is required to fill out a return travel form (t.t.z., the Passenger Locator Form) 48 hours before arriving in Belgium. This will continue to apply after 1 July. The electronic version can be found here. The PDF version can be downloaded here. More information can be found on the website of the European Commission.

Excursions and group travel within the EEA-region are allowed; travelling to countries and areas outside the EEA-region that are not mentioned on the list of countries on the website https://reopen.europa.eu/en, however, cannot take placeFor these countries and areas a motivated exemption has to be sent to the Vice-Rector Internationalisation by the academic or dean of faculty.

Please check the document (in Dutch only) on safety and health protocols for group travel by bus, coach for international and national travel.

The Belgian government has issued a list of territories and countries which have been classified as very high risk. As a result, inbound travel into Belgium is banned from these countries. This also includes incoming student or staff mobility. Please check the list regularly for any changes.

Staff or students who feel they are exempt should submit a motivated application to the Vice-Rector Internationalisation (international.relations@vub.be) for all travel from Belgium to outside the EEA-region. 

As a result, VUB very strongly advises against travelling to these countries from Belgium as well (for both students and staff). 

ATTENTION: Students who are finishing their exams at VUB and want to return home and their home country is on this list should note that they might not be allowed back into Belgium for the start of the academic year. 

International experience without travelling?

In addition, new forms of mobility will become possible this academic year. Students will be able to gain international experience without having to travel. With our five European partner universities in the EUTOPIA network, we’ve ensured that while travel is no longer a necessary condition of studying, it can still have added value. Through this network, we’ve set up “connected learning communities” that develop learning activities across our various international campuses. Eighteen of these will soon be active.

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How do you enrol as a student?

You know which programme you want to study. And you want to do it at VUB. Great! We’re happy that we’re almost able to welcome you on our campuses. The online enrolment is already open, and you can do this at any time. A step-by-step guide explains exactly what you need to do. 

<<DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION = 30 SEPTEMBER. Start your online enrolment early if you want to be sure of your spot in our VUB family! Hope to see you soon! >>

Academic calendar 2021-2022

When is reception week? When do classes start? When is the academic opening? And which other dates should VUB students put in their diaries? All this information is listed in the academic calendar. You can find the 2021-2022 calendar here! Make a note of the following dates:

  • 20-25 September: Orientation week* new students campus Etterbeek 
  • Monday 27 September: Start of the first teaching week of the new year
  • Tuesday 28 September: Official academic opening

* On these days you’ll get to know the campus and meet your fellow students. This year, of course, the process will likely look a little different to normal. Bring on student life!

STUDENT LIFE IN 21-22?

Will there be any student life? What about parties? Can I still apply for a dorm? We start the new academic year in code green*.  And that means a lot of activities are once again allowed! That includes social activities.

Dorm life in 21-22: frequently asked questions

Are you thinking of living in a dorm at VUB? It’s a good idea. Get ready for a whole new experience and get the most out of your student days. Our dorm coach Jelle keeps dorm life on the right track, organises fun events and ensures a warm and friendly dorm family.

We start the new academic year in code green: on campus for in-person education*. Being close to lectures comes in handy for that matter. But there is more to living in a dorm. You make friends, learn to live independently and experience student life to the full. A dorm can also be a good place to study, with peace and quiet, your own space and a good internet connection.

Unfortunately, that is no longer possible. On September 5, the last guided dorm visits of this year took place during our on campus Info Day.

The deadline for applying for a VUB dorm has unfortunately passed. If you still want to request a room, you should contact Student Housing.

You can also rent rooms from our partners. Take a look at Brik.be and our website for more information about all student housing in Brussels.

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Being a student in 21-22: frequently asked questions

Being a student is about much more than just studying. VUB will do whatever it takes to ensure students have a unique and unforgettable time here. We start the new academic year in CODE GREEN*. This means a lot is once allowed again, including many social activities. At least, if we follow the precautions carefully en get vaccinated!

PRECAUTIONS -For non-teaching social, cultural and student events that take place indoors, students and staff will need a Corona Safe Ticket.

Lots! There is so much to experience on and around our campus. 

  • Food and drink: There are lots of food and drink outlets on and close to our campus. On campus, the Resto provides hot meals at student-friendly prices, for example. In the Cafetaria, you’ll find sandwiches, pastries and cake. Discover more options for food and drink here.
  • Sport: There are so many sporting options at VUB. We have a Basic Fit, an athletics track, a swimming pool and multiple sports halls. Lots of sports activities are organised online too, so you can stay fit and healthy in any circumstances. Discover all that we have to offer.
  • Culture: Enjoy the cultural programme at Pilar: concerts, talks and exhibitions. Find out more here.
  • Discover Brussels: Head into town and get your fill of museums, restaurants and cafes, shops, parks, cultural centres and more. Discover more here.

In the coming year, you can join one or more student associations. We expect that student associations will be able to restart their activities in a safe way.

You can find more information about associations at student.vub.be or in “Being a student is about more than just studying”, which you can watch during reception week.

As soon as public health measures allow it and we can have fun safely, student parties can take place again. For this type of non-teaching events that take place indoors, you will need a Corona Safe Ticket.

We prepare to welcome you on campus in person next year as much as possible. So, as a new student, you’ll soon feel at home at VUB and can make new friends. And as a veteran, you can see your friends again in real life. As a VUB student, you’re never alone.

  • Student welfare stays a top priority for VUB in 21-22.
  • You can also call on a VUBuddy. An experienced VUB student will introduce you (and other new students) to life on campus and will help you discover all the dos and don’ts of student life.
  • Our dorm coach Jelle keeps dorm life on the right track. The activities he organises are the ideal opportunity to get to know your roommates better and create close bonds.
  • Do you feel like you’re struggling? Don’t hesitate to call 02/629.23.06. The Study Guidance team are there to listen. 

Get vaccinated!

We estimate that the vaccination rate among VUB students is around 70%. That is reasonably high, but we think we can do even better. After all, the more students and staff who are vaccinated, the safer we are. A high vaccination rate on our campus and in Brussels also increases the chance that we can continue teaching under code green this academic year. You will also receive a corona certificate, which allows you to travel within the EU and attend events, including those on our campuses. In other words, it is the only way to normality. 

So, in consultation with various Brussels partners, we are taking additional initiatives to promote vaccination and call on all our students and staff to get vaccinated. Between 16 September and 15 October, we are opening vaccination points on our campuses. International students are are also very welcome to attend these centres to receive a vaccine. More information? Click here

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* Following a positive expert recommendation on 9th September 2021, the government and the Flemish higher education institutions in Brussels have agreed to begin the new academic year under code green coronavirus restrictions. This was previously confirmed for institutions in Flanders. It means the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will be able to make use of its full campus capacity. Students in Brussels have now also been given this guarantee that they can study in the best possible conditions. We are happy to be able to offer our students contact teaching time on campus and at locations in the city with weKONEKT.brussels, reinforced by digital teaching formats. We will of course continue to respect the public health measures in Brussels and are actively working to increase the vaccination rate.Check this page regularly to stay informed about the latest updates.

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