The VUB China Network constitutes a solid platform to facilitate the collaboration between VUB and Chinese higher education institutions by sharing information, resources and experience. The China Network is built on VUB’s firm tradition and long history of collaboration with Chinese universities, industry and museums, in a variety of disciplines. Serving as an information hub, the VUB China Network addresses primarily academic staff, students and partner institutions. Apart from information on mobility and collaboration, it also provides practical tips and opportunities to staff & students about visiting and studying in both Belgium and China. The China Network is a dynamic platform to foster China-Belgium cooperation.

The function of VUB China network:

-  Support cooperation between VUB and Chinese partner universities/institutions, including intercultural communication, problem solving, opportunity exploration, etc.

-  Increase the accessibility of China-related information, so that academic resources can be optimized.

-  Improve international mobility by providing students and staffs with useful instructions and suggestions.

Incoming: VUB-CSC Scholarship Programme

VUB and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) jointly offer doctoral and postdoctoral scholarships to Chinese researchers to VUB. In 2005, VUB was the first university who signed the agreement with CSC among all Belgian universities. Based on the positive feedback from students and promoters, VUB and CSC renewed the cooperation agreement in 2013 for offering more opportunities to PhD, jointly-supervised PhD (including double PhD degree), Post-doctoral fellows, as well as visiting scholars.

VUB-CSC scholarship application (only for PhD)

Incoming: Erasmus+ Scholarship Programme

The EU program 'Erasmus+ Key Action 1' offers individual students the opportunity to study abroad for a period of 3-12 months for studies or 2-12 months for a traineeship. Students can undertake this mobility at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level for a max. total of 12 months per study cycle. It is only possible for students recommended by partner universities of Erasmus+ programmes.

Erasmus+ scholarship (mobility from China)

Outgoing: Exchange and Summer School Programmes in China

Our Chinese partner universities provide full scholarship for VUB students to participate in its exchange and summer school programmes at their campus every year. The summer school programmes include classes, visiting activities, cultural events, fieldwork, etc.

Contact us for more information
Tel: +32 (0)26148101. Email: international.relations@vub.be

Are you a beginner who is eager to discover and learn Chinese?

Can you speak some Chinese but want to improve?

Can you speak and write Chinese fluently but want to refine your knowledge?

If your answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, then consider following the language courses organized by the VUB.  You will be immersed in the Chinese language and practice with native speakers. The language courses are open to anyone who wants to learn and practice Chinese.

Current courses: https://www.vub.be/en/events/2021/chinese-language-evening-courses-autumn-2021


Among 140 nationalities, Chinese students are the second biggest international student group. 307 Chinese students enrolled at VUB for the academic year 2019-2020 mostly for Master and PhD degrees.

VUB welcomes international students to participate its English taught Bachelor, Master, PhD and Post-doc programmes.

APS certificate

Since 2007, Chinese students must generally obtain a certificate from the Center for Academic Assessment (APS) in Beijing to obtain a student visa for studying in a higher educational institution in Belgium.

More info about APS procedure (incl. partial/full exemption, etc.)

Study at VUB - Practical guide (Chinese version)

Based on the experience of previous Chinese students who studied at VUB, we collected all useful information and tips for the prospective Chinese students to prepare themselves before departure.

Contact us to get a brochure in Chinese "Study at VUB - Practical guide"


Upon the request of international partner universities, the International Relations Office (IRMO) at VUB organises the International Summer School – Explore the Heart of Europe during summer and winter holidays every year. The programme includes lessons (in different subjects) on campus, visits to European institutions, business, industry, as well as weekend tours to other European cities.

Contact us for more information


VUB-CHINA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (VUB-CAA) aims to represent all VUB alumni and related academic visitors, in order to provide a variety of professional, academic and social opportunities for alumni to get connected among each other, including current students, professionals and academics in the high education community.

Our Mission

  • To promote and support social and professional connections among Chinese alumni of VUB with larger social and academic communities.
  • To undertake activities that contributes to VUB’s development in China and benefits its alumni