Why study at the VUB?

Studying at VUB offers you more than just a degree. You’ll learn to look at the world with an open mind and free of prejudice. You’ll sharpen your critical thinking skills and will learn to express your opinion. And you commit yourself to, in addition to your studies, participate in meaningful social projects that make the world a better place. In short, this is where you shape your identity: who you are today and who you want to be tomorrow. Not yet convinced to opt for VUB? Discover our most important assets.

Our general strengths as a university

Who are we and what do we stand for?

Our general strengths as a university

Modern university with a rich tradition

A relatively young university - we celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2019 - VUB is built on the ancient foundations of ULB, which was founded in 1834. We follow the principles of the Enlightenment: critical thinking, free enquiry and radical humanism. A modern environment with a rich tradition.

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Our general strengths as a university

We are engaged, for a better world

As an Urban Engaged University, we are committed to a better world through research, education and socially relevant projects. By enrolling as a VUB student you enter into this commitment, and we invite you to participate in social projects.

At our university, not only do you acquire academic knowledge and skills, but you build your identity and a future for the generations to come. An added advantage? When selling your skills on the labour market, mentioning social commitment on your CV goes a very long way.

Our engagement, for a better world

Our general strengths as a university

High-quality research and education

Research - We have an open research approach. We strive for quality research, across the various research disciplines. And we focus on socially relevant themes.

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Education - The QS World University rankings identify VUB as the best Belgian university in terms of quality of education. For that reason, we keep a close eye on the quality of each programme.

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Our general strengths as a university

A wide range of programmes

At VUB there are more than 100 academic bachelor's and master's programmes to choose from. You are bound to find a programme to match your interests and passions.

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Under the name of lifelong learning we offer advanced programmes for professionals who already hold an academic degree. You can use these continuing education courses to broaden or deepen your academic knowledge and skills and preserve your relevance in the labour market of tomorrow.

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Our general strengths as a university

Vibrant campus in Brussels

Life at the VUB runs to the rhythm of Brussels, our diverse and multicultural capital, where most of our campuses are found. Are you interested in a medical programme? (Medicine, Biomedical or Pharmaceutical Sciences). Then come to the VUB Health Campus in Jette. Most of our other courses are at the VUB Main Campus in Elsene.

Our campuses offer every facility you will need for an unforgettable student experience. Student restaurant, cafΓ©s, sports infrastructure, party halls, medical service, library, study areas - all within walking distance of each other ... and your classroom!

Take a virtual walk on our campuses

And there's lots to do off-campus. Head off to the centre, find those cosy little brown pubs, soak up the culture and plunge into any of the city's cool, nightlife areas. Adventure is just around the corner. Brussels is home to a great many European institutions, public companies, large and small international businesses... So opportunities for jobs and internships are within easy reach!

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A vibrant student life

Student life is about more than just studying. It's also about going out, and about partying. Join one of the many student associations. It's the ideal way to immerse yourself in VUB student folklore. And that includes St. VΓ©, clapping, cantuses and the Vrijzinnig Zangfeest.

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Not into all those student rituals? Not a problem. You don't have to join the student union to party. On the VUB campuses in Jette and Etterbeek, parties are held regularly in the party halls and big, white marquee. And let's not forget the VUB Kick-off ... the unofficial start of the academic year, where you get to eat, drink and dance with your fellow students.

Our general strengths as a university

Personal approach

Getting a university degree is quite a challenge. But as a student with us, you are not alone. Not a number.

As a relatively small university we have more room for interactive education, in small groups, with a strong focus on theory and practice. You have direct contact with your professors.

Our student supporters take care of you in every phase of your study career.

Our general strengths as a university

Tight community of former students

Even after graduation we like to stay in touch with you. You become a member of our VUB network of former students. And membership offers many benefits.

The digital alumni pass gives numerous discounts on- and off-campus. Events keep you in touch with your former, fellow students. Our bimonthly newsletter keeps you up to date on VUB's latest news. And successful career stories from former students inspire you in your own career. Would you like to know more?

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