Admission requirements

As a general rule, every study programme comes with its own set of conditions. You will find all the requirements for your chosen programme by clicking 'admission requirements' under the 'programme' tab.

Which degree is required?

The following bachelor's degrees allow direct admission to this programme:

  • Bachelor in Biology
  • Bachelor in Biochemistry
  • Bachelor in Biotechnology
  • Bachelor in Chemistry
  • Bachelor in Geology
  • Bachelor in Geography
  • Bachelor in Geomatics
  • Bachelor in Bioengineering Sciences
  • Bachelor in Environmental Sciences

If you have any other bachelor's degree in science, applied science and life sciences, your application will be evaluated by the Oceans and Lakes Steering Committee based on academic records and skills. You must have completed a bachelor's degree program lasting a minimum of 3 years with good overall scores (at least upper second class or equivalent) from a university or recognised equivalent.

Will I need to sit an entrance exam?

You will not need to sit an entrance exam to begin the programme.

Are there any language requirements?

If you wish to register for a VUB programme with English as the language of instruction, you will need to provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English. You can provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English as language of instruction by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • successful completion of one of the following language proficiency tests:
    • TOEFL: minimum level: 79 for the internet-based test (IBT)
    • IELTS: minimum level academic module 6.5
    • ITACE: minimum level B2
    • Cambridge English Qualification Scale: minimum level 170
  • a diploma of secondary or higher education where English was the language of instruction;
  • successful completion of secondary education in a Belgian educational establishment.
Are there any other conditions?

If you don't have a Flemish bachelor's degree, you must submit an online application.

If you hold a foreign diploma (non-Belgian degree), you have to consider specific administration. Let us guide you through these steps:

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