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.
Who are we and what do we stand for?
Our general strengths as a university
Modern yet traditional
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.
Read more about our history
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
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.
More about research at VUB
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.
More about quality of education
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.
Discover our basic programmes
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.
Find out more about our continuing education programmes
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, cafés, 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!
More about studying in Brussels
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. Vé, clapping, cantuses and the Vrijzinnig Zangfeest.
Find out more about student life at VUB
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.
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.
- Study Guidance: for study advice, guidance and training
- Individual study pathway: for a specific study pathway (if you intend to combine study with a job or an elite sport, or have a disability, want to study abroad, etc.)
- Accomodation: for help finding a dorm
- Staff of Social, legal and financial support: for financial, socio-legal and practical support
- VUB Career Center: for support in finding a job
A strong network
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?
More about our activities for former students
... or see for yourself at an Open Day
At various points in the year we hold Open Days for future students. What better way to find a programme that interests you and learn more about VUB! What do they involve? Campus tours, building visits, chats with the professors and information sessions with student services, such as Study Finance and Study Guidance. On-the-spot answers to all your questions!