What do you learn in the bachelor's programme? 

Diversity is the name of the game - in the world and this bachelor. Together with students from all over the world, you’ll acquire different perspectives, in two contrasting cities. At Ghent University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. A broad foundation in sociology, political science and communication studies, during which you’ll master key research methods, such as statistical analysis, interviewing, participant observation and content analysis. Plus a wide range of problem-solving skills. In theory and practice. 

You will spend the first two years together with all students. In year three, you choose the discipline in which you are keen to specialise: Sociology, Communication Studies or Political Sciences. These are also the specialisations from which you can choose to explore further in a master's programme.

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The strengths of our Social Sciences bachelor's programme

  • You benefit from a truly problem-centred curriculum, where theory and practice are combined.
  • You enjoy a refreshing and valuable interdisciplinary approach, allowing you to discover complex social, political and communication matters from many angles.
  • You experience the best of both worlds: cosmopolitan Brussels and beautiful Ghent. You benefit from being a student at two universities. Armed with two student cards, you can make use of the sports facilities, libraries, and student restaurants in both cities. Not to mention twice as many opportunities for exciting nightlife. The two cities are well connected by train, so you can also enjoy cultural activities wherever you fancy.

Discover our strengths as a university

New from academic year 2023-2024 

If you start your first bachelor year in 2023-2024, the following new rules will apply:

You will be required to enroll for the standard track (usually 60 ECT credits) of the first bachelor year. It is possible to request an exception if:

  • You have already obtained a Bachelor's or Master's degree.
  • You are in a special situation and you are eligible for the Reflex-statute.
  • There are exceptional circumstances.

You will have to pass all courses of the first bachelor year (standard track) in two academic years. If, after two academic years, you do not pass your first year bachelor's programme, enrolment in the same programme will be refused at all universities in Flanders.

Still have questions? Do not hesitate to contact the study path supervisor of your desired programme.

Student reviews of the course

  • Aino Amanda Anttila | Student Social Sciences

    "The international nature made our discussions far more interesting and thought-provoking, and I believe that has made us more inclusive and understanding of one another."

  • Pooja Thomas | Student Social Sciences

    "It's the programme environment that makes it worth it. This level of diversity (of thoughts, opinions and jokes!) is very difficult to find at any other university."

  • Jozefien Maria Dierynck | Alumna Social Sciences

    "The professors are great and always available for discussion or to answer specific questions. I am still delighted with the choice I made three years ago and would definitely recommend it!"

After graduation

With social sciences you're a step ahead to enter a diverse range of international careers, or take an important step towards a master or internships worldwide, building on your specialist subject.

Discover the many opportunities

Still undecided? Chat with one of our students!

Is it difficult? What are the exams like? What are the professors like?

Chat online with students from the bachelor's and ask them all your questions about the programme!

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A better idea of the programme?

Would you like to know more about this VUB programme? Take part in our (online) study choice activities. Leaf through our brochure, chat with other students, put questions to our professors in an online info session, read our alumni testimonials or attend an open lecture or info day.