We put the principles of the Enlightenment first in our education: 'liberal inquiry' - we are called Vrije Universiteit Brussel for a reason - and humanistic values. Those humanist values are recognising people's value and putting it centre-stage, emphasising education, reason and fairness, world citizenship, and striving for self-development, autonomy, responsibility, critical thinking, equality, openness and tolerance. For our university, humanism is not a take-it-or-leave-it theory, but a way of life.
You develop these skills during your studies at VUB...
You learn to seek your own path, with an open mind, free of preconceptions. By thinking critically and confronting sources, expressing your own opinion and taking the initiative. At VUB, lessons are given in small groups and there is always room for practice alongside theory. This allows lecturers and assistants to guide you personally. In essence, you receive tailored education.
Through VUB you engage to create a sustainable, humanist society. The world needs you. So even as a student, you make your impression on society. We motivate you to participate in socially relevant projects and informative experiences.
You learn to deal with current and future challenges in a constantly changing and globalising society, by being in contact with other cultures and thinking critically and independently. An international exchange through Erasmus can also broaden your view of the world. At VUB, every course offers possibilities of exchange with other universities in Europe and the rest of the world.
Throughout your study, you will be encouraged to question the material on the basis of your own experiences and rational arguments. Through support and training, we strive to provide everyone with an optimal study and research environment.
Empathic communication, enterprise, teamwork, problem-solving thought and action: all skills that you will develop at VUB through internships, group projects and practicals. This helps you get off to a quick start on the job market.
Our e-tools and portals explained
Reports and study materials are packaged on the Canvas e-platform, which you can also use to communicate with fellow students and lecturers. Office365 gives you access to your VUB-mail and Office software, your tools for sharing and processing documents. You can manage your personal student administration in Student Selfservice (CaLi).