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Drawing on the combined insights of three disciplines – sociology, political science and communication studies – the Bachelor in Social Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) offers a three-year, English-language program that provides students with the academic tools that help them to analyze and better understand the societies they live in. 

Throughout these three years you will become intimately familiar with the three scientific disciplines that build the core of our program.

Which role did the tabloid press play in “Brexit”? How is the refugee crisis portrayed in the media? What is the business model of Netflix? Why do some of us share private information and intimate feelings on social media? Communication scientists are fascinated by these types of questions and wish to know more about the impact of media and communication on our everyday lives and on society as a whole. 

The communication angle of the program provides you with the concepts and techniques that help you to critically reflect upon the every-increasing role of (digital) media in our society. 

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes describe the intended knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes that you must master after completing your studies. Do you want to know more about the specific learning outcomes of this programme?One programme. Two universities. Three years.

From the start, courses will be taught by both VUB and Ghent University lecturers. In year one (organized at the VUB) you will be introduced to the three main disciplinary perspectives: communication studies, political sciences and sociology. You will also get your first taste of research methods, develop your academic writing skills and your will learn to process, structure and discuss key ideas in the social sciences.

After Graduation. The end? Or the beginning?

There is no doubt that your Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences (BScSS) will stand out on the labour market. However, the biggest added value of the programme lies in paving the way for ambitious follow-up trajectories, such as master programmes and internships.

Your third bachelor year is designed to help you prepare for this choice. You major in one of the three social sciences composing the programme. It allows you to build expertise in this domain, but without losing track of the other two sciences. That way all choices for master programmes remain open, but you’ll have more insight about what you really want to master in.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Seminar Current Issues 
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Communication Studies
  • Political Structures and Processes of the European Union
  • Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • European History
  • Introduction to Belgian Society and Politics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Before you can start the Bachelor in Social Sciences, we'll have a look at your previous education and English language skills.
  • You can apply for this Bachelor programme if you are currently in the final year of secondary education or if you already have a high school diploma.
  • Students with an upper secondary school diploma from the Belgian educational system are eligible to enrol in this programme automatically. They meet both the academic and language requirements.
  • Some international high school credentials are deemed equivalent to a Belgian degree of secondary education and grant direct access to our Bachelor programmes in terms of academic requirement.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3850 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3850 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    948 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 948 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Brussels

  • 885 - 1310 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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