Complex societies require complex thinking. In a world of rapid changes and shifting boundaries there is a growing need for minds that are capable of switching perspective and thinking outside of narrow academic boxes. That is why the VUB and Ghent University have joined forces to create an innovative model of interdisciplinary and interuniversity education: the Bachelor in Social Sciences (BScSS). Located in the heart of Europe and boasting a student body of seventy different nationalities, the BScSS provides a uniquely diverse learning environment that helps students to tackle the global problems of the future.
The first and the second year of Ghent University's Social Sciences (Communication Studies) program is taught in Brussels, at the VUB. In the third year you will start taking courses at Ghent University.
Drawing on the combined insights of three disciplines – political science, communication studies and sociology – the BScSS offers a three-year, English-language programme 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 programme.
There is no doubt that your Bachelor of Sciences 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 on what you really want to master in. At the same time, this last bachelor year offers you multiple contacts with professionals from organisations gravitating around the EU institutions through guest lectures and site visits. It's a great way to start building your network, with an eye on the future.
Get more detailsVisit official programme website
- Political Science
- Communication Studies
- European History
- History of Political Ideologies
- Belgian Society and Politics
- Statistics for the Social Sciences
- SPC Methodology
- Communicating Scientific Knowledge
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
We advise all European students to submit their online application before September 1st.
DisciplinesCommunication Sciences Sociology Political Science View 5 other Masters in Political Science in Belgium
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- 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.
International1450 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1450 EUR per year during 36 months.
EU/EEA248 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 248 EUR per year during 36 months.
EU students: 11,90 Euro per credit
International: 40 Euro per credit
Living costs for Gent
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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