Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

3.8 out of 5 (139 ratings / 100 reviews) Brussels, Belgium
Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. Through tailor-made high quality research and education, VUB wants to contribute in an active and committed way to a better society for tomorrow.

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (2)
Business & Management (1)



Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) originated from the French speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), that was founded in 1834 by a Brussels’ lawyer with Flemish roots, Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen. It was his intention to create a university independent of church and state at which academic freedom would roam. 


For more than 180 years VUB has helped build a better society as an innovative, free inquiring and critical thinking university. We are linked to the world from within our international capital Brussels. A never-ending quest for knowledge, insights and enlightenment form the golden thread in all we do in education, research and social commitment. 

Learn more about our English-taught programmes during the online info sessions: www.vub.be/en/online-info-sessions 


  • At the VUB, we want to focus on research that is both excellent and has a broad societal relevance. There are many societal challenges faced by Belgium, Europe and the rest of the world. Universities can play a significant role in searching for solutions, helping make policy decisions,…
  • Much of this research requires an interdisciplinary approach. The great challenge here is not only bringing experts from different disciplines together, but also understanding one another’s language. 

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University Ranking

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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Housing services

The VUB has 1540 rooms including 1452 single rooms, 35 double flats, 12 studios and 6 rooms for wheelchair users. These student rooms are located on and around the Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Etterbeek) and the Brussels Health Campus (Jette).

ICT services

As a new student, you must create a network identity (NetID) and a VUB email address. These enable you to access the computers and the wifi on the campus and the various VUB applications.

Medical services

UZ Brussel is a hospital which has its values focusing on one single objective: to provide patients with the best possible care. Because your care is our care.

The hospital is part of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and is thus a university hospital. This means that it also has a teaching mission and conducts scientific research.

Student Life

Campus life

The faculties, services and departments of Vrije Universiteit Brussel are located on several campuses in the Brussels Capital Region: Etterbeek, Jette and Anderlecht. We also have campuses in Gooik, Leuven and Diest.

Sports facilities

Moving is fun and healthy, but it can also reduce study related stress and improve your concentration. Enjoy the various sports the VUB offers, ranging from mere fun to competition!

Student clubs

Being a student is sometimes a bit of partying. The VUB has a rich tradition of student folklore with St-Vé, the Humanistic Singing Festival, Baptism and all kinds of ludic rituals. In addition, you can just go to the legendary TD's, the numerous nice Brussels cafés or dive into some cool Brussels scenes.


All degree programmes offered by VUB are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO), ensuring that they meet the highest predefined quality standards. Alongside this official quality control system, VUB has an internal Quality Control Commission in charge of permanently monitoring the quality of education.

Student Reviews

VUB is great!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I really love VUB so far! My program is very international which is great and it’s so fun going to college right in the middle of such an important and international city!!! My classes are interesting but I also have a lot of free time to explore Brussels and do the things I’m interested in !

My VUB personalized learning experience: Freedom to unhindered thinking
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Apart from the fact that Belgium is a welcoming country, the academic atmosphere at VUB is thought provoking. Lectures are taught in English language and are usually given in well-equipped classrooms with a decent lecturer to students ratio and a maintained informal relationship. This aids proper understanding of concepts, ideas and methodologies. Additionally, students...

Wonderful learning experience despite the pandemic
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The master's program at the VUB was very demanding but found the courses very valuable and the professors as experts in the field of EU law.

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