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Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

3.8 out of 5 (143 ratings / 88 reviews) Brussels, Belgium
Ranked as one of Europe's top universities, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) combines award-winning research and a range of study programmes with a supportive open-door policy in Brussels, one of the most interesting cities in Europe. Almost 200 years of experience and history await you at its green, urban campuses.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (3)
Medicine & Health (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)



The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is the offshoot of the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) that was founded in 1834 by a Brussels lawyer with Flemish origins, Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen. He wanted to establish a university that would be independent from the state and the church and where academic freedom would reign.


We offer a quality education to more than 16,000 students (24.5% of these are international students, covering some 140 nationalities). In VUB's eight faculties, students can choose to study and explore beyond their own discipline. VUB offers a full range of Bachelor, Master and Advanced Master courses, many of which are taught in English. The key concept in this range of courses is flexibility. The system of majors and minors enables students to plan their studies in a way that best meets their interests.


The Vrije Universiteit Brussel aims to make an active contribution to a better society through research freedom, critical thinking, and an international orientation. In terms of research, the VUB aims to deliver high quality research that is both locally grounded and has strong international recognition. Our research teams are internationally recognised in many disciplines of fundamental and applied research.

The four key goals of our research policy

  •   An optimal research environment
  •  An international and interdisciplinary research culture
  •  Participative and community-based research
  •  An inclusive, open & networking researchers' community


The VUB Career Center is the university’s central information hub to assist and support students and young graduates to make an efficient start on the labor market.

The Career Centers offers individual career counselling on themes such as career guidance, job application and interview techniques, tailoring and enhancing a CV, networking. Additionally, the Career Center runs a job and internship board students are invited to make use of.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
200 -5
195 -7
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
301 -100
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
201 50
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
259 21
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

VUB students have access to a variety of services, such as personalized study guidance, social services, housing service, medical services, integration within the VUB community, foreign language learning, library services, and this on and/or around campus. 

Housing services

VUB has 1540 rooms including 35 double apartments, 12 studios and several wheelchair accessible rooms. These student rooms are located on and around the Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Etterbeek) and the Brussels Health Campus (Jette). 

These rooms are all located on and around the campuses, and are offered at very attractive prices thanks to government subsidies.

Library services

The University Library consists of the Central Library and the Medical Library. Both libraries offer a large number of databases and contain an extensive collection of printed or electronic journals, books, newspapers, etc. Most electronic sources are available for remote access by the VUB community via the library website.

ICT services

All VUB campuses have public computers at student's disposal, including within the libraries. All computer rooms have printers and/or copy machines.

The VUB campuses have free wireless networks coverage.

Students have access to the online learning platform, the student self-service, webmail, etc.

Medical services

The VUB provides medical and psychological services to its students. These services are located on or close to the campuses. Students have easy access to general medical and dental consultations, a dental clinic, physiotherapy.

Additionally, there is a mental health care center. On top of that, students also get access to the medical services conveyed by the University Hospital.

Student Life

Campus life

The faculties, services and departments of Vrije Universiteit Brussel are located on several campuses in the Brussels Capital Region. 

The main campus is the Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus, a green campus with numerous auditoria, classrooms and labs, a library, sports facilities, a student restaurant, a medical center, a bank.

The Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy and the University Hospital are both located in the Brussels Health Campus, also a fully-fledged campus. Finally, Brussels Kaai Campus hosts the department of Industrial Engineering, a place where students can work on/with the latest computer controlled machines such as 3D printers and laser cutting machines.

Sports facilities

The VUB sports infrastructure consists of a swimming pool, athletics track, two large multi sports halls, an artificial grass rugby/football pitch, and artificial training field (tennis/football), three squash courts and a martial arts room. Each campus includes a fitness center as well.

VUB students can make use of these facilities through their sports card. There is a VUB discount available and it also gives access to our Sportmix. Every week you can then participate in 25 (team) sports at different locations. 

Student clubs

The International Student Platform consists of international students that cooperate with the general VUB Student Council. This platform has been created to give a voice to the growing number of international students at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

There is a wide range of student associations at VUB, which can be split up by region (national and international) or interests such as music, leisure and activism. 


VUB is registered with the Flemish government of Belgium. The VUB programmes are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO, Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatie Organisatie).

This official organisation was established by an international treaty between the Flemish and the Dutch governments to ensure the quality of higher education in both the Netherlands and Flanders.

Student Reviews

VUB LOVES international students
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

VUB is a very good university if you are trying to study abroad. It provides excellent services to an international student. From preparing your stay and while you are living there. When I first joined, I enjoyed VUB very much and still enjoying. It is a very welcoming community and helps you in any way if you are struggling. At the moment, I am struggling with the exams...

Vrije university, Brussels. A citadel of visionary learning experience.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Everything about my academic experience and student life at VUB worked perfectly. The teaching system and access to academic facilities is highly commendable. Although my program applies the blended learning system, I can only speak for myself with regards to the current global pandemic which has disrupted academic activities. It is however noted that, the switch to...

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Best university in Belgium

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