English taught programmes

VUB English taught programmes for incoming students

Subsidized by Belgian government

If you would like to obtain a Master Degree, or Advanced Master Degree, or Postgraduate Certificate programme fully taught in English, please visit our website for more information:



Doing a Phd at VUB

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally renowned research institution with many opportunities for doctoral projects. Our university offers PhD trajectories in more than 36 disciplines. Student can do a PhD fully in English. For more information:




*  What is ECTS?

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries. For successfully completed studies, ECTS credits are awarded. One academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS-credits that are equivalent to 1500–1800 hours of study in all countries irrespective of standard or qualification type and is used to facilitate transfer and progression throughout the Union.

*  What is Advanced Master Degree Programme

An advanced master degree programme (or master after master) is usually only accessible after completion of a Master programme or at least 240 ECTS in previous university study.

*  What is Postgraduate Certificate Programme

A Postgraduate Certificate Programme does not offer Master degree, but it delivers practical knowledge which guides students to better adapt to the job market.

*  Note: the tuition fee mentioned above is only applicable to Non-EEA students

Non-EEA is all countries that are NOT listed below:

EU: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Holland, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Sweden Cyprus, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic. New EU member states with restrictions: Romania and Bulgaria.
Switzerland is neither EU nor EEA, but has bilateral agreements with the EU which means that Swiss citizens do not require a visa to travel within the EEA.

 * What is the tuition fee for non-EEA students?

Since all degree programmes offered by VUB is subsidized by Belgian-Flemish government, the tuition fee is reasonable for international students.

Programme Tuition fee per year (depends on different programme)
Master degree programme 619 Euro – 2950 Euro
Advanced Master degree programme 619 Euro – 5150 Euro
Postgraduate certificate programme 1900 Euro – 6800 Euro
PhD degree programme PhD students pay 290 Euro in the first year of their enrollment and in the year of defense

To find the exact tuition for the programme you are interested in, please download the PhD file via following link:



 * What is does it cost to live in Brussels as a student?

Item Average expenses (Euro)/year
Accommodation 4000-5000
Food 3000
Public transportation 120 (under 25 years old) – 500
Health insurance 100 – 300
Mobile phone 300
Other (study materials, trips, etc.) 2000 – 3000
Total 9520 – 12100

* Could student apply for scholarship for studying at VUB?

For more information about scholarship, please find more information online: