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Master of Science in Engineering

Welcome to BRUFACE: the Brussels Faculty of Engineering

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Welcome to BRUFACE

The Brussels Faculty of Engineering (in short "BRUFACE") is an initiative of two universities located in the centre of Brussels. The Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) jointly offer a broad spectrum of fully English-taught Masters programmes in Engineering:

Enjoy your visit, and feel free to contact us if you need further information. Our staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

Prof. Stefaan Caenepeel

Dean of the
Faculty of Engineering
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Prof. Gérard Degrez

Dean of the
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Université Libre de Bruxelles

Brussels: Capital of Europe

Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium, but it is the capital of the European Union as well. It is behind only New York as the city with the largest number of international organizations and corporations in the world.

Since it is the center of the European Union, it plays host to a large number of Europeans from all over the continent, making it a fascinating place to explore for anyone interested in foreign relations, foreign languages, diplomacy or politics. It is like the Washington D.C. of Europe.

Brussels is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. 31% of its population is of foreign origin, and this makes for a unique atmosphere in which cultures interact easily with one another. 
English is rapidly becoming an important language in Brussels because of the numerous international political organizations. Language is not a barrier in the capital of Europe. 

Since Brussels has a central location in Europe, you can always visit neighbouring cities like Amsterdam, Köln, London, Paris and Luxembourg, each of which are only about two hours away by train.

Université Libre de Bruxelles

The Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) was founded in 1834, four years after the birth of Belgium. It has seven faculties, several institutes and hospitals, as well as industrial and experimental centres in Brussels and Wallonia. Today it is set up on several sites and campuses in Brussels (Solbosch, Plaine, Erasmus) and in Wallonia (Charleroi, Treignes).

ULB is involved on every continent in many international research and development programmes. As a European university, ULB launched and coordinates the UNICA network of universities in European capitals, which includes 35 universities and over one million students.

The quality of our research is evidenced in particular by four Nobel Prizes (awarded to Jules Bordet, Albert Claude, Ilya Prigogine and François Englert), a Fields Medal (considered to be the Nobel Prize of mathematics, awarded to Pierre Deligne), the International Wolf Prize in Physics (awarded to Robert Brout and François Englert in 2004), two Marie Curie Awards (won by Marco Dorigo and Nicolas Cerf) and 22 Francqui Prizes (the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Belgium, the most recent of which was awarded to Pierre Gaspard in 2006). 

No other Belgian university has such an impressive list of achievements.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is the sister university of the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Although some courses at the ULB's Faculty of Law were already being taught in Dutch in 1935, it was not until 1963 that almost all the faculties offered courses in Dutch. The Dutch-speaking university (VUB) was finally split off from its French-speaking counterpart on 1 October 1969.

Although VUB is a smaller university with a much shorter history than the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), it too has already produced several internationally famous scientists, including the philosopher Leo Apostel, who started his career at ULB under his equally well-known teacher Chaim Perelman, but became full professor at VUB, Jean Bourgain, Fields Medal in mathematics in 1994, Ingrid Daubechies (presently at Princeton), founder of the mathematical theory of wavelets, and Pattie Maes (now at MIT), a leading researcher in intelligent software agents.

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a dynamic and modern university with two parkland campuses in the Brussels-Capital Region. The main campus in Etterbeek (next to ULB campus Plaine) is home to seven faculties. In Jette you can find the medical campus and the University Hospital. High quality education and research are central focal points. Our research teams are internationally recognised in many disciplines of fundamental and applied research.

Thanks to its expertise and strategic location, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is your ideal partner for prestigious research and education with an outlook on Europe and the world.

Why Studying at BRUFACE? Some Arguments 

  • Brussels is the multicultural and multilingual capital of Europe
  • ULB and VUB have excellent quality records
  • Less expensive compared to many European large cities
  • All buildings of ULB and VUB campuses are within walking distances
  • Green campuses at 15 minutes from the city centre (using public transport)
  • Ideal student group sizes and excellent student-staff contact

Study in Brussels 

A lot of people study in Brussels. The cost of attending university is very reasonable thanks to generous government funding. Belgian education is internationally renowned for its high standard.

Every year about 70.000 students study in Brussels. This is not surprising. With its international institutions, companies and embassies, Brussels is the beating heart of Europe. Study in Brussels? In a heartbeat!

BRUFACE gives you space to breathe, quite literally. The buildings are spread out across two adjacent green campuses. 

Modern sports facilities with sports halls, fitness rooms, tennis and squash courts, and a swimming pool can be found on site.

The student restaurant offers a large choice of meals and snacks at the self-service counters.

Laboratories are all supplied with the most up-to-date equipment.