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How to Apply

Application in Two Steps

Application Procedure in two steps

The application occurs in two steps:

(1) a pre-admission . The pre-admission is a quick check to judge if your academic background meets the prerequisites required for the Master of your choice. You will be asked to upload a number of documents (such as your Transcript of Records and a language certificate), and asked a few questions (for instance, a self-assessment of your skills in mathematics). At this point, you will also be asked to pay an application fee of 50 EUR. Once we have received your file, our academic staff will evaluate your application. A motivated pre-admission response will be given within 14 calendar days.

(2) a full admission. The full admission is open from March to September for students with permanent residence in EU countries, and December to March for all other students. 

Finally, if your application proves to be successful, you will be sent a letter of acceptance. With this letter, you can request a visa at your embassy. Please note to take at least 4 months into account to receive all documents on time. Once you have received your visa, you can travel to Belgium and enroll at the university. Once enrolled, you will be reimbursed the full application fee.

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Please note the application period for non-EEA students has now been closed. EEA students will still have the opportunity to apply until 1 September 2020. Thank you for your understanding.

Admission criteria

Admission to the Bruface Masters requires graduation, either in an Engineering Sciences Bachelor Program issued by a recognized Belgian University, either in a similar study program from a recognized institution (minimum 3 years full-time study or 180 ECTS credits).

Architectural Engineering:

 

  • I have or will soon have a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Sciences of at least three years, or consisting of at least 180 ECTS credits or equivalent (such as 130 US credits or semester contact hours)
  • I have an overall degree above average, which in the US grading means level B+ or a GPA of minimum 3.33 out of 4. For conversion to the US grading system please consult this page.
  • I have obtained a score above average for the mathematics courses, which means a score of minimum 3.2 out of 4, 15 out of 20 or equivalent B+ level.
  • I have obtained a minimum of 30 ECTS or equivalent in architectural design studio or equivalent.
  • I have obtained a minimum of 10 ECTS or equivalent in courses related to the history and theory of architecture.
  • I am or will be able to prove my knowledge of the English language.

Civil Engineering:

 

  • I have or will soon have a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Sciences of at least three years, or consisting of at least 180 ECTS credits or equivalent (such as 130 US credits or semester contact hours)
  • I have an overall degree above average, which in the US grading means level B+ or a GPA of minimum 3.33 out of 4. For conversion to the US grading system please consult this page.
  • I have obtained a score above average for the mathematics courses, which means a score of minimum 3.2 out of 4, 15 out of 20 or equivalent B+ level.
  • I am or will be able to prove my knowledge of the English language.

Electrical Engineering:

  • I have or will soon have a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Sciences of at least three years, or consisting of at least 180 ECTS credits or equivalent (such as 130 US credits or semester contact hours)
  • I have an overall degree above average, which in the US grading means level B or a GPA of minimum 3 out of 4. For conversion to the US grading system please consult this page.
  • I have obtained a score above average for the mathematics courses, which means a score of minimum 3 out of 4, or equivalent B level.
  • I am or will be able to prove my knowledge of the English language.

 

 

Chemical and materials Engineering | Electromechanical Engineering:

  • I have or will soon have a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Sciences of at least three years, or consisting of at least 180 ECTS credits or equivalent (such as 130 US credits or semester contact hours)
  • I have an overall degree above average, which in the US grading means level B or a GPA of minimum 3 out of 4. For conversion to the US grading system please consult this page.
  • I have obtained a score above average for the mathematics courses, which means a score of minimum 3 out of 4,  or equivalent B level.
  • I am or will be able to prove my knowledge of the English language.
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How to prove your English proficiency

1. Having successfully completed one of the following language proficiency tests:

  • TOEIC (695)
  • TOEFL paper (550)- TOEFL computer based (213) - TOEFL internet based (80)
  • IELTS (6.0)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE, grade B)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE, grade C)
  • VEC Online score (74) Approximate VEC level (13).

Certificates and other proof of language tests may not pre-date the first enrolment by more than five years.

or

2. Having successfully completed at least one year of secondary education with English as language of instruction, or having successfully completed secondary school in a Belgian institution;

or

3. Having successfully completed programme units in higher education with a minimum of 54 ECTS-credits where English was the language of instruction.

Who can apply

Anyone can apply, but it is important to check the procedure based on where you're from

EEA Citizens

Formalities in the host country

The right of residence is granted to all students who are EU citizens when they are admitted to study in another member state, as long as they have the necessary resources, are enrolled at an authorised institution where they will follow a programme of study, and are covered by health insurance.

Formalities for obtaining the right of residence

These formalities are necessary only for periods of residence longer than three consecutive months. The right of residence in Belgium is granted if the following three conditions are met:

  • The student must register at the district administration of his or her place of residence in Belgium within 8 days of arrival.
  • The student must provide the pieces of identity which were used to enter Belgium (identity card, passport) and a certificate of registration at the university.
  • The student must prove that he or she has sufficient means of support.

Non-EEA Citizens

Formalities in the country of origin

Students who wish to spend more than three months in Belgium must go to the Belgian Embassy in their country of origin to request a provisional residence permit (PRP) for the length of their stay in Belgium. It takes six to eight weeks to obtain. Without a PRP, which is impossible to obtain in Belgium, you will not be able to register with the register of foreign nationals of the Belgian district where you intend to stay, and therefore will be staying illegally in Belgium and will be subject to deportation. To obtain a PRP, you must provide the embassy with:

  • The certificate issued by the host institution which certifies that you are registered as a regular student (a PRP is limited to the length of your studies and is based on this certificate).
  • The proof that you have sufficient means of support.
  • A medical certificate stating that you do not have a disease which could be a risk to public health.
  • A certificate of good character if you are over the age of 21.

Formalities in the host country

You must meet the same conditions for obtaining the right of residence as those required of students who are citizens of the EU and other eligible countries.

Chinese Citizens

From the academic year 2007-2008 onwards all students from the P.R. China will have to obtain a certificate of academic screening issued by the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) of the German Embassy in Beijing before being allowed to enrol at any higher education institution, language course or other preparatory course.

The APS certificate is also required for obtaining a student visa to Belgium. Students planning to study in Belgium are advised to contact the Academic Evaluation Centre in Beijing. Send an email as soon as possible in order to make the necessary appointments and this before applying for a visa.

Students who are currently enrolled at one of our partner universities are exempted from the admission process. Please contact international.relations@vub.be to inquire whether your university classifies as one of our partners.

Click here to find more information about the APS procedure

Click here to visit the website of APS

What is an EEA- student?

EEA is short for the European Economic Area, which unites the EU Member States and the three EEA EFTA States. Countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, , Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom