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The heart of Europe

Studying in Brussels

Bruface, a joint initiative between VUB and ULB in the heart of europe

Brussel / Bruxelles / Brussels

Brussels is the second most cosmopolitan cities in the world. More than a third of its population is of foreign nationality, and this makes for a unique atmosphere in which cultures interact easily with one another. English also became rapidly an important language in Brussels because of the numerous international political organizations. Language is not a barrier in the capital of Europe.

Not only is it the capital of Belgium, Brussels symbolically represents the beating heart of Europe. It is the city with the second largest number of international organizations and corporations in the world (New York being number one).

Neighbouring cities like Amsterdam, Köln, London, Paris and Luxembourg are only a few hours away by train, and therefore easy to visit

And last but not least, Brussels is the largest student city in Belgium, hosting over 100.000 students each year, of which many international! Discover what Brussels has on offer for you!


Learn more about Brussels with this interesting MOOC!

The Brussels Studies Institute (BSI) is pleased to present the first Massive Open Online Course entirely dedicated to Brussels. Called "BrOOC" for Brussels Open Online Course, this course aims at deconstructing preconceived ideas about Brussels in order to make you discover this city-region under its multiple historical, geographical, sociological, political, administrative or urbanistic facets. More information

How do international students experience Brussels?

ULB and VUB are celebrating their birthday

The founder of VUB and ULB speaks out

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a dynamic and modern university with two parkland campuses in Brussels. 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 and internationally recognised in many disciplines of fundamental and applied research.

The relationship between VUB and ULB is one of long standing. In 1935, some courses were taught in Dutch at ULB, at the time Dutch was not recognised as an official language yet. It was not until 1969 that the Dutch-speaking university VUB split with its French-speaking counterpart ULB to found its own faculties, offering courses in Dutch.

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Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

The Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) was founded in 1834. ULB makes it a point of honour to offer a high-quality education to all its students and strives to equip them with critical thinking skills and an interest in research. ULB’s faculties, schools and institutes offer programmes at Bachelor, Master and PhD level in all disciplines.

Four scientific Nobel Prizes, one Fields Medal, three Wolf Prizes are evidence of the University's longstanding tradition of excellence in research. ULB is actively involved in the European Research Area, and is committed to the resolution of the challenges facing society and to the socio-economic development of its environment. Research forms a continuum, from fundamental research to applied research and innovation guided by industrial and social needs. 

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