Vrije Universiteit Brussel

country rank  6
world rank  588

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University Overview

Established in 1970, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels) is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Brussels (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants). Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Vlaams Ministerie van Onderwijs en Vorming, België (Flemish Ministry of Education and Training, Belgium), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is a large (EduListing enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the EduListing degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 50 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 20-30% making this Belgian higher education organization a very selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Name Free University of Brussels
Acronym VUB
Founded 1970 Origins date back to 1834. Established from a split of Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), that existed since 1834, into a Dutch speaking (VUB) university and French speaking (ULB) University.
Motto Scientia Vincere Tenebras
Conquering darkness through science
Colours Blue, orange and white

University Location

Address Pleinlaan 2
Brussels (population range: 1,000,000-5,000,000)
1050 Brussels
T +32 (2) 629 2111
F +32

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
1,000-2,500 US$
(750-1,800 Euro)
1,000-2,500 US$
(750-1,800 Euro)
2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)
2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate 20-30%
Admission Office Pleinlaan 9
Brussels 1050

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 15,000-19,999
Academic Staff 2,000-2,499
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Vrije Universiteit Brussel's Library
Housing Yes
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Not reported


Institutional Accreditation

Vlaams Ministerie van Onderwijs en Vorming, België

Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie NVAO

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA)

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Site last updated: Monday, 18 May 2020