External mobility

As part of the Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy, it is possible to spend 12 (6+6) ECTS on mobility. In the Research Master, this mobility component is obligatory.

External mobility can mean following courses at other Belgian universities, but there are many other ways to fulfill the mobility requirement, and students are encouraged to explore their own ideas for such mobility projects as well.  To provide some starting points, this page provides a list for mobility projects that are available to interested students. For general questions, students are invited to contact Prof. S. Lowette and Prof. F. Blekman, who are responsible for the external mobility courses.

To explore opportunities, it will always be useful to contact faculty in the specialisation of your interest, as these options change from year to year.

 

Erasmus

More information on the dedicated Erasmus exchange page here

 

CERN summer school

BA3/MA1 students in all physics specialisations can apply for the very competitive and prestigious CERN Summer Student programme, which offers summer internships in all aspects of particle physics including theory, experiment, computing and astroparticle physics. The paid internships are at least 2 months and maximum 13 weeks over the summer and application is in January. More information can be found on the CERN page.  Please contact Profs. S. Lowette and F. Blekman well in advance if you are interested in persuing this option.

 

Applied physics and photonics:

Before pursuing any of these options, get information from Prof. J. Danckaert.

  • Non-linear dynamics and systems biology: There are a number of outstanding courses offered in this subject at the ULB, one of the leading groups that started non-linear physics (Prigogine).
  • Besides Erasmus changes, there also are possibilities for collaboration or internships at the Univ. des Sciences et Technologies de Lille and the TU Eindhoven.
  • An Erasmus exchange, particularly with the Inst. for cross-disciplinary physics and complex systems research at the Universitat de les Illes Balears in Spain or Chalmers University in Sweden would also be very appropriate.

 

Astronomy/Astrophysics:

More information: Prof. S. Buitink.

  • The International NOVA school is organised annually in the autumn and can be used as mobility when combined with a report/presentation after attending. Interested students need to have an OK from the mobility responsibles to use this option. The school allows interested attendees to follow one of two themes. 
  • There are possibilities to do an internship/stage at the institute for aeronomy in Uccle, on subjects like space weather but other subjects may also be available. More information: Prof. S. Buitink and Prof. N. van Eijndhoven.
  • An Erasmus exchange, particularly with the University of Groningen or the University of Amsterdam, would also be very appropriate.

 

Astro-particle physics:

Before pursuing any of these options, get information from Prof. N. van Eijndhoven.

  • It is possible to apply for a short scientific stay the WIPAC, University of Wisconsin at Madison (USA) to work on the IceCube experiment that can be used for mobility ECTS.
  • Closer to home, it is possible to do a short scientific project at the UGhent on IceCube. The UGhent group studies different astro-particle topics than the VUB. More information: Prof. N. van Eijndhoven
  • An Erasmus exchange, particularly with the University of Groningen, would also be very appropriate. More information: Prof. N. van Eijndhoven and Prof. O. Scholten.

 

Experimental particle physics:

More information: Profs. S. Lowette, J. D’Hondt or F. Blekman.

CERN summer school: The very competitive and prestigious CERN Summer Student programme offers summer internships in all aspects of particle physics including theory, experiment, computing and astroparticle physics. The paid internships are at least 2 months to 13 weeks, over the summer and application is in January. More information can be found on the CERN site.  Please contact Profs. S. Lowette and F. Blekman well in advance if you are interested in this option, which is particularly relevant for those interested in particle physics experiment.

  • Special arrangements are very exceptionally made for outstanding students were not selected for the CERN summer student program, but only for those that have an interest in pursuing a MSc thesis in experimental physics or are planning to do a PhD in this field.
  • There are a number of other international summer schools for masters students interested in particle physics, for example the particle physics summer school at DESY in Hamburg, Germany. More information on the DESY web page
  • An Erasmus exchange, particularly with the University of Amsterdam, Groningen or Strasbourg, would also be very appropriate. More information: Profs. S. Lowette, J. D’Hondt or F. Blekman.

 

Theoretical physics and theoretical particle physics:

Before pursuing any of these options, get information from Profs. B. Craps and/or A. Sevrin. If there is concrete interest, they will be happy to explore the possibility of a theoretical project outside the university.