Info for exchange students

Who can come to Vrije Universiteit Brussel as an exchange student?

To come to Vrije Universiteit Brussel as an exchange student, your home university must have a formal agreement for exchange studies with us.  This usually is a department-specific agreement. An inter-institutional agreement is not required when applying for exchange for traineeships.

Check with the International Office at your university (either the central office or at your faculty/department) to see if there is an agreement with the corresponding department at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and if you are eligible to go on an exchange. 

For a full list of bilateral agreements from the Faculty of Science and Bio-engineering sciences for the academic year 2015-2016, click here.

For more information on student life at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, go to

How to be nominated for an exchange period at Vrije Universiteit Brussel?

You apply for an exchange at your home university, either through your central International Office or through an international coordinator at your department or faculty. Your university has its own procedures that you must follow.
Your home university will be able to inform you about the nomination process for their students to go on an exchange and their specific requirements. They can also inform you about coming for one semester (half year) or two semesters (one year) of study or internship.

It is important that you have sufficient proficiency in English. Please check with your home university regarding the required levels to be nominated for an exchange to Vrije Universiteit Brussel, as per the agreement in place between the two universities.

For more information about programmes, courses, scholarships etc., click here.

Living in Brussels and Belgium

Brussels is the capital of Europe, but it wasn't always. Actually, Victor Hugo was amongst the first pro-Europeans who redeemed Brussels' geographical location ideal to be the capital of Europe.

You will encounter a strange mix of skyscrapers and small curving streets, of bourgeois and bohémien, of oui and non. It will get you lost, but it does so with everyone.

Brussels gives you what you expect from a real city: high buildings, busy traffic, an underground art scene, eccentric old ladies dressed in drag, bars on every corner, and a lot of love from the locals. Brussels is officially a bilingual city, which means that everywhere you go you'll see signs in French and in Dutch (and very often in English too). However, you'll find that most people in Brussels are native French speakers rather than Dutch speakers.

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