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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 one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. 31% of its population is of foreign origin, and this makes for a unique atmosphere in which cultures interact easily with one another. 
English is rapidly becoming 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!

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. It has seven faculties, several institutes and hospitals, as well as industrial and experimental centers in Brussels and Wallonia. ULB is involved on every continent in many international research and development programmes.

In its recent history, ULB has won several awards, of which four Nobel Prizes, a Fields Medal, the International Wolf Prize in Physics, two Marie Curie Awards and 22 Francqui Prizes.

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