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ULB-Université libre de Bruxelles

Country: Belgium

City: Brussels

WWW: www.ulb.ac.be

Type of school: Public Universities

 

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Welcome to the Université libre de Bruxelles!

BRUSSELS, A CITY ON HUMAN SCALE

 

In the heart of Europe, just 1h20 by train from Paris, 1h30 from Amsterdam, and 1h50 from London and Cologne, the city of Brussels offers all the advantages of a capital city and the quality of life of a large and lively town.

 

Located in the city centre, the University campuses and surrounding areas are extremely attractive, providing just the right mix between study and leisure. >> More on Brussels

 

MULTICULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL

 

As a multicultural university with one third of students and researchers from abroad, international relations is a daily reality for the Université libre de Bruxelles, just like the city of Brussels itself, one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities.

 

Its outward-looking position with regard to Europe and the world has resulted in a number of agreements, collaborations and special partnerships being set up with some of the world's top universities. >> More on International

 

GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH

 

Four scientific Nobel Prizes, one Fields Medal, three Wolf Prizes and two Marie Curie Prizes are further evidence of the University's longstanding tradition of excellence.
The Université libre de Bruxelles is an active member of the Research Area and is involved in almost 130 projects financed by the 7th European Framework Programmes. Over the past few years, it has obtained 7 starting Grants from the European Research Area (ERC) to finance research in Medicine, Economics, Mathematics, Sociology, or Political Science, as well as 2 Advanced Grant in Artificial Intelligence and Physics. In addition, the University's Institute for European Studies is recognized as a “Jean Monnet European research centre” for its work on European integration. >> More on Research

 

HIGH TEACHING STANDARDS

 

The Université libre de Bruxelles has 13 faculties, schools and specialized institutes that cover all the disciplines, closely combining academic input and research. It offers almost 40 undergraduate programmes and 235 graduate programmes. It also partners 20 Doctoral schools, with almost 1,600 PhD in progress.
One of the University's main aims is to give its students a solid foundation in critical thinking as well as a taste for research, while at the same time catering to the needs of new publics. >> More on Education

 

A FOCUS ON LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY

 

As a French-speaking university, most of the courses at the Université libre de Bruxelles are delivered in French. However, a growing number of Master degrees are partly or entirely delivered in English.
The University offers a wide range of French courses, prior to and during the academic year, to help its international students improve their language skills.

 

A COMMITTED UNIVERSITY

 

The Université libre de Bruxelles has developed a large spectrum of student support initiatives: e.g., financial and psychological support, guidance, French classes, etc.
Since its foundation in 1834, the Université libre de Bruxelles has been closely involved in the ongoing debate on critical thinking and freedom. This has included outspoken opposition to dictatorships and other nationalist abuses, the promotion of equal opportunities and a raft of other social issues. Based on the principle of free enquiry that postulates independent reasoning and the rejection of all dogma, the University has retained its original ideals as a free institution that is firmly engaged in the defence of democratic and human values. >> More on ULB's commitment

High teaching standards

 

The Université libre de Bruxelles has 13 faculties, schools and specialized institutes that cover all the disciplines, closely combining academic input and research. It offers almost 40 undergraduate programmes and 235 graduate programmes. It also partners 20 Doctoral schools, with almost 1,600 PhD in progress.

 

Some of our Master programmes focus on transdisciplinarity, whilst others place more emphasis on international relations through European Masters degrees, or on multilingualism. We have also been working in close collaboration with the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Brussels Flemish-speaking university) for a number of years.

 

In the field of health, in addition to the Erasme teaching hospital, the University works closely with an extensive network of hospitals around Belgium.

 

One of the University's main aims is to give its students a solid foundation in critical thinking as well as a taste for research, while at the same time catering to the needs of new publics.

 

Executive education programmes and courses with specially adapted hours for working professionals are offered alongside more traditional programmes and courses involving cutting-edge research.

 

Humanism, individual responsibility...

 

"The Université libre de Bruxelles bases its teaching and research on the principle of free inquiry. This postulates, in all domains, independence of judgement and the rejection of an authority-based conception of knowledge." (1st article of the statutes of ULB).

 

One specific feature of ULB's teaching is to offer students their personal freedom while also providing them with the necessary support. It is up to the students themselves to take advantage of the opportunities and the numerous forms of support which are available to them : the University is thus a school of responsibility.

 

... and innovation

 

The most striking innovations have been introduced at postgraduate level. These programmes, some of which are taught during the evening and on weekends, are aimed in particular at working adults, and are based either on newly emerging social and economic needs (euromarketing, corporate governance, etc), or on advanced research (aesthetics and the philosophy of art, the philosophy of science, bioinformatics, etc). New and innovatory courses of this nature build themselves on ULB's long-standing tradition of ULB while developing it further in new directions.

 

 

The academic programme

 

In line with the European harmonisation of higher education, degree courses in the French-speaking part of Belgium are organised around the three cycle system:

 

The initial training consists of:

  • First cycle studies: these are general studies lasting 3 years (180 ECTS) and lead to a Bachelor (or BA) degree.
  • Second cycle studies: these are more specialised studies lasting 1 or 2 years (60/120 ECTS) depending on the desired scope; they lead to a Master (or MA) degree. Second cycle veterinary studies take 3 years (180 ECTS) and medical studies 4 years (240 ECTS). Please check our list of Masters fully or partly taught in English
  • Following initial training and with at least 300 credits, complementary studies lasting at least 1 year (Master after master or MAM) are offered in certain disciplines. The objective for participating students is to gain a specialised professional qualification.
  • Third cycle studies are doctorate programmes with study work related to writing a doctoral thesis (PhD).

 

Study in English at the ULB - Étudiez en anglais à l'ULB

MASTER PROGRAMMES 2015/2016 - entirely or partially taught in English

A committed University

 

The Université libre de Bruxelles is determined to give everyone the chance to continue their higher education studies and has developed a range of student support initiatives: e.g., financial and psychological support, guidance, French classes, etc.

 

The University also provides off-campus academic support. One notable example is a support programme for underachieving secondary school pupils (Schola) which was awarded the UNESCO Comenius prize.

 

Since its foundation in 1834, the Université libre de Bruxelles has been closely involved in the ongoing debate on critical thinking and freedom. This has included outspoken opposition to dictatorships and other nationalist abuses, the promotion of equal opportunities and a raft of other social issues.

 

After founding one of the first NGOs (CEMUBAC), the University has continued to play an active role in development aid and international cooperation.

 

European and international, welcoming and independent, committed and dynamic, the Université libre de Bruxelles can also count on its vast global alumni network (UAE), the University's best ambassadors.

 

Based on the principle of free enquiry that postulates independent reasoning and the rejection of all dogma, the University has retained its original ideals as a free institution that is firmly engaged in the defence of democratic and human values.

 

Freedom of inquiry and participation

 

The Université libre de Bruxelles bases its teaching and research on the principle of free inquiry and has always given its students the possibility of playing an active and participatory role in University life and in the evaluation of the teaching they receive. Indeed the principle of free inquiry, which is founded on independent judgement and a rejection of an authority-based view of knowledge, is enshrined in the University's statutes.

 

As a result, ULB is one of the few Belgian, or even European universities where students are represented on all decision-making bodies. In the same spirit, a systematic teacher assessment procedure has been in operation for over twenty years, and is based on students' own assessment of their teachers' pedagogical abilities.

 

Brussels is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. It is officially bilingual (French and Dutch), although it boasts an astonishing variety of cultures, styles and nationalities.

Being the capital of an expanding Europe, Brussels is an international city like no other. 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. These same differences and contrasts can be found in architectural Brussels' various styles, where you will find Gothic cathedrals and churches next to beautiful art nouveau and art deco houses.

 

Brussels is a historical centre. Whether you want to unravel the mysteries of Brussels by exploring the Atomium, symbol of the 1958 Brussels world fair, or by checking out the different outfits of the world famous Manneken Pis, discovering Brussels will yield many surprises. Brussels is also a centre for the arts. Feel like delving into its rich cultural heritage? A wide variety of museums, theatres, and concert halls will see to your every need. Grab a movie at Kinepolis, one of the largest in Europe with 24 cinema theaters and a giant IMAX movie screen. Catch a glimpse of the Eiffel tower, the Brandenburg Gate, and other miniature sized major European monuments at MINI EUROPE. Or relive the adventures of Belgium's comic book heroes like Tintin and his dog Snowy at the Comic Book Museum.

 

Brussels is also a delight for your taste buds. Chocolate, delicious local cuisine, the smell of hot waffles on a cold winter's day, bars and pubs that never close. you'll find it all. Belgium boasts an incredible diversity of beers, many of them flavoured with herbs, spices and fruits.

 

 

Interesting Places

  • Grand' Place - the central market square of Brussels
  • Manneken Pis - not very impressive but quite funny statue of a pissing boy
  • Atomium - an enormous steel construction representing an iron atom with 9 spheres connected by corridors
  • Mini-Europe - a permanent outdoor exhibition of small scale
  • Museum of Comic Strips in a beautiful Art Nouveau building
  • The Museum of Art and History
  • European Parliament
  • Costume and Lace Museum
  • Brussels City Museum
  • Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate

More informations about enrolment check here

Contact details

Address: Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50

1050 Bruxelles

Country: Belgium

Phone: +32 (0)2 650 21 11

E-mail: admissions@ulb.ac.be

WWW: www.ulb.ac.be

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