The ULB is a multicultural, French speaking university. Even though some courses are taught partially or entirely in English, the teaching language and student environment remain primarily french. Studying at the ULB provides a fantastic opportunity to get to know French in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Europe’s capital.

The ULB aims to improve the language skills of its international students and offers a wide range of French courses during the academic year and before it starts.

French as a foreign language (FFL)

In order to help its international students develop their knowledge of French, the University offers a wide range of French courses, both before regular classes start and during the academic year. These classes are available to non French-speaking students, whether they enrol directly at the ULB or are here as part of an Erasmus exchange programme, so they can improve their language skills whilst studying for their degree.

Contact & information

02 650 20 12 | 20 08

The Language Plan

The Language Plan is a unique opportunity by which ULB can help its bachelor students learn Dutch and English, which are part of the bachelor programmes. In order for all students to be able to keep up with courses in foreign languages, F9 Languages in Brussels offers free beginner classes, remedial classes, and language development classes, starting at the beginning of the 1st year of the bachelor programme in English, Dutch, and French as a foreign language.

Contact & information

F9 Languages in Brussels
Avenue Louise 120, 1050 Bruxelles
Phone: 02/627 52 52

Conversation groups

The CIDLV (interfaculty centre for language learning) runs conversation groups in English, Italian, Spanish, French, and Dutch, following a simple principle: one day, one language, one hour. Open to all members to the university community, these groups are completely free. No registration is required, you can simply show up at the scheduled time in front of the room (note that a maximum of12 students can participate). Conversations are hosted by a native speaker, and topics are picked based on the participants’ interests. In order to take full advantage of these conversation groups, students should have reached at least the A2 level as defined by the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for languages).

Contact & information

02 650 20 12 | 20 08

Tandem language learning

This learning method consists in mutually developing foreign language skills, by pairing up with a student whose native language you wish to learn. In return, you will help your partner learn your own native language. How is this setup? You schedule 15 two-hour sessions with your partner, and produce a few written papers. An assistant will support you and keep track of your progress.

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Updated on January 11, 2022