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Non-exchange incoming students

Prepare your arrival in Belgium and your studies at ULB. Find all the information that you need below.

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Learning French

The ULB is a French-speaking university. The teaching language is French. Although a growing number of Masters are offered in whole or in part in English, you will still study and live within a French-speaking environment.

  • Exchange students must have a B1/B2 level in French before the beginning of their exchange period, even in we don't require a language certificate.
  • Should you not have a B1 level of French, we recommend you arrive in Brussels at least one month in advance to follow an intensive language training. Students whose level of French will be deemed insufficient by the ULB coordinator could be sent back to their home institution.

If you are willing to improve your level of French, ULB offers free language courses to exchange students:

  • 30 hours module (3 ECTS)
  • 60 hours module (5 ECTS)
ULB also offers courses of French language and literature during the summer holiday.
Cost of living

An estimation of a student's monthly budget in Brussels is around 800 euros/month, half of which will be necessary for housing.

If you do not have a Student grant, you might want to get a Student job. However, please be aware that this not allow you to completely finance your stay, as there are statutory limitations on the number of hours students might work.

  • If you are an EU citizen, registration with the municipal authority and your ULB Student card is all that is needed to take on a Student job.
  • Non-EU citizens need to apply for a work permit.

The advisers at InfOR-Études can answer any question you might have about studies, student life, ULB services, the University’s study programmes, job prospects in each field, etc., at any time, all year long.

Not sure what to study? Want to transfer to a different programme, or need help choosing the right master? Our team of advisers will provide information and guidance throughout your academic career.

ESN ULB Brussels

ESN ULB Brussels is one of the 19 Belgian sections that are part of the international and European network that is the Erasmus Student Network. Their mission is to welcome, support and represent international students at the ULB by proposing activities related to various causes supported by ESN, such as environment, education, social inclusion, well-being and sport and culture.

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Study in Belgium

Study in Belgium is at the service of international students who wish to carry out a higher education or research stay in French-speaking Belgium, the site lists, in French and English, all the degree study programmes (bachelor's and master's degrees) as well as the offer of certified continuing education (certificates, MBA) from the universities, colleges and higher schools of arts of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

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time TIME matches volunteers and organisations for ULB Engagée. We work together with ULB Engagée through a local volunteer matcher and the 360° volunteer manager. Let's go for a positive impact together!

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Didier Viviers réélu Secrétaire perpétuel de l'Académie royale de Belgique

November 8, 2022

Didier Viviers, ancien recteur de l'ULB, a été réélu ce samedi 5 novembre Secrétaire perpétuel de l'Académie royale des sciences, des lettres et des beaux-arts de Belgique pour un second mandat de cinq ans qui prendra cours le 1er janvier 2023.