Welcome to ULB !

You are coming to ULB, whether as a staff member, student, doctoral student or researcher?

Find all the practical information before and during your arrival.

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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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Non-EU citizens should contact the Belgian consulate of their home country, to check with the relevant services if they need a visa to come to Belgium and the procedures to be followed.


Unfortunately, we don't have any room in students hall to allocate to exchange students during this academic year. Students, therefore, have to look for a room in the private sector.

  • Once we have received details about you from your university, you will be provided by e-mail with the useful hints about how to find and rent a room in our city.
  • Please also check the website of ULB's Accommodation Office ("Office du Logement).
  • Can't find any suitable accommodation from abroad? We advise you to first book into a youth hostel. This will give you time to look for suitable accommodation upon your arrival in Brussels.
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 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 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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International Students News

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Retour sur la visite du recteur de l’Université de Lubumbashi (UNILU), à l'ULB

December 15, 2021

Gilbert Fitula Kishiba, recteur de l’Université de Lubumbashi (UNILU), s’est rendu en mission officielle à l’ULB le mercredi 8 décembre dernier.

L'ULB et l'UCLouvain lancent un fonds de solidarité pour des chercheur·es afghan·nes en danger

December 2, 2021

L’Université libre de Bruxelles et l’Université catholique de Louvain ont créé un fonds de solidarité grâce auquel elles entendent soutenir des chercheur·es afghan·nes qui ne peuvent plus mener leur activité en Afghanistan.

Journées CIVIS 2021: Rêver le campus de demain

November 4, 2021

Les Journées CIVIS, c'est l'événement annuel de CIVIS où étudiants, personnel universitaire, société civile, innovateurs, décideurs politiques et représentants locaux de toute l'Europe se réunissent pour se rencontrer, discuter et faire équipe afin de trouver des solutions innovantes aux grands défis sociétaux d'aujourd’hui et de demain.

Découvrez le projet BAS: Beyond Apparent Stereotypes

October 26, 2021

Le projet BAS souhaite aller au-delà des représentations culturelles générales et fournir aux étudiants un aperçu plus approfondi des caractéristiques culturelles, telles que le mode de vie, le patrimoine culturel et les habitudes sociales et en comprendre les raisons sous-jacentes. Entretien avec Dimitri Georgios Karaiskos et Anya Diekmann (ULB).

Deux doctorats honoris causa pour Benoît Frydman

October 15, 2021

Benoît Frydman du Centre Perelman a reçu deux doctorats honoris causa. Ses recherches portent sur le droit global. De l’Internet à l’environnement en passant par la finance, de nouvelles normes concernent chacun·e d’entre nous.

Quatre ONG universitaires associées pour la coopération

October 14, 2021

Depuis plusieurs années, quatre universités francophones (ULB, UCLouvain, ULg, et UNamur) ont mis en place leur propre ONG pour assurer le développement de leur coopération internationale, au-delà et en complément des activités de coopération universitaire menées par la Commission de la coopération au développement de l’ARES.

REAMOOC : un réseau africain pour l’innovation pédagogique

October 14, 2021

Les MOOC (Massive Online Open Courses) représentent une innovation porteuse qui, intégrés dans une stratégie institutionnelle, peuvent contribuer à une réponse, au moins partielle, aux plus importants problèmes de l’enseignement supérieur africain : la massification, l’accès et la qualité des apprentissages des étudiants. C’est pourquoi, il y a quatre ans, le projet REAMOOC, cocoordonné par l’ULB et l’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie et co-financé par l’Union européenne, était lancé.