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

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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, for more information: https://www.ulb.be/fr/se-former/cours-de-francais-langue-etrangere
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, part of the Erasmus Student Network aims to welcome, integrate and support the Erasmus and international students at the ULB.

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Express ULB Express Erasmus ULB is the largest international student association in Brussels specialised in welcoming, helping and organizing big activities & events for exchange students in Brussels.

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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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