An international university

The Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is a multicultural university with almost one third of its students and researchers from abroad. ULB turns “international” into a daily reality, the setting for life and work on campus, just like Brussels itself, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.


Development Cooperation

Cooperative activities are a full part of ULB’s internationalisation. In recent years they have represented one of the academic authorities’ priorities.

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This inter-cultural approach started with Africa in the middle of the 20th century, and today involves every continent. The University has 20% Europeans and 10% from the rest of the world in its student body.

Promoted by the various European mobility programmes, cooperation with both industrialised and emerging countries, which always existed in research, is now undergoing a true boom. Beyond the many student exchanges (Erasmus in Europe, bilateral agreements elsewhere in the world), ULB is setting up an increasing number of truly integrated courses with international partners, going as far as jointly granting Masters and Doctoral degrees. Some of these courses have been awarded the prestigious Erasmus Mundus label.

This highly dynamic policy of openness to Europe and the world is reflected in a large number of partnerships, agreements and cooperative programmes with some of the best universities in the world. Strategic partnerships link us with the universities of Waseda, Cambridge, Oxford, Paris IV - UMPC, Berkeley, Montreal, Ouaga 1 Pr. Joseph Ki-Zerbo and with Lubumbashi.

Key numbers

of international PHD students
nationalities among students
+/- 310
partners worldwide
of international students