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We accept and review applications on a rolling basis. We recommend prospective students to apply as soon as possible, as the selection will be closed once the full quota of maximum 40 qualifying candidates is reached.
The IES Selection Committee aims at providing a decision within two weeks from receiving all the application documents and letters of reference duly completed. You will receive the decision both by e-mail and by post.

Admission requirements

Academic requirements

The Master in European Integration is, in the terminology of the Bologna European educational area, a post-graduate “Master after Master” programme. Our courses are not a part of the regular Master degree programmes of the university.

  • A university degree equivalent to a Master’s degree in Social, Economic or Political Sciences, Business, Law and/or Contemporary History consisting of a programme of at least 240 ECTS.
    If your degree is not within these disciplines, relevant work experience in these or related fields may qualify.
  • Excellent academic results for both prior degrees of 70% (2nd class honours upper division, Belgian equivalent; upper 2:1 UK equivalent, 2.8/4 GPA).

Language requirements

The Programme’s language of instruction is English. Non-native English speakers need to provide proof that their knowledge of English meets one of the following four requirements:

  • TOEFL-test [min. score 233 (computer-based) min. score 90 (internet-based) min.score 577 (paper-based)]
  • Academic IELTS: 7.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – CPE
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English – CAE (grade B)
  • ITACE (at the VUB) – C1

Required documents

Please complete and upload the following, so that we can process your application as soon as possible:

  1. The application form. Which can be downloaded here (Word doc) and here (Pdf doc).
  2. A copy of your latest degree obtained
  3. A copy of your academic file, i.e. transcripts of records obtained in the last two years of study
  4. A certificate of proficiency in English (if non-native speaker)
  5. Two reference letters (may also be sent separately to the IES by the referees)
  6. A copy of passport or ID card
  7. A photograph
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.


IES scholarship

In addition to the affordable tuition, the Programme itself offers a limited number of scholarships.

IES Scholarships take the form of partial tuition waivers. The waivers are awarded on the basis of a separate request, submitted as a part of the application for the Programme. The waivers are awarded upon an assessment of merit and demonstrable need.

Other scholarships

Other scholarships may be available from the following sources:

  • Rotary Foundation Fellowships may be available. Candidates should contact the Rotary Foundation within their district.
  • Within the framework of bilateral cultural agreements concluded by Belgium or the Flemish Community, fellowships are offered to students in a number of countries. Interested students should inquire directly with the relevant Ministry in their home country or the Belgian Embassy.
The teaching staff includes specialised academics as well as experienced practitioners from the EU institutions. This, combined with the international student body and the proximity of the EU’s headquarters, makes for a truly enriching study experience.Steven Engels,
Economic Analyist European Commission

Frequently Asked Questions

We accept and review applications on a rolling basis, starting 1 October. We recommend prospective students to apply as soon as possible, as the selection will be closed once the full quota of maximum 40 qualifying candidates is reached

Applicants who need to apply for a visa (non-EHEA* students) are strongly encouraged to send their application before 1 April.

*The European Higher Education Area

We accept four kinds of certificates:

Academic IELST-score : the minimum for applying for our program is 7.0
TOEFL-test [min. score 233 (computer-based) min. score 90 (internet-based) min.score 577 (paper-based)] IELTS: 7
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – CPE
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English – CAE-B

If candidates have their law degree from an English language University in English, they may be exempt from the English test. In this case, we require proof from the university that the courses were taught in English. We also reserve the right to assess the level of language skills separately in unclear cases.

Yes. In that case you will be accepted on the condition that you provide us with your English test certificate and/or your diploma as soon as possible, and at the very latest before the Programme starts. We advice strongly against leaving this to the last minute, however, as there are for example only limited dates when the official language tests are available. As soon as you have obtained your diploma or certificate, please send a certified copy of it to us by email and by regular mail or courier. In addition, send us details of your grades from the previous academic years and mention on the application form the precise date by which you will obtain the degree and/or when you will sit the English test.
If offered a place on the programme, an electronic confirmation letter, including information on the tuition fee payments will be sent to you.

Once we received the first installment, you will receive an official admission letter from the VUB admissions office (

The EuroMaster can be followed on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years) basis. Full-time students have classes daily from 6pm-9pm. Part-time students two to three times a week.
As a Master student, you are expected to attend all classes, visit the VUB library regularly, attend the IES’ own lecture series, and keep in contact with your professors, and in particular your thesis promoter (and co-promoter).
Due to a limited number of rooms on campus, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel cannot provide housing for all international students and scholars. Hence they are advised to find other means of accommodation in Belgium, preferably prior to departure.

The Br(ik organisation aims to create a network of safe, reliable housing. The landlords and the accommodations linked to Br(ik, must meet criteria set by Br(ik and in case of problems between the landlord and the tenant, the Br(ik organisation can intervene.

Prearranged housing is only available for VLIR-UOS scholars who are registered for one or two year master programmes. All other students and scholars are advised to seek transit, short term or long term housing prior to departure. It is recommended that the search for accommodation is started as soon as the letter of acceptance or invitation has been received.

For more information, please:


Upon your registration at INSCHRIJVINGEN (registrations) you will get a VUB student card.
Yes. There are two possibilities:

BRUSSELS EDUCATION CENTER C.V.O – Day and evening language courses: VUB Campus – Pleinlaan 2 – Building D (Room D.1.33)
phone : +32 (0)2/629.39.08
website :


ITO : University Language Institute – Pleinlaan 5 – 3° floor
phone : +32 (0)2/629.26.07
e-mail :

The VUB offers IES students a unique Career’s Advice service. The Career Centre’s Clients include the European Commission. Their services include CV editing, interview preparation and general career advice.

For more information:

tel: +32 (0)26 29 11 88