Frequently Asked Questions

Academic requirements

  • 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

If candidates have their prior Masters 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.

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

For the academic year 2018-19, all students pay €900 Annual Registration Fee + €60 per Study Point/ECTS. This means that fulltime students pay €4,500 for an academic year (60 Study Points/ECTS). Parttime students pay €2,700 per academic year. These tuition fees are applicable to both EU and non-EU students.
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.

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 advise strongly against leaving this to the last minute, however, as there are for example only limited dates when the official language tests are organised. As soon as you have obtained your diploma or certificate, please send a certified copy of it to us by e-mail. In addition, please 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