The Free University of Brussels (Université libre de Bruxelles or ULB) has been committed to critical thinking and freedom since its foundation in 1834 shortly after Belgian independence when it was established to be ‘free’ from the State and the Church.
The language dispute between Flemish and French that swept through Belgium in the 1960s and 70s caused a split of ULB into two distinct universities in 1970: the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université libre de Bruxelles, which in English means there are two universities with the same name. Despite the split, some facilities are still shared and in those cases the name “Brussels Free Universities (BFU)” is used.
ULB has three campuses in and around Brussels, 24,000 students of whom nearly a third are international, and offers numerous programs across 13 faculties, schools and specialized institutes. The University's Institute for European Studies is recognized as a 'Jean Monnet European Research Centre' for its work on European integration.
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From Brussels, you can take a train to Paris in 80 minutes, Amsterdam in 90 minutes and London or Cologne in one hour and 50 minutes. Brussels is a very multicultural and cosmopolitan city, and as the official seat of the European Union is home to all the major European institutions.
Most Arts programs at ULB are taught in French, but the Master of Political Science is taught in English. Nearly half of the masters subjects in the Solvay School of Management are also taught in English.
Faculty of Arts
Note that Arts students apply through ULB's central exchange office.
The exchange agreement is with the Faculty of Philosphy and Letters and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Politics.
The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the partner institution. Moreover, names for fields of study may be different overseas.
A discipline being listed does not in any way indicate the suitability of the program, nor does it indicate that the discipline is taught in English.
Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisors at Melbourne and subject to available places at the host institution.
Arts applications for ULB are due in the December round regardless of whether you wish to study there in semester two or semester one (or both), since that faculty has only one application round per year. For Arts the official exchange agreement is with the ULB Faculty of Philosophy and Letters and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Politics. Applications for exchange to ULB from the Faculty of Business and Economics may be lodged in either semester.
While the agreement with the Free University of Brussels is officially for students in Arts and Business there may be some capacity for students in other disciplines to participate. Similarly, although the agreement is officially for postgraduate students, it may be possible for interested undergraduate students to study there for a semester or longer on exchange. Speak to Melbourne Global Mobility for more information.