Free University Brussels

Bruxelles
Belgium

Language of instruction

English
French

The Université Libre de Bruxelles (Free University Brussels or ULB) bases its teaching and research on the principles of free enquiry and critical thinking. It is ranked among the Top 200 universities worldwide.

Brussels is in the heart of Europe, just 1.5 hours by train from Paris and Amsterdam. The long tradition of hospitality and exchange in Europe's greenest capital means visitors can enjoy a broad mix of world food and music, while culture vultures can choose from a host of museums and shows.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Term February–June
Semester 2 Autumn Term September–January

View the ULB academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits per semester at ULB is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

GPA
You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at ULB.

Study Options
You must choose one admission faculty and take the majority of courses (60%) within the chosen faculty.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.  

Find courses

Search the ULB course catalogue for undergraduate (mostly in French) and postgraduate courses (both English and French).

School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM) course list (3rd year undergraduate students are allowed to take Masters level courses)

French langauge courses

Ensure you search for the correct level of courses - see "Additional Academic Information" below for more detail.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
French
Postgraduate
Advertising
Aerospace engineering
Anthropology
Biotechnology
Business information systems
Chemical engineering
Civil engineering
Computer engineering
Computer science
Economics
Finance
French
Geotechnical engineering
Human resources
Information technology
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
International relations
Marketing
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Peace and conflict studies
Political science
Public policy
Software engineering

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Accommodation

Through university residences and private partners, ULB offers students a variety of living options both on- and off-campus.

Cost of living

ULB recommends budgeting approximately €900 per month to live in Brussels. Practical information about life in Belgium can be found in ULB's guide for exchange students.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the Belgian Embassy and Consulates for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)