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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

ULB has online resources to help get more out of your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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

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

Find courses

Search the ULB course catalogue for undergraduate (mostly in French) and postgraduate courses (both English and French) if they do not appear in the database.

School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM) course list

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. 

Study areas taught in English

Aerospace engineering
Business information systems
Chemical engineering
Civil and structural engineering
Computer engineering
Computer science
Geotechnical engineering
Human resources
Information technology
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
International relations
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Peace and conflict studies
Political science
Public policy
Software engineering

Course restrictions

Exchange students will be attached to one particular faculty at Free University Brussels, but are allowed to study up to 40% of their full time study load outside of that Faculty.

Additional academic information

ULB has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Levels of courses are not identified by the course code. Prerequisites identified in the course profile might indicate if the course is an intermediate or a high-level course.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


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.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program 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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.