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    The faculty secretariat will be open during the summer on Thursdays 8/7, 15/7, 19/8 and 23/8 from 9am to 4pm. From 28/8, the faculty secretariat will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


    On this website you can find all important information on course registration, exemptions, exams, internships, the master's thesis and our contact details.

    Classes in second semester

    The second semester will start in "code red". All courses will be organized online at least till the end of February. Keep a close eye on the timetables for all adjustments. Lecturers will continue to communicate on livestreams and recordings on Canvas. For completeness, consult student.vub.be/en/news for all student news and changes at the university.

    If you still have questions about some subjects, do not hesitate to contact the faculty via faclw@vub.ac.be.

    Please be aware that you can also contact your study path counselor in the event of any difficulties during your academic career.

    Guidelines for participation and attendance at physical contact lessons

    Due to the COVID safety measures, only students who are officially registered for a particular course component in Cali (and who are thus also listed on Canvas) can and may attend the physical contact lessons.

    If the total number of registered students exceeds the covid capacity of the classroom, the students will be divided into groups via Canvas. Also via Canvas, the lecturer will determine which group can physically attend class at which time.

    At the start of each contact lesson, the lecturer will record the attendances based on the names of the group that is currently attending the class.

    You can find out all the specific details about each course via canvas.vub.be.

    If you have any questions or remarks about the adjusted way of teaching, we advise you to contact the responsible lecturer directly (on canvas or by e-mail).

    If you have an issue with one of the adjusted ways of teaching, you can report it to the faculty via faclw@vub.ac.be

    All other corona related questions or reports should still be sent to coronavirus@vub.be

    Take care of yourself and in the meantime try keeping your focus on your studies!

    The secretary of the faculty is open on thursday from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. during second semester.

    You can contact us also by mail (faclw@vub.ac.be) or phone.

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    Regulations, forms and internship

    An overview of important regulations and forms can be found here.


    VUB students may attend the following courses at ULB from the Master en Langues et Lettres Modernes programme and the Master en Journalisme programme (max. 1 course). More information: https://www.ulb-vub.be/en/faq-exchanging-courses-and-modules


    Would you like to start an internship outside of an academic course?

    Please send your motivation on the basis of the document 'Motivation application internship outside the  study programme' to the programme director via faclw@vub.ac.be

    After the written agreement of the dean, the internship agreement can be drawn up.

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    Study path

    As a student you can shape your own study path. If you need help, you can always fall back on your learning path counsellor who is there to inform, advise and guide you.

    Enrolment requirements

    In order to be eligible to take a course, you usually have to meet certain enrolment requirements. These requirements can be both pre- and corequisites.

    • A prerequisite is a course of which you have shown that you have mastered the competences attributed to it before being able to enroll for a subsequent course.
    • A corequisite is a course that, if you have not passed it yet, you must enroll for together with a subsequent course.

    MUMA - 1 language

    Enrolment requirements

    MUMA - 2 languages

    Enrolment requirements
    Maximum 66 ECTS-credits per academic year also for combined enrolments

    Combined enrolment

    It is possible to start your master programme if you still need to take some courses of the preparatory programme.

    • You need fewer than 20 ECTS-credits to obtain your preparatory programme:
    • You need 20 ECTS-credits or more to obtain your preparatory programme:
      • When you get permission from the Dean, you can enroll in the subsequent master’s programme or programme units of this master’s programme, in accordance with the relevant rules on sequential order for enrolment
      • You must submit a reasoned request to the Dean. Send this request via e-mail to stbfaclw@vub.ac.be.

    Requesting exceptions

    You can request exceptions for:

    • Exceeding the maximum amount of 66 credits (ECTS) per academic year
    • Overruling the pre- and co-requisites
    • Enrolling outside the registration period or enrolling for courses after the deadlines

    Fill out this form


    Rounding up or down of exam results? Passed with merit, dinstinction, great or greatest distinction?

    More info

    Study progress

    If you cannot demonstrate sufficient study progress, the Examination Board can impose binding conditions concerning your re-enrollment for the same programme.

    More info

    Planning ahead & studying efficiently

    Need help managing all your tasks and improving your study method? Consult your study advisor!

    More info

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    Requesting exemptions

    You can apply  for an exemption based on previously acquired competencies or previously acquired qualifications.

    Apply for exemptions based on previously acquired qualifications

    Composition of your file

    You can use this form to request exemptions within the programmes of the Faculty of Languages and Humanities at the VUB. Always read the question very carefully. Since a large part of this form is processed automatically, it is important that you provide the correct information. The faculty isn't responsible for mistakes made on base of incorrect information. Requests with wrong or missing information will not be processed. Fill in a new form for each course you wish to apply for an exemption.

    Then, you should submit the following documents digitally via Studietraject.lw@vub.be before the deadline (15th of October for the first semester, 15th of February for the second semester). Your application can only be processed after you have submitted these documents.

    ECTS sheet: An ECTS sheet is attached to each course unit that describes the objectives, content, working methods and learning and evaluation activities. You only need to submit this on paper if you could not provide a hyperlink to the ECTS sheet when filling in the form! Please keep in mind that submitting on paper can cause a delay in the procedure. Your application can only be processed after you have submitted the ECTS sheet and also can't be processed digitally.

    If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to Studietraject.lw@vub.be.


    8 October

    Deadline exemption request for course units from the 1st semester and full year course units

    15 February

    Deadline exemption request for course units from the 2nd semester

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    On this page you can find the exam schedules and information on what to do in case of a force majeure event.

    Exam schedules

    Announcement exam schedules

    • first exam sessions (January): at the begin of December
    • first exam sessions (June): at the latest 14 weeks before the start of the exams
    • second exam session (August): at the latest 4 weeks before the start of the exams

    The dates of the exam sessions can be found in the academic calendar.


    Registration Oral Exams 

    Via Canvas will the professor communicate how to register for Oral Exams, via Canvas of Pointcarré.

    Please note that for some courses, you will still be required to register the hour of your oral exam in January via PointCarré. For the courses concerned, you will find a link under ‘Announcements’ in Canvas that will direct you to PointCarré. Please find below the manual for registration.

    How to register for oral exams via Canvas/Pointcarré

    Manual registration


    Beneath you can find the information of the examschedules.

    The examiner shall decide whether a rescheduling is possible

    Force majeure

    If you can't participate in (an) exam(s) due to force majeure (illness, accident, other family reasons, …) you can ask for a rescheduling of (an) exam(s) via this form.

    1. Fill out this form (please include a proof of force majeure)

    2. E-mail the form to the faculty secretariat by the date of the exam.

    3. The original document(s) substantiating the force majeure must be submitted to the faculty secretariat (C.5.403b) within 3 calendar days of the date on which the exam took place.

    The examiner shall decide whether a rescheduling is possible

    Two exams at the same time

    In case you have two exams at the same time, you should take the exam which comes first in the standard study path or the exam of the mandatory programme unit. To request a rescheduling of the other exam within the relevant exam period:

    1. Fill out this form.
    2. E-mail it to the professor and teaching assistant(s) and put faclw@vub.ac.be in copy, within 3 calendar days of the announcement of the exam schedule.
    3. The professor or teaching assistant will inform the faculty secretariat whether a rescheduling is possible.
    4. The faculty secretariat will inform you regarding a possible rescheduling.


    The deliberations for academic year 2020-2021 will take place on the following moments:

    • for students who will graduate in the first semester: 04/02/2021
    • first exam session: 01/07/2021
    • second exam session: 9-10/09/2021


    To request feedback on your exam results, you should send an e-mail to the professor(s) and/or assistant(s) and put faclw@vub.ac.be in copy.

    • to request an inspection of a copy of your exam papers: within 3 calendar days of the announcement of the results.
    • to request a clarification of your exam results: within 5 calendar days of the announcement of the results.

    Exams in times of corona

    Exams in times of corona

    Tips & Tricks

    Make sure you are prepared for your exam from home, by following these guidelines:

    • is really important that you install and test the tools to be used during your online exams beforehand (where necessary)! Also, take part in the test moments and/or mock exams organised by the study programmes, or set up your own test moments with fellow students. That way, you will not be unpleasantly surprised on the day of the exam itself.
    • In the event of technical problems, contact the ICT Helpdesk asap at helpdesk@vub.be.
    • Find a quiet place to take the exam, where you will not be disturbed. Inform your roommates about when your exam will take place.
    • Make sure to go to the toilet first.
    • Lay out all the permitted materials (books, notes, pencil or pen, scrap paper ...). If necessary, have tissues and a glass of water at hand, but other than that, try to create a workspace that is as empty as possible.
    • Take place in front of your computer well ahead of time and wait for the lecturer to invite you/call you for your exam. Also bear in mind that exams before yours may run late and incorporate this in your schedule.
    • Make sure you are clearly visible on the webcam. For example, do not sit directly in front of a window as this will create a shadow over your face.
    • Make sure roommates burden the internet as little as possible (no streaming/downloading), to avoid internet problems during your exam.
    • See also: https://student.vub.be/en/exams-in-times-of-corona#exams-from-home

    What to do when problems occur during an exam?

    Contact the lecturer via his VUB office number and/or email address (see list; note that some lecturers may not have a VUB telephone number).

    In case of no answer, you can contact the student information team (+32 2 629.20.10 or via info@vub.ac.be) and/or the secretary of the Faculty of Languages and Humanities (0+32 2 629.39.05 or faclw@vub.ac.be; between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.).

    If the lecturer or the faculty office is unable to help you, then they may refer you to the Central Helpdesk.  The Central Helpdesk can be reached via Teams (Join Microsoft Teams Meeting) or by telephone (+32 2 629.22.85) every exam day from 1 June onwards between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Please note:  the Central Helpdesk is normally only for lecturers and for urgent problems.  Please do not directly contact this helpdesk yourself until told to do so by your lecturer or by the faculty secretary.

    See also: https://www.vub.be/en/backtocampus#frequently-asked-questions

    Good luck!

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    A test of willpower

    What is more exciting and intimidating than having to write a small book at the end of your studies?

    Before 31 October

    Choosing a thesis topic

    1. Register your master's thesis course unit through the Student SelfService.
    2. Register your master's thesis subject and supervisor through MaThis.

    Submitting your master's thesis

    Submit your master's thesis at the secretariat of the faculty (C.5.403) and at Canvas.

    4th of January 2021 until 3 p.m.

    Deadline first session (first semester). Only possible after you've submitted a request to graduate in January.

    Electronic submission via Canvas

    25th of May 2021 until 3 p.m.

    Deadline first session (second semester)

    Electronic submission via Canvas

    9ht of August 2021 until 3 p.m.

    Deadline second session (second semester)

    Electronic submission via Canvas

    Master's thesis MUMA


    Need help with your thesis?

    Study guidance