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    Welcome to the Student Refugee Programme

    In response to the migratory influx in Belgium which reached a peak in 2015, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), set up the Student Refugee Programme for students looking to continue or start their academic studies after being forced to flee their home country. With the start of the new academic year in September 2020, the programme will be revamped, to provide better support to those refugee students studying at VUB, and those who want to apply.

    VUB wants to further facilitate access to higher education for refugee students by providing them with the necessary guidance and support before and during their studies.

    Refugee student programme

    The Student Refugee Programme is designed to welcome refugee students with very diverse backgrounds who were admitted by VUB’s faculties, and still need additional support. The additional services the students will receive include:

    • Info sessions on VUB services: admission, E-tools, the education System, financial support, exams and regulations
    • Workshops on study skills
    • Monitoring sessions to follow up on their progress
    • Cultural orientation sessions in collaboration with the Agentschap voor Integratie en Inburgering-Bon Brussel, the agency dealing with integration in Brussels.

    This will be on top of the administrative support already provided to all refugee students, ranging from a first contact with prospective students to give general information and guidance, to guidance throughout the admission process, to maintaining an open-door policy to provide advice and support where and when needed throughout the students’ study progress.

    The uniqueness of the student refugee programme lies in the principles behind it: the individual follow-up of students, taking into account the complexity of their situation, with diversity and openness at its core. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 104 refugee students applied and 36 enrolled. Most of them come from Syria, Palestine, Turkey and Iraq, and study in English-taught Master programmes, especially in Social Sciences & Solvay Business School, but also in Engineering and Languages and Humanities.

    Interested? Contact our team from Monday - Thurday between 9 AM and 5 PM

    1. Applications

    Students who have not obtained a Flemish degree need to submit an application online and get permission to study at the VUB.


    • Recognised refugees with a Belgian residence permit have the same deadline as EEA-students
    • Asylum seekers have the deadline of EEA- or NON-EEA-students, depending on their nationality.

    Refugee Student Programme

    Apply to study at the VUB

    2. Enrolment

    Once you have permission to study at the VUB, you can enrol.

    Students in the Refugee Student Programme

    Follow steps 2 and 3 in the manual for new VUB students to enrol.

    3. Administration after enrolment

    Once you have enrolled, you will receive your student card and registration certificate. You will also need to pay the tuition fee.

    Tuition fee payment

    Student Refugee Programme

    Most refugees are eligible for a Scholarship from the Flemish Community, for which you should apply online (information and application only available in Dutch). If you are eligible for this scholarship, you only pay the reduced tuition fee. If you need help or advice, you can contact social legal & financial support.

    Asylum Seekers are considered international students - check the tuition fees here.

    Registration certificate & student card

    You need a registration certificate in order to buy an annual season ticket for public transport at the student rate.

    More info

    Tuition fee payment

    When and how will I receive my tuition fee invoice?

    More info

    Calculation tuition fee

    Calculation of your tuition fee and overviews of tuition fees

    More info

    Would you like to continue your degree programme?


    Online tools

    Studying is becoming increasingly digitalised. Accordingly, you will have to use the following online tools during your studies at VUB.

    E-mail, learning platform, timetable app, ...

    Discover our e-tools and portals


    You can consult the timetables by study programme (e.g. first year of the Master's Programme in Management) or by individual course (e.g. 'Corporate Finance and Investment Analysis'). InCampus students need to consult both their InCampus timetable and the timetable(s) of the course(s) they are taking. You can also use My Timetable, which is an app that enables students to create a personal timetable.

    By degree programme


    By individual course


    Create your personal timetable

    My Timetable app

    InCampus programme


    Books, courses and study spaces on campus

    All information on where to buy books and where to find a quiet space to study.

    Online or on campus

    Books and courses

    A quiet space on campus

    Study spaces

    Language courses

    In addition to the English and Dutch language courses offered in the Welcome Refugee Student Programme, you can take other academic or non-academic language courses at VUB.

    Academic language courses

    Academic Language Centre at the VUB


    Non-academic language courses

    In addition to ACTO, you can also take language courses at various centres for Adult Education (CVO) at the university campuses


    Information, counselling, and training

    Workshops or personal guidance

    Study Guidance

    Support at VUB

    You can rely on several assistance and (study) advice services at the VUB.


    Contact the coordinators of the Student Refugee Programme:

    • Email: refugee@vub.ac.be
    • Call: +32/2/614.82.05 (Monday - Thurday between 9 AM and 5 PM)

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    Student Information

    For all programme-related questions

    Coordinators for the Student Refugee Programme

    Information, training, and counselling to help you during your studies

    Study guidance

    Psychological support and counselling for refugee students

    Contact the programme coordinators

    Career coaching

    More info

    Looking for a student job?

    Student jobs

    Daycare centres at VUB


    VUB Services & Assistance at the VUB

    Help & advice

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