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    Financial support

    International students are generally self-supporting or supported by a scholarship. Financial support is generally limited to Belgian nationals, although there are some exceptions.

    Financial support by Flemish Community or VUB

    In general, only Belgian students can apply for a scholarship from the Flemish community or financial support from Social legal & financial support

    However, some EEA-students can be entitled if they have been living in Belgium for at least five years or if they (or their parents) have been working in Belgium at least one year. Non-EEA-students can be entitled if they have a permanent residence in Belgium.

    Conditions for financial assistance

    The special financial support by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel itself is subject to conditions. The following general conditions apply:

    • the student meets one of the nationality requirements established by the Department of study grants of the Flemish Community; 
    • the student is enrolled under a diploma contract (students with a credit or exam contract are not eligible);
    • the student is enrolled at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel;
    • the student is enrolled in an initial study programme: a bachelor, a master, a bridging or preparatory programme;
    • the student demonstrates a financial need, related to his or her study expenses;
    • the student comes by in person to discuss the financial situation.

    Need help?

    Are you in need of administrative, financial or social guidance prior or during your stay at the VUB? The International Relations Office is committed to facilitating your integration both at the VUB and in Brussels. 


    Lodging an appeal

    If you do not agree with a decision of Social legal & financial support regarding financial support, you can lodge an appeal.

    Find a scholarship

    The VUB participates in many scholarship programmes offering grants to all levels of study (from Bachelor – Academic Staff), in various regions, both for short and longer stays. Explore personalised possibilities 

    Special housing procedure

    In certain circumstances, a VUB room can be necessary to successfully complete your studies. Especially medical and physical limitations or social or psychological reasons are considered.


    Students can be given priority to receive a VUB dorm room through a special procedure. This is only possible when a VUB room is essential for being able to successfully begin or complete the studies. Proof must be given that not having a VUB room will make your studies impossible.

    Especially medical and physical limitations or social or psychological reasons can be considered. Financial arguments are not considered in this procedure: students in financial need can call upon other support.

    How to apply

    To apply for the special procedure you need to go to Social legal & financial support in person and bring along the application form and documents that prove your particular situation. Depending on your situation, you will be referred to the Medical Department, CAW Brussels or an employee of Study Guidance for external advice.

    When to apply?

    Before the 1st of May

    After this date you can only submit an application if:

    • the situation you are in is due to an incident that occurred after 1 May   
    • the situation you are in requires a VUB room to be able to begin or continue your studies.

    You can contact Social legal & financial support for more information about the applications.


    In these current times we get more requests for support. It can take up to 10 days to get back to you.


    Are you in need of financial support? Social legal & financial support offers you a range of support facilities. All your questions will be treated confidentially and your specific situation will be taken into account.

    Social legal & financial support

    +32 2 629 23 15

    Availability via telephone
    Tuesday - Friday from 9AM - 12PM

    Appointment via MS Teams

    Campus in Etterbeek

    Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus

    Building X1
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    Opening hours
    Only on appointment

    Campus in Jette

    Brussels Health Campus

    Room A.114
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    It's also possible to deposit your documents in a mailbox, just in front of the exit of the medical library.