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    Apply as a working student

    The student administration for working students differs from that of regular students. What is important to know?

    Apply as a working student

    All practical information on how to enrol can be found on the 'how to enrol' webpage. 

    Our tips for your online application:

    1. On the page 'program selection' under 'working and studying' you indicate whether or not you want to follow evening classes. You also need to indicate whether or not you will combine your studies with your job.

    2. When you choose 'evening or weekend classes' in the application at 'program selection', you will only be able to choose from programmes that are being taught in the evening or weekend.

    3. By choosing 'evening or weekend classes' and indicating what is applicable to you at 'proof of employment/recipient of social security benefit, I solemnly swear' you directly request the statute of evening/working student.

    4. In case you want to follow day classes, select 'day' and choose 'not applicable' at 'work situation'.

    5. If during the course of the academic year you decide to follow evening classes, you should use the form 'enrolment Working and studying'.

    Re-enrol

    As an evening/working student you will have the possibility to modify your work situation before re-enrolling via the Student SelfService. 

    E.g. If during the year you go from 4/5th employment to 1/3rd employment, you will be able to modify that in your Student SelfService.

    Facilities for working students

    The government offers measures to make the combination of work and study feasible and affordable. Most famous are the paid educational leave, the time credit leave system, and the training vouchers.

    Depending on your status, there are a number of opportunities that can help you.

    Paid educational leave
    and time credit


    Private sector

    Training leave
    and career break


    Public sector

    Studying with
    unemployment benefits


    Job seekers

    Timetables and Exam schedules

    Classes for working students take place on weekday evenings and on Saturday. Here's where you can find your course and exam schedules.

    Where and when are my classes?

    You can find your timetables on the timetables & exam schedules page. There are also faculty-specific timetables on each faculty's page.

    Some programmes combine courses from different faculties. If you can't find a course on a faculty's page, you can search by the course's name.

    It is recommended to check your timetables daily. In exceptional circumstances, professors may change classrooms or cancel courses up to a day before the original schedule.

    Reading the timetable

    Timetables for working students are displayed between 5 PM and 10 PM on weekdays. Course units that are taught on Saturday will often be held during the day, so remember to check the timetables from 8 AM to 6 PM on Saturdays.

    Last but not least, pay attention to the weeks in which the classes will be held. You can find the numbering of the weeks in the academic year calendar.

    For example, you can see how the course to the left skips a week, then two. It only takes place on week 23, from week 25 to 28 (including week 25 and 28) and from week 31 to 33.

    Faculties with dedicated timetables

    Some faculties mark which timetables are only for working students:

    • the faculty of Economic and Social Sciences and Solvay Business School uses the Dutch term 'Avondonderwijs (avond- en werkstudenten)'
    • the faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences uses 'Evening Classes' and/or the Dutch term 'Begeleidingsprogramma (werkstudenten)'
    • the faculty of Law and Criminology uses the Dutch term 'Begeleidingsprogramma (werkstudenten)'

    On the timetables of the aforementioned faculties you might find the abbreviation 'BP' (Begeleidingsprogramma, working students guidance programme) to signal that the programme is for working students.

    Exam schedules

    You can find out when and where your exams take place on the timetables & exam schedules page. There are also faculty-specific schedules on each faculty's page.

    According to article 106 of the 2016-2017 Teaching and Examination regulations, exam schedules must be posted:

    • at least 14 weeks in advance for the first examination period (January + June)
    • at least 4 weeks in advance for the second exam period (August)

    You can find out which weeks are part of the examination period in the academic year calendar.

    Browse all the courses and exams of the semester

    Timetables and Exam schedules

    Administration for working students

    As a working student, there are several forms (attendance list, form 'enrolment working and studying') you may need for your administration. You can download them from our collection of forms.

    Commonly used documents

    1. Attendance List Working Students

    • If you request Paid Educational Leave or Training Leave, you need to keep a separate attendance list for each course unit.

    2. Form for Enrolment Working and studying

    • Did you switch to evening classes or request Paid Educational Leave or Training Leave in the course of the academic year? Then fill out this form and hand it in at the Education and Student Administration.

    Evening hours on the campus

    VUB hosts all kinds of services dedicated to working students. Here’s what you can find open during the evening.

    Service Description
    FacultiesFaculty forms and regulations/ opening hours faculty secretariat
    Timetables and exam schedulesCourse and exam planning
    Learning path counselorsPlanning your academic path
    Education and Student AdministrationAdministrative formalities for working students,
    certificate of attendance, training vouchers
    Social Service for StudentsStudy financing, socio-legal status of working students
    Study GuidanceStudy and exam skills, anxiety, individual guidance
    Certain workshops take place in the evening
    LibraryDatabases, printed or electronic journals, books, newspapers
    Course book shopCourse books and other study material
    Regularly has extended opening hours
    ICT-HelpdeskWebNotes, NetID password, Wifi
    Service Now Website
    Group practice general medicineDoctor, dentist
    PhysiotherapySpine rehabilitation, sports therapy, osteopathy, ergonomic advice
    Sports departmentFitness, swimming, sports lessons, Basic-fit
    VUB Career CenterAdvice on resume and cover letter, job interview training, job negotiation

    Help and advice

    Dedicating your time to both work and education can be complicated. Every employee has different schedules and needs. Don't hesitate to contact us for help.

    Finances and social status


    For everything you need to know about the status of working student, financing your education and your rights to study while you work.

    More information

    The following VUB-services and practical information will assist you in your career as a working student:

    Facilities and financial support


    Social Services

    Registration and the formalities on paid educational leave and training leave


    Forms

    Options for working students and academic planning


    Learning path counselors

    General questions about studying at the VUB


    Student Information Hub