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    Our study regulations

    Students at the VUB have the right to multiple course evaluations, but we also expect certain results during the academic year.

    The information on this page summarizes the teaching and examination regulations of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Faculties can have additions to these central regulations. You can find them in the supplementary faculty teaching and examination regulations.

    Study efficiency

    We expect our students to complete a certain percentage of credits per academic year.

    Do you have binding conditions for Academic year 2020-2021? You'll receive an email from Study Guidance with an invite to a Q&A session or individual appointment. It's important to take part in one of these activities.

    You always have two examination attempts per academic year

    What level of study efficiency should I obtain?

    This depends on the academic year and on whether or not you were subjected to binding conditions. The level of study efficiency is calculated separately for each of your programmes (bachelor programme, master programme, preparatory programme).

    Academic year 2020-2021

    In the academic year 2020-2021 the study progress regulations from the teaching and examination regulations 2020-2021 apply. According to these regulations, you have to complete at least 60% of the credits you registered for.

    Binding conditions from the academic year 2019-2020

    If you have binding conditions from the previous academic year, the study progress regulations from the teaching and examination regulations 2019-2020 apply. According to these regulations you have to complete at least 75% of the credits you registered for + pass the courses you did not yet pass, but for which you have already registered twice in the past (so the courses you've been enrolled in for the third time or more). You must register these courses in the academic year in which you have binding conditions. 

    Examples

    Example 1: you are registered for 60 credits

    In academic year 2019-2020 you have to complete at least 36 credits.

    With binding conditions from 2018-2019 you must complete 45 credits. You must also register the courses for which you have already been registered twice and pass these courses.

    Example 2: you are registered for 40 credits in a preparatory programme and for 12 credits in a master programme

    In academic year 2019-2020 you have to complete at least 24 credits of the preparatory programme and at least 8 credits of the master programme.

    With binding conditions from 2018-2019 for both of these programmes, you must complete at least 30 credits of the preparatory programme, and at least 9 credits of the master programme. You must also register for the courses (of both programmes) for which you already have been registered twice and pass these courses.

    Example 3: you are registered for 26 credits of the preparatory programme and 30 credits of the master programme

    In academic year 2019-2020 you have to complete at least 16 credits of the preparatory programme and at least 18 of the master programme.

    With binding conditions for the preparatory programme from 2018-2019 you must complete at least 20 credits of the preparatory programme. You must also register for the courses for which you have already been enrolled twice and pass these courses.

    There are no binding conditions for the master programme. You must complete at least 18 credits.

    Extra study progress regulations for some faculties

    If you’re in your first bachelor of a program within the Faculty of Engineering or the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, there are extra rules. You can consult this with your learning path counselors:

    My study efficiency is too low

    In case you do not meet these regulations, the examiners will impose binding conditions upon you at the end of the academic year with regards to your re-enrolment in the same programme. You'll receive an email from Study Guidance with an invite to a Q&A session or individual appointment. It's important to take part in one of these initiatives.

    If you have binding conditions, you must complete at least 75% of the credits you registered for + register and pass the courses for which you have already been registered twice

    Binding conditions

    Situation 1: you didn't complete any credits in an academic year

    Your re-enrolment in the same study programme will be refused.

    Situation 2: you didn't complete 60% of the creditsyou registered for, but you passed at least one course

    When you re-enroll in the same study programme, you must complete at least 75% of the credits you registered for + register and pass the courses for which you have already been registered twice.

    Situation 3: you have binding conditions and you cannot meet them

    If you can't meet the binding conditions, your re-enrolment for the same study programme at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will be refused. In this case, you won't be able to finish the programme.

    Extra study progress regulations for some faculties

    If you’re in your first bachelor of a program within the Faculty of Engineering or the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, there are extra rules. You can consult this with your learning path counselors:

    Exceptional circumstances

    Does your study efficiency not meet the expectation due to exceptional circumstances? In that case you can submit a substantiated file to the chairman of the Examination Board by email to your faculty secretariat. The substantiated file has to contain at least a factual description of the exceptional circumstances, together with supporting documents, if possible. You can use this template.

    The file must be submitted to your faculty secretariat:

    • up to and including the 16th of August, if the circumstances occured before the start of the second examination period
    • the latest 5 calendar days before the date of the deliberation of the second examination period, if the circumstances occured during the second examination period

    When the Examination Board has convened, you will find the proclamation code on your transcript of records. The proclamation code on your transcript of records is the only official result.

    You can find the deliberation date of your faculty at the bottom of this page.

    Mistakes

    You have to report material mistakes within 10 calendar days to the Dean of the faculty. Consult the teaching and examination regulations 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 for more information.

    Lodge an appeal

    It is possible to lodge an appeal against a study progress decision. More information >>>

    Deliberation dates per faculty

    It's important to know when your faculty's deliberation takes place, to check what your deadline is to request exceptional circumstances. These are the deliberation dates for 2020-2021:

    • Faculty Psychology and Educational Sciences: 9/9
    • Faculty Social Sciences & Solvay Business School: 9/9
    • Faculty Engineering: 9/9
    • Faculty Science and Bio-engineering Sciences: 8/9
    • Faculty Medicine and Pharmacy: Biomedical Research: 8/9
    • Faculty Medicine and Pharmacy: Gerontological Sciences: 9/9

    Group sessions

    Are you enrolled for the first time in a bachelor or preparatory programme and did you not obtain at least 60% of the registered credits of your first semester courses after the exams in January? In that case you will receive an invitation to participate in one of the sessions organized at the beginning of February.

    Further information will follow in January 2022.

    CONTACT

    If you have questions regarding your educational needs, your study path or methods, you can contact the related parties below.

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