There are three main universities in Brussels, each of which offers extensive opportunity for foreign students to spend a semester or two - perhaps an entire degree program - in the Belgian capital.
Translated from French as the Free University of Brussels, the ULB is a hub for international students. Over 30% of the university’s 24,000-strong attendance list are internationals, and a similar share of the staff as well. It has 3 separate university sites where classes are held, depending on your particular faculty. You can choose to study Philosophy or Social Sciences, Translation, Economics, Architecture and much more. A full programme list is available - it’s in French, but Google can translate it for you si tu n’as pas déjà appris le français.
If you need any evidence of the academic rigour of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, just look at the four Nobel prizes allocated to its staff. It’s a quality university, in one of Europe’s leading capital cities - what’s not to like?
PS - classes are available in English, though you’d do well to check in advance as the usual teaching language is French!
While the Université Libre de Bruxelles is a French-speaking university in the bilingual Belgian capital, Vrije Universiteit is the Dutch one. It is one of Europe’s highest-ranking universities and is extremely welcoming to international students. Despite being a medium-sized university (14,500 students) it offers a staggering range of courses, from American Studies, to Chinese Business Law and Civil Engineering.
Its 3 campuses are all within the city area, and can are found in Etterbeek, Jette and Anderlecht.
Much smaller than its two rivals ULB and VU, the Université Saint-Louis is a specialist institution with a focus on the entire spectrum of social and humanitarian sciences. They have the courses taught in English (the normal teaching language is French) and of course, if you are from a partner university and have a good grasp of French already, their regular faculty and course list is also available.
There’s even a location and site map provided by the university to help you avoid getting lost, though it’s pretty simple as everything is located in Brussels itself.
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Whichever university you’ve chosen to attend, student associations could become an integral part of your stay. These are student-led organizations which aim to provide opportunities for cultural development, meeting fellow students and having fun exploring a new city. You should ask your university about any student associations and where to find them, as well as checking out Europe-wide initiatives like the Erasmus Student Network.