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Social Sciences - BSc

Full program details & costs, with admission requirements. Discover your dream program.

Program facts

  • Program type
    Bachelor's
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Tuition fees per year
    1,450 EUR
  • Language taught in
    English
  • Start date
    September

Program Overview

What Vrije Universiteit Brussel says about their program:
"Complex societies require complex thinking. In a world of rapid changes and shifting boundaries there is a growing need for minds that are capable of switching perspective and thinking outside of narrow academic boxes. That is why the VUB and Ghent University have joined forces to create an innovative model of interdisciplinary and interuniversity education: the Bachelor in Social Sciences (BScSS). Located in the heart of Europe and boasting a student body of seventy different nationalities, the BScSS provides a uniquely diverse learning environment that helps students to tackle the global problems of the future."

Admissions requirements

We will guide you through the application procedure; please see the details below.

TOEFL 79 / IELTS 6.5 / CAE grade B / CPE grade C

  • Diploma of secondary or higher education where English was the language of instruction
  • Completed at least one school year of secondary education where English was the language of instruction
  • Completed program units in higher education with at least 54 ECTS credits where language of instruction was English

Bachelor's programs

When you apply for a Bachelor program you need to have a secondary school credential that grants you access to a Bachelor degree in your home country. Some credentials obtained in the EEA are deemed equivalent to a Flemish degree of secondary education and grant direct access (if you also have a proof of language proficiency) to our Bachelor programs. You can find the list here:

List of equivalent secondary school certificates.

These are the general requirements. Each program can have specific requirements when screening your application file.

Master's and advanced master's programs

When you apply for a master program you need to have a bachelor degree (or equivalent). Each program has its own specific requirements. After you submit your application, we will verify your degree and transcripts in order to determine whether you are eligible for the program of your choice. You can consult the respective program pages for particular pre-requirements.

These are the general requirements. Each program can have specific requirements when screening your application file.

  • Fall Semester (September) - deadline April 1 (non EEA students) / September 1 (EEA students)

  • EEA students should apply as early as possible

Fees and funding

Tuition fees are subsidized by the government, meaning that for most of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) programs are kept as low as €922/year.

The Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) participates in several scholarship programs which offer grants at different levels of study, from bachelor's to Academic staff, and in various regions, for long and short stays.

  • Erasmus Mundus Scholarships 4CITIES

  • Master Mind

  • Erasmus+ KA1 - incoming

  • PRONABEC

  • China Scholarship Council

  • ICP Master

  • OAS (Organization of American States - VUB program)

  • VUB Scholarships for European Master of Science in Photonics

Visa requirements for Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Many international students will require a visa to study in Belgium, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.