Université libre de Bruxelles Brussels, Belgium

buildings and busy main square of Brussels

Founded in 1834, the Universite libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is located in the city center and provides the perfect mix of study and leisure. Students studying at ULB will join an international community, where nearly one-third of enrolled students come from outside Belgium. ULB's commitment to research and its central location close to the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, among other multinational organizations and NGOs, provide AU graduate students opportunities to engage with students and practitioners from around the world. 

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester
September - January
Spring Semester
January - June


Students will enroll as full-time students for one semester alongside ULB graduate students, and earn up to 9 credits toward their graduate degree from AU. Most courses at ULB are worth 5 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits (2 ECTS = 1 AU credit). Subject areas include:

  • European Studies
  • International Economics
  • International Relations
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Political Science
  • Security

Language Requirement

Students can select courses in English or French. Students will also have the opportunity to take a French language course for no additional cost while enrolled at ULB.

Those who do not have French proficiency must enroll in courses taught in English and complete all coursework in English. 

Students wishing to enroll in courses taught in French must prove intermediate to upper-intermediate proficiency prior to the start of classes. These students can also enroll in an intensive language course one month prior to the start of the semester.

Application Deadlines

Not currently accepting applications

Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee.

You will be notified by email with a decision regarding your nomination for study abroad.

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Suggested Program Match

This program is compatible with Global Governance, Politics, and Security; International Peace and Conflict Resolution; and International Development.

Students must take 60% of their Brussels coursework in the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences. The remaining courses can be selected from other schools.

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