Université libre de Bruxelles - ULB


Welcome to the Université libre de Bruxelles!


In the heart of Europe, just 1h20 by train from Paris, 1h30 from Amsterdam, and 1h50 from London and Cologne, Brussels offers all the advantages of a capital city and the quality of life of a large and lively town.

Brussels is home to all the major European institutions. It is the official seat of the EU and many other political and economic decision-making entities, and boasts a growing number of businesses, organisations and international experts.

The long tradition of hospitality and exchange in Europe's greenest capital means visitors and residents alike can enjoy a broad mix of world food and music, while culture vultures can choose from a host of museums and shows.

Located in the heart of the city, the Université libre de Bruxelles or ULB also offers many cultural, festive and sports activities. The university campuses and surrounding areas are extremely attractive, providing just the right mix between study and leisure.


As a multicultural university with one third of students and researchers from abroad, international relations is a daily reality for the Université libre de Bruxelles, just like the city of Brussels itself, one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities.

Collaboration with universities from around the world has been stepped up in both education and research, thanks in large part to the various European mobility programmes. In addition to student mobility programmes, the University offers diverse integrated programmes with foreign partners, including joint Master and doctoral degrees. Several of these programmes have received the prestigious Erasmus Mundus accreditation.

Its outward-looking position with regard to Europe and the world has resulted in a number of agreements, collaborations and special partnerships being set up with some of the world's top universities.

With many years of experience on the international stage, the University launched UNICA, a network of 45 leading European universities that encompasses over a million students. It is also a founding member of the International Forum of Public Universities (IFPU).

The institution's internationalisation is anchored by the following:

  • Cross-border cooperation with the Nord-Pas-de-Calais (Lille) region of France
  • A policy of preferred partners to build joint, long-term, activities with about ten institutions (notably Oxford, Paris VI, Berkeley, Montreal, UBC in Vancouver, Fudan in Shanghai)
  • Several specialised institutions and centres including the Institut d'études européennes (Jean Monnet research pole), the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, the School for Public Health, the Centre for Canadian Studies, Czech Studies, etc.
  • A transatlantic dialogue and opening to emerging countries

Over the years, and despite limited resources, ULB has been able to sustain its level of excellence and meet its public and social responsibilities.

The University believes that it can help in the creation of a more just and democratic world by contributing a relationship of trust, a critical dimension and the impartiality required in a globalised world.


Four scientific Nobel Prizes, one Fields Medal, three Wolf Prizes and two Marie Curie Prizes are further evidence of the University's longstanding tradition of excellence.
The Université libre de Bruxelles is an active member of the Research Area and is involved in almost 130 projects financed by the 7th European Framework Programmes. Over the past few years, it has obtained 7 starting Grants from the European Research Area (ERC) to finance research in Medicine, Economics, Mathematics, Sociology, or Political Science, as well as 2 Advanced Grant in Artificial Intelligence and Physics. In addition, the University's Institute for European Studies is recognized as a “Jean Monnet European research centre” for its work on European integration.


The Université libre de Bruxelles has 13 faculties, schools and specialized institutes that cover all the disciplines, closely combining academic input and research. It offers almost 40 undergraduate programmes and 235 graduate programmes. It also partners 20 Doctoral schools, with almost 1,600 PhD in progress.

Some of our Master programmes focus on transdisciplinarity, whilst others place more emphasis on international relations through European Masters degrees, or on multilingualism. We have also been working in close collaboration with the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Brussels Flemish-speaking university) for a number of years.

In the field of health, in addition to the Erasme teaching hospital, the University works closely with an extensive network of hospitals around Belgium.

One of the University's main aims is to give its students a solid foundation in critical thinking as well as a taste for research, while at the same time catering to the needs of new publics.

Executive education programmes and courses with specially adapted hours for working professionals are offered alongside more traditional programmes and courses involving cutting-edge research.

Humanism, individual responsibility...

"The Université libre de Bruxelles bases its teaching and research on the principle of free inquiry. This postulates, in all domains, independence of judgement and the rejection of an authority-based conception of knowledge." (1st article of the statutes of ULB).

One specific feature of ULB's teaching is to offer students their personal freedom while also providing them with the necessary support. It is up to the students themselves to take advantage of the opportunities and the numerous forms of support which are available to them : the University is thus a school of responsibility.

... and innovation

The most striking innovations have been introduced at postgraduate level. These programmes, some of which are taught during the evening and on weekends, are aimed in particular at working adults, and are based either on newly emerging social and economic needs (euromarketing, corporate governance, etc), or on advanced research (aesthetics and the philosophy of art, the philosophy of science, bioinformatics, etc). New and innovatory courses of this nature build themselves on ULB's long-standing tradition of ULB while developing it further in new directions.


As a French-speaking university, most of the courses at the Université libre de Bruxelles are delivered in French. However, a growing number of Master degrees are partly or entirely delivered in English.
The University offers a wide range of French courses, prior to and during the academic year, to help its international students improve their language skills.


The Université libre de Bruxelles is determined to give everyone the chance to continue their higher education studies and has developed a range of student support initiatives: e.g., financial and psychological support, guidance, French classes, etc.

The University also provides off-campus academic support. One notable example is a support programme for underachieving secondary school pupils (Schola) which was awarded the UNESCO Comenius prize.

Since its foundation in 1834, the Université libre de Bruxelles has been closely involved in the ongoing debate on critical thinking and freedom. This has included outspoken opposition to dictatorships and other nationalist abuses, the promotion of equal opportunities and a raft of other social issues.

After founding one of the first NGOs (CEMUBAC), the University has continued to play an active role in development aid and international cooperation.

European and international, welcoming and independent, committed and dynamic, the Université libre de Bruxelles can also count on its vast global alumni network (UAE), the University's best ambassadors.

Based on the principle of free enquiry that postulates independent reasoning and the rejection of all dogma, the University has retained its original ideals as a free institution that is firmly engaged in the defence of democratic and human values.

Freedom of inquiry and participation

The Université libre de Bruxelles bases its teaching and research on the principle of free inquiry and has always given its students the possibility of playing an active and participatory role in University life and in the evaluation of the teaching they receive. Indeed the principle of free inquiry, which is founded on independent judgement and a rejection of an authority-based view of knowledge, is enshrined in the University's statutes.

As a result, ULB is one of the few Belgian, or even European universities where students are represented on all decision-making bodies. In the same spirit, a systematic teacher assessment procedure has been in operation for over twenty years, and is based on students' own assessment of their teachers' pedagogical abilities.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French

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LL.M. in International Business Law

Campus Full time 9 months October 2016 Belgium Brussels

The LL.M. is designed for students who wish to take full advantage of the extraordinary range of opportunities offered in Brussels, the capital of Europe. [+]

The LL.M. is a full-time program which runs from October to June. The courses are divided into two semesters, with exams held in January and June. The students are also entitled to a second session of exams held in late August – beginning of September. The LL.M. candidates who successfully complete the program are awarded a Certificate of LL.M. in International Business Law from the Université libre de Bruxelles (University of Brussels, ULB), which is recognized by the competent Belgian Academic Authorities (Communauté française) within the framework of the program of continuous education. The LL.M. is designed for students who wish to take full advantage of the extraordinary range of opportunities offered in Brussels, the capital of Europe. The program includes visits to the institutions of the European Union (European Commission, Council and Parliament) which are headquartered in Brussels. The LL.M. is part of the program offering of the University of Brussels (Université libre de Bruxelles, or “ULB”), one of the leading universities in Europe, with 25.000 students, 32% of which come from outside of Belgium. The LL.M. courses are taught on the Solbosch Campus, which is the main and largest campus of the university, situated in the Brussels-Capital Region. The campus is located in the vicinity of the European Institutions. ULB offers extraordinary extra-curriculum and co-curricular activities, including lectures, workshops, internships, career events and social activities. Some of these activities are integrated with our academic program. The LL.M. is open to students from across the globe who hold a primary degree in law or who have gained experience in law at graduate level. General structure The program includes 8 core LL.M. courses, 2 optional courses, and a LL.M. thesis. The LL.M. is structured on the European credit system. Each course (compulsory and elective) enables the students to earn 5 credits, for a total of 50 credits. The remaining 10 credits are earned with the Master’s thesis. The 8 Core LL.M. Courses are reserved for the LL.M. students. They provide the primary teaching load, covering the main areas of international business law. The students will benefit from a small class size, close relations with the ULB teaching staff and group camaraderie amongst the LL.M. students. The 2 Optional Courses may be selected from any of the courses that are taught in the law faculty of ULB. Either in English or in French, including courses from the Institute of European Studies. The LL.M. students can capitalize on the truly remarkable curricular and methodological diversity offered at ULB. The LL.M. Thesis involves the preparation of a written work on a topic of international business law of the student’s own choosing, under the one-to-one supervision of a member of the teaching staff. Core LL.M. Courses International Company Law & Corporate Governance International Commercial Transactions International and European Competition Law International Regulatory and Tax Law International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement International Litigation and Arbitration International Banking and Finance Law International Intellectual Property and Electronic Commerce Optional Courses The students must choose at least two additional courses of 5 credits each (or one course of at least 10 credits) amongst the courses that are offered from among the Master’s program of the Faculty of Law of ULB. [include link to the list of courses of the MA] The list of courses is very rich and includes various courses that are taught in English: Law, Finance and Economics (Prof. Marco Becht) Free Movement of Goods (Prof. Peter Oliver) European Private and Comparative Law (Prof. Erik Van den Haute) Economics and the Law of the WTO (Prof. Petros Mavroidis and André Sapir) Interest groups and lobbies in the European Union (Prof. Pascaline Winand) Global Governance (Prof. Luk Van Langenhove) The European Union and developing countries (Prof. Nicolas Schrijver) Scholarship We offer one scholarship per year which involves a waiver of the fees. The scholarship is aimed at widening access to the program for a deserving student with excellent academic credentials. The application for the scholarship must be received by 1 June 2016. Conditions of Admission Primary Degree: The LL.M. is open to students who hold (i) a primary law degree or (ii) a primary degree at University level in another subject with professional or other experience in law. Proof of English Proficiency : The candidates must establish English proficiency in one of the following ways: (i) TOEFL test with a score of minimum 90, (ii) IELTS test with an overall score of minimum 6.5, (iii) primary degree in English, (iv) other written evidence of English proficiency (subject to acceptance by the admission officer). [-]



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