Vrije Universiteit Brussel logo
  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 1.04k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 3.09k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    This course has as general aim to form competent engineers who can contribute to our society, on all levels and in different fields of application.

    General competences at an advanced level

    • A broad scientific and profound practical knowledge of technology, with attention to the social, moral, juridical, economical and environmental aspects of their activities.
    • The students are ready for an international career with English as working language.
    • They are prepared to take responsibilities, can withstand stress, can act individually but can also function in a group.
    • They are intellectually mobile and curious, they can act upon necessary evolutions, they are prepared for life-long learning, especially in their own field of specialization.

    Scientific knowledge in their own field

    The course aims at forming engineers adapted to the actual needs of our society. They have also a broad overview of the impact of electronics and informatics on industry, on economics and on the world-wide trade and commerce.
    Because the students were already involved in an actual research project during their master thesis work, they have already some experience in conducting research, and can consequently contribute to technological and/or scientific innovations.

    They have a profound and active knowledge of the theory and applications of electronics and information technology, starting from the component up to the system level. This is because the students have learned, during their studies, to specify, design and evaluate individual components as well as complex systems.

    Moreover, they have acquired during their studies:

    • a profound knowledge of electronic circuits and systems knowledge of tele-communications and computer-controlled systems
    • basic knowledge of information theory, treatment of signals and images, multimedia and photonics
    • a profound knowledge of modeling, system-identification, electric and electronic measurements and industrial control
    • some basic knowledge of economics and management informatics and software engineering

    The students have to specialize in one of the above mentioned topics by choosing a coherent package of optional course units. Moreover, they have also the possibility to broaden their view by choosing free optional course units.

    With their master thesis they have shown to be able to solve autonomously a specific scientific-technical problem.

    General competences at an advanced level

    • The students are ready for an international career with English as working language.
    • They are prepared to take responsibilties, can withstand stress, can act individually but can also function in a group.
    • They are intellectually mobile and curious, they can act upon necessary evolutions, they are prepared for life-long learning, especially in their own field of specialization.

    Scientific knowledge in their own field

    • The students have already some experience in conducting research and can consequently contribute to technological and/or scientific innovations.
    • They have a profound and active knowledge of the theory and applications of electronics and information technology.

    Programme

    The students have to specialize in one of the above mentioned topics by choosing a coherent package of optional course units:

    • Measuring, Modeling and Simulating
      gives a profound knowledge of modeling, system-identification, electric and electronic measurements and industrial control
    • Multimedia
      gives a profound knowledge of information theory for the treatment of signals and images for multimedia applications
    • Telecom
      gives a profound knowledge of electronic circuits and systems knowledge of telecommunications and computer-controlled systems
    • Informatics
      gives a profound knowledge of information and computer theory
    • Photonics
      gives a basic knowledge of photonics for multimedia and telecom applications

    Moreover, the students also have the possibility to broaden their view by choosing free optional course units.


    Program requirements

    All students coming from outside the EEA, who wish to register to study in English at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.Exemptions :Students who have succesfully completed at least one year of secondary education with English as the language of tuition.Students with a primary education certificate with English as the language of tuition.Students who have been awarded at least 15 credits in higher education with English as the language of tuition.Students who have completed secondary education (ASO) in BelgiumStudents who have passed one of following specific English language tests: TOEFL (min. 550 paper-based, 213 computerbased, 80 internet-based), IELTS (min. academic module 6.5), Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (Grade B) of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (Grade C) or TOEIC (min. 860). English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80

    Scholarships granted by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

    The Vrije Universiteit Brussel awards yearly a number of scholarships for advanced studies at Master or Advanced Master level. These programmes are characterized by the integration of education and research and a Master's thesis. They cover at least one year of study and depending on the field of study some programmes may take 2 years.

    Yearly one or more specific programmes will be considered for Scholarships of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The Bureau for Development Cooperation selects these programmes every year following an internal "Call for Interest" to all programme directors of a Master or Master after Master programme. This selection is submitted for endorsement to the Research Council.

    Scholarships for International Course Programmes (ICP)

    The Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) offers yearly scholarships to students from developing countries to follow International Courses. These courses are master courses, lasting two academic years, all of which lead to a master’s degree. The ICP’s focus on specific problems of developing countries. International Courses are:

    • Master in Human Ecology
    • Master of Science in Molecular Biology
    • Master of Science in Ecological Marine Management
    • Master of Science in Physical Land Resources
    • Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering

    Outstanding graduates can subsequently apply for a 4 year grant from the Flemish Interuniversity Council to obtain a PhD-degree.

    Scholarships for International Training Programmes (ITP)

    International Training Programmes are short-term training programmes whose main focus is transferring skills rather than knowledge. The programme is designed for people from developing countries with a certain degree of professional experience. A possibility for cooperation and networking is created during these 3 months of training.

    The Vrije Universiteit Brussel offers a training programme in Scientific and Technological Information Management in Universities and Libraries

    Scholarships of the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC)

    BTC is the Belgian development cooperation agency that supports developing countries in their fight against poverty. Each year BTC grants some 1.000 scholarships in Belgium across diverse fields of training, including Master programmes to students from its priority countries.

    Erasmus Mundus Master scholarships

    The Erasmus Mundus programme is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education which promotes the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning around the world. It supports European top-quality Masters Courses and provides EU-funded scholarships for third country (non-EU) nationals participating in these Masters Courses.

    The Vrije Universiteit Brussel participates in the following Erasmus Mundus Master programmes: (click on a link for detailed information).

    • Master of Science in Photonics
    • M.A. Degree in Economics of International Trade and European Integration

    Student Jobs

    During the academic year, international students are entitled to work maximum 20 hours per week. They can work on a full time basis only during the summer holidays period (July-September).

    The money earned from student jobs should be considered as a supplementary source of income, not as main financial means for living in Belgium.

    The Job Service can help international students to find a student job. Nevertheless, students should be aware that they might face the following difficulties during their job search:

    • non-European students are required to have a category C work permit.
    • employers in Brussels very often need bilingual French/Dutch workers or explained at the Job Service or at the International Relations and Mobility Office.

    Job Service Campus Etterbeek - Entrance 6
    Open from Monday till Friday 13.30 - 17.00 or on appointment
    Tel. +32 (0) 2 629 23 16
    E-mail: job@vub.ac.be

    Important remarks

    Students who apply for a scholarship will receive a conditional letter of acceptance. This admission letter is valid only if the scholarship is awarded. Students coming for a short period are advised to bring either cash money or an international credit card. Most banks refuse customers who are here for less than 6 months. Even when you have the necessary means, problems can still arise, such as:

    • foreign cheques that cannot be cashed in Belgium
    • delayed or blocked bank transfers from abroad
    • loss of money due to devaluation
    • sponsors not paying allowances
    • insufficient scholarships money
    • loss of scholarship.

    Remember to save the money for your return flight ticket at the end of your studies.

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