What is BSSE?

For students in Engineering and Bio-Engineering, internships in a company are the best way to apprehend the professional world while valuing their education and discovering new fields.

For many years, the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole interfacultaire de Bioingénieurs are encouraging their students to go on internships during their studies. Nevertheless only a few dare go abroad – often for financial reasons – although the experience can be very rewarding: discover other cultures, improve the language skills and last but not least an extra asset for a potential employer.

Created in 2011 by Alumni of the Ecole Polytechnique, the “Bourse de Soutien à un Stage à l’Etranger” (BSSE, Scholarship for Internships abroad) is a scholarship of at least 1.000 EUR granted every year to one or several (bio-)engineer students who are performing their internships abroad, as part of their curriculum at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Who may apply?

Any student of the Ecole Polytechnique or the Ecole interfacultaire de Bioingénieurs from ULB and VUB planning an internship abroad may apply, regardless the year of study or the section.

What are the results until now?

Between 2011 and 2014, 34 application forms were turned in and 9 scholarships of minimum 1.000 EUR have been granted to the most deserving students. They travelled all over the world: San Francisco, Chicago (USA), Montréal (Canada), Sydney (Australie), Zhangjiakou (Chine), Zou (Bénin) and Varel (Allemagne). We hope to keep on this way this year and to receive quality application forms.

How to apply?

The students are invited to fill an electronic file containing:

  • A resume

  • A motivation letter

  • A description of the company and the internship (written by himself and of maximum two pages)

  • An estimation of the budget (the form can be downloaded from the site).

The application forms have to be sent before May, 1 at the following mail address: bsse@ulb.ac.be


Schedule for the academic year 2015/2016 :

February-April: campaign promoting the scholarship among the students

May, 1 at the latest : application forms must be turned in.

May : selection of candidates by the members of the BSSE.

June, 1: feedback to the candidates (laureate or not).

July, 3 :(end of year ceremony): the scholarships are given to the nominees.


Click HEREpdf to obtain a more detailed description of the scholarship, the candidates’ evaluation grid and the rules. The budget estimation form is available HEREword in Word format (to be filled in by the candidate).

For any other question, please contact us at : bsse@ulb.ac.be

Alumni interested by becoming a donor for the BSSE ?

You are Alumni of the Ecole Polytechnique of the Ecole interfacultaire de Bioingénieurs from the ULB or the VUB and you wish to

  • Keep contact with the school and the students?

  • Encourage students to go for an internship abroad?

  • Participate to the international

  • Meet other Alumni in an informal atmosphere, sharing a project with a social and educative goal.

In that case, the BSSE (Bourse de Soutien à un Stage à l’Etranger) will be happy to welcome you! Today we are more than 45 Alumni and we want to keep on growing.

The way it works is easy: you donate every year 100 EUR (or 200 EUR to obtain the fiscal deductibility) and you become automatically a member of the BSSE. We meet 2 a 3 times a year informally and we choose the laureates of the scholarship. Each member has the same voting rights.

Click HEREpdf to obtain a more detailed description of the operating principle of the scholarship and of the donors’ contributions.

For more information or to become a donor member: bsse@ulb.ac.be