Les relations internationales de l'ULB
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6 reasons for choosing ULB

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ULB, an international university

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The Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is a multicultural university with 30% of its students, 23% of its researchers, 11% of its academics and 9% of its administrative staff from abroad. ULB turns “international” into a daily reality, the setting for life and work on campus, just like Brussels itself, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.

This inter-cultural approach started with Africa in the middle of the 20th century, and today involves every continent. The University has 20% Europeans and 10% from the rest of the world in its student body.

Promoted by the various European mobility programmes, cooperation with both industrialised and emerging countries, which always existed in research, is now undergoing a true boom. .

Beyond the many student exchanges (Erasmus in Europe, bilateral agreements elsewhere in the world), ULB is setting up an increasing number of truly integrated courses with international partners, going as far as jointly granting Masters and Doctoral degrees. Some of these courses have been awarded the prestigious label Erasmus Mundus.

ULB is a modern, acknowledged university on the international scene, which in 1990 launched the UNICA network. This network of universities in European capitals brings together 45 universities and over one million students. It is also a founder member of the International Forum of Public Universities (IFPU). .

A trans-Atlantic dialogue and openness to emerging countries are also among the directions developed by ULB as part of its internationalisation programme.
This highly dynamic policy of openness to Europe and the world is reflected in a large number of partnerships, agreements and cooperative programmes with some of the best universities in the world.

Further, special partnerships link us with the following universities :