Free University of Brussels: Statistics

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#295 of 14,131 In the World
#110 of 2,785 In Europe
#5 of 63 In Belgium
#1 of 19 In Brussels
#39 of 1,004 For Theoretical Physics
Top100 For 10 other topics
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Highest Degree
Acceptance rate

* The Free University of Brussels is among the institutions that don't provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because the university has programs where applicants only need to meet admission requirements to enroll and don't necessarily compete with others.

We estimate the above acceptance rate based on admission statistics of closely ranked nearby universities with similar research profiles that do publish such data.

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate or recognized foreign equivalent; Entrance examination; Entrance examination; Certificate of French language proficiency
Academic CalendarSeptember to July

Research profile

Free University of Brussels is a world-class research university with 51,928 scientific papers published and 2,169,122 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Medicine, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Environmental Science, Computer Science, and Quantum and Particle physics.


Free University of Brussels majors

by publication & citation count

11,849 / 601,809
10,527 / 630,159
9,644 / 497,572
5,668 / 202,818
5,124 / 152,403
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
4,898 / 139,557
Environmental Science
3,756 / 166,068
Computer Science
3,690 / 195,583
Quantum and Particle physics
2,708 / 241,423
2,172 / 106,159
2,164 / 63,669
Materials Science
2,054 / 50,167
2,018 / 65,756
Oncology and Cancer research
1,905 / 135,125
1,798 / 59,666
1,743 / 89,164
1,720 / 90,108
Theoretical Physics
1,442 / 48,251
Molecular Biology
1,427 / 70,613
Atomic and Molecular physics
1,343 / 35,465
1,335 / 91,262
1,320 / 86,074
Political Science
1,277 / 11,388
Nuclear Physics
1,220 / 156,293
1,152 / 60,678
Health Science
991 / 58,343
Astrophysics and Astronomy
975 / 92,340
975 / 61,839
917 / 106,254
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
880 / 54,268
880 / 34,759
Optical Engineering
840 / 28,437
Critical Care Nursing
778 / 67,539
Geography and Cartography
678 / 16,603
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics
633 / 22,534
611 / 10,766
611 / 38,274
Bioinformatics and Computational biology
589 / 45,629
Anatomy and Physiology
566 / 34,120
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
563 / 18,395

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 594 9421
1992 613 10287
1993 609 10781
1994 712 12429
1995 675 13102
1996 719 14512
1997 833 17050
1998 814 19469
1999 920 22396
2000 924 24017
2001 987 26631
2002 1086 30935
2003 1181 35506
2004 1210 40339
2005 1343 46840
2006 1360 53916
2007 1563 60489
2008 1711 68145
2009 1931 76914
2010 2398 84709
2011 2124 98004
2012 2385 113776
2013 2618 133412
2014 2739 143706
2015 2994 155938
2016 3105 158176
2017 3116 162428
2018 3076 166830
2019 3173 183433
2020 3518 212588
2021 3510 229920
Academic rankings


The tuition table for Free University of Brussels gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Program EU Students Non-EU Students
Bachelor's Degree €840/year €4,180/year
Master's Degree €840/year €4,180/year
PhD €840/year €4,180/year

All costs are in Euros (€).

The Free University of Brussels has on-campus housing.

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by Free University of Brussels.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Bachelier (enseignement universitaire et enseignement supérieur de type long) Administration, Advertising and Publicity, Archaeology, Banking, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civics, Dental Technology, Earth Sciences, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Finance, History, Insurance, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Performing Arts, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Religion, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Sports, Veterinary Science
Master Administration, Advertising and Publicity, Archaeology, Architecture, Banking, Biology, Building Technologies, Chemistry, Civics, Civil Engineering, Computer Graphics, Computer Networks, Cultural Studies, Data Processing, Dental Technology, Earth Sciences, Educational Sciences, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Finance, Food Science, Food Technology, History, Insurance, Journalism, Law, Leisure Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, Modern Languages, Music, Natural Sciences, Performing Arts, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Health, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Religion, Social Work, Sociology, Sports, Statistics, Teacher Training, Theology, Tourism, Town Planning
Doctorat Actuarial Science, Archaeology, Architecture, Astrophysics, Biology, Computer Science, Criminal Law, Economics, Fine Arts, History, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Modern Languages, Multimedia, Pharmacology, Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Public Health, Social Sciences, Statistics, Theology, Town Planning

Free University of Brussels alumni

  1. Pedro Sánchez

    Pedro Sánchez
    Born in
    Spain Flag Spain
    1972-.. (age 51)
    Enrolled in the Free University of Brussels
    Graduated with Master in Economic Policy
    economistinternational forum participantpolitician

    Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón is a Spanish politician who has been Prime Minister of Spain since June 2018. He has also been Secretary-General of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) since June 2017, having previously held that office from 2014 to 2016.

  2. Enver Hoxha

    Enver Hoxha
    Born in
    Albania Flag Albania
    1908-1985 (aged 77)

    Enver Hoxha was an Albanian communist politician who was the leader of Albania from 1944 until his death. He was First Secretary of the Party of Labour of Albania from 1941 until his death, a member of its Politburo, chairman of the Democratic Front of Albania, and commander-in-chief of the Albanian People's Army. He was the 22nd Prime Minister of Albania from 1944 to 1954 and at various times was both foreign minister and defence minister of the country.

  3. Charles Michel

    Charles Michel
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    1975-.. (age 48)
    lawyerinternational forum participantpolitician

    Charles Michel is a Belgian politician serving as the president of the European Council since 2019. He previously served as the prime minister of Belgium between 2014 and 2019.

  4. Amélie Nothomb

    Amélie Nothomb
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    1966-.. (age 57)

    Baroness Fabienne Claire Nothomb, better known by her pen name Amélie Nothomb (French: [ameli nɔtɔ̃b]; born 13 August 1967), is a Belgian Francophone novelist. Part of her childhood was spent in Asia.

All 100 notable alumni

Free University of Brussels faculties and divisions

Campus : Erasme Biology, Dental Technology, Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Sports, Teacher Training, Veterinary Science
Campus : Plaine Biology, Biomedicine, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Processing, Dentistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Food Technology, Mathematics, Medicine, Pharmacy, Statistics, Teacher Trainers Education, Teacher Training, Tourism
Campus : Solbosch Actuarial Science, Administration, Advertising and Publicity, Agronomy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Banking, Biochemistry, Biology, Building Technologies, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Civics, Civil Engineering, Commercial Law, Computer Networks, Criminal Law, Cultural Studies, Data Processing, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Economics, Educational Sciences, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electronics and Automation, Energy Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Finance, Fine Arts, Food Science, Geography, Geology, History, Journalism, Law, Leisure Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Music, Notary Studies, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Physical Therapy, Physics, Political Sciences, Private Law, Psychology, Public Law, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Religion, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Speech Studies, Statistics, Structural Architecture, Theology, Tourism, Town Planning
Campus : ULB-Charleroi-Gosselies Biology, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Osteopathy, Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine, Statistics
Campus : ULB-Charleroi-Ville-Haute Architecture, Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences, Social Work, Town Planning
Campus : ULB-Flagey Architecture, Town Planning
Campus : ULB-Uccle Modern Languages

General information

Alternative names ULB
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Founded 1834
Accreditation Wallonia-Brussels Federation (Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles)
Motto Scientia Vincere Tenebras

Location and contacts

Address Franklin Roosevelt Avenue, 50
Bruxelles, 1050
City population 189,000

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