Free University of Brussels: Statistics



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#332 of 14,131 In the World
#127 of 2,785 In Europe
#5 of 63 In Belgium
#1 of 19 In Brussels
#67 of 2,119 For Theoretical Physics
Top50% For 204 other topics
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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 71,646 scientific papers published and 1,989,488 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Genetics, and Quantum and Particle physics.


Free University of Brussels majors

by publication & citation count

39,935 / 1,372,900
34,168 / 1,171,734
30,867 / 843,345
28,999 / 817,253
28,802 / 959,034
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
27,411 / 638,851
Computer Science
24,995 / 807,787
Environmental Science
23,745 / 678,969
22,367 / 879,194
Quantum and Particle physics
22,047 / 603,719
20,096 / 801,850
Organic Chemistry
15,556 / 468,758
14,596 / 287,789
13,350 / 411,430
13,065 / 402,722
Materials Science
12,911 / 342,346
12,819 / 363,058
12,581 / 450,744
Geography and Cartography
12,098 / 317,711
Political Science
10,619 / 190,724
10,263 / 304,780
9,702 / 314,985
9,034 / 284,580
8,801 / 238,928
8,781 / 298,546
8,735 / 184,588
8,644 / 195,743
Optical Engineering
8,497 / 239,953
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
8,441 / 253,914
7,614 / 335,944
7,515 / 171,939
7,511 / 237,155
7,097 / 168,891
6,650 / 234,636
6,301 / 159,692
Astrophysics and Astronomy
6,191 / 206,606
5,791 / 138,257
Metallurgical Engineering
5,239 / 152,052
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
5,211 / 143,745
Electrical Engineering
5,115 / 126,517

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 629 7298
1992 661 7859
1993 641 8057
1994 731 9192
1995 716 9917
1996 817 10542
1997 870 12162
1998 883 13568
1999 943 15576
2000 969 16732
2001 1036 18239
2002 1141 20741
2003 1172 23311
2004 1313 26189
2005 1407 29661
2006 1424 34502
2007 1602 38454
2008 1770 42618
2009 1953 48133
2010 1994 54198
2011 2072 60761
2012 2366 68068
2013 2587 76473
2014 2674 83306
2015 2867 88920
2016 2959 92901
2017 2961 96608
2018 3123 105546
2019 3231 119158
2020 3618 141684
2021 3778 163328
2022 3453 164179
2023 3432 166008
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 52)
    Enrolled in the Free University of Brussels
    Graduated with Master in Economic Policy
    university teacherpoliticianeconomist

    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, and was elected President of the Socialist International in November 2022.

  2. Enver Hoxha

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

    Enver Hoxha was an Albanian Communist politician who was the dictator of Albania from 1944 until his death in 1985. He was the 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 twenty-second 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 49)
    politicianinternational forum participantlawyer

    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 58)

    Baroness Fabienne Claire Nothomb, better known by her pen name Amélie Nothomb ( French: [ameli nɔtɔ̃b]), 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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