Tuition fee and scholarships

Tuition fee

The tuition fee per academic year is € 922,30 for both EEA as non-EEA students. Accessibility to excellent education is a corner stone in our society, our government invests substantially to keep the tuition fees affordable.

Scholarships and Grants

VUB Scholarships for European Master of Science in Photonics

Per the academic year the Vrije Universiteit Brussels will grant several full scholarships of 10 000,00 EUR per year for the European MSc. program. Every international student enrolling at VUB can apply for those scholarships. This scholarship is foreseen to cover cost of living inherent to studying in Brussels, estimated at approx. 750 EUR/month. Every application will be screened on the basis of excellence and motivation.

All candidates enrolling at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will have the opportunity to show proof of their technical knowledge during the  interview preceding the final admission.  The scholarships will be awarded by the VUB program chair.

VUB B-PHOT Excellence Scholarships
B-PHOT, Brussels Photonics Research group at VUB, offers also scholarships to knowledgeable students on a competitive basis. All students who register for the MSc. in Photonics at VUB are eligible to be awarded a B-PHOT Excellence Scholarship by the research group without separate application procedure. The candidates who receive the B-PHOT Excellence Scholarship must commit themselves to do a MSc. thesis at VUB. Students who graduate with honours and show excellence in knowledge and applications, will be invited to apply for a PhD at VUB B-PHOT.

The VUB B-PHOT Excellence Scholarship scheme is as follows:

  • three Entry Scholarships of 1000 Euro, at the beginning of the first semester of the first year of the MSc.. The recipients are the 3 best ranked students according to our selection criteria.
  • three Continuation Scholarships of 1500 Euro, at the start of the second semester of the first year of the MSc. will be awarded to the top 3 students according to the academic performance after semester 1. Also students who didn’t receive the Entry Scholarship will be considered for the Continuation Scholarship.
  • one Excellence Scholarship will be awarded, worth 5000 Euro, at the start of the the second year of the MSc..

UGent Photonics Excellence Grants

For the academic year 2018-2019 the Research Groups at Ghent University will grant 5 UGent Photonics Excellence Grants to students of the European Master of Science in Photonics at UGent. The Excellence Grant is worth 5000 Euro per academic year.
Furthermore, students who excel during the first academic year, will be offered -during their second year – a  teaching position at Ghent University to mentor the new class of first year students.
Every application will be screened on the basis of excellence and motivation.

All candidates enrolling at Ghent University will have the opportunity to show proof of their technical knowledge during the application interview preceding the final admission.  The scholarships will be awarded by the UGent program chair.
The candidates who receive the Photonics Excellence Grant must commit themselves to do a MSc. thesis at UGent.

More scholarship and grants programmes

Next to grants available in your home country, there are Flemish, Belgian and European programmes that support students financially.

Erasmus+ credit mobility scholarships (commonly known as Erasmus grants) are available for the exchange period of 1 or 2 semesters in the second year of our master supporting the mandatory European mobility component.   Students who are eligible for reduced enrolment fees, such as students with scholarship from the Flemish Community of Belgium, will receive an additional 100€/month during their stay abroad.

Train reimbursement

Students who travel between Brussels and Ghent for mandatory classes, or for the Light Nights of the student chapters receive a reimbursement of the train tickets.

Cost of living

The average cost of living amounts around € 750 per month (depending on amount of house-rent, food cost, leisure etc.). Student rooms at VUB Campus are available at € 300, timely registration before 1 May (and thus admission & enrollment) is required.

Here you can find a nice tool to compare the cost of living in different countries and cities !