Tuition fee and scholarships

Tuition fee

The tuition fee for academic year 2017-2018 is € 890.

Scholarships and Grants

VUB Scholarships for European Master of Science in Photonics

For the academic year 2017-2018 the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will grant 5 full scholarships to students of the European Master of Science in Photonics at VUB. A monthly amount of  800,00 EUR per scholarship is foreseen to cover cost of living inherent to studying in Brussels. 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 application interview preceding the final admission.  The scholarships will be awarded by the VUB program chair.

EMSP Excellence Grants
The EMSP Program Board awards grants on a competitive basis among all accepted EMSP students. All students who apply for this program are therefore eligible to be awarded a EMSP Excellence Grant (no separate application procedure is required).

Both the Photonics Research Group (Ghent University) and the B-Phot Brussels Photonics research center (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) finance one or more EMSP Excellence Grants. The candidates who receive the Excellence Grant must commit themselves to do a MSc. thesis at the group who finances the grant.

The grant scheme in the EMSP is as follows:

  • four Entry Grants of 1000 Euro, at the beginning of the first semester. The recipients are the 4 best ranked students according to our selection criteria.
  • four Continuation Grants of 1500 Euro, at the start of the second semester. The recipients are the top 4 students according to the academic performance after semester 1 (so both the recipients of the Entry Grant and all other students will be taken into account).
  • two Excellence Grants will be awarded, worth 5000 Euro, at the start of the the second year of the MSc.

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.

– For Denmark, France, UK & Sweden: 335€/month
– For Germany & Spain: 285€/month

Train reimbursement

Students who travel between Brussels and Ghent for mandatory or electives 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 between € 450 and € 680 per month (depending on amount of house-rent, food cost, leisure etc.).

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