Université Libre de Bruxelles

City: Brussels
Language of instruction: English, French
  • Located in the capital of Belgium and the administrative centre of the European Union
  • Brussels is characterized by the coexistence of French and Flemish culture
  • 24,000 students
  • French-speaking university
  • 3 campuses, all located in Brussels: Solbosch (the largest), Plaine, and Erasme

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Partner university's areas of study

Architecture and Landscape ArchitectureArtsCommerce (UBCV)EducationEngineeringFine ArtsLand and Food SystemsManagement (UBCO)Science

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • Most courses taught in French
  • Students must have at least a B1 level to take these courses (to self-assess, please use the Common European Framework of Reference)
  • Some coursework offered in English, primarily at the Graduate level


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

  • Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Early September to End of January
  • Semester 2: Early February to Late June


  • Students attending ULB for Term 1 may be able to arrange early or distance exams in order to return for UBC's Term 2
  • Upper year UBC students may be eligible to take first year Master's level coursework

Summer program

Not applicable

Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Passing grade

10 out of 20

Grading scheme

  • Final assessment is expressed as a score between 0 and 20
  • To make the results interpretable, they are then transcribed into an ECTS grading scale, using a cohort percentile (i.e. how a student has performed relative to other students in the same class (or a significant group of students):
    • A: the top 10% of passing students
    • B: the following 25%
    • C: the following 30%
    • D: the following 25%
    • E: the remaining 10%
    • F grade is used for students who have failed

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate research

Course information and restrictions

  • Research applicable course restrictions on the website
  • Students must take at least 60% of their courses within one faculty at ULB (this faculty must correspond to their principal area of study at UBC)

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: FREN 2nd
Title: Advanced Course II
Partner course code: LANGB 909
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-05-28
UBC course: FREN 370
Title: French Linguistics
Partner course code: FRLEB 6351
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-05-28
UBC course: POLI 364
Title: International Actors
Partner course code: POLID 446
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Introduction to European Union Institutions
Partner course code: POLID 1002
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: no credit
Title: Linguistic Tandem I
Partner course code: TANDB 100
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-07-24
Land and Food Systems
UBC course: apbi 4th
Title: Introduction to Tropical Agroecology
Partner course code: BING-F 430
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2015-06-08
UBC course: fnh 455
Title: Food Securite
Partner course code: SECAD D-482
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2015-09-30

UBC Okanagan

UBC course: ECON 4th
Title: European Economic Integration
Partner course code: ECON S418
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-31
UBC course: MGMT 3rd
Title: International supply chains
Partner course code: GEST S472
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-25
UBC course: MGMT 412
Title: Negotiation Skills
Partner course code: GEST S498
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-25
UBC course: MGMT 422
Title: Project Management
Partner course code: GEST S551
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-25
UBC course: MGMT 441
Title: Advanced Marketing
Partner course code: GEST S403
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-25
UBC course: MGMT 441
Title: Advanced Marketing
Partner course code: GEST S489
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-01-23
UBC course: MGMT 450
Title: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Partner course code: GESTS 421
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-21
UBC course: MGMT 4th
Title: Corporate Strategy
Partner course code: GEST S401
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-25
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Additional fees

Not applicable


Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

University housing is not available to exchange students. Upon acceptance, exchange students are provided with tips on finding housing in the private sector.

Information on Accommodation

How to applyBack to UBCO