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Free University of Brussels (French)
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Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Université Libre de Bruxelles, Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 28, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium, Brussels
3.79 / 5 based on 276 reviews.
Description:
The ULB was founded in 1834, four years after the birth of the Belgian State. It is made up of eighteen faculties, schools and institutes, several hospitals, as well as industrial and experimental centres in Brussels and in the region of Walloon.


Programmes
Accreditations
83% of students recommend
276 reviews
Housing
3.6/5
All experiences (276)
Student life
4.1/5
5 stars (42)
Academic
3.8/5
4 stars (138)
Languages
4.2/5
3 stars (90)
Expenses
3.3/5
2 stars (6)
Overall
4.3/5
1 star (0)
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276 reviews of Université Libre de Bruxelles

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HOUSING    
by RUBEN, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Law, International, Erasmus
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? I was sharing this Apartment with 2 others studients, but everyone in his/her room. I think we had the best of sharing a house, but without being so many people as on campus. Our Apartment was also very central located and as in Brussels taxis are very expensive in order to come back home, when we were going out it wasn't so far (around 20 minutes walking). Brussels, in general, is quite safe.
Personal comments:
ULB only booked you a room on Solbosch Campus. There were 2 types of rooms, one for Belgian students, bigger, and the rest for foreigners. You must share a kitchen with 20 people. on La Plaine Campus, the situation is better, because you can share a room and a kitche with only another person. But also is more expensive. When I was around 10.000 BEF or more. ULB, if you are lucky and can find the right person, gives you a list with rooms. But the best way of finfing a place is by your one. Living on campus is good, but I prefered to live more centrally, having the oportunity of being on campus when we wanted party there, or in the center, where are the most of places to going out.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by Rostirolla, Universitŕ degli Studi di Roma - La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Festival Couleur Café- The Couleur café is a festival that proposes a full array of music styles coming from all over the world. With more than 40 concerts over three days, Couleur Café offers the best of R&B, hip hop, world, afro, reggae, ragga, dub, dancehall, Latin, salsa, electro and rock. Some extra juicy ingredients are added such as the bright souks and decorations, world food stalls, craftsmen and blazing brass bands. Couleur Café is an apt reflection of the city it calls home, Brussels, with its cultural mix that makes travelling the world as easy as looking out your front window. Couleur Café is more than a globe-trotting urban festival. Mandingfoli- Manding Foli is a percussion school founded in Brussels in 2005 by Babara Bangoura. His goal is to transfer West-African culture and traditional music. The AISBL organises lessons on a regular basis, workshops in Belgium and abroad, events like concerts, festivals, animations, team building, etc.
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ACADEMIC    
by RUBEN, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Law, International, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Try not to chose any subjet related to Local Law, because they are really hard. If you are Erasmus student your oportunities to chose are almost infinites. If you are looking for International and Communitarian Law, this is your place, but be careful, because courses are hard. In Politicsl, there are some very interesting subjetcs, specilly for Central and Eastern European Union. But be prepared to be treated for most of teachers as a usual student. Organisation is quite caotic, so try with all your forces to bring your califications with you to your country back.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
Don't expect to meet a lot of local students on class. The best place are parties, and, nevertheless, the most amount of people will be foreigner.

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by RUBEN, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Law, International, Erasmus
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: French
Was learning French a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my French
How much did you improve your French?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
Belgians are quite reserved people, as most of francophones, so you are expected to speak the most of your French with other foreign students. If you have the oporunity, make "interchange" of languages in order to improove your language and meet people.
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EXPENSES    
by RUBEN, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Law, International, Erasmus
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family
Personal savings
Government assistance
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits:
Prices are higher than in Madrid, but no so much. If you wanna have a good price for accomodation, search a lot, as we did (a whole week from su to sun, almost). Brussels is very well situated in order to travel abroad: France, Holland, Germany, the UK. Don't miss Carnival in Köln (Cologne), neither forget Go-Pass within Belgium. There's a lot of Cheap travels for youngsters. Look the Pub at ULB.
Nightlife, Overall, Food, Telephone: was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Travel: was the same price as at home.
Personal comments:
I'm not smoker, but I had friends who were. Be prepared for high prices for this. In order to buy food, Street Markets are the cheapest solution, and in general. Some shops are not open on Sundays, even bakeries.
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OVERALL    
by Donal, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Archaeology, Erasmus
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
Nightlife aint that great. Belgian natives not the most jovial in the world.
In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Good not great



FINAL COMMENTS

Had a great time in the much underated city of brussels. It is a very beautiful city despite all the rumours you hear. Weather in summer time is surprisingly nice, while winter was even more wet and colder than Ireland.
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