Vrije Universiteit Brussel



"Scientia vincere tenebras" meaning "Conquering darkness by science"
The Free University of Brussels is a university in Brussels, Belgium. In 1969, it split into the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Dutch-speaking Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The two universities continue to collaborate, and are together referred to as the Brussels Free Universities.

Courses Offered

The VUB offers more than 100 courses inclusive of Undergraduate programs, Postgraduate programs and PhD level programs. It also has bridging and preparatory programs and includes a center for Adult education.


The academic staffs are more than 2400 in number and among them, 700 are professors. With a total of more than 6000 employees, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is the largest Dutch employer in the Brussels-Capital region. The VUB students evaluate each academic year through the “Education e-valuation teachers per course”, based on the following aspects: lectures, study, methods and examination. The core values of the VUB are teaching, research and community service. The University has over 9000 students and more than 150 research groups. Since 8 July 2003, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Erasmus hoge school Brussel have joined in the non-profit association Universitaire Associatie Brussel. The foundation of this non-profit association was the formalisation of the collaboration agreement between the two institutions that was already concluded in 2001. In this agreement, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Erasmus hoge school Brussel undertook to engage in an intensive and structural collaboration in the fields of education and research. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel, with campuses in Etterbeek and Jette, representing 8 faculties and one among them is Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation sciences.


The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a dynamic and modern university with more than 150 research teams working on both campuses in a spirit of active pluralism and open mindedness. VUB research teams are in many domains recognised as centres of excellence, conducting broadly based fundamental and applied research, often with an international scope. The university wants to inspire and support every phase within the R&D process by stimulating a very broad range of collaborations with regional and international economic partners, policy makers and governments. Support of creativity in all stages of the trajectory is essential and trans-disciplinary research is strongly supported.
The VUB has a website dedicated solely for the Research and development department.

Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy at VUB

The main purpose of the course is set as rehabilitation scientist / physiotherapist.  At the Free University of Brussels, we are convinced that you have to find what is moving at first hand. Therefore, you will be introduced to different sports and ways of moving. You learn not only how and why you should keep on moving (preventive measures) people, but also how to get patients back on their feet as quickly as possible within their physical and mental capabilities.

The undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy is a full diploma, with which you can enter the labor market, but it is especially a perfect base to move on to a master. After your Bachelor's degree you have direct access to the Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy. You can also, after following a shortened bachelor, start in the education Master of Physical Education and Movement Sciences. 

UZ Brussel

UZ Brussel is the university hospital. This means that VUB also has a teaching mission and conducts scientific research. The hospital’s clinical excellence, scientific commitment and human-centric tuition ensure the highest degree of competence in many fields. The hospital is closely associated with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, notably the Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy Faculty. As a top-rate hospital, UZ Brussels has gained recognition at national and international level. The social and societal impact in the region is enhanced by the UZ Brussel - the only Dutch hospital in Brussels - which more than 2,700 employees connected. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel Brussels strengthens its position in the world and continue through conscious and consistent language and ideological contradictions to overcome so that they can be a driving force for the creation of a Brussels knowledge and science center.

Projects in Physiopedia

VUB has undertaken student projects in Physiopedia since 2010. The goals of the project are to obtain an educational process leading to the competency: 'critical attitude towards translation of (scientific)information for clinical practice' (part of the 'role' PT as a healthcare provider).

PT students are asked to review literature and apply the Delphi quality evaluation procedure to (at least) two RCT's evaluating effectiveness of physiotherapy in health problems related to the musculoskeletal system.

Brussel's Highlights

University of Brussels contribute to the development of a quality network of Dutch social services. Dutch (and French) Brussels and commuters can visit the campuses of infrastructure for events, sports, cultural events, and health care.

Contact Information

If you want to know more about this training or studying at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, then you have several options:

Check the website of the Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy

For general questions about studying at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel [ http://www.vub.ac.be/infoover/studentenvoorzieningen/infopunt.html ]

Address: Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Campus Etterbeek Building L, room L202, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels.

Telephone: +32 (0)2/629-27-19

Email: [email protected]