Profile of the Programme

This ambitious joint programme by top universities Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel throws down the walls between political science, sociology and communication studies - enabling you to build solid bridges between them. The best of three worlds, one in which you’re about to excel thanks to your analytical approach, methodological strength and of course: your authority on European institutions and social issues.

According to a stubborn urban legend, Albert Einstein once spent an entire summer exploring the world of social sciences. He devoured as much literature as he could get his hands on, determined to come up with an idea as revolutionary as his relativity theory had been for the natural sciences. But come autumn, he hadn’t made any progress at all. Einstein returned all of his books to the university library, declaring that the social sciences were “way too difficult”.

The Power to intersect

The good news is that you don’t have to be Einstein to study social sciences. But the story tells us something about the complexity inherent to the house of social science, partially stemming from the on-going competition between paradigms in many of its rooms. If social reality lacks an absolute truth, so does the everwidening branch of disciplines studying it. There is almost never one explanation that fits the mould.

The Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences (BScSS) does not only help you to manage this interdisciplinary environment - a skill to cherish for life - it actually sees it as an essential asset of the social sciences. Bundling the strengths of political science, sociology and communication studies, it gives you the perpetual advantage of looking at things from multiple angles. Especially since you adopt an analytical approach to the three disciplines, diving into theories and concepts on selected themes with real life relevance, rather than memorizing the chronological follow-through of schools and currents.

The BScSS realises this ambitious aim for its students by mixing up core courses with interdisciplinary ones. As you get better at adopting the analytical and interdisciplinary position towards social issues, you make better and more
targeted use of all the knowledge gained during the programme. That’s the point where you transcend the theoretical level and apply what you know to social reality. A practical asset at your side for many years to come - and a very wanted one by many public and private organisations.


New Skills for a career on the Old Continent

The BScSS programme designers at the Ghent University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel had your career on their minds while constructing the curriculum. They enriched it with two very important dimensions: a methodological one, making sure you master quantitative as well as qualitative research methods; and a topical one - the European Union and its institutions.

Being capable of seeing the difference between noise and signal is more crucial than ever. The digital revolution produces a rapidly growing amount of rough data. These sets only reveal information to those with the right methods at hand.
The BScSS programme reserves a great deal of time to make sure that you are ahead of this data driven future. A priceless tool to have in your methodological research kit, regardless of the professional field you choose.


Speaking of which: the programme is designed as a launchpad for the aspiring citizens that shape tomorrow’s Europe. Throughout the curriculum, several courses are imbued with a European dimension. Located in Brussels, surrounded by European and international political, social and media organizations, this focus on the EU as the natural context in which the programme comes to life is intended to strengthen the link between your current studies and your future options. Hence the internship offered in the third bachelor year, hence the many guest lectures by EU officials and site visits.

Practical Information

Classes start in the 4th week of September.We welcome all new students on their first day. During Kick off the Campus (the first 2 weeks) you will be introduced to the university, student life and Brussels. If you have a question about the VUB, please contact Student Information Hub:


Study guidance

If you find yourself in a special situation and for instance want to combine your studies with professional sports or a job. Or if you have specific learning difficulties and are wondering if for example your dyslexia will be a hurdle in obtaining your degree. Then try to bring a visit to our StudyGuidanceCentre (SGC). The place to be for all your study related questions. The SGC can be contacted at any time via

Language requirements

There are various ways to do so like taking a recognized language test (TOEFL, IELTS…) or just by showing that you already obtained a degree in an institution where English was the language of instruction. More information on how to meet our language requirements can be found here:


Convinced that this is the right programme for you? You can start your application at anytime. Even if you haven’t obtained your secondary school degree yet. In this case we will keep you informed on when to take the next step.
If you are a student from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) we advise you to start your application well on time. More information on the application procedure and deadline can be found on:

Tuition fees

All Belgian universities offer high-quality education at a very reasonable cost. The exact tuition fee, depends on your nationality (EEA or non-EEA) and the number of credits you enroll for. The price for one year will vary between 900 and 3000
euro’s. For more information go to

Technical Information related to the joint organisation of the study programme

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