A brighter, lighter and healthier world

Sidney Goossens

In the program I had the opportunity to meet, and work together with, international students from all over the world, making new friends and extending my teamworking skills. 

Admission & Eligibility

The European Master of Science in Photonics offers admission to high potential applicants, motivated to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

Degree requirements

All applicants need to be in possession of a bachelor degree in Electrical engineering, in Electronics and Information Technology (EIT), in (Applied) Physics, Materials Science or an equivalent of this to be directly admitted to the program. Students in their last year of such a programme will however also be considered. Students with a Master degree in these fields can apply as well.

Applicants holding a Belgian bachelor or master degree in another field of Engineering or in Sciences are welcome to join the program through a personalised prepatory program  (in Dutch) at VUB.

Language requirements

For foreign students, the following shall be accepted as proof:

  • a TOEFL-TEST, taken as recently as within the last two years, showing a score of at least 570 (paper-based) or 87 (internet-based)
  • an original “test report from” (TRF) from IELTS, issued as recently as within the last two years, with a minimum overall band score of 6.0
  • Cambridge-ESOL: First certificate in English (FCE)

Who is exempted from submitting a proof of language proficiency?

Have a diploma of secondary education awarded by a recognised institution in the Flemish Community.

Have a diploma of higher education awarded by an recognised institution of higher education in the Flemish Community.

Have successfully completed a minimum of 1 year (60 credits), be it secondary or higher education, where the medium of instruction was English (an official certificate must be submitted).

Registration deadlines at VUB

  • non-EEA candidates: 1 June 2019
  • EEA  candidates:   1 June 2019
  • Students with a Belgian Bachelor: 30 September 2019

Documents required for international students

We already ask the applicants to prepare the following documents at early stage:

* students in final year of BSc./MSc. or students who are not yet in the possession of the diploma, must submit a certificate of enrollment + certificate which specifies the graduation date.

Non-EEA candidates need to prepare the following documents  (preferably in .pdf format), after the interview and confirmation of admission .

  • Copy of ID (or passport)
  • Copy of English language proof
  • CV
  • Copy of BSc. (and/or MSc) degree (if available)
  • Copy of BSc. (and/or MSc) transcripts (or transcripts of courses completed so far)
  • Copy of Letters of recommendation
  • Supporting documents (e.g. paper, list of publications, awards)

Please note hard copy authenticated documents will only be requested at the final admission.

The Selection Committee will assess all online applications.

We understand applicants are eager to plan their study program. The Selection Committee aims to inform all applicants, within 3 weeks after submission of a complete dossier, about the final outcome of the selection.

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