Most of the courses in our Faculty of Philosophy and social Sciences are taught in French, you are therefore requested to understand French to be able to attend lectures.

As mentioned in the official agreement binding your university and ULB, all exchange students must have a B1/B2 level in French before the beginning of the exchange at ULB, even if we don't ask for a certificate language.

Should you not have a B1 level of French, we recommend you arrive in Brussels at least one month in advance to follow an intensive language training. Students whose level of French will be deemed insufficient by the ULB coordinator could be sent back to their home institution.

Free French courses

If you are willing to improve your level of French, ULB offers free language courses to exchange students

30 hours module (3 ECTS)
60 hours module (5 ECTS)


Objective: improving oral and written expression at the “academic” level (preparation to exams) as well as at the social level (communication with others). Classes start at the beginning of each term and take place once a week (3 hours/week), if possible after 4 p.m. in order to avoid overlaps with the other courses.
The module is designed for students who have an intermediate level and who are not absolute beginners.

Your admission to this course will depend on your results. If you applied for this course during your online registration, you are automatically registered to the level test. The number of seats is indeed limited and your admission is not guaranteed.

The students that didn't manage to get a seat in any of those two courses because of over-booking are admitted to a 20h module free of charge at the “Fondation 9” school.


Summer courses

Intensive courses offered by the “Cellule Langues”

Designed for the future university students, this 75h course will help them to improve their language skills in French as well as their ability to understand the courses offered within their faculty.


- oral and written comprehension
- writing skills 
- pronunciation