Language and literature
Studying languages is an exciting choice, particularly in a city such as Brussels where probably more languages are spoken than anywhere else in Europe. Competence in languages is not just a luxury. It is a necessity in a society where international relationships are part of every day life. Language students access other cultures and thus broaden their horizons. They have the opportunity to see how people communicate and how the human mind works. In a multilingual city such as Brussels, where the VUB is located, you can personally experience some of the linguistic and cultural aspects of Romance and Germanic languages and even Classical languages such as Latin. Studying languages at the VUB allows you to choose two of the following languages: Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Latin. These two languages will be your major languages during your Bachelor programme. You can add a third language from the second year of studies onwards, if you wish to do so. You start to study your languages and their literature in a way that is different from the subjects you took during your secondary education. Authors, styles and schools are studied in depth and special attention is given to certain aspects of the language, communication and speech behaviour. Since languages are a necessary competence in today's Europe, the study programme also includes a focus on real life situations.