Institute for European Studies Universite libre de Bruxelles

Brussels, Belgium
The Institute for European Studies of the ULB represents half a century of innovation with a strong sense of tradition. Since it was founded in 1964 by high profile personalities such as Ganshof van der Meersch and Paul-Henri Spaak, it has confirmed its place as a key actor in research, teaching, European public debate.



The Institut dEtudes Européennes (IEE-ULB) was born just a few years after the European Union itself at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Conceived as a centre of education and research, with a commitment to public debate, the IEE-ULB quickly opened itself up to the world and has an ongoing cooperation with more than 100 academic partners.


The IEE-ULB is an international research institute at the heart of Europe that focuses on all dimensions of European studies and separates from others by an innovative interdisciplinary approach. We thrive in the challenge of combining research, teaching and professionalization, and promote bilingual education in English and French (all programs are bilingual except from our Executive Master, taught fully in English). Our success emanates from three strategic choices: internationalization (staff and student body), interaction with EU institutions (engaging European decision-makers and practitioners with teaching, research and public debate) and coherence of our research agenda and teaching offer.


As a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, the IEE-ULB is a recognized hub of expertise in European affairs and has a proven track record in doctoral training. Its 36 associate academic lectures and over 42 affiliated researchers are here to prove it.For over 50 years, the IEE-ULB has been at the forefront of the study of EU institutions. Understanding them requires a global vision and a concentric approach, deployed along 4 transversal research themes grouping researchers focused on law, economics, history and political science:

  • Europe as an area of freedom, security and justice
  • Europe as an area of economic and social regulation
  • Europe as a community of norms and values
  • Europe in the world


The IEE-ULB organizes a professionalization module, with a seminar that provides the tools to:

  • Elaborate your professional project
  • Develop a job seekers toolbox
  • Build your mapping of the work market
  • Network
  • Internship opportunities.
Our alumni network Backed up by this rich history of half a century of excellence and innovation in EU Studies, our AlumnIEE association strives to bring all the graduates of the IEE-ULB together. It promotes the exchange between current and former students. Our mentoring program and socializing events are some of the networking opportunities we provide. We publish all employment offers that our network provides.

Master's Programmes


Student services

Secretariat: Av. F. D. Roosevelt 39, 1050 Brussels
For the Advanced Master in Interdisciplinary Analysis of European Integration, contact Françoise Vanden Broeck

Housing services

ULB offers more than 2,400 housing units, on and off campus, with different amenities, from double and single rooms to studios for 1 or 2 persons. Free Wi-Fi is offered in some of the residences.For the academic year 2017-2018, housing requests must be introduced between February 15th and May 31st by filling out the form. Requests can be placed after, but will likely go to a waiting list.

Library services

The Institutes library, the "European Documentation Center", is located in the Central Library of Human Sciences. It is part of the Europe Direct network. Its goal is to provide documentation on the European Union to all citizens and to promote and develop education and research on European Integration.

ICT services

Our Helpdesk service accompanies students with all technical issues by providing the support and advice of a qualified IT staff. Online, our Webnotes can guide you through the process. For further assistance, online forms, email and phone contacts are at your service during office hours. Free Wi-Fi is available all throughout campus.

Medical services

  • For ULB students, medical fees are fully reimbursed by their insurance policy and, in case of accident, from both ULB insurance and their own.
  • General medicine consultation is available on Solbosch campus with an appointment from 9h to 18:30. Nurse services are also available without appointment.
  • Fully reimbursable consultations with specialist can be arranged (cardiologist, gynecologist, dermatologist, gastroenterologist and psychiatrist).

Student Life

Campus life

Classes at the IEE take place at the institutes headquarters, two joint villas located at 39 and 41 Avenue F. D. Roosevelt designed by Adrien Blomme, one of the major architects in Brussels. His work, commissioned largely by an industrial and wealthy clientèle, is infused with different styles of early 20th century architecture.Located in the centric Ixelles municipality, with banks, magazines, supermarkets at walking distance. It is reachable by bus and tramway lines. Parking is limited. Restaurants and cafeterias are available on campus.

Sports facilities

We propose nearly 50 different sports to students and staff. These activities take place our campuses: Solbosch, Erasme, Charleroi and at the sports center located at Forêt de Soignes. We organize interuniversity championships and interfaculty competitions. Theres also a place for high-level athletes at ULB. Are you more into Yoga, Zumba than into competitive sports? Our offer includes disciplines for all tastes at a very accessible fee.

Student clubs

Eyes on Europe is a student organization at IEE-ULB that has been publishing a student-produced magazine on European affairs for 12 years. The group organizes conferences, debates, social events, competitions, and tours among other activities. Students for Europe is a student group created by students from IEE-ULB with the goal of creating a space for reflection accessible to all focused on the EU.


Jean Monnet Center of Excellence.