Language en Literature


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Tags: Micro-credential, Brussel, Brussels, Politics, Politiek, Linguistics, Taal, Culture, Cultuur


This interdisciplinary micro-credential enriches your view of Brussels as a melting pot of languages and cultures, but also as a political actor. We provide you with scientific insights and guide you in carrying out independent assignments concerning the (multilingual) Brussels city culture.

Goals and setup

We look at the formation of the political and institutional architecture in and around Brussels as a small world city, with an emphasis on the linguistic realities and challenges facing the capital region. The daily language use of Brussels residents today is complex and does not coincide with the institutional division between Dutch-speakers and French-speakers.

We also go into the city and introduce you to the literary Brussels. The Belgian capital has played a significant role in literature in the past two centuries, just as it does today, both as a place where writers live and as a city that is experienced and described in literature.

Finally, this credential includes a vocational component. During a practical internship of 120 hours, you work under supervision for a heritage institution or media platform on a project in which a certain aspect of the layered political and linguistic identity of Brussels is central.


The micro-credential Brussels: Political and Linguistic Challenges consists of 3 courses:

Two courses take place during the full academic year (1st and 2nd semester). The third course takes place in the 2nd semester. Language of instruction for two courses is English. The internship is instructed in Dutch. Please send an e-mail to if you want to take this course in English.

Two of the three courses consists of 6 credits, the third one of 3 credits.

Courses are organised on the VUB Main Campus located in Etterbeek


You can take this micro-credential in day or evening courses.

Contact our micro-credential coordinator

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Short- en long-term programmes, Micro-credentials
Area of interest:
Language en Literature, Architecture and Design, Social Sciences
Academic year:
2023 - 2024
Starting date:
Contact person:

VUB Main Campus Etterbeek
Pleinlaan, 2
1050 Elsene

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