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Study at the Solvay Business School

The Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences & Solvay Business School has its roots in the founding of the Business Engineer programme by Ernest Solvay in 1903. A long tradition of integrating business education with technology was born then and still continues in all of its programmes. Highly skilled professionals with an excellent command of various languages and a good understanding of multiple cultures are needed in national and international public institutions and in multinational companies. As the capital of Europe, Brussels is the perfect setting in which to prepare yourself for such a job.

Study in the economic and political decision centre of Europe

Do you already have a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics, Business Administration or Management and are you looking for a master’s programme with a distinct international and multidisciplinary flavour? Are you interested in a hands-on approach and a programme that can be adapted to your interests and preferences? Then our MSc in International Business is a perfect match for you! The internationally oriented programme offers students a wide variety of courses ranging from social sciences to finance, combining multiple disciplines relevant to the management of a company. At VUB, students are prepared to become international managers. 

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How does it work?

The MSc in International Business is a 2-year, full-time programme. It targets students - both Belgian and foreign - with academic bachelor’s degrees in Business Economics or Management (specific curriculum requirements are listed on the tab "admission criteria") who are looking for an English-language master’s programme with a distinct international and multidisciplinary flavour, and in an international setting.

Focus on international economics

The programme offers students three types of courses. The first deals with the current international economic context, while the second consists of advanced business courses. The remaining courses are at the intersection of those two fields and focus on doing business in an international context.

A multidisciplinary programme

The International Business programme is well suited to those who want an overview of multiple disciplines relevant to the management of a company. It offers diverse courses ranging from social sciences such as organisational behaviour and leadership to law courses and finance. This way, students not only train their analytical skills, they also learn to engage with psychological concepts and organisational linkages. As a result,
the programme prepares you for the many different issues you will have to face in business life.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes describe the intended knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes that you must master after completing your studies. Do you want to know more about the specific learning outcomes of this programme? Click here for more information.

Language requirements

Prospective students can prove their English language level by meeting one of the following criteria:

1. Having successfully completed one of the following language proficiency tests:

  • TOEFL: minimum level: 213 for the computer-based test (CBT); 80 for the internet-based test (IBT); 550 for paper -based test
  • IELTS: minimum level academic module 6.5
  • CAE: minimum grade B
  • CPE: minimum grade C
  • ITACE: minimum grade B2

2. Having successfully completed secondary or higher education with English as language of instruction;

3. Having successfully completed secondary school at a Belgian institution.

Direct admission

Candidates with a Flemish university degree of ‘Bachelor in de Toegepaste Economische Wetenschappen’, ‘Bachelor Handelsingenieur’ and ‘Bachelor TEW: bedrijfskunde’.

Admission after examination of your application file

Candidates with a university bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a field related to business/management or economics who have obtained the minimum number of (European) credits in each of these subjects (a total of 96) may be admitted after a review of their application by the faculty admission board:

  • Law (6 ECTS) 
  • Business/Management (24 ECTS)
  • Economics (15 ECTS)
  • Languages (15 ECTS)
  • Quantitative methods (24 ECTS)
  • Social Sciences (12 ECTS)

This list is not absolute; if you lack some credits you still could be found eligible to join this master. The only way to find out is to submit your application!

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Internships and exchange programme

As practical experience is becoming increasingly important when looking for a job, the International Business programme offers students the opportunity to take an internship. Students can choose an internship of 6 ECTS (20 full time workdays) or 12 ECTS (40 full time work days), but there is no maximum duration. It can take place at any time during the academic year, though we prefer you to do it during the summer. The International Business programme has connections with companies like Coca-Cola, IBM, Daikin, BNP Paribas, KPMG and PwC. In addition, students can apply for internships at the European Commission and the European Parliament – both in Brussels. As international experience can boost your cv, VUB allows – and even encourages – international internships.

Personalize your curriculum

The first year consists solely of compulsory courses. In the second year, you can personalise your curriculum by picking electives. If you want to turn theory into practice, you can combine an internship at a multinational company with the more theoretical part of your curriculum.

Application deadline

Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree. Applications can only be submitted through our website

  • All students need to apply before June 1st
  • Note: if the proof of English proficiency or APS certificate is not ready before the deadline, you can always submit it later instead of missing the deadline.

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After graduation

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations, or continue your academic career as a PhD researcher. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

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The VUB helps you to make your first step in the job market with workshops, networking events, job fairs, tips ‘n tricks for job interviews. All an ambitious student needs!

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Phd?


If you want to continue your academic career, you can apply for a PhD position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. All you need is a promoter, research subject and sufficient funding. Are you up for this challenge?

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"The MSc Management Science is a very broad programme. It is well suited for those who do not want to specialise in any particular field but want to get an overview of multiple disciplines relevant to the management of a company. The large scope also makes it a very challenging Masters degree. It offers very diverse courses ranging from “soft” social sciences such as organisational behaviour and leadership to the mathematical side as needed in finance or economics based modules. This range requires not only the training of purely analytical skills but also the engagement with psychological concepts and organisational linkages. It thus provides a good preparation for the many different issues you will later have to face in business life.

The possibility to include practical training in the form of an internship in the degree makes it even more attractive. It gives the possibility to apply and test the theoretical foundation obtained in the classroom immediately while giving the CV an extra boost.  The large weight of the thesis and the chance to devise and pursue a research question for almost one-and-a-half years is a great way to learn how to do research and work to academic standards.

Overall I have enjoyed the two years very much. The international composition of the class and the setting in Brussels give the programme a very particular flair. While life in Belgium may take some time to getting used to, the presence of a vibrant international community, the EU institutions, and lots of cultural activities in Brussels make it very difficult to get bored."

 

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