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STUDY AT THE SOLVAY BUSINESS SCHOOL

The Faculty of Social Sciences & Solvay Business School has its roots in the Business Engineer programme founded by Ernest Solvay in 1903. This started a long tradition of integrating business education with technology which continues in all of its programmes. 

STUDY IN BRUSSELS

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is a dynamic and modern university with almost two centuries of history. VUB has 15.000 students, 21% of which are international students from more than 120 different countries. 

Being a student at VUB means learning in an international and open atmosphere of tolerance and diversity that will help you to grow into an independent and critical-thinking individual. 

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is known for its highly skilled academics and 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 to prepare yourself for a job in the field(s) of business economics.

This bachelor is taught on a green campus where all facilities are close at hand: classrooms, student restaurant, library, sports facilities (swimming pool, gym, three sports courts, badminton facilities).

Take your time to go through all programme related information on this website. If you feel you have any specific question, complete this request form and we'll get in touch

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WHY CHOOSE BUSINESS ECONOMICS?

Do you wonder why a brand-new car you purchased is worth less the moment you drive it off the seller’s lot? Or why one firm markets its products more successfully than another firm? Are you intrigued by why some countries have been performing well even in times of crisis? Do you want to know how best to motivate your employees? Then you should consider studying Business Economics.

A YOUNG PROGRAMME

This programme was launched two years ago. Annually, the programme will grow. In the current academic year 2019-2020 we organize the second bachelor year for the first time. Next academic year we willlaunch the third year. 

We welcomed over 100 new bachelor students in our first year, making the launch a great success! Today, about 230 students are enrolled in this programme.

A COMPLETE BACHELOR PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

  

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.

MASTER OPTIONS

After having completed this bachelor programme, you have the option to continue in one of the following master programmes (based on your 3rd bachelor orientation):

Master in International Business


Completed the bachelor orientation in International Business?

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Master in Business & Technology


Completed the bachelor orientation in Business & Technology?

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ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

When you apply for this Bachelor programme you need to have a secondary school credential that grants you access to a Bachelor degree in your home country.

Some international high school degrees are deemed equivalent to a Belgian degree of secondary education and grant direct access (if you also have a proof of language proficiency) to our Bachelor programmes. You can find the list here: list of equivalent secondary school certificates.

If you have a high school degree that is not equivalent to a Belgian degree of secondary education, you have to meet our language requirements (see below) and send us your high school diploma and transcripts and a letter of motivation. The admissions committee decides whether you are eligible to join the program.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

We accept the following proof of English language proficiency:

1. an upper secondary school diploma from the Belgian educational system;

2. a certificate from the institution where you finished secondary or higher education, stating that English was the language of instruction;

3. a certificate of one of the following language tests corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference with minimum level B2: 

  • TOEFL (only the internet-based test is accepted) with minimum level: 79
  • IELTS academic module, with minimum level: 6.5
  • Cambridge English minimum grade scale score of 170
  • ITACE with minimum level B2

Certificates and other proof of language tests may not pre-date the first enrolment by more than two years.

MATH SKILLS

Although a GMAT is not required to be admitted, we do expect our students to have a solid prior knowledge of mathematics. To find out if your math knowledge is sufficient, we have developed a short test. You should be able to finish these exercises without too much trouble. Struggling with one of the topics? Then be sure to take the time to brush up on your knowledge.

Test your math skills!

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The application procedure takes time. Different departments are involved in the screening process. Therefor we advise all candidates to apply well before the deadline and to submit a complete file (including all required uploads) as soon as possible!

  1. Start the application procedure here
  2. Screening process in three steps: central admissions office checks completeness of your file > faculty program board check the academic requirements > central admissions office checks the language requirements
  3. Outcome of screening: if accepted, you will receive a conditional letter of acceptance (with which you can request for a student visa)
  4. Enroll at VUB university campus (in person) before 8 October

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • ID card / Passport copy
  • Passport photo (to be used for your student card)
  • High school degree or proof that you will graduate at the end of this school year;
  • Proof of English proficiency;
  • High school results (not mandatory if you have direct access);
  • Letter of motivation (not mandatory if you have direct access)

If you do not possess all required documents, you can already submit your application and send us your late documents when available.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

All students are advised to apply as soon as possible!

  • EEA students have to submit their online application before 1 September.
  • Non-EEA students (students who need to apply for a student visa) have to submit their online application before 1 April.

An application fee of €50 will be charged to all applicants who have no direct access (refundable if you're found eligible and enrol at VUB).

 

HOW TO START YOUR APPLICATION PROCEDURE?

The application website

Preparation


Your standard to-do-list

How to prepare your stay?

Tuition fees


Money well spent!

Calculate your tuition fee

Housing


Your new home

Where to stay in Brussels?

Financial support


Maybe we could help?

Find out the options to pay the bills

If you have any specific question, complete the request form

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Questions about the programme

How does the Bachelor of Business Economics compare to Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees?

The Bachelor of Business Economics is interdisciplinary: there are stronger ties between the economics courses and the functional fields of business. The economics courses are not just service courses but are an essential component of the program.

There is stronger emphasis on analytical problem-solving skills (e.g. using mathematical tools). As a result, the bachelor gives access to a wider range of master's programs (e.g. to master's programs in economics and finance).

Students are exposed to the scientific literature in the field, and are prepared to write an academic bachelor paper.

As a result, the Bachelor of Business Economics gives access to a wider range of graduate programs, including master's programs in economics and math-intensive master's programs in finance. Alumni of the program will be expected in the labor market to have better analytical skills than alumni from a BBA program.

 

What are my options after completing this bachelor?

MSc in International Business (two years (120 ECTS-credits), at theVUB, taught in English). Graduates from the Bachelor of Business Economics are unconditionally admitted. The Master in International Business is equivalent to the Master Toegepaste Economische Wetenschappen.

MSc in Business Engineering: Business and Technology (two years, 120 ECTS-credits), at the VUB, taught in English. Graduates from the Bachelor of Business Economics who took the orientation in Business and Technology are unconditionally admitted to the MSc in Business Engineering: Business and Technology. The MSc in Business Engineering: Business and Technology is equivalent to the Master Handelsingenieur.

Master Toegepaste Economische Wetenschappen (one year, 60 ECTS-credits), taught in Dutch at the VUB and at other Flemish universities. Graduates from the Bachelor of Business Economics are unconditionally admitted because the Bachelor of Business Economics is equivalent to Bachelor TEW.

Master's programmes in economics and business elsewhere, depending on their admissions criteria.

 

Is there any internship option in this bachelor?

No, there is no internship course included in this programme. If you continue in one of the VUB master programmes (cf previous answer), you have the option to do an internship that is credited.

 

Why is the tuition so cheap?

All Flemish universities in Belgium, including the VUB, are subsidized by the Flemish government, which results in relatively low tuition fees for students from the European Economic Area (EEA). The tuition for one year varies between about € 900 (EEA students) and € 4000 (non-EEA students).

 

I'm currently enrolled in a BBA programme and would like to transfer to this programme. What should I do?

There is no automatic transfer process. You apply as any other student has to do (or in case you have direct access: you enroll) and then you have the option to submit a personal exemption request. This consist out of a completed template (available on this website), your study records (official documents, stamped & signed by the institution) and the official course content sheets providing all available and official information on each of the courses you mention to have completed in the past. We ask you to hand over this file in person, so we can check the completeness in your advantage.

Practicalities

What is the tuition fee for an EEA national?

The tuition fee for a regular EEA national for the academic year 2020-21 is: €938,80. This page will provide you with more detailed information on tuition fees.

What is the tuition fee for a non-EEA national?

The tuition fee for a regular non-EEA national for academic year 2020-21 is: €3.850,00. This page will provide you with more detailed information on tuition fees

Are there any scholarship options at the VUB?

Although the Vrije Universiteit Brussel participates in many scholarship programmes offering grants to all levels of study, there are currently no grants or scholarships for students who wish to enrol in the BScSS programme.

Depending on your nationality, family situation and income, you might however be eligible for a Study Allowance granted by the Flemish government. For more information on financial support, you can contact the Study Guidance Center. 

Do I need a visa to study in Belgium?

Visa requirements are mainly determined by 3 factors: how long the person will be staying in Belgium (more or less than 90 days); the applicant’s nationality, EEA or non-EEA; and the purpose of the stay (studying, working, family reunion, etc.). Depending on the applicant’s profile, some formalities may have to be performed in the country of origin (visa) and a number of administrative steps will have to be taken once in Belgium (ID card). More information on visa requirements can be found here.

What is the VUB Refugee Programme and how can I register for it?

The ‘Welcome Student-refugee programme’ was developed in the wake of the emerging refugee crisis in Europe in 2015-2016. The VUB has developed the programme in order to give students with a refugee background a chance to continue their studies. You can find more information on the programme and how to register for it on this page.

How should I prepare my stay in Brussels?

The VUB created a guide for international students and scholars, regarding the steps needed to prepare for your stay in Brussels.

What are the options for housing at the VUB?

The VUB has prepared a list of temporary accommodation you may need upon your arrival in Brussels, as well as options for permanent accommodation and housing. You find out all about it on this page.

Is Brussels the right city for me?

Brussels is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, and the biggest university city in Belgium. We have put together a short guide into the city’s history and important features.

You still have a specific question? Do not hesitate to complete the request form and we'll answer you asap!

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YOUR BACHELOR IS ONLY THE BEGINNING

If you really acquired a taste for Brussels after your three year stay, you can decide to stick around a little longer and join our two-year Master of Science in International Business. You have direct admission. This master’s programme focuses on the international dynamics of business and includes an internship.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

A degree in Business Economics is versatile. Graduates can get jobs in a broad range of sectors like banking, insurance, audit or consulting, but also in public administration. They work in research departments or other staff functions in firms and organizations, and in operational functions as well. Some graduates become sales managers or human resources managers, others work in marketing. In short, the degree offers a broad range of opportunities.

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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!

First step in the market

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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digital information sessions

Between April 27th and May 31st we organize digital information sessions on this programme

How to book an info session

Follow the next steps:

1. After clicking on the button below 'book online', a virtual calendar will show up.
2. At the top you select which study programme you are interested in.
3. You scroll down to the calendar and select one of the available moments (in black).
4. You pick the moment that best suits you and fill out your details under the calendar.
5. Now click on "book" to complete your registration.
6. You will receive a confirmation mail, so check your inbox.
7. Something is wrong? You can contact us here.

Book your seat in one of the sessions now

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