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MASTER IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

The main advantages of the programme:

Language


entirely instructed in

ENGLISH

Curriculum design


in two modules (120 ECTS)

MULTIDISCIPLINARY

Student body


from all over the world

INTERNATIONAL MINDSET

Options


national or international

Exchange / Internship

A perfect match

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!

This 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. 

Solvay Business School at VUB

The Faculty of 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. 

We strive to educate our students to become highly skilled professionals with an excellent command of various languages and a good understanding of multiple cultures wanted by national and international public institutions and by multinational companies. 

International university

Vrije Universiteit Brussel 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. 

VUB offers high quality English-taught programmes, supported by outstanding research. VUB is known for treating its students as individuals. Professors and teaching assistants are available and open to answer questions from students. Interactive methods ensure close interaction and contribute to students growing into independent and critical individuals.

Faculty of Social Sciences & Solvay Business School

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internationalbusiness@vub.ac.be

Educational Quality


HERE AT VUB WE PUT GREAT CARE AND EFFORT IN THE QUALITY OF OUR EDUCATION. TRANSPARENCY IS KEY. INFORMATION ON THE EDUCATIONAL QUALITY OF EACH PROGRAMME IS PUBLIC, E.G. DESCRIBING ITS STRENGTHS AND ACTIONS.

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When does the programme start? What courses are offered?

Discover the programme design

Academic rhythm

Our academic calendar runs for one entire year, starting with the first semester (September), followed by the exam session, then a second semester (until May) followed by another exam session. You have second session exam chances in August-September.

Semester 1


All new students start mid-September with a series of daytime classes in 13 weeks. The first semester ends in the 3rd week of December (winter break). The first exam session (1st semester courses) is organized in January.

Semester 2


starting halfway February - 8 weeks of class, followed by the spring break, and then another 5 weeks of class. The first exam session (2nd semester courses) is organized at the end of May and in June.

Resit exam chance


organized from mid-August till mid-September. This second chance exam is included in your enrollment and we expect you to attend this exam if you've failed a first exam session (no failed result is transferred to second session).

Programme design

The programme consists out if 120 ECTS and is build on two modules of 60 ECTS. This way, the curriculum can be completed in two academic years. Three types of courses are offered. 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.

Module 1

Compulsory course overview

Module 2

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. 

Internship options

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.

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.

Can you join this programme?

Discover the admissions criteria

Start of the application season

DECEMBER 2020

Deadline for non-EEA students (visa required)

1 April 2021

Deadline for EEA students (and holders of a valid visa)

1 September 2021

Start of the academic year 2021-2022

20 September 2021

Academic requirements

Will your application file be screened or do you have direct access?

Direct admission

Candidates with a Flemish university degree of ‘Bachelor of Science in de Toegepaste Economische Wetenschappen’, ‘Bachelor of Science: Handelsingenieur’ and ‘Bachelor TEW: bedrijfskunde’ or with the VUB degree of ‘Bachelor of Business Economics’ are directly admitted to the Master of International Business. Deadline to enroll is 30 September.

Admission after screening procedure

We target students with already a profound study background in business/management/economics with above average study results. Entry is competitive. 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 69 ECTS) may be admitted after a review of their application by the faculty admissions board:

  • Law (6 ECTS) 
  • Business/Management (24 ECTS)
  • Economics (15 ECTS)
  • Quantitative methods (24 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 before the deadline!

Language requirements

There are three ways to prove your proficiency:

Option 1: send us one of the following language certificates proving your CEFR B2 level

  • TOEFL (only the internet-based test is accepted): minimum level: 79
  • IELTS: minimum level academic module 6.5
  • Cambridge English: Minimum scale grade 170 (equivalent to the CEFR B2)
  • ITACE: minimum grade B2

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware that students may face difficulties to take a test in person. Please note that we also accept the TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator. These are variants of the classic TOEFL and IELTS tests that you may take at home.

Please note that language test results cannot be older than 5 years at the moment of application.

Option 2: having successfully completed secondary or higher education with English as language of instruction:

  • submit official proof of the language of instruction of your previous study;

Option 3: having successfully completed Belgian secondary education

  • submit official proof that you completed a study in the Belgian educational system
Deliver all required documents before the deadline

Required documents

If you feel you meet both the academic requirements and the language requirements, you best start the online application procedure to find out if you're accepted to join this programme.

The following documents are required to upload during the online application procedure to start the screening process:

  • Proof of identity (Passport or ID-card)
  • Profile picture (ends on your student card)
  • All higher education degrees (official documents, both original and translations)
  • All higher education transcripts of records (official documents, both original and translations)
  • Motivational letter
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Proof of English language proficiency

The screening process takes up to several weeks. Submit your file as soon (and complete) as possible.

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Courses will be organised on the Brussels Humanities, Sciences and Engineering Campus, located in Elsene, Brussels.

What our Alumni say

Our alumni from all over the world share their experiences at VUB in the International Business master with you.

Amelia Budiharto, Class of 2019–2020

"I recommend this program to everyone who wants to develop their career in a multinational environment."

"The MSc in International Business is a challenging and well-structured program. This program offers not only a set of core modules related to general business aspects but also a broad range of elective modules that you wish to master.

During my 2 years of study, I met dozens of professors who are highly competent in their fields, combined with mature experience in real-life organizations. I could exchange ideas and seek advice from them to understand complex topics in international business management.

Graduating from the MSc in International Business not only provided me with essential knowledge of various aspects of business management but also gave me the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in real-life organizations. This was a window of opportunity for me to take an internship program at a well-known multinational company.

In addition, what I really liked about studying at VUB is that I could meet students from multi-cultural backgrounds. This experience taught me how to work with people from multicultural backgrounds and understand different viewpoints of the business environment."

 

Benjamin Kinnart, Class of 2019–2020

"This program prepares you excellently for your further career."

"Being a Belgian student, this English-speaking master was a great opportunity. During the two years, I really enjoyed the international experience by getting to know and working with people from all around the world. All this while being in Brussels, one of the main international gateways of Europe. This master offers a large scope of what the economy has to offer and is also a great way to combine theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on experience."

Benjamin is currently active as a PhD student at VUB for the Department of Business

Vegim Hoti, Class of 2019–2020

"The experience of working together with students from all around the world, under the guidance of excellent professors is invaluable."

"International Business at VUB has been a rewarding experience for students from all four corners of the globe, nurturing an international and multicultural environment. Graduation at VUB has contributed to the community some of the future business leaders who are confident, resilient, and worldly.

Coming from a developing country in Eastern Europe, Kosovo, I began studies covered in the colors of my nation's flag. Living the international business graduate experience, I was embraced by many more colours, ideas, and people. We all learned to be one people of the world. Willing to defy convictions and become better citizens, in the heart of Europe, Brussels. 

The two years at VUB have been memorable, amazing, and challenging. Even in hardship, we the VUBians were "Conquering darkness by science". VUB has sparked in each and every one of us the sense of responsibility, the academic rigour, and the willingness to be the light and the change we want to see in the world.

Ever wondered what Vrije means? Free, Open and Fun. Don't translate it, live it. Come to Vrije Universiteit Brussel."

Vegim is currently manager at Plein Publiek

Thuong Le, Class of 2019–2020

"My two years in the MSc in International Business at Vrije Universiteit Brussel were among the best years of my life.”

"Studying at VUB was a fascinating experience for me. The curriculum of my Master’s degree is truly practical and organized, which helped me shape my view of my future career. In short, my time studying in Belgium gave me the chance to be a better version of myself. More than that, I had a chance to make friends with people from all over the world through this degree.”

Tuong Le is currently doing an internship at SCM Strategy & Process at Hitachi ABB Power Grids in Switzerland. 

 

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