Admission requirements

Direct admission

Prospective students with a Flemish 'Bachelor of Science in de politieke wetenschappen' degree or a 'VUB Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences degree have direct admission to the programme.

Admission after screening

Prospective students with different degrees will undergo an evaluation based on their academic background, results, motivation, and language skills. Prospective students must have an academic bachelor's degree in Political Science, International Relations, and/or European Union Studies. Prospective students with a degree in a different field but who obtained a minimum of 30 credits in political science, international relations or EU studies domains may also submit an application.

Language requirements

We acknowledge the following as proof of English language proficiency:

  • A Belgian high school degree
  • A certificate from the institution where you completed secondary or higher education, attesting that English was the language of instruction
  • A certificate from one of the following language tests corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference with a minimum level of B2:
    • TOEFL (only the internet-based test is accepted) with a minimum level of 79
    • IELTS academic module, with a minimum level of 6.5
    • Cambridge English minimum grade scale score of 170
    • ITACE with a minimum level of B2

Please note that language test results must not be older than 5 years at the time of application. Meeting the language requirements is mandatory for acceptance. Letters of acceptance will not be issued without proof of language proficiency.

Required documents

During the online application procedure, you will need to upload the following documents to initiate the screening process:

  • Proof of identity (Passport or ID card)
  • Headshot photograph
  • Official documents for all higher education degrees (both original and translated versions)
  • Official transcripts of records for all higher education (both original and translated versions)
  • Motivational letter
  • Two recommendation letters (optional)
  • Proof of English language proficiency 

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