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International Business

Course Description

About the programme

The MSc in International Business (formally known as MSc. in Management Science) is a 2-year, full-time programme organised by the Solvay Business School of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. It targets students - both Belgian and foreign - with academic bachelor’s degrees in Business Economics or Management who are looking for an English-language master’s programme with a distinct international and multidisciplinary flavour, and in an international setting.

Doing business in an international context

The basic concept behind the selection of the courses in the programme is straightforward. There are essentially three types of courses: courses that deal with today's international economic context, advanced business courses, and courses on the intersection of these two fields; that is, courses that are all about 'doing business in an international context', including a hands-on internship in a (multinational) company.

The courses that introduce students to today's European/international/globalised economic environment are placed in the first semester of the first year. Courses that improve students' business knowledge are mainly in the second semester of the first year.

Personalise your curriculum

The first year consists of compulsory courses. But in the second year, apart from the Master’s thesis and the internship, there are only two compulsory courses, namely Corporate Social Responsibility, Multinational Strategic Planning and a brand new advanced course on international economics. This allows students to personalise their curriculum by picking elective courses.

Learn from professionals from all over the world...

Our professors have solid publication records and increasingly come from different corners of the world. In addition to our eminent academics, we are proud to welcome, as members of our teaching faculty, numerous business professionals and practitioners from every sector of business and the economy, including industry and services, as well as the private and public sectors in both Belgium and Europe. Their knowledge and experience cover every field of management and business (strategy, finance, marketing, leadership, technology, IT, etc.).

...specialised in various fields of research

We have also created a number of research Chairs, financed by corporate and private donors. Students have the opportunity to attend lectures given by the holders of these research Chairs, all of whom are highly respected and internationally known professors specialising in various fields of research.

Admission requirements

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 the subjects as set out below (a total of 96) may be admitted after a review of their application by the Admissions Board.

Field of study & Min. number of required ECTS

Law 6
Economics 15
Management 24
Languages 15
Quantitative methods 24
Humanities/Social Sciences 12

Visit the International Business page on the Vrije Universiteit Brussel website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Andres Franco Morales

2840.jpg My life during the last two years has been enormously enriched after have taken the decision of moving to Belgium to follow a program at the VUB. I was faced with an undeniable international context; from the beginning I found diversity of cultures and people, legendary city-highlights, and endlessly possibilities when it comes to art, music, and entertainment.

Academically, my background was based on one-country reality and taught in one language only; so, the MMS at the VUB boasted my competences at another level. A holistic view of the world, of the MNEs, and of economic variables was my most valuable gain that I reached from the program. The content of the courses full of useful information that needs to be researched further in order to gain a deeper insight of the content, the variety of topics taught in class, and the willingness of the professors and administrative staff to support students in their learning made my experience at the VUB fully pleasant.

After this training, my feeling is of complete confidence to go out to the market and present myself as a creative, skilled, and internationally-oriented business manager.


Belgian Technical Cooperation Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Belgian Technical Cooperation Agency (BTC) grants scholarships to nationals from its 18 partner countries (see for full list http://www.btcctb.org/en/countries-and-themes).
Duration: from 1 to 2 academic years
The scholarships includes:
- a tuition fee waiver
- insurance
- one return flight
- family supplement
- accommodation allowance,
- indirect travel costs,
- installation allowance,
- didactic allowance,
- mailing allowance.

Value of Scholarship(s)

~10,000 EUR/year


Nationals of:
Algeria Mozambique Belgium Niger Benin Palestine Bolivia Peru Bolivia (ES) Perú (ES) Burundi Rwanda DR Congo Senegal Ecuador South Africa Ecuador (ES) Tanzania Mali Uganda Morocco Vietnam

Application Procedure

The BTC has a delegation in each of its partner countries. This delegation, usually based at the Belgian Embassy, handles the application and selection procedure. The application procedure and overall requirements vary per country. For further information, please contact the delegation in your country:http://www.btcctb.org or diplomatie.belgium.be

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Candidates with a university bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a field related to business/management or economics. In order to be admitted, you need to be proficient in English.

Last Updated

08 December 2016

Course Fees

EEA students: 890 EUR/year Non EEA students 2950 EUR/year

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