Admissions are open at the Vlerick Business School in Brussels for the 1-year full time MBA with a May 31 application deadline for Non-European citizens and July 31 for European citizens.
Vlerick boasts of a triple-accredited, full-time MBA (AASCB, AMBA, EQUIS). It also claims location advantage in having the program in Brussels, a hub of international trade, commerce and government in Europe.
The B-school has been ranked by Financial Times as number 1 in highest salary increase for MBAs in Europe, 6th in value for money, based on salary earned, 9th for programs with entrepreneurship focus and 15th in European Business School ranking.
For applying to Vlerick, you need a degree from an accredited university and at least three years full-time work experience. The applicants would be required to pass an admissions test – the Vlerick Business School Admissions Test, GMAT or GRE.
EU Indian Scholarship is for permanent residents in India with a GMAT score of at least 650. Such candidates can apply for a €13,000 scholarship towards full-time MBA studies.
Clearing an English Language Proficiency Exam is required for non-English speakers. Native English speakers or those having English as the medium of instruction for undergraduate degree are exempt from this exam.Once the application is reviewed, you will be invited for the admissions interview.
The business school says it looks for candidates not only with a strong academic profile, but also on being “a good fit for Vlerick”. Thus, the candidate’s academic record is examined along with the GMAT, GRE or Vlerick test scores as well as quantitative and qualitative analytical skills.
The school expects its students to have an international outlook, strong teamwork skills and a responsible approach to business. It wants details about your professional experience, your career so far and goals for the future.
How to Apply
You have to fill out the online application specifying whether you want to take the Vlerick Business School Admissions Test, GMAT or GRE admissions test (you can take the VBAT in Belgium or in your home country).
The next step is uploading of documents. These are resume/CV, diploma/transcripts, motivation essays, a scan of your ID/passport, GMAT/GRE score report (if applicable) and English Proficiency Exam score (if applicable).
You also have to provide contact details of your referees, pay the €50 application fee and submit your file.
Within a few days after submitting the application, the school will contact you to share the initial feedback. You will get a call for an admissions test and/or interview on meeting the required criteria.
Those opting for Vlerick Business School Admissions Test in Belgium can take it at Brussels or Ghent campus while those abroad have the
Interview for the GMAT or GRE candidates and those unable to come to the campus, the interview will be conducted via Skype or phone call. Within five days of the interview, the final decision will be conveyed.
Applicants would get individual feedback. You can also retake your admissions test once in the same academic year.
Apart from classroom learning students would be exposed to hands-on workshops and company projects to bootcamps and international study trips. The program is designed to help participants become strategic thinkers and business-ready professionals.
The international exposure would be in China or South Africa. For your Innovation & Entrepreneurship course, you’ll spend time in the USA.
International seminars, corporate lectures, company and cultural visits are part of the studies.
In Electives, you can either choose to delve into one or two areas in great depth or to keep your focus broad and wide. You choose three out of ten possible electives in Brussels – or combine one of these local electives with a four-day programme in Dublin.
Specialised 3-week bootcamps are available in one of five domains – financial services, energy, healthcare, retail & FMCG or strategy consulting.
Consultancy projects involve spending eight weeks in a company, taking on a real business challenge. You will get coaching and support from our expert faculty throughout the project – and the opportunity to present back to the company at the end.
Fees and Expenses
The Tuition fee is pegged at €38,000. It includes full tuition, textbooks and the study trip programme.
The average monthly living expense in Brussels is around €900 – €1,100.
The tuition fees can be paid before starting the program. You need to pay the deposit within 30 days and the balance before starting the class.
You can also opt to pay tuition fees in three instalments. If you choose this option, you need to sign a contract and pay a €250 admin fee.
In such cases, the payment schedule will be instalment 1 by November 30, 2017, Instalment 2 by February 28, 2018 and Instalment 3 by April 30, 2018.
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Scholarships are awarded on a merit basis taking into consideration both academic excellence along with personal and professional achievements.
A Gender Diversity Scholarship is available for women and a diversity scholarship for students from diverse backgrounds who have a global mind-set and cultural awareness.
The Academic scholarship is for those with a strong academic record and a GMAT score of more than 680.
The Leadership Scholarship is for students who have demonstrated strong leadership skills in their professional experience.
Regional Scholarships are for students from Africa, The Americas, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East who want to continue to work in their region after they get their MBA.Sector-specific scholarships are available in healthcare, retail and consumer goods, financial services and energy.
The Dirk Kuijper Endowment Fund is aimed at promoting the international elements of the MBA program.
EU Indian Scholarship is for permanent residents in India with a GMAT score of at least 650. Such candidates can apply for a €13,000 scholarship towards full-time MBA studies.(Google.com)