Frequently Asked Questions
We recognize you may still have questions regarding the application process. Below are some of the questions we typically receive. Never hesitate to contact one of our admissions officers if you cannot find the answer you are looking for.
Do you need my official degree or transcript along with a certified translation?
A simple scan or copy of your degree and/or academic transcripts is sufficient during the application process. Once admitted, however, we will need to see an original copy of your degree together with an English translation (where applicable) by a certified translator. The final deadline for submitting your proof of graduation is 1 October. You may either send us an original copy by regular mail or bring the original document with you in September so that we can verify authenticity and make a copy. Alternatively, you may ask your university to send a mail directly to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that you have in fact obtained your degree. In this case, your university needs to specify the exact title of your degree, your name, the duration of your studies and your graduation date.
Can I retake the admissions test if I didn’t pass the first time?
You can retake the admissions test once only per academic cycle for any specific programme. You can retake only the parts of the Vlerick Business Admissions Test (VBAT) in which you did not perform well the first time.
How long does my admission remain valid?
Your admission is valid for a period of up to two years. This means that you may postpone your enrolment by just one academic year. In other words, if you are admitted to the programme beginning in September 2014 but decide to defer your admission, you may enrol for the programme beginning in September 2015 without applying again. Your scholarship application (where applicable) will, however, need to be reviewed again.
How long do my test scores remain valid?
GMAT and GRE scores are generally valid for five years. If your score is older than 5 years you are requested to retake the test. If you have taken the test more than once, the highest score will be taken into consideration provided it is not older than five years.
English language Proficiency Exam scores are generally valid for two years. If your TOEFL score is older than 2 years you are requested to retake the test.
- How do I make the payment for the application fee?
To complete your application you must pay a non-refundable application fee of €50. You can choose to do this either by bank transfer or online by credit card. For online payment, please use our payment service provider Ogone.
- How do I prepare for the VBAT?
You can find some tips & tricks in our VBAT preparation document.
- How do I sign up for the VBAT?
Simply fill in the online application form and submit all required documents before the deadline. A few days before the test you’ll receive an email confirmation specifying your timeslot for the interview and analytical test.
Tests may quickly fill up so make sure you apply early!
- If I take the GMAT or GRE, what kind of scores are you looking for?
GMAT : Typically, 80% of the students we admit fall between a 590 and 720 on the GMAT. The average score is a 660. We expect balanced results for all portions of the test. When you sign up for the GMAT, make sure you select Vlerick Business School in the list. More info & registration.
GRE: You’ll need a GRE scaled score of 154 or more for the verbal part (61%) and 155 or more for the quantitative part (64%). When you sign up, make sure you submit our school code 7176. More info & registration.
If your score is lower, you’ll need to demonstrate other strengths such as excellent study results or other achievements.
- What are your minimum scores for the various English language assessment exams?
(minimum 100 internet-based or 600 paper-based; use our code 7176)
What should I expect in the interview?
The interview is conducted in person, via Skype, or over the phone. If you take the VBAT, it will always take place face to face on one of our campuses. It typically lasts no more than 30 minutes. In the interview we’ll want to know why you want to do the programme, how it fits into your future career plans, and what will be your added value to the group. We’ll look at your resume for activities or experiences showing your interest in business, and will ask you questions about the current business environment.
- What is the application deadline?
- If you apply via the VBAT, you can sign up for any test date if you are a citizen of the EU. You must apply for the April test at the latest if you are not a citizen of the EU.
- If you apply via the GMAT/GRE, the application deadline is June 30th if you are a citizen of the EU and March 31st if you are not a citizen of the EU.