Get the business essentials you need to succeed

This 10-week online learning journey gives you a broad base in the fundamentals of business. Through five in-depths modules on strategy, finance, marketing, operations and people management, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to discuss key business issues with confidence. And at the end of the programme, you’ll gain an official Vlerick Certificate in Business Essentials.

For whom

We welcome professionals from any sector, in any role, who want to enhance their business knowledge and grow in their professional career.


Learn to Speak Business is a flexible programme that’s designed to work around your professional and personal commitments. It’s a 10-week online journey where you boost your knowledge in five key business areas – strategy, finance, marketing, operations and people management. There’s a new module every two weeks that you work through at your own pace – and you’ll need to dedicate around five hours per week to studying. To gain your certificate, you need to complete at least four of the five modules. But of course, you’re more than welcome to follow all of them.

The modules bring together a number of learning formats to help you get the most from the programme – including reading, short videos, quizzes and opportunities to get critical feedback from peers. We encourage you to apply what you’ve learned to your own organisation. And at the end of each module, you’ll have opportunities to ask our faculty any questions. You’ll also pair up with a “buddy” – a fellow participant who’ll be there to support and challenge you.

On top of that, you’ll join two live sessions, where you’ll be inspired by engaging keynote speakers, collaborate with your fellow learners and develop an even broader network.


This ten-week online programme is made up of different building blocks.



After completing this online programme, you’ll:
  • Gain confidence by learning, or refreshing your understanding of, essential business concepts
  • Be able to interpret actions and decisions from (top) management
  • Be able to identify how your projects and actions contribute to the strategy of the organisation
  • Develop a broad network with your programme colleagues

Vlerick faculty involved in the programme

Carine Peeters

Prof Carine Peeters

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Wouter De Maeseneire

Wouter De Maeseneire

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Fred Lemke

Prof Fred Lemke

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Ann Vereecke

Prof Ann Vereecke

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Katleen De Stobbeleir

Prof Katleen De Stobbeleir

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Drive real change in your organisation

A learning experience with real impact on your operations? A management programme tailored to the specific needs of your business? Contact us and discover how we can design and deliver customised programmes for your team that add genuine value to your organisation.

Meet Us

Info Sessions & Open Days
28 Sep
Info Session Executive Education & MBA
Category: General Info Sessions

05 Oct
Meet our programme advisor online
Category: General Info Sessions

26 Oct
Experience Vlerick Over Lunch
Category: General Info Sessions


& Rankings

Equis Association of MBAs AACSB Financial Times