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Masters in International Management and Strategy

Accelerate your international management career

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Business School in Belgium

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in Europe for Career Progress

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in Europe for Career Services

Ready to make an impact on the international scene? And steer your management career beyond borders? Then our Masters in International Management & Strategy is perfect for you. You’ll broaden your perspectives on management, sharpen specialist strategic skills in a global setting – and prepare to leap into a career that knows no boundaries.

Detailed programme

Our Masters in International Management & Strategy programme runs full-time from early September until the end of June - entailing 60 ECTS credits. Classes take place from 9am to 5.30pm and are a dynamic mix of working on real-life business cases, class interaction, company visits and group exercises.  

Our active learning approach involves many assignments in small teams and thus requires mandatory attendance, 100% motivation, and the willingness to work hard.  

This programme expands your global mindset, giving you in-depth insights into every aspect of management in an international context. You get the skills to stay ahead of global challenges at societal, business and technological levels. And you gain hands-on experience that will push your strategic capabilities to new heights. 

Get a full overview of the different courses here

At Vlerick, our unique approach blends action learning and personal development.   

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 Action learning 

From theory to practice:  

  • Interactive classes 
  • Pragmatic, multidisciplinary approach 
  • Insightful business simulations 
  • Real-life cases and challenges 

Highlights of the programme include: 

  • Global Immersion : Spend four weeks getting to know new countries through a mix of lectures, company visits, challenges and cultural trips. Explore thriving start-ups, large companies and new cultures – and learn how they are connected to the global setting and political systems. 
  • European Strategy Tour: Visit companies, meet strategy professionals, solve real-life case studies and immerse yourself in new cultures and business environments as you explore Belgium’s neighbouring countries – and experience a real mix of industries and different types of business model.  
  • Deep Dive Challenge: Working with senior management, begin to link management theory and practice by working on challenges from a real-life business case. 
  • Global company project: Over two months, you’ll apply everything you’ve learned in a real strategic consultancy project or global social project of your choice. You’ll work outside of Belgium with clients from a different country and culture, navigate the nature of working in (virtual) teams across borders and boundaries – and gain hands-on experience of managing a global business.  

Personal development 

Leap from student to professional with: 

  • Continuous feedback and coaching 
  • Targeted skill development 
  • Comprehensive career services 
  • Multiple networking opportunities 
  • Personal development portfolio 

Highlights of the programme include: 

  • Becoming a Global Citizen: Become a true international leader by delving into the challenges of a globalised world, gaining exposure to international leaders and companies -  and immersing yourself in different cultures. Choose which language you want to learn or improve so you can set yourself apart in a multilingual world.
  • My Vlerick Development Portfolio: Gain insight into your own strengths and weaknesses, and be challenged to reflect and take actions to improve.
  • Management Skills Seminar: Join us off-campus for three days to focus on leadership development and the management skills you need for the digital age.
  • Diversity and inclusion: Understand your own assumptions, biases and preconceived ideas about how the world works – or should work. Discover which behaviours are acceptable, open your mind – and begin to develop a broader world view.
  • Career Coaching: Stay aligned to the current global job market as you gain the skills, insights and instincts to make a difference and explore your true potential

See a full overview of all the course here

Why this programme

  • Gain advanced knowledge of strategy and international business by developing the broad-ranging analytical skills you need to master the complex constraints of strategic decision-making.
  • Access Vlerick’s global network of strategic decision makers and experts in all areas of international strategy management.
  • Broaden your network in Brussels, a top European business hub and home to the European headquarters of some of the world’s most influential companies. 
  • Put your knowledge and skills to the test in a two-month consultancy project abroad – the perfect opportunity to connect with the people and organisations who will form your worldwide network.
  • Visit top European companies on a week-long strategy tour and immerse yourself in one of the world’s fastest growing economies on a four-week global immersion
  • Give your career an extra boost by choosing to complete a Vlerick Certificate in Strategy Consulting.

Curious to find out what it means to study at Vlerick? Discover what it’s like to study in Belgium – as well as practical information on how to organise your stay.  

Career benefits

96%

employed within three months after graduation

42%

have a career in strategy & consultancy

#18

worldwide in the FT ranking for Career Progress

100+

recruitment partners

Here’s a snapshot of our MIMS alumni success in the job market:

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Take a look at where our Masters in International Management & Strategy graduates are working:

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Define your career goals and align them with the jobs market with the help of: 

  • Case interview and assessment centre training 
  • Career clubs and competitions 
  • One-to-one coaching 
  • Career and networking events 

Take a look at our full careers services offer

Who should attend

Are you

  • A recent university graduate with limited or no work experience?
  • Ready to tackle global issues with an open mind?
  • Keen to develop an international career in management and/or play a key role in strategic consultancy?
  • Convinced by the need for a sustainable approach to global business?

If so, then a Masters in International Management & Strategy from Vlerick is exactly what you need. Discover the global business world from the heart of Europe and beyond with a diverse group of students who share your global mindset. Become confident in managing international projects and making the right strategic decisions – while considering financial, operational and sustainable perspectives.  

Our recent cohort for the Masters in International Management & Strategy looked like this:  

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Educational background

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Practical info

Start date: 1 September 2023 
Duration: 10 months (from September until June) 
Location: Brussels 
Application deadline non-EU citizens: 30 April 2023

Fees and financing

The tuition fee for this Masters programme is €21,900. 

This includes:  

  • Global Immersion trip of 4 weeks abroad (including accommodation, company visits, local flights and/or trains)
  • European Strategy Tour (including travel and accommodation)
  • Company visits
  • Travel between different campuses for mandatory programme events
  • One year of full online access to the Financial Times
  • Textbooks 

This fee does not include the cost of travel for the four-week global immersion trip or travel to and from the destination country where you do your company project. You will need to organise this travel yourself. On top of the tuition fee, please budget approximately €800 for return flights and visa costs. Costs for travel for your company project will depend on the location. 

Financing your Masters 

Joining a Vlerick programme can be a significant financial investment. But there are many financing options available to help towards your tuition fees – and we’re here to help you explore what types of support you might be eligible for. Each year, we offer a few full scholarships and several partial scholarships. Make sure to apply before February in order to be considered for a full scholarship.

Scholarships 

  • Women in Science (Exact sciences, Technology, Engineering): Are you a woman with an outstanding academic record in the field of STEM who shows leadership potential? If so – and if you pass the admissions test in the first round with a great overall performance – you might get a scholarship of up to 70% of the tuition fee. We thank the Martine & Philippe Van den Poel-Haspeslagh Fund and the Marion Debruyne Fund for sponsoring two full scholarships in this category. Applicants who fit the criteria will automatically be considered for this full scholarship.
  • GMAT/GRE Excellence scholarship: Get an automatic 50% scholarship if you have outstanding GMAT (> 700) or GRE (> 164 quantitative and > 163 verbal) scores.
  • Academic Merit scholarship: Provide us with proof of your excellent academic track record and get a scholarship of up to 50%. To qualify for this scholarship, you need study results equal to great or greatest distinction at Bachelors level for Belgian degrees or study results within top 20% of class at Bachelors level for non-Belgian degrees.
  • Vlerick Outstanding Achievement scholarship: Do you have a proven track record of outstanding achievement in extracurricular activities such as holding a leadership position in an international organisation (eg, being president of a student organisation), winning business or student competitions, combining your studies with professional activities (eg, student-entrepreneur, professional athlete)? Then you might get a scholarship of up to 50%. We also thank Lannoo for awarding a full scholarship in this category to a student with a background in cultural studies. Applicants who fit the criteria will be automatically considered for this full scholarship.
  • OnE Vlerick (Opportunity & Equality) scholarship: We value social diversity and we encourage individual commitment. For this partial scholarship, of up to 50%, you need to either represent diversity (eg, be a first-generation university student, belong to a minority group or an underprivileged community) or actively promote diversity and inclusion, by engaging in long-term initiatives that have a clear social impact. We also thank the Dean's fund for sponsoring 1 full scholarship.
  • Financial need scholarship: This scholarship can be combined with other scholarships. To apply, you will need a realistic financial plan and proof of financial need (previous scholarship or grant). The scholarship allocation and amount are decided on case-by-case basis. We thank Duvel Moortgat for sponsoring this full scholarship.

If you’re planning to apply for a scholarship, make sure you apply early. Please check the application form for full conditions 

Loans 

You could also consider getting a loan to cover your programme fees. 

  • Regular loans: A loan from your bank could cover your tuition fees – get in touch with them for more information.  
  • Prodigy Finance loans: Our partner, Prodigy Finance, offers loans to international students at the world’s top business schools. These loans can cover up to 100% of your fees, minus any scholarship you may be awarded. Learn more

Paying in instalments

You can choose to pay your tuition fees in three separate instalments in November, February and April.

If you want to pay by instalments, you need to sign a contract and pay an admin fee of €250. 

Admissions

There are four steps to applying for a Masters programme at Vlerick: 

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1. Check your eligibility 

What you need: 

  • Candidates studying in Belgium need a Masters degree from a recognised institution  
  • Candidates from outside Belgium can apply with a Masters degree or a 3 to 4-year Bachelor degree from a recognised institution (there may be additional requirements too)

Our Masters programmes are designed for young graduates, with an average age of 23 and little-to-no professional experience. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact our admissions team

2. Submit your application 

We process applications on a rolling basis from October, for the following September intake.

Complete your personal details and upload all necessary documents to our application tool. If you don’t need a visa to study in Belgium, you have until June to apply. However, we advise early application as we allocate places on a first come, first served basis. If you do need a visa to study in Belgium, we recommend you apply by the end of April for the September intake.   

3. Take your admissions test 

There are three elements in your admissions test:  

  1. Vlerick Online Test  – we accept our own in-house analytical test, numerical reasoning (and abstract reasoning if applicable), GMAT (minimum 600) or GRE (157 verbal and 158 quantitative). 
  2. Motivational interview – Using a standard set of questions, we assess the match between you, Vlerick and our programme. This interview takes place online and lasts about 20 minutes.
  3. Knowledge interview  – Vlerick faculty will ask you about your interest and insights into the field of studies you are applying for. This interview also takes place online and lasts about 20 minutes.

Want to prepare for your admissions test? – discover our tips and tricks.   

4. Register for the programme 

The Masters in International Management & Strategy programme both has capped seats and has a selective admissions process organised in rounds. We therefore strongly advise applying as early as possible:

 First admission round
Applications submitted:                   1 October 2022 until 30 November 2022
Decisions issued:                            31 January 2023* at the latest

Second admission round
Applications submitted:                   1 December 2022 until 28 February 2023
Decisions issued:                            15 May 2023* at the latest

Third admission round (last round for non-EU applicants!)
Applications submitted:                   1 March 2023 until 15 April 2023
Decisions issued:                            30 June 2023* at the latest

Fourth admission round
Applications submitted:                   15 April 2023 until 30 June 2023
Decisions issued:                            11 August 2023* at the latest

*Admissions results are communicated on a rolling basis, but at the latest by the deadline mentioned. If you need a decision sooner, please send an email to admissions@vlerick.com with a detailed motivation.

Once you’ve been admitted, you can go ahead and register.

Discover what it’s like to study in Belgium – as well as practical information on how to organise your stay.

Success stories

Valery Diaz

"Vlerick helped me decide to change my career path. I chose Vlerick because I wanted to broaden my knowledge outside of engineering and learn more about business management. I learned so much, from corporate finance to decision sciences, and from strategy to big data and analytics. Now that I am back at work, I really see the difference. Because I have a more holistic view of business as a whole, I can jump in during a conversation with the C-suite. I can speak their language and understand their points of view."

Ellen Houben

"Before Vlerick I spoke about discovering the world and working abroad. Thanks to Vlerick those words became reality with the global immersion trip and my current job at Hilti. Vlerick is an amazing experience, especially for people like me who have a non-business background and still have doubts about their future career path."

Aleksei Chemisov

"The Vlerick Alumni Network is an incredibly powerful platform that allows students to reach hundreds of leaders worldwide. We just needed to choose the business sector we would like to work in and we were able to send an email to request an in-company project meeting. 

Currently I am working as a business analyst in a big data consulting company and I got the job at one of the first career fairs at Vlerick."

Faculty

Kerstin Fehre

Kerstin Fehre

Professor of Strategy

Kerstin Fehre is passionate about strategy and explores the ways organisations make strategic decisions.

Martin Weiss

Martin Weiss

Professor of Strategy

Martin Weiss furthers corporate strategy in a world of uncertainty and unpredictability.

Olga Annushkina

Olga Annushkina

Visiting Professor of International Management

Olga Annushkina shares her experience and knowledge on international management on Vlerick’s Masters programmes.