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Executive Education in Benelux
You know your future is as a business leader in Europe. And you know that deep, immersive experience of business practice and ecosystems across the continent, will help you to unlock opportunities, enter new markets – and take your career to a whole new level.
The European Executive MBA, also known as the MBA in Sustainability Management, combines high-quality, cutting-edge business learning with immersive business experiences in centres across Europe. You’ll learn entrepreneurial, socially responsible business skills. You’ll experience the Vlerick spirit in business communities from Dublin to Copenhagen, learning from some of the most cutting-edge enterprises in Europe, as well as renowned Vlerick faculty and coaches.
The European Executive MBA is a true innovation in both content and format. Over 15 intensive months, you’ll experience a unique blend of online and in-person learning. You’ll break out of the classroom and dive into cutting-edge businesses in seven prominent European hubs at the forefront of sustainable business. Approaches and models will come to life in live cases and simulations in businesses from Paris to Zaragoza – and you’ll experience business life, culture and practice in action. And whether you’re learning about finance in Paris or supply chains and operations in Zaragoza, you’ll find that a focus on sustainable strategy runs through everything.
A consistent focus on sustainable business strategy – including sustainable finance, sustainable supply chains, purposeful and resilient organisations and the role of business in society
The European Executive MBA combines high-quality, online learning with in-person, immersive experiences at important business hubs across Europe. Throughout the programme, you will take part in:
Whether you want to expand into Europe – or deepen your understanding of the European business landscape – the European Executive MBA will give you unparalleled insight, connections and confidence.
You’ll learn from leading European faculty – and you’ll explore European businesses in cities across the continent. It’s a unique opportunity to understand European business and build an outstanding network of contacts.
Break out of the classroom and dive into big-name businesses in prominent European centres. You’ll experience approaches and models coming to life in live cases and simulations – and you’ll absorb business life, culture and practices.
Blended online and in-person learning gives you flexibility – and means you’re prepared to get the most from your immersive experiences in businesses in Brussels, Copenhagen, Zaragoza, Dublin, Paris and Ghent.
Apply everything you’ve learned in the Knowledge-in-Action project for your own company – or for a new company. You can also create positive, sustainable impact in a separate project, for a not-for-profit organisation.
You’ll receive expert, personalised support and coaching. This is designed to develop you as a leader, help you understand everything you’d like to achieve – and know the steps you need to take. You also get career coaching and curated networking opportunities and introductions.
Modern working lives demand flexibility… but you also want to meet your peers, faculty and businesses face-to-face. The European Executive MBA blends the best of online working with opportunities to meet in hands-on immersion modules in cities across Europe. This unique approach combines powerful experiences in cities and businesses across Europe, with flexible online learning and business simulations.
All of this means you have the flexibility of an online programme, combined with face-to-face experiences and opportunities. Networking, career coaching, support, live cases, introductions and deep interaction all come together on this programme – where you learn online, on campus, and in Brussels, Copenhagen, Zaragoza, Dublin, Paris and Ghent.
Whatever your ambitions, our careers team is here to help you achieve them. They’ll be by your side throughout the programme – giving you advice and support and helping you identify opportunities to go further. They’ll encourage you to take part in:
We welcome participants from diverse professional, social and cultural backgrounds. It’s an approach that contributes a rich blend of specialisms, experiences and perspectives to our class groups.
When you join the European Executive MBA at Vlerick, you’ll join a select group of peers. With them, you’ll expand your network, gain fresh insights from a wide range of industries and develop a truly European mindset.
Average class profile
Start date: 13 March 2024
Locations: Brussels, Paris, Dublin, Copenhagen, Zaragoza and Ghent – as well as remote, online learning
Format: A blend of immersive learning experiences in European business hubs, and highly interactive online learning
Duration: 15 months
Taking an MBA involves a considerable time investment. You can expect to spend an average of 10-12 hours a week taking part in classes, immersive experiences, team assignments, projects and self-paced study.
Our European Executive MBA has one intake per year, in March. The programme takes place over a 15-month period, finishing in June of the following year. We limit place numbers to make sure you have a quality experience, with high levels of personal attention.
We accept applications for the programme on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply sooner rather than later. Applying earlier also means you can take full advantage of any scholarships that may be available to you.
The tuition fee for the European Executive MBA is €49.750
Your company may be willing to finance part or all of your European Executive MBA – particularly if they need help making their sustainability ambitions become reality.
You may also be able to source finance in your home country or region from organisations or government. For example, the KMO Portefeuille can be helpful for professionals in Flanders. Our admissions team can help you to identify potential resources.
In addition, we offer a number of MBA scholarships and grants.
There are four steps to applying for your European Executive MBA programme at Vlerick:
What you need:
Use our application tool to create your profile and start completing your application. Remember, we review applications on a rolling basis.
We’ll get in touch a few days after you submit your application.
If you meet our criteria and we feel the European Executive MBA programme is a good fit for you, we’ll invite you to an admissions test and online interview.
Within two days of your test, we’ll let you know our decision. If you’re successful, we’ll offer you a place on the programme. If not, we’ll give you individual feedback – and you can retake your admissions test once more in the same academic year.
Head of Grid Operations at Fluvius
I believe that anybody who has the ambition to do things in a better way and to grow in their career should do a programme like this once in their lifetime. We have a lot of deadlines, but we motivate and help each other, and the vibes in the group are great! I particularly enjoy the immersion trips, as they add a lot of value to the programme experience. Because all these hot spots across Europe provide us with the opportunity to visit and learn from companies based there and learn about the intersection of business and sustainability. Such as when we went to Paris to apply the learnings from our Financial Management course to the current reality of Sustainable Finance.
Head of ESG, Ackermans & van Haaren
This programme has a unique combination of benefits. It has a very international dimension, with a specific European focus on sustainability. But it is still a full Executive MBA programme and curriculum where I can acquire all key business and leadership skills. The combination of online learning, coupled with the various immersion trips and modules across different cities makes it possible for me to combine the MBA with my family and my work. It’s a very thrilling experience, and I am very enthusiastic about it. I already look forward to the next immersion trip in the programme.
Owner of 48Ounces
I like this programme for its specific focus on Europe, where we get to visit and learn about new business trends, practices, and solutions in those different countries. I also chose the programme, because I can complete the online modules at my own pace, but I still encounter and work together with interesting people during the immersion trips and projects. The aspect of meeting people was something I was not willing to sacrifice. This programme is very intense. Particularly during the immersion trips, you have a very packed schedule. But I learn a lot of new things, and I encounter very interesting people. It’s quite an amazing experience so far, and I am very motivated to continue this journey.
Vice President Overseas Operations at Waterleau
I chose this programme because I want to become a better professional. Since Sustainability has become such a hot topic, I want to learn about these new dynamics. In this programme, we visit cities that are real incubators when it comes to sustainability and social responsibility. During our visit to Paris, we had the opportunity to visit some of the start-ups that are really inspiring, because they develop new tools and means for companies to implement sustainability and social responsibility in their daily business.
Professor of Financial Services Innovation
Professor of Leadership
Professor of Financial Markets
Both 'Blended MBA' and 'Hybrid MBA' are terms used to describe a programme that combines online and in-person learning. A hybrid programme describes a model where both online and classroom participants join at the same time. In contrast, a blended programme offers a curriculum in which some classes are conducted entirely online, while others are exclusively classroom-based. Our European Executive MBA is a blended MBA, not a hybrid MBA.
A blended MBA programme combines in-person and remote online learning to create flexible approaches. At Vlerick, this blended MBA programme includes elements that are 100% online, such as the majority of the Core Curriculum and Electives. The classroom element consists of six immersion trips where the entire class participates face-to-face for project work, case studies, and guest speakers, as well as company visits. The programme has been created and is delivered by our highly experienced faculty, who are experts at bringing both online and in-person learning to life, creating deeply immersive experiences, regardless of your preferred learning mode.
An MBA from Vlerick helps professionals across the world to take the next leap in their lives and careers. It’s an investment that can give you significant returns – including access to more senior and fulfilling roles and higher salaries. In addition, the European Executive MBA gives you a unique view of the sustainable way that Europe does business.
If you’d like to find out more – or speak to our alumni – please reach out.
If you have a high standard GMAT or GRE score, we will certainly consider it. However at Vlerick, we have our own admissions test – the VBAT. This has been designed to take account of your experience and motivation, as well as your skillsets and capabilities.
To apply for our European Executive MBA programme, you must have a degree from a recognised university. In addition, you should have at least four years’ experience in the workplace
We evaluate participant progress in a number of ways, including exams, papers, case work, group work and presentations. This happens course by course, so you’ll always know how you’re performing – and if you need to brush up in any particular areas.
On average, you will need to spend 10-12 hours every week on class work, assignments, projects and study. Remember that in months when you have immersive European trips, you will be spending five days in each country – in addition to the time you’ll need for study.
Every three months you travel to Brussels, Paris, Copenhagen, Dublin, Madrid and Zaragoza, and Ghent. You’ll need to factor in time to travel to and from these locations – and being in them from Wednesday morning through to Sunday evening.
In between these European visits, you will spend one weekend each month taking part in live, online learning activities. These take place on Saturdays and Sundays.
If you have any questions, please get in touch – we’d love to hear about your ambitions.
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Absolutely, yes. We have designed the European Executive MBA especially for busy working professionals. It’s an intense time commitment – but one you’ll be so glad that you made. Talk to us to find out more about scheduling.
Exams for the European Executive MBA take place via Zoom. Remember, you’ll also be evaluated via group work, individual papers, presentations and projects. Want to find out more? Please reach out, we’d love to help. Set up a call >
We start the European Executive MBA once each calendar year, in mid-March.