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What is the application deadline?

The deadlines for applying to the 2018 Full-time MBA programme are:
  • Non-European citizens – 31 May 2018
  • European citizens – 31 July 2018

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 you are 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 a certified copy by regular mail or bring the original document with you in September so that we can verify its authenticity and make a copy. Alternatively, you may ask your university to send an e-mail directly to [email protected] to confirm that you have 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 date of graduation.

If I take the GMAT or GRE, what kinds of scores are you looking for?

GMAT: Typically, 80% of the students we admit score between 590 and 720 on the GMAT. The average score is 660. We expect balanced results for all portions of the test. When you sign up for the GMAT, be sure you select Vlerick Business School on 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, be 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 proficiency exams?

  • TOEFL: minimum 100 internet-based or 600 paper-based (use our school code: 7176)
  • TOEIC: minimum 720
  • IELTS: minimum band 6.5
  • PTE: minimum 68
  • CAE: minimum 58

How do I sign up for the Vlerick Business School Admissions Test (VBAT)?

Simply submit the online application form before the deadline.
  • For the VBAT on campus: you’ll receive an e-mail confirmation a few days before the test, specifying your timeslot for the interview and analytical test.
  • For the VBAT abroad: we’ll contact you to schedule a personal appointment for the admissions test and the interview.
    Tests can fill up quickly − so be sure to apply early!
    When you apply through the VBAT, you’ll take an analytical test and a verbal test:
  • The analytical test is a computer-based, multiple-choice test that takes 20 minutes. It assesses how well you can quickly read and interpret business data.
  • The verbal test takes 15 minutes and assesses your ability to interpret short business texts correctly and to make the right decisions based on this information through multiple-choice questions.
You can find some tips & tricks in our VBAT preparation document.

How long do my test scores remain valid?

GMAT and GRE scores are generally valid for 5 years. If your score is more than 5 years old, you are requested to retake the test. If you have taken the test more than once, we take the highest score into consideration provided it is not more than 5 years old.
English Language Proficiency Exam scores are generally valid for 2 years. If your TOEFL score is more than 2 years old, you are requested to retake the test.

How do I pay the non-refundable €50 application fee?

You can pay this fee either by bank transfer or online by credit card. For online payment, please use our payment service provider Ogone.

What should I expect in the admissions interview?

The interview is conducted in person, via Skype, or over the phone, and generally lasts no more than 30 minutes. If you take the VBAT on one of our campuses, the interview is always conducted face-to-face. It. In the interview, we’ll want to know why you want to participate in the programme, how it fits into your future career plans, and what your added value to the group will be. We’ll look at your resume for activities or experiences that show your interest in business, and we’ll ask you questions about the current business environment.

How long does my admission remain valid?

Your admission is valid for up to 2 years. This means that you may postpone your enrolment by 1 academic year: for example, if you are admitted to the programme beginning in September 2017 but decide to defer your admission, you may enrol for the programme beginning in September 2018 without applying again. However, your scholarship application (where applicable) will need to be reviewed again.

If my application is unsuccessful, can I have some feedback?

If you would like to receive feedback on your application, please contact [email protected]. If your application is unsuccessful, you may apply again the following year.

I am not a European citizen − where can I find information on the visa process?

If you are not a European citizen, you may need to apply for a visa or permit to live and study in Belgium depending on the country you come from. As visa and residence permit requirements for Belgium may vary and are always subject to change, please contact the Belgian embassy or consulate in your home country for more information.

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