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Master of Science in International Business

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
19 September 2022
Application deadline: NON-EEA: before 1 April; EEA: before 1 September

About this program

Master of Science in International Business

A Perfect Match

Do you already have a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics, Business Administration or Management and are you looking for a master’s program with a distinct international and multidisciplinary flavour? Are you interested in a hands-on approach and a program that can be adapted to your interests and preferences? Then our MSc in International Business is a perfect match for you!

This internationally oriented program offers students a wide variety of courses ranging from social sciences to finance, combining multiple disciplines relevant to the management of a company. At VUB, students are prepared to become international managers.

Admission requirements

Direct admission

Candidates with a Flemish university degree of ‘Bachelor of Science in de Toegepaste Economische Wetenschappen’, ‘Bachelor of Science: Handelsingenieur’ and ‘Bachelor TEW: bedrijfskunde’ or with the VUB degree of ‘Bachelor of Business Economics’ are directly admitted to the Master of International Business. Deadline to enroll is 8 October.

Admission after screening procedure

We target students with already a profound study background in business/management/economics with above average study results. Entry is competitive. Candidates with a university bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a field related to business/management or economics who have obtained the minimum number of (European) credits in each of these subjects (a total of 96) may be admitted after a review of their application by the faculty admissions board:

  • Law (6 ECTS)
  • Business/Management (24 ECTS)
  • Economics (15 ECTS)
  • Quantitative methods (24 ECTS)

This list is not absolute; if you lack some credits you still could be found eligible to join this master. The only way to find out is to submit your application!

Language requirements

There are three ways to prove your proficiency:

  • Option 1: send us one of the following language certificates proving your CEFR B2 level
    • TOEFL (only the internet-based test is accepted): minimum level: 79
    • IELTS: minimum level academic module 6.5
    • Cambridge English: Minimum scale grade 170 (equivalent to the CEFR B2)
    • ITACE: minimum grade B2
  • Option 2: having successfully completed secondary or higher education with English as language of instruction: submit official proof of the language of instruction of your previous study;
  • Option 3: having successfully completed Belgian secondary education, submit official proof that you completed a study in the Belgian educational system

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Module 1

  • Financial Reporting and Auditing
  • Strategic Management
  • International Business Law
  • Governance Law and Policy of the EU
  • Advanced Marketing
  • International Trade
  • International Finance
  • EU Competition Policy
  • Information Systems Strategy and Management
  • Research Paper

Module 2

  • Advanced International Economics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Multinational Strategic Planning
  • Master thesis


  • International Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Accounting and International Financial Statements
  • IT Modeling and Economics
  • Project Management

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • EEA students: 980 Euro per year.

  • Non-EEA students: 3,850 Euro per year.


Credits: 120 ECTS

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About this institute

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

VUB is a public and modern university located in Brussels, the heart of Europe. Ranked as one of the world’s top universities, it offers a full range of bachelor’s and master’s programmes taught in English. The University counts over 19,500...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

When moving about in Brussels, you hear a lot of different languages. That’s no coincidence, because the city is a melting pot of cultures. With 35% of the population of foreign origin, you can expect a rich cultural environment. Brussels is home to the EU Institutions and several affiliates, NATO HQ, diplomatic representation offices, headquarters for many international companies, NGOs, trade associations, one of the world’s largest press corps, as well as a whole host of international and European schools.

It goes without saying that Brussels offers unique career opportunities. As the home to more than 2,000 international organisations and companies, it offers a wide range of internship possibilities and future career options. Flagship areas include ICT and communication, life tech, finance and law consulting, communications and media agencies, and creative industries.

VUB Education Delivers Strong Individuals, Critical Minds & World Citizens

Interactive and personal

Being a medium-sized university has its advantages. First of all, it allows frequent personal contact between students, professors and teaching assistants. This is part of a real direct contact culture that is well embedded within the university. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to interact with each other through group assignments within the curriculum and through the various extracurricular activities.

Choice and flexibility

VUB offers a full range of programmes taught in English where the key concept is flexibility. A system of majors and minors enables students to plan and personalise their curriculum in a way that best meets their interests.

Guidance and service

It is important to VUB to help students familiarise themselves with university life and to provide good guidance. Educational counsellors and study advisers provide students with personalised study guidance on a range of topics. The International Relations office provides students with information on university life and facilitates their integration by organising cultural, social and sports activities with student associations. They also provide information on administrative aspects regarding living in Belgium.

Contact info

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels

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