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									                                                                               Registrar’s Office
                                                                                     Pleinlaan 2
                                                                                 B-1050 Brussel
                                                                                       BELGIUM
                                                              e-mail: inschrijvingen@vub.ac.be
                                                                website: http://www.vub.ac.be
Dear Applicant

We thank you for your interest in one of our programmes. Attached to this letter you will find an
Application Package for the academic year 2007-2008, of which the forms have to be duly
completed according to the requirements.

This package, together with the required documents, should be returned to:

                                  Registrar’s Office
                               Vrije Universiteit Brussel
                                      Pleinlaan 2
                                    B-1050 Brussel
                                       BELGIUM
              Application deadline: preferably before February 1, 2007
                          (EU-nationalities: June 1, 2007)

ATTENTION : ONLY COMPLETE FILES WILL BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION
-  please enclose
   a) an officially authenticated copy of the diplomas you obtained :university degree, equivalent
       to a Flemish Bachelor’s degree (obtained after minimum 3 years of study = 6 semesters,
       180 ECTS in an academic curriculum) or Master’s degree (obtained after minimum 4 years of
       study = 8 semesters, 240 ECTS in an academic curriculum)
   b) transcripts of academic records (marksheets) of all the academic years under envelope
       sealed by the university or officially authenticated copies of these transcripts. Applicants
       from African countries must request their home university to send the transcripts under
       sealed envelope to the Registrar’s Office of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
   If these documents are not in English, French or Dutch, OFFICIAL TRANSLATIONS in
   one of these languages must be added.
   Copies of degrees and transcripts are not accepted, nor are copies of authenticated
   copies.
   c) certificates of enrolments taken at other Flemish universities (if applicable)
   d) two letters of recommendation
   e) two address labels (label with your own address printed on it). These labels will be used for
       mail purposes.
-  Proof of proficiency in English : only TOEFL, IELTS, CPE, CAE are accepted. Scores should be
   sent directly by the examination centre to the VUB under sealed envelope. Officially
   authenticated copies are not accepted.
-  GMAT-test results (if applicable) should be sent directly by the examination centre to the VUB
   under sealed envelope. Officially authenticated copies are not accepted.
-  Taking a test (language or GMAT) after the deadline of application will delay the screening of
   your file.
-  respect the application deadline

At the back of this letter you will find some addresses and some information, which could be useful.

Sincerely,


The Registrar’s Office
  TOEFL                                          ETS/TOEFL Europe
  P.O. Box 6151                                  Thomson Prometic
  Princeton, NJ 09541-6154                       Noordwagenplein 6
  USA                                            8223 AL Lelystad
  e-mail: toefl@ets.org                          The Netherlands
  Website : http://www.toefl.org                 e-mail: euregs@thomson.com
  (code V.U.B. : 3574)                           Website : http://www.toefl.org
                                                 http://www.toefl.org/(code V.U.B. : 3574)

                                                 IELTS
                                                 e-mail: ielts@ucles.org.uk
                                                 website http://www.ielts.org

                                                 Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency
                                                 e-mail: general.enquiries@britishcouncil.org
                                                 website: http://www.britishcouncil.org

  GMAT Program Direction Office                  GMAT Europe
  Educational Testing Service                    Thomson Prometic
  P.O. Box 6103                                  P.O. Box 2024
  Princeton, NJ08541-6103                        NL-8203 AA Lelystad
  USA                                            The Netherlands
  Telephone: 609-771 7330                        Telephone : 00 31 320 239 540
  Telefax: 609-883-4349                          Telefax : 00 31 320 239 541
  e-mail: GMAT@ets.orfg                          e-mail : euroregs@thomson.com
  website: http://www.gmac.com                   website : http://www.gmac.com
  code VUB: 0581)                                (code V.U.B. : 0581)

  IRMO (International Relations and Mobility)
  Patrick Boeckstijns, telephone : 00 32 2 629 23 09 - e-mail : pboeckst@vub.ac.be
  Bruno Verwee, telephone : 0032 2 629 23 69 – e-mail : Bruno.Verwee@vub.ac.be


Please note

Screening an application file takes about two months.

A letter of admission will only be forwarded - after approval by the academic authorities - to applicants
with sufficient financial means to cover all the expenses resulting from their stay in Brussels. You
should make sure you have at least about € 830 (Euro) a month. Since the letter of admission is
conditional to having sufficient resources, you will be expected to take all necessary steps to secure
the financial aspects of your stay in Belgium. The University can NOT offer a solution for financial
problems and will not intervene in the case of financial problems.




   The letter of Admission has to be presented at the Registrar’s Office in order to
                                enrol at the University
                                                                                       2007-2008




                                                                       Registrar’s Office
                                                                              Pleinlaan 2
                                                                          B 1050 Brussel
                                                                                 BELGIUM




                                    APPLICATION PACKAGE
                                Master, subsequent Master or PhD
                                            2007-2008




Content:

- an Application form for Admission

- a Statement Financial Resources

- a certificate attesting the equivalence of a foreign degree or diploma

- a recommendation letter




All dossiers will be screened by the Admission Committees of the different programmes.
Apart from the specific requirements (TOEFL, IELTS, CPE, GMAT, etc.) also other elements
of the submitted dossiers will be taken into account. Applicants are, therefore, invited to
submit complete dossiers.

By submitting an application, the applicant accepts that decisions of the Admission
Committees are final and irrevocable.
                                                                                       2007-2008




                                                                     Registrar’s Office
                                                                            Pleinlaan 2
                                                                        B 1050 Brussel
                                                                               BELGIUM

                         APPLICATION FORM FOR ADMISSION 2007-2008
                                This form is free of charge.

Important :
1. The deadline needs to be strictly observed.
2. No reply will be sent to applicants who fail to enclose all required documents together with their
   application form. Only original documents under sealed envelope or officially
   authenticated copies will be accepted. Applicants from African countries should request
   their home university to send the transcripts under sealed envelope to the VUB.
3. GMAT and language-test scores should be sent directly by the examination centre to
   the Registrar’s office of the VUB.
4. This is not an application for a scholarship. Admission gives no right to financial support of any
   kind.
5. All enclosed documents remain the property of the university, whichever decision is taken.
6. Requirements for admission cannot be discussed.
7. Decisions of the Admission committees are final and irrevocable.
8. Applicants whose application form includes incorrect information will be refused admission.

Personal information
(in accordance with your passport)

1. FAMILY NAME (SURNAME) :             ……………………………………………………………………………...

   Given name (first name) :           ……………………………………………………………………………...

2. Place and country of birth :        ……………………………………………………………………………...

   date of birth : (day – month – year) :          ……………………………..……………………………………………...

3. Sex :                                    male          female

4. Nationality :                       ……………………………………………………………………………...

5. Address for reply :                 ……………………………………………………………………………...

   (c/o)                               ……………………………………………………………………………...

   street / n°                         ……………………………………………………………………………...

   postal code / town                  ……………………………………………………………………………...

   country                             ……………………………………………………………………………...

   telephone / telefax                 ……………………………………………………………………………...

   e-mail                              ……………………………………………………………………………...
                                                                                         2007-2008
Information about education


6. List all universities, colleges or other institutions of higher education you have attended in your
country or abroad in chronological order. The certificate attesting the equivalence of a foreign
degree must be enclosed under sealed envelope.

  Universities, colleges or other        Duration       Title and field       Date of        Results
           institutions                   (from –         of degrees        graduation
            (+ address)                     till)          obtained


………………………………………………………                   ..….…………       ………………………...         ……………...       ……………...


………………………………………………………                   ………………         ………………………            ……………...       ……………...


………………………………………………………                   ………………         ……………….……...         ……………...       ……………...


……………………………………………………….                  ……………….        ………………………..          ……………….        ……………….



………………………………………………………                   ………………         ……….………………...        ……………...       ……………...


.……………………………………………………                   ………………         …………………………           ……………...       ……………...


………………………………………………………                   ………………         ………………….……...        ……………...       ……………...


………………………………………………………                   ………………         ………………….……...        ……………...       ……………...



………………………………………………………                   ………………         ……….………………...        ……………...       ……………...


………………………………………………………                   ………………         …………………………           ……………...       ……………...


………………………………………………………                   ………………         ………………….……..         ……………...       ……………...


………………………………………………………                   ………………         ………………….……...        ……………...       ……………...
                                                       .



(if more space is needed, attach a separate sheet listing other institutions attended)


Command of English

7. Proof of good command of English includes:

        I graduated at an English speaking University (certificate that English is the language of
        instruction for all courses taught at the university must be enclosed)
        I took the TOEFL, IELTS, CPE-test* on …………… and have asked the examination centre to
        send my result to the VUB under sealed envelope. (* indicate which test you took)
                                                                                      2007-2008
Graduate Management Admission test (GMAT)

8. The GMAT-test is compulsory for students applying for the programmes “Master of
Management”, “Master in Advanced Management Studies” and “Master in Business Information
Management” who didn’t obtain the required Bachelor or Master degree at a EU based university and
can be requested by the admission committee from students with a university degree from a EU-
based university.

          I took the GMAT-test on ……………… and have asked the examination centre to send my result
          to the VUB under sealed envelope.



Professional information (last five years)

9.    Details of employment and duties (add additional sheets if necessary)


     Name and address of               Position – function                 Date
         employer                                                       from – till



…………………………………………                   …………………………………………            …………………………………………


………………………………………….                  ………………………………………….           ………………………………………….


………………………………………….                  ………………………………………….           ………………………………………….



…………………………………………                   …………………………………………            …………………………………………


………………………………………….                  ………………………………………….           ………………………………………….


………………………………………….                  ………………………………………….           ………………………………………….




10. Have you ever applied for a programme at the V.U.B. before? (List all programmes for which you
    did apply)

        yes           no

      which academic year (s) : 1. . . . . /. . . .
                                2. . . . . /. . . .
                                3. . . . . /. . . .

      which programme(s):          1. ………………………………………………………………………..
                                   2. ………………………………………………………………………
                                   3. ………………………………………………………………………

      were you accepted?           1…………….
                                   2…………….
                                   3…………….

      If you were not accepted, which was the reason:
      1………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
      2………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
      3………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
                                                                                    2007-2008
11. Have you ever been enrolled at the V.U.B. in the past ?

      yes           no

   last academic year : . . . . /. . . .

   registration number : …………………………………………………………………………………………………...

   for which programme : ………………………………………………………………………………………………..

   result : ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..



12. Have you ever been enrolled at another Flemish university in the past ?

      yes           no

   name of the Flemish university : …………………………………………………………………………………..

   for which programme : ………………………………………………………………………………………………..

   academic years of enrolment : from . . . . /. . . . till . . . . /. . . .
   (add an official certificate of all enrolments at Flemish universities)

   result : ………………….……………………………………………………………………………………..




13. State precisely for which programme you want to apply. When applying for two programmes,
    indicate which programme is your first choice and which programme your second.




    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………




14. Please note that the statement on the next page has to be completed and included. Applications
without a signed statement will not be considered.
                                                                                   2007-2008



                                             STATEMENT


I enclose the following documents: (indicate which documents you enclose)
    an officially authenticated copy of the diplomas listed above under pt. 6. Only original copies
    under envelope sealed by the university or officially authenticated copies are
    accepted. Copies of authenticated copies are NOT accepted.

   officially authenticated copies of the transcripts of academic records of all academic years Only
   original copies under envelope sealed by the university or officially authenticated
   copies are accepted. Copies of authenticated copies are NOT accepted.
   Applicants from African countries should request their home university to send the
   transcripts under sealed envelope to the VUB.

  the certificate attesting the equivalence of a foreign degree or diploma (under sealed envelope)

   2 recommendation letters

    a statement financial resources (if applicable)

   certificates of enrolment taken at other Flemish universities (if applicable)

  a research proposal (if applying for a PhD)

I have taken the following tests and I have requested the examination-centre to send my score to
the VUB. (indicate which test you took). Officially authenticated copies are NOT accepted.
   Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

  Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)

I declare upon oath that this information is correct and complete and that I have sufficient funds to
cover my expenses resulting from enrolment at the V.U.B. I acknowledge that admission will be
refused if the information is incorrect and that I cannot claim University subsidized accommodation,
financial or material help from the V.U.B. during my studies.

I declare that I, or one of my representatives, understand that the decision taken by the admission
committee is final and not open to further discussion.

I hereby authorise the Vrije Universiteit Brussel to verify the information presented on this form and
to procure investigative and credit history reports for that purpose.


Date :                                           Signature :
                          Sufficient financial means: not just a formality!


1. What is meant by sufficient financial means?

The purpose of this paper is to advise you on the money you will need while studying at the Free
University in Brussels. Studying overseas is an incredible experience in many ways: academically,
socially, culturally… However, without the necessary preparations, especially financial, it can turn out to
be a big disappointment.
It is essential that you have the necessary financial means to study at the university. This paper will give
you a realistic answer to the question, “how much money do I need during my stay in Brussels as a self
supporting student?”

2. How much is the tuition?

To be admitted to the VUB you must have sufficient financial means. Besides the VUB-tuition fee,
you should have at-least 10.000,00 EUR yearly for the duration of your studies. The tuition fee is
fixed every year by the VUB Board and is subject to changes.

3. What will my monthly expenses be?

Studying is expensive! Every year students underestimate the amount of money they need monthly.
Below you find the needs and costs of an average student studying at the VUB.

Expenses                                               EUR
Accommodation                                         250,00
Food                                                  235,00
Household                                              30,00
Clothing                                               50,00
Transport                                              30,00
Health insurance                                       25,00
Leisure                                                60,00
Educational materials                                  75,00
Savings (in case something happens)                    75,00
Monthly total                                         830,00

4. How much will it cost to get settled when I arrive?

 Mind that during the first month of your stay you will have some exceptional costs.

 • Taxi- Airport to university (+/- 40 EUR).
 • Temporary accommodations- Arriving students may stay in a hostel close to the university until
    they find more permanent housing. This hostel costs +/-15 EUR daily for a single room. From
    experience with other students, we have learned it takes at least one week before you find a
    room and settle in.
 • Security deposit for your room- Every landlord asks their tenants for a guarantee. You need to
    pay this guarantee before you move into the room, which can cost up to three times the
    monthly rent. At the end of your contract, and if the room remains intact, you will get the
    guarantee back.
 • Health insurance registration- This is compulsory in order to register at the university. Life in
    Belgium without health insurance is very risky because medical costs are extremely high (more
    information           in          infofile      “Before        You           Take           Off”
    http://www.vub.ac.be/english/infofor/prospectivestudents/administrativeformalities.html
 • Payment tuition fee.
 • Educational materials.
    • Costs for room equipment: furniture, kitchen, computer- This can be expensive, depending on
       your demands. Because of the wide range of possibilities of expenses we do not provide the
       prices in the following chart. Still, it is wise that you keep these expenses in mind. Ask your
       program director if it is necessary to have a personal computer for your studies.

Expenses                                              EUR
Taxi                                                  40,00
Transit accommodation (1 week)                       100,00
Room guarantee                                   250,00 – 750,00
Health insurance                                      45,00
Tuition fee                                     505,00 – 1010,00
Educational materials                                150,00
Room equipments                                      Variable
Total                                          1090,00 – 2125,00

Despite these warnings, every year some foreign students ask the Social Services for financial
support. Although they have signed a document in which they solemnly declared they have sufficient
financial means, they come to the VUB without actually being able to support themselves financially.
Do not let this happen to you!

Please note the VUB will decline any claim for financial support in any form.


5. Will I be able to work in Belgium?

Some students come to the university with insufficient financial means and expect to get a job to
help to support their studies. The reality is that it is extremely hard to get a part-time job in
Brussels.
•   Brussels is a bilingual city. Most jobs require good knowledge of at least French or Dutch or even
    both.
•   As a student you would only be allowed to work less than 20 hours a week, which certainly
    would not be enough to support yourself here, because of the high cost of living in Belgium.

We want to make it clear that due to these circumstances it is nearly impossible to gain a
sufficient income by working.

6. What else should I know financially before I leave?

•     Students who have applied for a scholarship will receive conditional letters of acceptance. This
      admission letter is only valid if the scholarship is awarded. Without a granted scholarship the
      letter is void, which means you will not be able to enrol. If you applied for a scholarship but
      it was not granted, we urge you not to come to Brussels!
•     Students who are coming for a very short period are advised to either:
•     Bring cash money, or have a credit card. Most banks refuse to offer you their services if you are
      here for less than 6 months.
•     It is not uncommon that former students, on returning to their home countries, will tell about
      their experiences without mentioning the difficulties they encountered. These testimonies are
      partial. Be aware that life in Belgium is not always as easy as believed. Instead, assume that
      you will be confronted with difficulties.
•     Assuming that you have the necessary means, problems can still arise. Problems that appear
      frequently are:
           -   foreign cheques that can’t be cashed in Belgium
           -   delayed or blocked bank transfers from abroad
           -   loss of money due to devaluation
           -   sponsors not paying allowances
           -   insufficient scholarships
           -   loss of scholarship
•     Keep in mind that you need money to buy your return flight ticket at the end of your studies.
•     The Belgian culture is very systematic. To avoid problems, know that organisation is a way of life
      in Brussels. Rules and regulations are not negotiable, contacts are more formal, agreements are
      consolidated into contracts, ... For instance: prices in shops are fixed, you cannot knock them
      down.

To avoid problems we want to stress once more the importance of sufficient financial means. If you
don’t have the necessary means we urge you to postpone and/or cancel your trip to Belgium.
                        STATEMENT: FINANCIAL RESOURCES 2007-2008

Should not be completed by applicants with a nationality from one of the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy,
Luxemburg, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands.

In the framework of a binding agreement between myself and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB),
I, (full name)………………………………………………………………………………………..……
hereby declare to have read and fully understood the above-mentioned financial requirements for
admission at VUB.
I therefore accept the condition to have sufficient financial means: 10 500 / 11.000, -EUR yearly and
this for the whole duration of my study.
I confirm having this amount available when and where ever needed.

Funding is originating from the following source(s):
-  Scholarship:    amount :……………………………………………….……………EUR yearly
                  name and address of organisation: …………………………...……………..…
                     …………………………………………………………….………………………

-   Private sponsor :     amount :………………………………………………………….EUR yearly
                        name and address of sponsor : ………….…………….….……….…………
                          .……………………………………………...…………….…………………….

-   Savings, amount : :…………………………………………………………………..…EUR yearly

-   Salary (leave with pay) : amount :.………………………………….…………….EUR yearly
                            name and address of employer.;……………….….…………..……
                            …………………………………………………….………..………….

-   Salary from current job : . amount :………………………………………………..EUR yearly
    (in Belgium)                 name and address of employer.;………………….…………..……
                              ……………….………………………………….………..………….
Total of ……………. EUR yearly

I understand and accept that funding is my own responsibility and under no circumstance I can
claim financial or material assistance from the University.

Place (full address)……………………………………….………

Date :……………………………………………………………..

Full name :………………………………………………………..

Signature:………………………………………………………….

Please enclose the completed and signed statement with your application form. The Service
mentioned hereafter is available for information only.

VUB Social Sector- Service for Foreign Students                Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels BELGIUM
Phone : 32 26292309                                                                     Fax : 32 2
629 2362
e-mail : pboeckst@vub.ac.be
                                                                                      2007-2008




DIENST INSCHRIJVINGEN

Certificate attesting the equivalence of a foreign degree or diploma for the purpose of
access to a postgraduate degree (Master ,subsequent Master or PhD) at university level

I, the undersigned,

Prof. /Dr/Mr/Mrs (Name and First name): ……………………………………….………………………………………
Title or Function: ……………………………………………………………………………….………………………………………
At       O Ministry of Education     O Embassy       O University
Name + full address:
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
e-mail (compulsory): ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..…………

hereby declare that the diploma awarded to

Name: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
First Name: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Place and date of birth: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Title of the degree or diploma awarded:
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Total ECTS-credits obtained: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………

By the following university or institute of higher education

Name and address:
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………………………………………
O university        O institution of higher education (non university)

Allows access to postgraduate studies at the following level in the country in which the
diploma was awarded

O master (second level)                         O subsequent Master or PhD (third level)




Date:                                           Signature + Seal:




This certificate is not valid if not under envelope sealed by the testifying organisation.
________________________________________________________________

Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Dienst Inschrijvingen – Pleinlaan 2 – 1050 Brussel
                                                                                                    2007-2008




                                                                            Registrar’s Office
                                                                                  Pleinlaan 2
                                                                              B 1050 Brussel
                                                                                    BELGIUM




                     LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
________________________________________________________

APPLICANT

First name (given name): ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

FAMILY NAME (SURNAME):--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

APPLYING FOR THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM: ------------------------------------------------------------
________________________________________________________

RECOMMENDER

Name: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Function: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Institution/Firm: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

________________________________________________________

To the applicant: Please complete the above lines of the recommendation letter and forward it to
an Academic staff member, scientist or scholar who is familiar with your (recent) (professional)
activities. Two letters of recommendation are required. These letters or recommendation should be
returned together with the completed admission application form and other requested enclosures.

To the Recommender: the registrar of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel greatly appreciates your
cooperation in assessing the applicant for the above postgraduate course. Please give your opinion
frankly as to the applicant's professional strengths and weaknesses. The completed letter of
recommendation must be signed and returned under sealed envelope to the applicant



1.    How long have you known the applicant and in what connection?




2.    How well do you think the applicant is capable of adapting to conditions, which are very
      different from the conditions he/she is familiar with?
                                                                                     2007-2008
3.     What is according to you the applicant's main strength in a professional/scientific/academic
       context?




4.     If the applicant were to apply for a similar course at your institution, would you accept
       him/her

       0       readily             0   with reservation         0     not at all



5.     Please rate the applicant in comparison to his/her peers.

                                       top 2%         top 20%      above           under
                                                                   average         average




instrinsic intellectual ability:

breadth of general knowledge:

maturity:

quality of oral expression:

ability to work with others:

analytical ability:

ability to carry out individual research:



6.     Which overall recommendation would you give?

           0       I highly recommend the applicant

           0       I recommend the applicant

           0       I recommend with the following reservation

           0       I do not recommend the applicant
                                                                             2007-2008
7.   If there are any important comments you would like to give which are not sufficiently covered
     by the above questions, we should appreciate it if you would give them below:




     date :

     Recommender's signature :

								
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