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BMGT Exchange: Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Belgium)
Brussels, Belgium (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Housing Options: Independent Housing Language of Instruction: English, French
Minimum GPA:
3.0 Non-UMD students eligible to apply: No
EA Advisor: Chris Olson
Program Description:

Solvay Brussels School of Management

Brussels, Belgium

 Collage of Brussels

What’s the scoop?

Host Institution

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, founded in 1903 as part of the Universié Libre de Bruxelles, is home to 1,800 students, many of those students from foreign countries. The school is located in Brussels and is less than two hours from France, England, Germany, and the Netherlands. The school recently moved to a new high tech building in 2010.

Host City

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management is located in the center of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Considered the capital of the European Union, Brussels is the largest city in Belgium. With the headquarters of NATO and other multinational organizations, Brussels is a great place to study Europe and its financial and political interactions with other countries. With a population of over one million, there is plenty to do in the city. Whether it’s to satisfy your craving for high art (try the Magritte Museum) or delectable food (go for the waffles and chocolate bars), Brussels has something for everyone.


What do I take?

Students will select their courses according to their programs, which include: Bachelor in Business Engineering, Bachelor in Economics, Master in Business Engineering, Master in Advanced Economics, Master in Economics, and other. Students can take classes outside their programs, but 60% of their course load must be from their own program.

Language of Instruction: Roughly half of the master courses are taught in English, so it is possible to have a course program taught entirely in English. Students can additionally take free French courses while abroad aimed towards students with a good background of French to being with.  

For more information on courses visit:

For a full course list visit:

Note that UMD cannot guarantee that a particular course will be offered in any given semester at Solvay.

Credit for courses taken at UMD exchange institutions will be accepted as transfer credit.  Courses must be pre-approved by Education Abroad and the student’s academic advisor(s).  Courses must be taken for a letter grade and students must receive the equivalent grade of C- or better in order to receive credit towards their UMD academic record.  The grades for transfer credit courses are not factored into their cumulative GPA and do not show up on their UMD transcript.


When can I go?

Fall Semester: September 10, 2012 – January 26, 2013

Spring Semester: January 28, 2013- June 21, 2013


Where can I live?

Students studying during the 2012-2013 academic year will have to apply for housing through a private vendor. There are many off-campus student living areas near the main campus or are accessible through public transportation. The types of housing available are: furnished rooms or apartments with optional roommates. Rent typically ranges from $325 – $650 a month depending on the type of housing and accommodations. Once you have submitted your online registration form the school will email you a list of places to contact for housing.


What’s the cost?

University of Maryland students participating in an exchange program have the benefit of paying University of Maryland tuition rates and fees to attend the abroad institution.  An exchange study abroad fee is also assessed by the Education Abroad Office and students are required to purchase UMD health insurance coverage through CISI.

The tuition and fees noted above are charged directly to the student’s UMD financial account, which means that students can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of the exchange.  Please see the Financing Study Abroad webpage for more information and available scholarship opportunities.

Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

For more specific information on the cost of attending this BMGT exchange, please see the BMGT Exchange Program Cost Sheet .


How do I apply?

After you've researched the exchange and made sure you meet the requirements to apply, you should begin an online MyEA application by clicking  "Apply Now"  above and following the instructions. Once you’ve started the application, you should also schedule a meeting with Chris Olson from the Smith School Office of Global Initiatives. Please visit the Smith School website for information.

Application Requirements

Minimum Cumulative GPA:  3.0

Language Requirements: None

Application Deadline: October 1 for spring admissions and March 1 for fall/full year admissions

Admissions for UMD Exchanges are competitive and applications are reviewed after the published application deadline.  There may only be a select number of spaces available for semester or year study abroad at a particular host institution.  If a student is nominated to participate in an exchange, then Education Abroad will assist the student with applying directly to the host university.


Who’s here to help?

Chris Olson coordinates all logistical aspects of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management program and is responsible for program admissions. Your regional advisor assists in the advising of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management exchange program.

Contact or make an appointment with Chris at


Additional Resources and Information

·         Host Institution Website:

·         Host Institution Exchange Student Website:

·         Host Institution Academic Calendar:

·         UMD Transfer Credit Center:

Visa Information:

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Last Day to Apply Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 10/01/2014
10/11/2014 01/26/2015 06/20/2015
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
03/11/2015 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.