Universite de Bruxelles, Solvay Business School

Brussels, Belgium

The exchange agreement

The exchange agreement between the University of Lethbridge and the Université de Bruxelles Libre was signed in 2005. The agreement anticipates the exchange of 2 students per semester, 4 students for one term, or 2 students for the whole academic year.

Semester dates

Fall semester
Early September – late January
Orientation: middle of September
Pre-semester French course: August (no credit assigned)
Note: All fall exchange students must remain at Solvay until the end of this semester. Early departures are not permissible.
Spring semester
Late January – late June
Orientation: late January– early February

The country

Belgium is a small, highly developed and densely populated country (10 million of inhabitants) at the cross-roads of Western Europe. Belgium is one of the founding members of the European Community, and its capital, Brussels, is also the capital of the European Union.

It is a federal state, with 3 relatively autonomous regions: Flanders in the north, where the language is Dutch ("Flemish"), Wallonia in the south, where the language is French, and the centrally located Brussels, which is officially bilingual. The majority of the people in Brussels speak French. The French in Brussels and Belgium differs only slightly from the one spoken in France.

Belgium has retained its old-world charm in the preservation of its ancient buildings and historical traditions. Belgium is known for its art, its architecture, its beer, its chocolate, its waffles and french fries. Belgium's rich history has left impressive churches, town halls, castles and works of art, dating back to the early Middle Ages, spread around the cities and country-side.

For more information about Belgium see sites such as en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium.

The city

Since 18 June 1989, the date of the first regional elections, the Brussels-Capital Region has been an autonomous region comparable to the Flemish and Walloon Regions. The Brussels-Capital Region has jurisdiction over the territory made up of the 19 communes of Brussels. This territory covers 162 km2. In 1958, Brussels was chosen as the headquarters of the EEC, the European Economic Community, which has now become the European Union. Brussels' role as a central location for European institutions and decisions has increased over the years. For many people in Europe, moreover, the term 'Brussels' has replaced the concept of the 'European institutions' in everyday language. Today, sessions of the European Parliament are held in Brussels, and the offices of four bodies among the European institutions are situated here. It is also home to the Brussels-Europe Liaison Office, which is responsible, amongst other things, for promoting the image of Brussels as the capital of Europe.

For more information about Brussels, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brussels

About the university

The profile of Université Libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Business School is unique in Europe. It is a complete centre of learning with more than 500 lecturers who dispense some 12,000 hours of courses to over 2,000 students each year. The Solvay Business School is proud to be part of Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and is open to the world. Each year the Solvay Business School welcomes 300 international students from among 140 partner universities.

The heterogeneous teaching staff at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Business School are highly successful; comprising of full-time lecturers from the Brussels University in addition to a number of external lecturers and leading specialists in the fields of business and economics. They practice teaching methods that are rigorously adapted to meet the needs of students, including advanced theory teaching, the extensive use of case histories, business game techniques and in-depth seminars. Students taking their Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Management have to spend six months in one of the fifty or so partner universities around the world.

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Courses

The great majority of courses taught at The Université Libre de Bruxelles are taught in French, and all exchange students are expected to take the majority of their courses at Solvay in the French language. At a maximum, exchange students may be permitted to take one or two courses in English during their exchange semester; the remainder of their courses must be taken in French. About five to seven courses per semester are taught in English. A normal course load for exchange students are 30 ECTS credits.

The Solvay Business School also offers an optional pre-semester French language course from early August to mid-September for students participating in the fall semester exchange.

Once student nominations are sent by the University of Lethbridge and accepted by The Solvay Business School, students will receive a personal login and password via e-mail, allowing them to complete a registration form. After submission of the registration form, an official acceptance letter will then be mailed out to the students from the Solvay Business School. Please note this is not registration to specific courses as course registration procedures are covered during the mandatory information session at the start of each semester.

Official transcripts are submitted to the University of Lethbridge with a copy for the student in March for the fall semester and July for the spring semester.

Housing

Housing in the student halls is not available to exchange students); however, the school as an intermediary will provide you with information about private housing upon receipt of your on-line registration form.

Transportation

Local buses provide the cheapest and most efficient way of traveling within Brussels. When travelling to Brussels, you will arrive in the international airport and can take a train, taxi or bus to the city centre.

Visa requirements

Students going to Belgium for an exchange must apply for a Temporary Residence Visa for Exchange Students.

Students going to Belgium for an exchange must apply for a Temporary Residence “Visa for Students”. There is a fee of $96 that needs to be included in your visa application. This fee includes all legalizations which will need to be done by the Consulate-General, as well as a general application fee.

If you would like to have your passport with visa, and original other original documents returned to you by registered mail, please add an additional $16 to the $96 consular fee (for a total of $112). Or include a pre-paid and pre-addressed (rapid) courier envelope.

The visa application process may have changed since this page was updated. Please email International Programs (int.programs@uleth.ca) for more information.

The Belgian Government centralized visa issuing for Canada is the Consulate General of Belgium in Montréal. For further details about this visa, contact:

Consulate General of Belgium
850-999 boul de Maisonneuve O
Montréal QC H3A 3L4
CanadaTel: 1 (514) 849-7394
Fax: 1 (514) 844-3170
E-mail: montreal@diplobel.org
Website: www.diplobel.org/montreal

Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 09:00–12:30

Costs

  • Housing
    • Dormitory: About €300/month
    • Off-campus private apartment/house: €250-500/month
  • Monthly food costs: about €200/month
  • Local transportation: €30/month
  • Textbooks: €30/month
  • Health Insurance: €20
  • Additional Fees: €10 for the student card and compulsory insurance at ULB