Political Economy FAQ 2018-01-30T10:06:01+00:00


The Joint Degree in political Economy (Advanced Master at ULB) requires the successful completion of 60 ECTS courses (US 30 course credits) in the programme. All students in the programme matriculate in a fall semester at Solvay Brussels School and take four required courses (microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and data analysis) in the fall semester. In addition, students are required to take three elective courses in the spring semester and three elective courses in the summer semester, thus completing the program in one calendar year. The programme kicks off with a refresher course (“bootcamp”) in mathematical methods of 3 ECTS, which does not count towards the 60 ECTS requirement for programme completion.
  • Application Form
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • All diplomas and academic transcripts from the institution(s) where previous degree studies have been completed
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a faculty member of a higher education institution.
  • TOEFL or IELTS score: International applicants must have at least a 100 on the TOEFL or a 7 on the IELTS as required by Georgetown’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Personal statement (maximum length of 500 words) explaining what unique abilities the applicant would bring to the Program and how obtaining the joint degree would contribute to the attainment of the applicant’s personal and professional goals.For more information on application procedures please visit: http://grad.georgetown.edu/admissions/application-procedures/

An undergraduate degree in economics is not a requirement for admission to the programme.  However, substantial coursework in economics is one factor that tends to strengthen an application for admission to the programme. In addition, economics is a highly quantitative discipline. For that reason, substantial coursework in mathematics, probability and statistics, and other quantitative subjects is another factor that can strengthen an application for admission.

No minimum GRE score is specified for admission to this programme.

Foreign applicants must provide proof of English Language Proficiency to be eligible for admission. This proof may be provided in several ways specified by the Graduate School, including a TOEFL score or an IELTS score. The Department generally requires a TOEFL score of at least 100 or an IELTS score of at least 7.0.

The Graduate School requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for admission.

Programme students may be able to enroll for a small number of course credits in other departments with the permission of the academic directors of the programme and the permission of the other department. However, such courses do not count toward the credit requirement for the degree. In addition, permission of the Dean of the respective school may be required.

The deadline for applications for the academic year 2018-2019 is May 31st 2018 for non-EU students and July 15th for EU students. Nevertheless, we encourage you to submit your application in a timely manner to allow for a proper scrutiny of your file and avoid any delays in the administrative process later on.

Neither partner institution publishes data regarding acceptance rates to this programme.

The Joint Degree in Political Economy does not have an internship programme at the moment, nor is course credit granted for participation in internships.

The policy of the programme is to not permit the transfer of course credits from another academic institution. All credits toward the Joint Degree in Political Economy must be earned through courses offered in the programme.

The programme manager of the programme on behalf of Solvay Brussels School will provide an accepted applicant with an official acceptance letter, as well as additional information and any relevant documents requested by the respective accepted applicant for their visa procedure for Belgium. We cannot undertake the procedure on the students’ behalf.

Students are responsible for contacting the relevant authorities in their country and for following up their visa procedure in a timely fashion. Please contact the nearest Belgian embassy or consulate for any visa-related queries. Additional information on the visa procedure can also be found here. The programme manager is at your disposal for any queries and relevant documents: Sylvana Rodriguez (sylvana.rodriguez@solvay.edu ).

No accommodation is offered on campus to graduate students. However, we encourage students who plan to matriculate to start looking for housing as soon as possible. The websites below may be helpful for your housing search in Brussels. Additional useful information can be found in the booklet with practical information sent to successful applicants. The Solvay programme manager is at your disposal for any queries and relevant documents: Sylvana Rodriguez (sylvana.rodriguez@solvay.edu ).

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Students must successfully complete 60 course credits in the programme in order to graduate. Tuition costs amount to $50,000. Solvay alumni discounts are not applicable in this case.

Merit-Based Mobility Scholarships for EU students:
EU candidates applying before ​April 16th​,​ 2018 can ​apply for ​one of two 2 ​mobility ​scholarships​, worth​ 10.000$ each.
Decision on whether the scholarship is granted to the student or not comes from our Academic Committee after ​being ​admitted into the program.
These scholarships will be ​awarded by a jury who will base their decision on (1) your application essay, (2) your academic record and (3) on the date of your application. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.
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Practical information: Summary

  • Starting date: August 2018

  • Location: Brussels & Washington, D.C.
  • Format: Full-time
    60 ECTS (US equivalent: 30 Credits)

  • Language: English
  • Tuition: $50,000
    (for information on financial aid, please check the FAQs on the left)

  • Length: 12 months
  • Application deadline:
    > Non-EU students: May 31st 2018 (recommendation related to visa procedures)
    > EU students: July 15th 2018

Upcoming events

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  • 20

    12:00 -17:00
    ULB Solbosch, Avenue Adolphe Buyl, Ixelles, Belgium
    We will be happy to welcome you to our stand during the Solvay Career Days which will take place in our university (ULB) on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 February, 2018!       
    Click here for more infoThe most important event of the Campus Recruitment that might be determinant for a student's future is here : the Solvay Career Days !Are you a BA3 or a MA student looking for new opportunities? Don’t miss this incredible chance to meet representatives from more than 50 companies during 2 days ! They will be there to promote their latest internship and job opportunities.Solvay Advanced Masters will be there too.Please find more information on facebook.We are looking forward to meeting you in person!
  • 20

    14:00 -19:00
    Familie van Rysselberghedreef 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium
    We will be happy to welcome you to our stand during the VEK Career Day which will take place in Ghent (ICC) on Tuesday February 20, 2018! 
    Click here for more infoThe Career Day is VEK Recruitment’s flagship.Last year they welcomed over 90 participating companies and more than 1200 students at their job fair. This highlights the importance of the Career Day event and it is the recruitment event of the year that students as well as companies should attend!The main target group of the event are all students of the University of Ghent with interests in economics or an economics inspired career.More information on VEK's website: vek.be/nl/carriere/1231/career-dayWe are looking forward to meeting you in person!
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    09:00 -17:00
    Avenue Jeanne 44, Brussels, Belgium
    We will be happy to welcome you to our stand during the ULB Sciences JobDay which will take place in our university (ULB) on Wednesday February 28, 2018!   
    Click here for more infoThe Jobday-Sciences is an annual one-day meeting for students in Brussels and companies, organized by the Cercle des Sciences and the Faculties of Sciences of ULB and VUB.This event is a unique opportunity to discover each other. In fact, companies will have the opportunity to provide informations about their activities to all students of Master and PhD in Sciences, Pharmacy and Bioengineering Sciences from ULB and VUB.On the other hand, students will have the possibility of gathering informations in different professional sectors, in order to get, we hope, a professional interview.Also as the previous editions, the 3rd and 4th year students will be at the rendezvous, looking for an internship or informations about future prospects.Solvay Advanced Masters will be there too.For more information, please click here: jobday-sciences.be/jobdayWe are looking forward to meeting you in person!

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