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BMGT Exchange: Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Belgium)

Brussels, Belgium
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Students in Brussels' central square.
To apply to this program, click "Apply Now" at the top of this page and review the application process for Exchanges.

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.

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Exchange programs are highly competitive and therefore space in each program is limited to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • You must have completed 2 semesters at UMD

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. For more information on courses visit: For a full course list visit: For equivalencies of courses approved for transfer in the past, visit: the Smith Equivalencies. Note that UMD cannot guarantee that a particular course will be offered in any given semester at Solvay.

All credit you earn on this program will count at transfer credit on your UMD transcript.

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.  

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.

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.

UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates and fees to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the BMGT Exchange Cost Sheet

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2015 03/01/2015 03/11/2015
Spring 2016 10/01/2015 10/11/2015