Boston University in Brussels

WCW Question:

Who reads the applications once they arrive at the business school? Are students involved in this process? Is it an individual or Board decision?




BU Answer:

The Student Affairs Manager in Brussels reviews the application packets for completion and eligibility and forwards them to the Admissions Committee in Boston, which renders the decision on admission.


WCW Question:

How would you describe the decision making process?



BU Answer:

Admission decisions are objective, based on Boston University's standards, which are high. Most applicants receive a decision within 10 days of submitting a complete application packet.


WCW Question:

What criteria are used to evaluate good prospective candidates?



BU Answer:

The completed application packet is compared against Boston University's admissions standards for prior academic experience, TOEFL scores, and work experience. Applicants with competitive academic performance, and work experience are admitted to the program.



WCW Question:

How important is the GMAT/TOEFL scores?

Is there a minimum needed before a candidate should consider applying? Does it matter how many times a candidate sit these exams?


BU Answer:

Boston University's International Graduate Programs in Brussels do not require the GMAT. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 565 for the paper exam, and 255 for the computer exam. Candidates should submit the highest TOEFL score they have received.




WCW Question:

Does the school expect particular profiles from international students?



BU Answer:

Because Boston University in Brussels is an American program in Europe, every student is an international student. Therefore, the profile for all students is the same - excellent prior academic performance and successful work experience.


WCW Question:

What is the breakdown in diversity according to geographic region?



BU Answer:

Students at Boston University in Brussels come from every region of the globe. There is no one country with a majority representation; and every class has a multi-national student population.



WCW Question:

What is the male/ female ratio?



BU Answer:

The male/female ration is on an equal basis.


WCW Question:

How many years of professional experience does the school prefer applicants to have?



BU Answer:

Work experience is not a requirement for admission, but the more professional experience an applicant has, the more favorably their application will be viewed. Applicants with no work experience must have outstanding prior academic experience and a compelling admissions essay.



WCW Question:

What makes the programme unique when compared with other programmes?



BU Answer:

Boston University's International Graduate Programs in Brussels are continuing adult education at its best. Every class is an experience in inter-active problem solving and applied science, with a multi-cultural, multi-national view. Students have complete freedom in choosing their program of study, their course schedule, and their completion rate. The program is highly flexible and dedicated to meeting the demands of its mature and professional student body.



WCW Question:

How would the current students describe the school and the programme?



BU Answer:

Boston University's graduates from the Brussels program are placed all over the world. The program's alumni, corporate network, and internships are all instrumental in assisting graduates to further their careers.
Boston University students have this to say about their experience in Brussels:


"The international setting of the program has provided valuable cultural and professional comparisons."


"Boston University in Brussels helped me...by providing a multicultural environment that I would not receive in a program in the United States... This experience will help me in every aspect of my career."


"The education I received was very practical...I got the chance to understand the perspectives of other nations on many different subjects."




WCW Question:

Who are the major recruiters on campus?



BU Answer:

Multinational corporations headquartered in Brussels and the European Commission.


WCW Question:

What guidelines should candidates adhere to for the essays? 'Do's & Don'ts'



BU Answer:

The essay should demonstrate the candidate's mastery of professional level English, their ability to write an academically sound essay, and present a compelling rationale for the candidate's decision to pursue graduate school and what they hope to get out of their program of study.


WCW Question:

How important is it to stay within the designated word limit?



BU Answer:

There is no word limit for the essay. Candidates should strive to express themselves professionally in a brief essay.


WCW Question:

What role do the 'Letters of Recommendation' play?



BU Answer:

The letters of recommendation are an important part of the admissions packet. Candidates should try to get letters from supervisors or co-workers, former professors, and others who can speak to their professional and academic abilities.


WCW Question:

What is the function of an interview at your school, and what role does it play in the admissions process?



BU Answer:

There is no formal interview requirement for admission. If the application packet raises questions about a candidate's eligibility for admission, the Student Affairs Manager may contact the candidate by telephone for clarification.



WCW Question:

Are there unofficial/ official quotas allocated by country or region?



BU Answer:

Boston University has no unofficial or official quotas allocated by country or region. All candidates are evaluated for admission on their merits.



WCW Question:

Does your school have 'rolling' admissions or admissions 'rounds'? When is the best period for a candidate to apply? Are candidates penalized for applying in the last round?



BU Answer:

Boston University in Brussels has rolling admissions for entry in September, January, and April. Depending on which term a student wishes to begin, they should submit a completed admission packet no later than two weeks before the start of the term.

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