Holistic Admissions Approach
Vesalius College seeks students who are able to meet the challenges of our academic programme and are willing to participate fully in the intellectual and social life of the College in a spirit of openness and tolerance. Admission to the College is selective and holistic. We accept only students whose records indicate that they possess the qualities needed to achieve academic success in the degree programme of their choice. We will review not only the student’s academic records and test results, but will also put a strong emphasis on the essay and extracurricular activities.
Applicants for admission must have graduated from a secondary school prior to beginning their studies at Vesalius College. Admission decisions take into account the candidate’s secondary school performance, examination results and English language competence, as well as demonstrated personal qualities and character.
Please see HERE guidelines on diplomas and required standardized tests.
English Language Requirements
All our programmes are taught in English; hence, a good verbal and written command of the English language is essential. Results of an English proficiency examination are required for students who have studied for less than three years in a secondary school or two years in a university with English as the language of instruction. The College accepts official scores from the following tests:
|Applicants should register with the TOEFL testing agency. Further information (test dates, registration deadlines, fees, payment) can be found at www.toefl.org. Applicants must ask the testing agency to send score reports directly to Vesalius, using the College code 3574.
BA minimum TOEFL IBT 90/120
|Applicants should register with the British Council. Further information (test dates, registration deadlines, fees, payment) can be found at www.britishcouncil.org.
BA minimum IELTS (Academic module)
|C2 Proficiency / CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency Certificate) and the C1 Advanced / CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced Certificate).
BA minimum grade C
SAT or ACT Requirements
As a general rule, students who hold the IB diploma, the EB diploma or a European secondary school diploma that grants access to university, do not need to take the SAT or ACT. Students who hold an American high school diploma (with or without Advanced Placement (AP) and/or IB certificates) will be required to take the SAT or ACT.
All other students should contact the Admissions Office to determine whether they must take of these tests.
For applicants who must take either the SAT or ACT test here are the addresses and instructions for sending scores:
|Applicants should register with the testing agency. Visit the College Board SAT programme website www.sat.collegeboard.org to register online and for more information (e.g. US and international test dates, registration deadlines, fees, payment). Applicants must ask the testing agency to send score reports directly to Vesalius, using the College code: 3574.||Applicants may register with the testing agency. For more information (test dates, registration deadlines, fees, payment), please visit the websites www.act.org and www.actstudent.org. Applicants must ask the testing agency to send score reports directly to Vesalius, using the College code: 5243.
Students can start their studies in the fall or in the spring semester.
- The Spring 2020 semester starts on January 15th with the orientation and registration activities; the first day of classes is January 20th.
- The Fall 2020 semester starts on August 19th (TBC) with the orientation and registration activities; the first day of classes is August 24th (TBC).
For more information on the detailed academic calendar, please click here.
Please note that if you don’t need a visa to study in Belgium, we can still consider your application for Spring 2020. For any further information please contact the Admissions Office.
Places are limited so we encourage students to apply well in advance to their semester of choice.
|Fall semester||Spring semester|
|EU citizens||30 June||30 November|
|Non-EU citizens||31 May||31 October|
Student unable to meet the above-mentioned application deadlines, should contact the Admissions Office.
Students in secondary school are encouraged to apply during their final year. Admissions decisions are usually made within three weeks after receipt of the complete application. Once accepted at Vesalius College, international applicants should contact the Belgian embassy or consulate in their country immediately to get a complete list of requirements specific for that country. More information on student visas is available here.
Students who wish to be considered for the Academic Excellence Scholarship must have been accepted into a Bachelor’s programme as a full-time student by 15 April for fall entry and 31 October for spring entry. For more information on Tuition and Scholarships, please see here.