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African Business Studies



Unique in Belgium

  • The Postgraduate In African Business Studies (PABS) is the first of its kind in Belgium and Europe.
  • The Postgraduate is specifically developed to maximise professionals' knowledge of business on the African continent.
  • In collaboration with African embassies in Brussels and first-class regional universities, the PABS programme offers a quality curriculum in African Business for graduate students and future managers pursuing a successful business career in Africa, Europe and the world at large.
  • This programme has a unique global perspective as well as a regional focus. It was designed to face the growing demand for world-class professionals to manage relations between Africa and the rest of the world in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, and cross-cultural management.
  • Through the PABS programme, you will benefit from a combination of in-depth global and Africa-specific business knowledge, setting yourself apart in the competitive global marketplace.
  • The experience will also result in lasting friendships and access to a broad international network of ambitious professionals who, like you, care about making a difference in the world.
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African Business Studies


Practical information

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Credits

    60 credits

  • Admission requirements

    On top of the general admission requirements for an English bachelor programme, there is a specific diploma requirements for this Postgraduate Programme: only students who have obtained a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree can apply.

    Your application should also include: 

    • your cv or resume
    • a motivation letter stating why you would like to join the postgraduate programme. This will be assessed by the study counseling committee.
    • in addition to the assessment of your cv/resume and motivation letter, the study counseling committee can request an extra  (online) interview.
  • Where

    On campus

  • Tuition fee

    • EEA-candidates: €2390/60 credits
    • Non-EEA candidates: €3690/60 credits

    Additional costs like study material and field trips abroad.


Below you can find an overview of the courses ( under reservation of changes), with the number of credits per phase. Credits express how many hours you need on average to process the subject matter (incl. lessons). Count about 25 to 30 hours for 1 study credit. 

  • We have explained the most important courses in a blue tooltip.  
  • Check out the programme guide for the detailed content of each subject.

Semester 1 2
African Business Societies 6
African-International Business Systems 6
Export and Import Management 3
Intercultural business practices i 3
Marketing, Sales and Consumer Behaviours 3
Management Skills i 3
Semester 1 2
Introduction to Swahili 3
Business Sustainability Management 3
Entrepreneurship & Innovation 12
Business in Practice 6
Internship and final project 12
This course does not start in February.


African focus

You will gain in-depth knowledge of international business, with a focus on Africa. Specialists in the field are invited to give guest lectures on a variety of topics, for example on the business climate in Rwanda and its development.

Intercultural business

Become and expert in intercultural business practices and learn to understand the cultures in North, South, Centre, East and West Africa. Develop proficiency in Swahili, Lingala and English.

Expand your network

Your academic experience will be accompanied by lasting friendships and new access to a global network of driven professionals who, like you, care about making a difference in the world.

Got questions?

Programme coordinator

Paul Nchu Ngang

For all your questions about the programme.
Study Counsellor

Kristel Van Leuven

For all your questions about your individual study programme.
Inclusion Coordinator

Ariane Buysschaert

For all your questions about care students.

Admissions Officer

For all your questions about Admissions & Application.
Available by phone 9am - 3pm +32 15 36 92 50

Excited? Apply now!


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