FAQ Future Student

What is the difference between Management and Business Engineering?

When a student starts his/her studies at HEC Liège, they will have to make a choice between a bachelor in Economics and Management and a bachelor in Business Engineering. 

Many courses are identical in the two streams.  However, Business Engineering offers 

  • more quantitative methods
  • a strong emphasis on analytical reasoning
  • IT holds an important place
  • the fundamentals of science and the interactions between industrial science/ technique/ innovation: these translate into science courses (chemistry, physics, etc.), particularly in the first year or two of the program
  • a significant technological element.

Economist or manager, what is the difference?

At Bachelor level, there is a joint study program. Economics and Management are two very complementary disciplines, which use the same tools, which have a range of careers in common and which both contribute to the development of a company and of society in general.  For both disciplines, students need to have a desire to understand how business, the market and the global economy work.

However, there are some specific points which differentiate them:

  • In Management, studies focus on regulatory, societal and human aspects.  A manager is more concerned with the key functions of a company, such as business finance, human resources management, marketing, the law and entrepreneurship, etc.
  • In Economics, the accent is on “macro” aspects, that is to say the way economics function, nationally and internationally, in a world context, and on the understanding of global mechanisms determined by individuals, businesses and governments, on analysis, as well as the public aspects.  An economist will focus on public administration, private organizations (bank economists) and public institutions (office of planning, BNB).

What kind of educational support programs do HEC Liège students benefit from?

HEC Liège has set up a “Success Factory” to offer them support throughout their university career.  It provides a variety of activities:

  • Induction and orientation sessions in August (preparatory courses) 
    • math, languages, science
    • preparation for higher studies and work method
  • Guidance service for studies at the University of Liege
  • Self-training methods
  • Exercises forming an integral part of the courses (theory + exercises)
  • Availability: customized meetings with qualified assistants 
  • Remedial work
  • Patronage system
  • Assessment every two months organized on different set subjects in order to spot potential dropouts 
  • Exam debriefing sessions
  • LOL@ virtual campus for learning that brings together all the teaching resources the student needs along his academic path

How many hours of high-school Math are required for success at HEC Liège?

There are no formal requirements but a good level of education previously is an advantage.

For the Bachelor in Economics and Management, the minimum advised by the Mathematics professors at HEC is 4 hours of Math a week.  However, motivation and consistent work are two elements which are as important as previous courses.

Numerous Economics and Management students who have followed a Math 4 course succeed without any particular problem.

Undoubtedly, students who received 6 or 8 hours of Math tuition are in a position to devote more time to other courses.  Just as those who took Math 4 will perhaps be more proficient in languages or economics.

Our requirements for Math are relatively high (more than for Psychology or Sociology, but less than for the Bachelor in Mathematics or Applied Sciences).

Moreover, it’s important to state that during the first year at HEC, you will be required to review the entire subject matter (apart from Geometry) seen over your 6 years of high school education, which will allow some students to refresh their knowledge. 

Why have science in Business Engineering?

Within a company, a Business Engineer will be equally involved in management and technology.  He/she will act as an interface between these two poles.  Thus, studying sciences is an essential asset.  It encourages an openness of mind, and sharpens critical and analytical skills.  It gives Business Engineers the necessary tools to liaise with the technological pole of the business in particular.

There are no formal requirements.  It is not therefore necessary to have followed a pure science option at high school to choose the Business Engineering course.  You need an open mind and a liking for science.

What language courses does HEC Liège offer?

When they graduate, all students of HEC Liege will be proficient in at least two foreign languages:

  • : intensive course in business English as part of the Bachelor’s degree program (7 credits, 3 hours per week).  In the Master’s degree program, there are no longer any English lessons, but all courses are taught in English.  
  • A second foreign language is taught from the 1st year of the Bachelor’s degree program until the 2nd year of the Master’s degree program. 

We offer two levels of study in German, Spanish and Italian:

  • the standard level: beginners’ course, (no prior knowledge required)  
  • the advanced level for students who have already studied the language during   their secondary education.  

For Dutch, we offer only an advanced course.  However, determined beginners can catch up by following 30 hours of extra courses in the 1st stage of the Bachelor’s degree course. 


During the Master’s degree program, students may also start a third language (Dutch, German or Spanish).

urthermore, if you are interested in a multilingual study program combining French and German, we can offer you a French-German Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management which includes a double degree, one from HEC and one from the University of Hohenheim in Germany! 

It’s worth knowing that the number of credits allocated to language courses in the Bachelor’s degree program is the highest in the whole of French speaking Belgium.

An Erasmus stay and/or a business internship abroad also provide the opportunity for immersion in a chosen language.

Have a look at the blog of the Langage Department: Vivre les Langues à HEC !

What does HEC Liège offer in terms of study and work experience abroad?

At HEC, there is a wide range of possibilities for studying/working abroad:

  • An Erasmus stay of one semester (or even one year in certain cases) in one of the School’s 156 first-rate partner universities across the world
  • The opportunity of doing a business internship abroad
  • Field Trips under the framework of the HEC – AWEX (Walloon Export Agency) partnership, called “Young Business Actors”: short trips, visits to businesses and organizations, getting a feel for the export trade
  • The possibility of obtaining a double-degree (in English, in German, in Italian/English, in French/English, or in Dutch/English), by spending a semester in a foreign university, set up and organized by the School
  • A French-German Bachelor degree with the possibility of a double-degree with a German university (6 months at the University of Hohenheim)
  • Summer courses: some of our partner universities organize summer programs (from 2 to 6 weeks): lessons, business visits and social activities.

It should also be pointed out that internationalization@home is continuous: 70 different nationalities are represented at HEC; at the Master degree level, 35% of students come from abroad, teaching is all in English and a wide range of international experts contribute to these courses.

How does HEC develop the personal skills of each student?

HEC Liège places great importance on the development of soft skills.  It has set up the first educational structure of its kind in francophone Belgium, which is quite original: the Skills Portfolio.

The HEC Liege Skills Portfolio offers students a wide variety of transdisciplinary workshops to enable them to 

  • develop soft skills (human and relational qualities such as being able to communicate and negotiate, to assume leadership etc.)
  • construct a vocational project 
  • acquire operational skills.


What are the career opportunities after studies at HEC Liège ?

Jobs, in business, in organizations, in all sectors of activity, both in Belgium and abroad.  93% of our graduates find a job in the year following their studies!

In general, HEC graduates can access all kinds of jobs linked to the economy and to management

  • Large and small businesses
  • Privately or publicly owned
  • All areas of a business (marketing, financial management, personnel management, logistics, quality management, the production-management interface for Business Engineers, etc.)

Many new graduates also set up their own business.

In addition, students who have followed joint degree programs (Law/Management, Industrial and Business Engineering) have access to different areas of the Law (in particular the Bar) and to jobs in technology.

Do HEC Liège students receive support when seeking employment?

The ‘Career Development’ Service supports students throughout their studies:

  • in stages 1 and 2, this is mainly individual support, on request, to (re-)direct studies
  • in stage 3, this involves reflection and support in the student’s choice of a Master’s degree and specialization 
  • during the Master’s degree program, the Service takes an increasingly active role.

In order to meet students’ needs related to

  • their personal project
  • finding out about professions
  • drafting a CV and an accompanying letter 
  • preparation for a job interview
  • looking for an internship or a job

The ‘Career Development’ Service offers 

  • individual coaching 
  • group workshops 
  • meetings with companies 
  • on-campus recruitment 
  • career evenings.

A student team, the Campus Recruitment team, works alongside the Service, organizing meetings between companies and students to promote recruitment of future graduates.

Last update :13/09/2016