Coronavirus (COVID-19): United Business Institutes Information
Latest Updates September 2020
We are very pleased to announce that in light of the new governmental regulations, UBI has decided to re-open its Brussels campus on a staff skeleton basis in order to begin the process of transitioning back to our ‘normal’ routine. Although the entire team will not return altogether/at the same time, there will always be someone available to speak with you, should you need it. It is recommended however you book an appointment before visiting one of our campuses.
What UBI is doing to protect our community against the spread and impact of coronavirus
UBI is carefully monitoring the latest developments, safety advice, and alerts regarding the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We are following the recommendations and instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Belgium Health authorities and the Luxembourg Health authorities. We are regularly checking updates from these institutions to inform our community if the situation within Belgium and Luxembourg change.
We know that this is a concerning time for everyone. Here we have put together detailed information about coronavirus and how you can get any support that you need. We will keep this updated regularly.
UBI is committed to providing the safety and support that our students need.
As per government guidelines, all courses on both UBI campuses were delivered through our online education platform since Monday 16th March.
We are continuing to offer quality tuition online from the new academic year, starting in September 2020 (those who are unable to travel to our campuses can also attend other ad-hoc events, such as the Orientation Day, online. Details will be communicated by email). We will continue to update our community regularly and will let you know when in-person studies is again possible.
The school administration office will provide key on-campus services upon requests and/or by appointments.
For Current Students
For Prospective Students
We are doing everything we can to minimise the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on your application to our programmes.
If you do not possess all the supplementary documents to complete your application due to the impact of COVID-19, we are considering different ways to assess your application beyond results as well. Please contact our admission officer and discuss your situation further at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have applied to us, we will make a decision on your application as soon as we can. UBI gives equal consideration to you all, regardless of where you are from, or where you live. We are able to organise a video-conference with you if you would prefer to talk to us directly.
If you are an non-EU student,
We are not anticipating any changes to fees should the programmes continue to be delivered online; you will save on travelling and accommodations expenses. Participation in person remains possible during the semester so students need to secure a visa before the start of their studies at UBI.
Find out which languages tests we accept (some of them are now offered online, which will be an acceptable alternative for entry).
We will allow you to delay submitting supporting documents (e.g. pending results from language exam). Please submit relevant photos, certificates, documents and passport pages through email at email@example.com once you have them.
To apply to one of our programmes, please complete the online application form.
The option to study in person remains a possibility this academic year, and we can do this successfully, thanks to:
The total number of students per location is low and can be managed well, and we are able to work in small groups,
Our Virtual Learning Environment virtual classroom can happen simultaneously with live teaching,
Classroom spaces are large and we are able to adapt the seating arrangements to facilitate social distancing,
Regular cleaning, hand gel products and soap are all in place at various locations in the building.
For Teaching Faculty & Staff
It is very important to us that we provide protection for our staff and teaching community and help everyone transition smoothly to working from home. All UBI staff have started home working from Monday 16 March. This setup has changed how we work and communicate, however our core staff team will continue to provide guidance regarding the switch to online teaching and working remotely.
In order to meet the latest government measures about working from home wherever possible, we have decided that operations will run mainly online, with a minimal staff presence on campus. It means that staff are back in the office from time to time, and are able to answer your questions in person, but we are observing the required safety protocols -including social distancing and sanitary requirements on our premises.
If you are an external visitor needing more information about our programmes or wish to have a tour of our facilities, please contact us ahead of your visit and we will be able to welcome you on a one-to-one basis.
All public events on campus are otherwise suspended until further notice. You are however very welcome to communicate with us by email.