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Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
September 2020
Application deadline: 01 April 2020
2,143 EUR excl. VAT

Program description

Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

This unique 3-year Philosophy, Politics and Economics Bachelor’s degree program will prepare you for future leadership positions in business, politics, academia, and beyond. Complex social problems require generalists, that is, researchers, policy makers and professionals who are able to examine an issue from several angles, who can combine different perspectives in a constructive way, and who are aware of the broader social and historical context of problems. PPE provides you with the necessary tools and knowledge to be a leader in the 21st century.

PPE at VU Amsterdam is the first program of its kind in continental Europe, combining a focused curriculum with exchange opportunities with international partner institutions and exciting and unique extracurricular initiatives involving representatives from the world of business, policy or politics. It is a multidisciplinary study program that combines the strengths of its three fields and places a special emphasis on incorporating the different perspectives of its constituent disciplines. The program provides rigorous theoretical training and broad, hands-on experience that will enable you to take an active role in shaping the world’s future.

Future leaders are looking further! The PPE program originated at Oxford University in the 1900s. Since then, many PPE programs have been developed at leading universities in the US, the UK and beyond. VU Amsterdam is the first university in mainland Europe to offer a comprehensive PPE program of this size at Bachelor’s level. You will benefit from our personal atmosphere and interaction with our dedicated and innovative teachers, many of whom have previous experience lecturing in multidisciplinary PPE programs throughout the world. We offer a challenging program with easy access to university facilities, while remaining close to the vibrant heart of Amsterdam. 

Admission requirements

In order to be selected, candidates must meet the following admission criteria.

  1. A diploma equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma
  2. Grade point average (GPA), see GPA requirements
  3. Motivation and suitability to study an intensive programme like our PPE programme
  4. Commitment to contribute to the College’s international student and campus life
  5. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics and English

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Tuition fees

The cost of this program for students of EU/EEA countries is €2,060.


On completion of this program, students will receive a Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 170 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 24,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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