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Economics and Business Economics

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Amsterdam
English, Dutch

About this program

Economics and Business Economics

Why do some people always want the cheapest product, whereas others will buy a more expensive one? How do you stop a bank from collapsing? Are nuclear plants the solution to the climate problem?

During the Bachelor of Economics and Business Economics you study the many different facets of economic systems. You gain insight into how people, companies and governments behave, from the choices of individual consumers to decisions on a global scale.

Social themes play a major role in the Bachelor's programme in Economics and Business Economics. Consumers, managers, civil servants—they all make decisions that influence society and the prosperity of everyone who lives in it. In this programme you learn to address thorny economic dilemmas. How can you make decisions that lead to the most optimal results? And what does optimal really mean in this context?

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Admission requirements

Applicants holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma apply via the International Office. We check if your previous education meets a number of requirements*. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. We will evaluate your application and inform you of our admission decision.

Requirements that apply:

1. A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO-diploma

See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country.

Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it. Applicants who do not meet this criterion may be asked to sit (an) entry exam(s) to prove they are eligible for admission.

2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage.

3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics

After you apply to the programme and upload the required documents in our student portal, your International Student Advisor will determine whether your diploma is equivalent to the Dutch VWO-diploma and whether your mathematics level is sufficient.


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Program content

1st year

  • SAM Programme EBE
  • Economic Challenges
  • English Language Test
  • Quantitative Research Methods I
  • Marketing I
  • Microeconomics I
  • Academic Skills
  • Accounting I
  • Macroeconomics I
  • Economics and Management of Organizations
  • Finance I
  • Programming for Economists

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition

  • Tuition fee for EU: € 2,209
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 8,980

Career paths

Most graduates of the Bachelor of Economics and Business Economics elect to follow a master's programme in the area of their specialisation.

As a graduate, you are an attractive prospect for employers in the Netherlands and abroad, be they companies, government agencies, or organisations such as the European Commission, the World Bank, and the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) . Alternatively, you might choose to start your own business. Wherever you end up, your analytical skills and your broad view of the world and your own specialisation will mean that you can add value to the most diverse decision-making processes and can formulate answers to myriad economic questions.

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Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...


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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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