During the bachelor’s programme Economics and Business Economics, you will study the behaviour of consumers, companies and governments. You will seek and find solutions for social issues at both macro and micro levels. And you will do this from different perspectives, such as financial economics, spatial economics, development economics and business economics. The programme has strong ties with professional practice and is offered in English. However, in the first year only, you can choose whether you want to attend tutorials in Dutch or English.
Economics is the foundation of this professional field. In the first year, you will build a solid foundation in both economics and business economics courses. At the end of the first year, you will choose between Economics or Business Economics.
Find more information about the first year in the study guide.
After you make your choice, you will work in smaller groups so you can get to know your fellow students and teachers better. Subjects that you might encounter include the relationship between income inequality and life expectancy in rich countries, the stock market and economic growth, or corporate culture and intrinsic motivation. If you choose Economics, your specialization begins at the start of the second year. If you choose Business Economics, you will take Finance, Marketing and Accounting in the first semester. And in the second semester you will further specialise in one of those three tracks.
Find more information about the second year in the study guide.
During the first half of your third year, you will have complete freedom of choice. You pick a minor and can choose within this segment to study abroad or do an internship. In the second half of the third year, you will complete the bachelor's programme by focussing on your specialisation more in-depth and writing a bachelor's thesis.
Find more information about the third year in the study guide.
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VU Bachelor's day
Come join our Open Day on Saturday 9 February, and see for yourself what it’s like to study Economics and Business Economics at VU Amsterdam! Register here.
Come to a Taster day at the VU campus in Amsterdam's Zuidas district and experience what it is like to be a student at VU Amsterdam. Please sign up for the Taster Day!
If you have obtained or will obtain a Dutch diploma, please check the criteria on our Dutch webpage.
Admission for international applicants
Applicants holding a pre-university diploma from another country must meet 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. All outstanding requirements need to be met in full by the time you enrol for the programme.
Admission to the programme will remain conditional until your diploma is awarded and your admission becomes unconditional. Requirements that apply:
If you do not meet the mathematics requirement but have an otherwise strong application, you could still be accepted with a conditional offer. You would then be asked to participate in an entry test in mathematics. If participation in the exam is necessary this will be communicated to you in the offer letter.
Mathematics Exams (available in English and accepted by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam):
A positive result for the mathematics examination (5,5/10 in the mathematics A exam or 65% in the OMPT-A online exam) is compulsory for admission to the programme.
Online Summer Prep-Campus
Even if you meet the mathematics requirements, some students find it difficult to know what is expected of them. From our experience, the math courses in the first period are major stumbling blocks for many students. This is why we have decided to offer this Online Summer Prep-Campus, so that you can refresh your math knowledge and start university with the math you need. Please visit our Online Summer Prep-Campus website.
Nuffic Certificate for Chinese students
Chinese students who wish to enrol on a programme taught in English at a Dutch higher education institution are required to apply for a Nuffic Certificate. More information on the Nuffic Certificate for Chinese students.
Please check our step-by-step application guide for more information.
International applicants wille be asked to submit the following documents:
Transcript(s) of records (e.g. High School grade list)
International students who require a student visa must apply before 1 April. Students who do not require a student visa must apply before 1 May. You will be informed about your admission within four weeks after the completion of your application (including all required documents).
Matching for students with a foreign degree
VU Amsterdam believes that it is important you fit into our programme and university. The mandatory matching activity 'VU Matching' enables you to make your final decision with confidence. It’s a two-step process: fill in a digital questionnaire as part of your application, and take part in an online matching activity. You will receive a personalized recommendation afterwards.
Please note that if you have not taken part, you cannot register for the programme. If you apply for the programme before 1 May, the recommendation is not binding. If you apply after 1 May, the recommendation is binding. If you receive a negative binding recommendation, you cannot register for this programme.
If you are a student with a Dutch degree, please find your information about VU Matching for this programme here.
More information about VU Matching
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
1 April (students that require a visa), 1 May (students that do not require a visa)
BINDING STUDY ADVICE
A minimum of 42 credits including the course Quantitative Research Methods I
FIELD OF INTEREST
Economics, Business and Law
“This programme strikes a good balance between a thorough theoretical background and diverse training in field applications. After my graduation I would like to implement the techniques we learn in sectors in which these are not widely available. One challenge that piques my interest is how to provide accessible, personalized education to large groups of people. I believe econometrics, and data, can play a large role in tackling this challenge. “
“I really enjoy studying at the VU. What I like about the study is that I have a lot of options and I can determine my own direction as a student. The groups are relatively small with easy approachable teachers. During the subject Accounting, we went to KLM's head office to put the theory into practice. The determination of KLM cost prices was explained to us by the KLM staff. This turned out to be extremely complex, but also very interesting.“