Economics and Business Economics

3 Jahre
1. September. (Studiengänge mit Studienbeginn Februar)
Candidates with a non-Dutch pre-university school diploma:
  1. A diploma equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma
  2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics
  3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
2078.00 € / Jahr
Application deadline: 1 May (1 April if you want to use the housing options of the VU)
Worum geht's im Studium

Societal Challenges

Are you fascinated by human behaviour in a world where consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments must constantly make choices? Do you want to know how these choices are made and what the social consequences of the choices are? Are you socially involved, analytically sharp and curious? If so, the bachelor’s programme in Economics and Business Economics is the right choice for you.

Economics and Business Economics deals with issues that affect individuals, businesses and society as a whole. Whereas Business Administration focuses on business processes, this bachelor’s programme focuses on economics and human behaviour. In this programme, you will learn to analyse problems and develop solutions by combining insights from disciplines such as:

  • accounting
  • development economics
  • economic history
  • ethics
  • finance
  • macroeconomics and microeconomics
  • marketing
  • spatial economics

Not only will you develop academic knowledge in these areas, but you will also develop a variety of professional skills such as programming and quantitative research skills.

Studenten der Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam im Hörsaal

Strong ties to the professional world

The programme has strong ties to businesses and governmental organisations in the Netherlands and abroad. It is also conveniently located near major businesses in the Amsterdam Zuidas district. To help optimally prepare you for the professional world, you will be given the opportunity to:

  • receive guest lectures from instructors who work in business or government
  • work with your fellow students to conduct business analyses of major companies
  • conduct an internship (optional)
  • complete a research project

The programme in a nutshell

During the first year, you will become familiar with important aspects of the economy, providing you with a solid foundation for your specialization. You will also develop skills in areas such as quantitative research and programming. During the second year, you will specialize in Economics or Business Economics. If you choose Business Economics, you will decide in the middle of the second year whether you will further specialize in Accounting, Finance or Marketing. You will also develop a greater understanding of methodology and further refine your ethical and philosophical framework. During the first half of your third year, you will have complete freedom of choice. You can use this time to study abroad, conduct an internship, follow a minor or to fulfil the requirements for a specific master’s programme. In the second half of the third year, you will focus more on your specialization and write your thesis.

The bachelor's in Economics and Business Economics is a three-year programme. You will build a solid foundation in economics and then choose in your second year to specialize in Economics or Business Economics. You will also develop an understanding of methodology as well as a historical, ethical and philosophical framework. You will conclude the programme with writing a thesis.

Time commitment

This is a full-time programme, so it will require about 40 hours a week, of which about 12-14 hours will be contact hours (lectures and study groups). Even though your studies will keep you busy, many of our students still find the time to have a part-time job in order to gain professional experience and help with expenses.

Future prospects

When you graduate, you will earn the title Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Economics. Most of our students immediately follow up with a Master’s degree. This allows you to further specialize in this field and gives you an even greater advantage in the labour market. Our faculty offers a broad range of Master’s programmes.

If you would like to go straight into the job market, you can work as an economist in a variety of national or international organisations, such as:

  • businesses (e.g. KLM, Bosch)
  • governmental organisations (e.g. ministries of finance, the European Commission)
  • global financial organisations (e.g. the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund)
  • policy institutions (e.g. the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

Many of our graduates end up working in positions such as, for example, policy officer, accountant, investment advisor, marketing manager, financial manager, entrepreneur or researcher.

Fahrräder der Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Studying at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university is located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language spoken. The campus is surrounded by one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands hosting over 700 companies.

With more than 23,000 students, of which 3,300 are international, the university conducts cutting-edge research into problems of major societal and scientific importance. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes reflecting a strong level of involvement in current societal issues: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, to engage with society and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world. In addition Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
International Student Advisor
Esther de Koning
phone: + 31 20 598 2508

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