Economics and Business Economics

Become an economic expert and formulate effective answers to societal challenges
NEW: from 2018-2019 in English! With the possibility to attend tutorials in Dutch in your first year

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.

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

Looking further as an economist

VU is looking further. As an Economics and Business Economics student, the latest insights from the VU-wide research themes Connected World and Governance for Society will be integrated into your curriculum. Your instructors are involved in cutting edge research and are experts in professional practice, so they know exactly what is happening in business and politics. This programme also has an international orientation. You will interact with many international lecturers and students, and you can also study abroad during the third year.

Want to become an economist? Come to a Taster Day

If you think you might like to become an economist, then come to a Taster Day and get a feel for  whether the programme is right for you. During the Taster Day at the VU campus in Amsterdam, you can get to know the study, the students and the city.

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: 

  • policy officer
  • accountant 
  • investment advisor
  • marketing manager
  • financial manager
  • entrepreneur
  • researcher
Programme-specific VU Matching information will be published in October 2018. For the time being, see general information about VU Matching.

Admission criteria and application procedure for international students can be found here.

VWO diploma
You can qualify for admission to the Economics and Business Economics programme at VU Amsterdam if you have one of the the following profiles: 

  • Natuur en Gezondheid 
  • Natuur en Techniek
  • Economie en Maatschappij
  • Cultuur en Maatschappij, supplemented with Wiskunde A or B

HBO propaedeutic year
You will be eligible for admission to this bachelor programme if you obtain additional certificate at 6 VWO level in the following subjects: Mathematic B* and  English

HBO completed programme
You will be eligible for admission to this bachelor programme if you obtain additional certificate on 6 VWO level in the following subjects: Mathematic B* and English

* Does not apply to the hbo study programme Toegepaste Wiskunde/Mathematical Engineering.

Older than 21? 
Dutch applicants who do not meet any of the above educational requirements and who are aged 21 or over, may be admitted by way of colloquium doctum. This requires obtaining the following modular certificates on 6 VWO level:

  • English
  • Mathematics B
  • History

Meet prerequisites?  
You can obtain your certificates from various institutions

Sound interesting?
Great! Apply today.

International Student Advisor: 
Ester de Koning 
Tel: + 31 (0) 20 598 2508 
E: bachelors.sbe@vu.nl

Taster days
A Taster day will be organised on Tuesday 20 March 2018. Register online >

Prefer to ask your questions to a student?
You can send an email to secretary@aureus-vu.nl, and the board members of the study association Aureus will be happy to put you in contact with a student. 

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How will you be spending your time?

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.

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.
You can find the overview of the courses you will take below. You can also download the curriculum (pdf).

Dutch tutorials
In your first year you have the possibility to attend tutorials in Dutch.


Courses
Period 1
Economic Challenges
Quantitative Research Methods
Period 2
Micro-Economics I
Marketing I
Period 3
Academic Skills
Period 4
Macro-Economics I
Accounting I
Period 5
Finance I
Economics and Management of Organizations
Period 6
Programming for Economists

You can find more detailed information about the first year in our study guide.

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


Courses
Period 1
Economics:
Quantitative Research Methods II
Macroeconomics II

Business Economics:
Quantitative Research Methods II
Accounting II
Period 2
Economics:
International Trade and Developments Economics
Regional and Urban Economics

Business Economics:
Finance II
Marketing II
Period 3 Economics:
Ethics

Business Economics:
Ethics
Period 4
Economics:
Microeconomics II
Public Economics

Business Economics:
Finance Track: Financial Accounting | Law
Accounting Track: Financial Accounting | Law
Marketing Track: Marketing Engineering | Law
Period 5
Economics:
Environmental and Transport Economics
Monetary Economics

Business Economics: 
Finance Track: Corporate Finance | Management Accounting of Value based Marketing
Accounting Track: Management Accounting | Corporate Finance of Value based Marketing
Marketing Track: Value based Marketing | Corporate Finance of Management Accounting
Period 6
Economics:
Research paper

Business Economics: 
Research paper

You can find more detailed information about the second year in our study guide.

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 at the faculty
  • follow a minor at another faculty
  • 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.

You can find more detailed information about the third year in our study guide.

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.
You can find the overview of the courses you will take below. You can also download the curriculum (pdf).

Dutch tutorials
In your first year you have the possibility to attend tutorials in Dutch.


Courses
Period 1
Economic Challenges
Quantitative Research Methods
Period 2
Micro-Economics I
Marketing I
Period 3
Academic Skills
Period 4
Macro-Economics I
Accounting I
Period 5
Finance I
Economics and Management of Organizations
Period 6
Programming for Economists

You can find more detailed information about the first year in our study guide.

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


Courses
Period 1
Economics:
Quantitative Research Methods II
Macroeconomics II

Business Economics:
Quantitative Research Methods II
Accounting II
Period 2
Economics:
International Trade and Developments Economics
Regional and Urban Economics

Business Economics:
Finance II
Marketing II
Period 3 Economics:
Ethics

Business Economics:
Ethics
Period 4
Economics:
Microeconomics II
Public Economics

Business Economics:
Finance Track: Financial Accounting | Law
Accounting Track: Financial Accounting | Law
Marketing Track: Marketing Engineering | Law
Period 5
Economics:
Environmental and Transport Economics
Monetary Economics

Business Economics: 
Finance Track: Corporate Finance | Management Accounting of Value based Marketing
Accounting Track: Management Accounting | Corporate Finance of Value based Marketing
Marketing Track: Value based Marketing | Corporate Finance of Management Accounting
Period 6
Economics:
Research paper

Business Economics: 
Research paper

You can find more detailed information about the second year in our study guide.

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 at the faculty
  • follow a minor at another faculty
  • 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.

You can find more detailed information about the third year in our study guide.

Samenvatting Economics and Business Economics

Taal

Engels

Duur

3 years (fulltime)

Aanmelden Voor

1 May

StartDatum

1 September

Vorm

Voltijd

Toelatingseisen


VWO Profiel

NT/NG/EM/CM (met Wiskunde A of B)

Interessegebied

Economie, Recht en Bestuur

Ties Eigenhuis

Student Economics and Business Economics

Ties testimonial

VU was a logical choice for me—I wanted to study economics in a major city and at a university with a good reputation. The Taster Day won me over. The introduction week at the end of August offered a good introduction to both the VU campus and the Amsterdam nightlife. The personal contact, the welcoming atmosphere and the interesting education sealed the deal.

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