The Bachelor's in Economics and Business gives students an understanding of the theories and tools that address the complexity of issues in today's global economy.
The current credit crisis proves that global developments in the business world are more than ever part of society as a whole. The rapid changes and growing complexity require well-educated academics and professionals who not only understand the current reality but are also able to grasp the reasons behind it. The first year of the programme is designed to include the basics of mathematics, statistics, economics and business. You will be trained to develop analytical and problem solving skills as well as a critical attitude. In the second and third year, you specialise in either Business Studies, Economics, or Economics and Finance. Located in the fascinating, cosmopolitan, cultural and business centre that is Amsterdam, the UvA maintains excellent contacts with (inter)national organisations and has always encouraged international cooperation. As a student you will benefit from academic knowledge on a worldwide scale, lecturers incorporate today's research results into tomorrow's lectures and you will have a firm link with the professional practice.
The Bachelor in Economics & Business is a three year programme of 180 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0,5 US credit). The programme is taught in English. Knowledge of the Dutch language is not required. The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three blocks. The programme does not offer a February intake. Please refer to the academic calendar for the exact dates.
The first year is a general year with a strong quantitative focus. On average, you receive 15 hours of lectures and tutorials a week and around 25 hours are needed to study literature and complete assignments. All courses are 6 ECTS credits. You must obtain a minimum of 42 credits including the course Mathematics & Statistics 1.
The second and third year
In the second year you choose your specialisation in Economics, Economics and Finance or Business Studies, that will cover the second and the third year. The links below give you more detailed information on the specialisations.
Courses are taught in:
Most courses will be finalized by one or more tests, like an written exam or a paper.
Students are closely monitored at the Faculty of Economics and Business. Students with questions or problems related to their study or other issues can always turn to the student counsellors. Students also receive guidance from a student coach during the Practicum Academic Skills.
Apart from professional support all new students are appointed a mentor who is a student in the second or third year of the programme. These mentors help to make students well-acquainted with studying and living in Amsterdam.
During the third year you have the opportunity to study abroad for one semester. Programmes are offered in almost all parts of the world at more than 100 foreign universities.
Selection of our partner universities:
You can choose to increase your pratical experience by doing an internship. You can also combine the internship with your thesis by doing a practical research project. The Faculty of Economics and Business has its own internship office that can help you finding an internship.
After the first semester excellent students are eligible to take part in a honours programme. The programme consists of disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses with students from other programmes. An honours certificate will be issued next to the bachelor's diploma.
IELTS band : 6.5 CAE score : 75(Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 TOEFL iBT® test : 95
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Entry test: Entrance test in mathematics and interview.
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No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.
The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Amsterdam.
The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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