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Business Administration

Step 1: Check the entry requirements

Business Administration

On this page you will find information about the entry requirements to the Bachelor’s programme in Business Administration. The information provided on this page is meant to be used as a guideline with which you can assess your eligibility for this programme. Once you have determined that you meet or will meet the entry requirements, you must still submit an Online Application Form for the formal evaluation of your previous education. The Admissions Office will then evaluate your eligibility on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Secondary School Diploma

As part of the evaluation process, the Admissions Office needs to determine whether your secondary school diploma is equivalent to the level and the content of a Dutch VWO secondary school diploma. This means that certain subjects, namely Mathematics, must be one of the subjects of your final examinations.

To help you determine if the diploma you will graduate with makes you eligible for our programmes, we have prepared a list of equivalent foreign qualifications. While this list includes diplomas from many countries, it is not meant to be exhaustive. This means that if your country is not mentioned in the list, it does not necessarily mean that you are not eligible, however the evaluation of your application may require additional documentation, assessments or processing time.

>See: Foreign Diploma Qualifications

>See: Additional information for Chinese students

Information for HBO-Propedeuse students

Students with a Dutch HBO-Propedeuse diploma must have completed a relevant programme of study and have obtained a VWO Mathematics A or B certificate and VWO English (or sufficient English proficiency test score) in order to be eligible for the Bachelor’s programme in Business Administration. 

Transfer from another University

In general, it is not possible to transfer any coursework from another university to this programme. All students must therefore apply and be accepted as a first year student. Only once you have fully registered and begun attending courses, can you submit a request for credit transfer (exemptions)  to the Board of Examiners. 

2. English Proficiency

All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, participate in classroom discussions and complete written assignments in English.  Applicants must therefore verify their English proficiency by providing one of the following English proficiency test scores:

  • TOEFL IBT: 92 points overall and 22 points for each sub-score (TOEFL institution code: 9011)
  • IELTS (Academic test): 6,5 Overall and 6,0 for each sub-score
  • Cambridge Assessment English 
    • Certificate in Advanced English:  170 Points Overall and in each skill
    • Certificate of Proficiency in English: 170 Points Overall and in each skill

Test scores must also conform to the following guidelines:

  • An official test score must be received on 1 April for all international students
  • If you do not provide a test score before this deadline, you must have a test scheduled for a date which is before the deadline
  • Your test score may not be more than 2 years old with respect to the start date of your programme

Be sure to plan your test on time; test dates fill quickly and it can take several weeks for you to receive your results. Applications without a sufficient score or with a test date after the deadline, will not be accepted. 

Exemptions from an English proficiency test

Students may be exempted from an English proficiency test if they have or will have one of the following types of diplomas:

  1. Dutch VWO
  2. Secondary school diploma from a school located in and accredited by the respective authorities in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, or the US.
  3. International Baccalaureate Diploma with English A HL or SL, or English B HL
  4. 3 GCE A-Levels and 5 GCSE O-Levels (GCE/IGCE and GCSE/IGCSE qualifications outside the UK are also accepted)
  5. Dutch HBO-Propedeuse (EU Students only)   
  6. One of the following diplomas if English is included in your final examinations

        >See: Diplomas which grant English Proficiency Exemption.

3. Mathematics Proficiency

In addition to the fields of Business and Economics, the Bachelor’s programmes at Economics and Business (UvA) include mathematics courses which demand excellent mathematical and statistical skills.  To satisfy the Mathematics proficiency requirement, Mathematics must be included in the final examination of your secondary school diploma.  Some types of certain secondary school qualifications may also have specific and/or additional mathematics requirements, which if applicable, are mentioned in the list of foreign qualifications.

Students who do not meet the mathematics requirement will not be admitted.

>See: Foreign Diploma Qualifications

Do you live in the Netherlands but do not meet the Mathematics proficiency requirement? 

>See: Mathematics Certificate Courses

Undergraduate Foundation Programme

Non-EU/EEA applicants that don't meet one of the entry requirements may consider enrolling in an undergraduate foundation programme.

>See: OnCampus Foundation Programme