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The study programme

Business Administration is a broad discipline. You take courses such as finance, marketing, accounting, strategy, international business, business ethics and innovation management: all essential aspects of running a company efficiently.

The programme

You will complete many assignments in small teams. This process will teach you to cooperate quickly and effectively with fellow students, each of whom has a different (potentially international) background. Employers increasingly value this skill as well.

During the 1st year of this Bachelor's the lectures will be given in English. You will have the option to take your seminars in the 1st year in Dutch if you prefer.

  • Year 1: develop a steady basis

    The first course that you take is called Principles of Economics and Business. You learn about fundamental themes and theories in economics, business economics and business administration.

    4 business perspectives

    Business administration is a multidisciplinary science that draws on different disciplines for solving business problems. We’ve divided the various disciplines into 4 pillars:

    • organisation
    • people
    • economics
    • methods

    The courses in this year are placed under these 4 themes.

  • Year 2: deepen your basis and work on a business case

    In the second year, you dive deeper into specific business functions like marketing or finance and combine these later during courses such as:

    • International Business: learn about doing business (and collaborating) across borders - an absolute must in the international business community;  

    • Information and Data management: learn about the digital revolution and its impact on companies.

    Real-life business case
    To finish off this year, you work on your first real business case. In this assignment, you use your knowledge and skills to develop a plan for setting up your own business.

  • Year 3: internship, study abroad or minor

    You have the freedom to structure this last year according to your own interests:

    1. Choose one of these options:
      Do an internship: work at a company where you can put the experience and skills that you have gained into practice.
      Study abroad: spend a semester studying at a different university to give you an exciting international experience.
      Take a minor: expand your knowledge and stand out from the crowd with a mini study programme in a completely different field such as Philosophy, Law or Italian Studies.
    2. Choose a specialisation that suits you: 'Accountancy and Control', 'Entrepreneurship', 'Innovation and Creativity', 'Finance' or 'Management in the Digital Age'.
  • Thesis

    Is there a particular recent development that sparks your enthusiasm or do you have a great idea of your own? Writing your thesis, you have the chance to explore it fully while simultaneously training your ability to independently conduct relevant academic research. Your thesis is the final requirement to be completed for your graduation. Under the supervision of our staff, you will follow a clearly defined path that will lead to your graduation with a Bachelor's degree.

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Principles of Economics and Business 1
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    6
  • Strategy and Organisation
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    6
  • Principles of Economics and Business 2
    1—3
    6
  • Business Research Methods
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    6
  • Economics
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    6
  • Organisational Behaviour
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    6
  • Quantitative Data Analysis 1
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    6
  • Project Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
    4—6
    6
  • Business Operations and Processes
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    6
  • Financial Accounting 1 for Business
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    6
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Management Accounting 1 for Business
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    6
  • Marketing
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    6
  • Finance 1 for Business
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    6
  • Quantitative Data Analysis 2
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    6
  • Project: Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis
    2—3
    6
  • Information and Data Management
    ???studyprogramme .period??? 4
    6
  • Restricted-choice electives
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    6
  • Project: Company Assignment
    4—6
    6
  • Business Law and Ethics
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    6
  • International Business
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    6
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Free-choice electives: Minor's programme, or Studying abroad, or Company Internship, or Electives
    1—3
    30
  • Specialisation courses
    4—6
    30
More about the courses in our course catalogue

Student coaching

The transition from secondary school to university can be a major step. For this reason, you will receive intensive academic counselling as a 1-year student. You can also count on individual support during the rest of your studies.

Do you have any questions about this Bachelor's?

Would you like to know what studying Business Administration at the UvA is like? Or do you have any other questions for our students?

'Companies encourage students with internships and career days'

'Amsterdam has many career opportunities, as many multinational companies have their headquarters here and encourage students with the many internships and career days available throughout the year. The possibilities are endless.'

Additional options during your studies

  • Honours programme

    If you are ambitious, you can choose to take part in our Honours programme. You take the Honours programme alongside your regular studies. Completion results in you graduating 'with honours': an internationally recognised qualification.

  • Studying a semester abroad

    Studying abroad allows you to get to know a different culture, language and country, and we strongly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity. We have made collaborative and exchange agreements with over a 100 universities abroad, enabling you to study there for a semester.

  • Student associations

    Amsterdam has a thriving student community with many activities organised outside of the university’s grounds. You will find student associations focusing on networking, specific interests and sports. It is only at sororities and fraternities that you can expect an initiation ritual (hazing).

  • Student participation

    At university, you are entitled to make your voice heard and assess the quality of your own education. Students can participate in the discussion on the university's education policy in various ways, such as by joining the Programme Committee, the Faculty Student Council or the first-year focus group. You can also stand for election and dedicate your efforts to the programme and your fellow students.

Halil Kaynak, student BSc Business Administration
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Interactive Online Learning at UvA Economics and Business

During your Bachelor’s, you will experience an inspiring combination of both offline and online education. We work with a blended learning teaching method. By applying this method, you will be able to combine different types of learning into 1 approach and enjoy mastering knowledge at your own pace. During class there will be more time for in-depth analyses and interaction with your lecturer and peers.

Types of education
In this programme, you will find that in your education there’s a balance between innovative teaching methods and traditional forms. Writing an academic paper can be alternated by an online challenge. A peer-feedback assignments or a video recording with explanation can also be part of the teaching method.

Our Centre for Educational Innovation and our Teaching and Learning Centre are continuously working on improving our teaching methods. We take the interactions between students, teachers, and learning resources into account. In doing so, we hope to offer you the right combination of challenging, effective, and efficient education.