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.
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.
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.
Business administration is a multidisciplinary science that draws on different disciplines for solving business problems. We’ve divided the various disciplines into 4 pillars:
The courses in this year are placed under these 4 themes.
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.
You have the freedom to structure this last year according to your own interests:
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.
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.
Would you like to know what studying Business Administration at the UvA is like? Or do you have any other questions for our students?
'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.'
At UvA there are all sorts of activities you can undertake during your university years to explore and develop your network, talents and skills.
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.
During your Bachelor's programme, you could put your knowledge into practice by means of a work placement. Internships are not part of the programme, although they can be very useful.
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.
Are you interested in learning Dutch? There are different options to give you the opportunity to maximise your Dutch experience and prepare for your future job in the Netherlands.
Many of our students are members of a study association. It is fun and useful for your future career at the same time. Faculty student associations are a great way to meet fellow students and future employers. They organise study trips (abroad), career events, weekly debates, parties and receptions with drinks. Sometimes you can also purchase your textbooks and course syllabi at reduced rates.
Overview Study 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).
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.
You have to be independent and self-reliantHalil Kaynak, student BSc Business Administration Read about Halil's experiences with this Bachelor's
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.