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Business Administration

Study Programme

Business Administration

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

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Year 1

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.

Lectures in Amsterdam royal theatre 

The lectures for Principles of Business you follow at an extraordinary location: famous and historic royal theatre Carré at the Amstel river.

Four business perspectives

Business administration examines questions and their solutions from various perspectives:

  • organisation
  • people
  • economics
  • methods

The other courses in your first year are placed under these four themes.

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Year 2

In the second year, you dive deeper into specific business functions during the following courses.

International Management: learn about doing business (and collaborating) with people from different cultures – an absolute must in the international business community; Information and Data management: learn about the digital revolution and its impact on companies.

To finish off the this year, you work on your first real business case. In this assignment, you provide advice to the management of an existing company such as Vodafone, Shell or Philips.


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Year 3

You have the freedom to structure this year as follows.

  1. Choose one of these options:
    Internship: work at a company where you can put the experience and skills that you have gained into practice.
    Studying abroad: spend a semester studying at a different university to give you an exciting international experience.
    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, Finance, Management or Entrepreneurship and Digital Business.
  3. Finish your studies and write a thesis on a subject of your choosing within your specialisation, under the excellent guidance of experienced researchers.


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