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Step 1: Check the entry requirements


On this page you will find information about the entry requirements to the Bachelor’s programme in Econometrics. Please note that some of this information no longer applies to applicants for the September 2020 intake due to the coronavirus situation.

Important information for applicants for the September 2020 intake

We are aware of the difficulties that might occur in your application process due to the Corona virus. If you want to apply for the September 2020 intake, find all specific changes for the English profiency test on this page:

The information provided on each requirement 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 can proceed to the next steps (register in Studielink and submit an Online Application form). 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 or processing time.

>See: Foreign Secondary School Qualifications

>See: Additional information for Chinese students

Information for HBO-Propedeuse students

Students who have or will obtain a Dutch HBO-Propedeuse diploma must have studied or be studying a HBO programme which is relevant to the Econometrics programme and possess the appropriate level of mathematics proficiency.  Only the following mathematics coursework is sufficient for entry to the Econometrics programme:

·      VWO Wiskunde B

·      State Exam Mathematics B (registration deadline 31 December)

·      CCVX Mathematics B

In addition to the above diploma and mathematics requirements, non-EU students may also be required to submit an English proficiency test.

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. You can find everything you need to know about exemptions here. For any further questions about exemptions within your study programme, you can contact the study advisers.  

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 and sufficient English proficiency test score must be received by the application deadline
  • If you do not provide a sufficient English proficiency test score before the application deadline, you must have an English proficiency test scheduled for a date which is before the application deadline
  • Your sufficient English proficiency test score may not be more than 2 years old with respect to the start date of your programme. For example, if you're applying for the September 2020 intake we don't accept English proficiency tests taken before September 2018

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 application 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. 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.
  2. International Baccalaureate Diploma with English A HL or SL, or English B HL
  3. 3 GCE A-Levels and 5 GCSE O-Levels (GCE/IGCE and GCSE/IGCSE qualifications outside the UK are also accepted)
  4. Dutch HBO-Propedeuse diploma (only for applicants with an EU diploma)
  5. 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 UvA Economics and Business include mathematics courses which demand excellent mathematical and statistical skills. After submission of a complete application the Admissions Office will evaluate whether your coursework in Mathematics is sufficient for the Econometrics programme. As part of this process, you may be invited to complete a mandatory Mathematics Proficiency test.

The Mathematics Proficiency test is designed to assess proficiency in various areas of Algebra and Calculus which are part of the Econometrics programme’s curriculum. If you are required to complete the test, we encourage you to prepare thoroughly via the resources below:

>See: Sample Mathematics Proficiency Test Topics

>See: Sample Mathematics Proficiency Test

>See: Extra study materials for Trigonometry

Exemptions from the Mathematics Proficiency Test for Econometrics will only be granted for students with the following types of secondary school Mathematics:

  • International Baccalaureate: Mathematics Higher Level or Analysis and Approaches Higher Level with a predicted grade of 4 or higher
  • European Baccalaureate: 5-periods Mathematics with predicted grade of 6 points or higher
  • Belgium: ASO with Mathematics at least four hours per week in the final two years
  • Germany: Leistungskurs Mathematik (Abiturfach) with a predicted result of 10 or higher
  • Ireland: Mathematics Higher Level with a grade of H4 or higher (C or higher prior to 2017)
  • Suriname: Wiskunde 1

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

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

4. UvA Matching for International students

UvA Matching is designed to help you determine whether your chosen Bachelor’s programme matches your interests and capabilities and whether you have the motivation and study skills to start the programme. Once you have completed UvA Matching, you will receive personal advice regarding your study choice. UvA Matching is mandatory for all UvA Economics and Business Bachelor’s programmes. 

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