On this page you will find information about the entry requirements to the Bachelor’s programme in Economics and Business Economics. 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:
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.
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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 in order to be eligible for the Bachelor’s programme in Economics and Business Economis. Non-EU students may also be asked to submit a new English language proficiency test.
Students who wish to apply with a Dutch HBO-Propedeuse diploma must still submit an application before the 1 May deadline in the Admissions Office application program Embark.
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.
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:
Test scores must also conform to the following guidelines:
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.
Students may be exempted from an English proficiency test if they have or will have one of the following types of diplomas:
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. In most cases, the mathematics proficiency requirement is fulfilled by taking Mathematics as part of your secondary school final examinations. If additional Mathematics requirements apply to the type of secondary school diploma you will earn (such as course level or required grade), these are also mentioned in the list of foreign qualifications below.
After submission of a complete application, the Admissions Office will evaluate whether your coursework in Mathematics is sufficient for the Economics and Business Economics programme. As part of this process, you may be invited to complete a mandatory Mathematics Proficiency test. If you are required to complete a test, the Admissions Office will inform you of the test dates and format after having received your complete application.
The Mathematics Proficiency test is designed to assess proficiency in various areas of Algebra and Calculus which are part of the Economics and Business Economics programme’s curriculum. If you are required to complete the test, we encourage you to prepare thoroughly via the resources below:
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?
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. More detailed information about UvA Matching will be published here in due time.
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Non-EU/EEA applicants that don't meet one of the entry requirements may consider enrolling in an undergraduate foundation programme.