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Bachelor
Economics and Business Economics
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Entry requirements

The 1st step of our application process for students with international prior education is checking the entry requirements of this Bachelor’s.

Entry requirements

The Admissions Office will evaluate your eligibility based on 4 criteria.

  • 1. Check the equivalence of your secondary school diploma

    Your secondary school diploma should be equivalent to the level and content of a Dutch VWO secondary school diploma. In addition, mathematics must be one of the subjects of your final examinations.

    To check if your diploma is equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma, we provide a diploma calculator to check the international requirements. If your education is not listed, you can still apply. We assess your documents on an individual basis.

    How to check the diploma requirements:

    1. Type in your country or diploma
    2. Check the basic diploma requirements. These are the minimum diploma entry requirements for every student
    3. Check the extra/alternative diploma requirements per Bachelor’s programme. These are the additional requirements including mathematics requirements, grades, entry exams or extra academic requirements.

    No rights may be derived from the diploma calculator for your future application.

    Information for HBO-p  students

    If you have obtained or will obtain a Dutch HBO-p certificate; you are eligible if your HBO programme is relevant to the Economics and Business Economics programme. In addition, you also need to have the appropriate level of mathematics proficiency. Applicants with an international secondary school diploma may already meet this requirement, check the shortlist below to see whether this applies to you. 

    • International Baccalaureate: Math SL, HL, A&A SL or HL, A&I HL  
    • European Baccalaureate: 5-period Mathematics 
    • British GCE A-levels: GCE A-level certificate in Mathematics or Physics 
    • German Abitur: Mathematik Grundkurs or Leistungskurs
    • French Baccalaureate: Mathematics as a final exam 
    • Belgian Algemeen Secundair Onderwijs: Mathematics as final exam 

    If your diploma is not listed and you would like to know whether you meet the mathematics requirement, please check the Diploma calculator.

    If you don't meet the mathematics proficiency requirement, check the mathematics certificate courses. Please note, you must register for the exam before the application deadline and upload proof of registration in your application. 

    In addition to the above mentioned requirements, non-EU students are 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 Bachelor’s programme. All students must therefore apply and be accepted as a 1st-year student.

    For any further questions about exemptions within your study programme, you can contact the study advisers.

  • 2. Submit your English proficiency

    During this Bachelor’s, you must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, participate in classroom discussions and complete written assignments in English. Therefore, you have to verify your English proficiency (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): level C1) in your application.

    Proof of sufficient English language proficiency

    The requirement for sufficient English language proficiency can be met in one of the following ways:

    • By completing English-taught secondary education in Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America;
    • By obtaining an International Baccalaureate diploma in English;
    • By obtaining a European Baccalaureate diploma, with the subject English as first or second language (minimum final score result: 6);
    • By obtaining a French Diplôme du Baccalauréat Général with the Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB), section britannique/américaine;     
    • By submitting a valid English language proficiency test certificate. Please see below for the approved tests and minimum scores.

    If your diploma is not mentioned above, please consult the diploma calculator to see if your prior education exempts you from taking the English language proficiency test.

    Approved tests and minimum scores:

    • TOEFL IBT: a minimum of 92 points overall and a minimum of 22 points for each sub-score (TOEFL institution code: 9011). The TOEFL Home Edition is allowed for the September 2022 intake.
    • IELTS (Academic test): a minimum of 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-score. The IELTS indicator test is not allowed.
    • Cambridge Assessment English
      • Certificate in Advanced English: 180 points overall and in each skill or
      • Certificate of Proficiency in English: 180 points overall and in each skill.

    Test scores must also conform to the following guidelines:

    • Make sure you schedule your English proficiency test before the application deadline. 
    • Test scores received after the application deadline are accepted, as long as your English proficiency test was taken before the application deadline.
    • Your English proficiency test score cannot be more than 2 years old before the start date of your programme. For example, if you are applying for the September 2022 intake we do not accept English proficiency tests taken before September 2020.

    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.

  • 3. Check your mathematics proficiency

    Our Bachelor’s programmes at UvA Economics and Business include mathematics courses that demand excellent mathematical and statistical skills. After submission of your complete application, the Admissions Office will evaluate whether your coursework in mathematics is sufficient for this Bachelor’s programme. 

    Mathematics proficiency test
    Mathematics should be included in the final examination of your secondary school diploma. In addition, some types of certain secondary school qualifications need additional mathematics requirements. This can be checked in our diploma calculator.

    Students who do not meet the mathematics proficiency requirement will not be admitted. If you don't meet the mathematics proficiency requirement, check the mathematics certificate courses.

  • 4. Participate in UvA Matching

    UvA Matching is mandatory for all UvA Economics and Business Bachelor’s programmes. It 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.

Undergraduate Foundation Programme

Non-EU/EEA applicants that don't meet one of the entry requirements may consider enrolling in an undergraduate foundation programme.