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Math makes data work

Are you interested in how to extract essential information from a mountain of data? Are you comfortable with maths, and keen to come up with creative solutions for all kinds of business issues? 

Then the Business Analytics programme is just the thing for you. Check here whether you meet the admission requirements and find out how to apply.

Academic year 2021-2022
VU Amsterdam expects all students to be able to attend classes on campus again as of September. We look forward to meeting you on campus. If you live abroad and are unable to come to the VU Amsterdam campus due to strict travel restrictions, there will be an online alternative for lectures and exams for this study programme up until October 2021. We expect everybody back on campus from November 2021 on.

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • Admission requirements for non- Dutch previous education

    Applicants holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma must meet a number of requirements. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. We will evaluate your application and inform you of our admission decision. All outstanding requirements need to be met in full by the time you enrol for the programme. Admission to the programme will remain conditional until your certified diploma copy is received and the conditions in your admission decision letter have been met.

    Requirements that apply:

    1. A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO-diploma
    See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country.
    Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it.

    2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
    Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage.

    3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics
    After you apply to the programme and upload the required documents in our student portal, your International Student Advisor will have a look at your transcripts to determine whether your diploma is equivalent to the Dutch vwo-diploma and whether your Mathematics level is sufficient.

    These examples of diplomas demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the subject Mathematics:

    • International Baccalaureate: Mathematics HL, Analysis & Approaches HL
    • British GCE A-Levels: A-level in Mathematics. At least grade A, B or C
    • Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife, including Mathematics on erhöhtem Anforderungsniveau (eA) or as Leistungsfach
    • European Baccalaureate: Mathematics; written or oral examination, at least 5 hours during the Orientation Cycle.

    If your proficiency in this subject is considered to be insufficient, your International Student Advisor will inform you about the possibilities how to meet the requirements with additional certificates. 

    When advised to sit an entry exam, the following certificate is deemed equivalent to Dutch VWO Mathematics B:

    Mathematics Exams in the Netherlands

    • Boswell-Bèta (English). Boswell-Bèta in Utrecht (the Netherlands) provides VWO Mathematics B with exams in December, May and July.
    • CCVX (Dutch and English). CCVX offers VWO Mathematics B for Dutch-speaking and English-speaking applicants.

    A positive result for the mathematics examination (minimum of 5,5/10 in the mathematics B exam) is compulsory for admission to the programme. 

  • Application

    Application documents:

    • Transcript of records; a transcript in English of the grades obtained over the final two years of your high school and any further education up to the moment of your application. IB and A-level applicants are asked to upload their predicted grades.
    • A scan of your diploma (if you have already graduated).
    • Curriculum Vitae; the curriculum vitae should include your personal details and list your previous education and relevant work experience (± 1-2 pages).
    • English language test results (if already obtained).
    • Copy of valid passport or ID (ID for EEA students only).

    Application deadline:
    The final application deadline for non-EU/EEA students is 1 April  and for Dutch and EU students the final deadline is 1 May. Do you have a non-Dutch nationality? Then you may be eligible for housing  via the International Office Accommodation Services. An early application is then recommended.

    Ready to apply?
    Great! Click here to start your application.
    Note that for diplomas obtained outside of the Netherlands an application fee of €100 applies.

  • Foundation year

    International students who do not meet the direct admission requirements for a Bachelor’s programme at VU Amsterdam have the option to apply for a so called Foundation Year. This Foundation Year is a bridge programme for international students that studied the highest level of secondary education in their home country, but are not directly eligible for an academic Bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands.

  • Admission requirements for Dutch previous education

    VWO diploma

    • Natuur en Gezondheid, supplemented with Mathematics B
    • Natuur en Techniek
    • Economie en Maatschappij, supplemented with Mathematics B
    • Cultuur en Maatschappij, supplemented with Mathematics B

    Higher professional education (HBO) propaedeutic year 

    • English at 6 VWO level
    • Mathematics B  at 6 VWO level*

    *Does not appy to HBO programme Applied Mathematics.

    Higher professional education (HBO) completed programme 

    • English at 6 VWO level
    • Mathematics B  at 6 VWO level*

    *Does not appy to HBO programme Applied Mathematics.

    Aged 21 or over?  
    Dutch applicants who do not meet any of the above educational requirements and who are aged 21 or over, may be admitted by way of colloquium doctum. This requires obtaining the following modular certificates at 6 VWO level:

    • English
    • Mathematics B 

    Deficiencies at 6 VWO level
    You can obtain your certificates at various institutions.
    Do you want to prepare yourself for obtaining VWO partial certificates? Then you can follow additional education at an evening school or at other institutions that offer education at VWO level.

    Ready to apply?
    Great! Click here to start your application. 

  • VU Study Choice Check

    Once you have made your choice of study programme, VU Study Choice Check offers you the opportunity to determine if the study programme corresponds to the image and expectations that you have and whether it suits you. VU Study Choice Check is part of the application procedure for all bachelor degree programmes.

    For this programme, the Study Choice Check consists of completing the required questionnaire in VUnet. After filling in the questionnaire you will receive personal advice about your choice of study. 

    General information and frequently asked questions about the VU Study Choice Check can be found here: VU Studiekeuzecheck [Dutch] or VU Study Choice Check [English]. If you have questions about the Study Choice Check for this programme, please contact the Coordinator Study Choice Check of the Faculty of Science: studiekeuzecheck.beta@vu.nl.

  • Student Self Check Tool

    Are you curious if you meet the admission requirements for the programme? Then you can fill out the online Student Self Check tool to find out more about your chances to be admitted to the Bachelor’s programme Computer Science.

    In the tool you will be asked some questions about your previous education and background. Based on your answers you will receive a personal preliminary advice on your eligibility for admission and the next steps you can take to continue your application.

    Please note: no rights can be derived from the Self Check tool results. For a definite admission decision you will have to complete the official application procedure for this programme.

    Check your eligibility.

  • Business Analytics Scholarship Programme

    The Business Analytics Scholarship Programme offers talented prospective international students the unique opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Business Analytics degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The Business Analytics programme at VU Amsterdam has committed to providing one scholarship per year to a highly motivated and excellent student.

    The scholarship is meant for an excellent student with a combination of high grades, relevant extra-curricular activities and strong motivation to pursue a Bachelor of Business Analytics degree. The scholarship is sponsored by Dutch private companies with a strong focus within the field of Business Intelligence and Data Science.

    Scholarship Amount
    The scholarship concerns €7500 per year for 3 years if all requirements are fulfilled. The Business Analytics Scholarship Committee, consisting of the student advisor and two senior staff members will decide who will receive the scholarship. They will seek advice from the companies that support the scholarship. All aspects of the application (scholarly achievements, motivation, extra-curricular activities) will be taken into account when making the decision.

    The Business Analytics scholarship will only be extended for the second year if 100% of the credits of the first year have been achieved. The scholarship will only be extended for the third year if 100% of the credits of the second year have been achieved.

    Application procedure
    Students who are eligible for the scholarship will receive an official invitation by email from the Business Analytics Scholarship Committee. It is only possible to receive an invitation if you meet the eligibility requirements. The eligible student will be able to apply only upon receiving our invitation which is included in our decision on admission email. The invitation form will include an assessment form. We use the assessment form instead of a letter of motivation. Eligible candidates will need to fill it in and send it to the email address of the Business Analytics Scholarship Committee. It is not possible to apply when you do not receive an invitation in your decision on admission email.

    Eligibility Candidates
    The Business Analytics Scholarship programme is a Merit scholarship programme for strongly motivated students with excellent study results.

    The following requirements applies to the ideal Business Analytics Scholarship candidate:

    • A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university vwo-diploma. See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country. Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it.
    • You can prove your excellence with a Grade Point Average GPA that is equivalent to ≥ 8.0 AND a Mathematics grade of at least ≥ 8.0 in the Dutch grading system. We calculate your GPA over the final two years of your secondary education.
    • You have met the English language requirements before the application deadline already.
    • You are applying for the first year of the full-time and English-taught Bachelor of Business Analytics programme starting in September 2021.
    • You do not have the Dutch nationality.
    • You have not obtained and will not obtain a Dutch pre-university vwo-diploma in the Netherlands or a Dutch degree/diploma obtained in the Netherlands
    • You have not obtained and will not obtain an international pre-university diploma in the Netherlands (i.e. International Baccalaureate Diploma, European Baccalaureate Diploma, GCE A-level certificates).
    • You are not a Foundation Year student or have obtained a certificate of a preparatory year (i.e. Holland ISC, OnCampus, Navitas, etc.).
    • You are willing to take up the role as a VU International Student Ambassador (maximum 40 hours per year).
    • You are available on the selection day as communicated in the official invitation for applying for the scholarship.
    • You have applied for the Bachelor of Business Analytics programme before the 1st of April 2021.

     Further information:
    If you do not meet the requirements yet but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you are still eligible. We will evaluate your application and inform you in our admission decision. All outstanding requirements need to be met in full by the time you enroll for the programme.

    Admission to the programme and obtaining the scholarship will remain conditional until your diploma is awarded and your admission becomes unconditional.

    Please note that the Business Analytics Scholarship might only partly cover your expenses while living and studying in the Netherlands. Experience shows that on average one year will cost a student between €1000 and €1,100 per month (tuition fees, flights to and from the Netherlands, visa application (if needed), housing fee for our university accommodation are not included). You are expected to have a realistic view of expected costs of living and sources of income, over the next 3 years.

    Please read the following information carefully if you are a UK passport holder and wish to apply for the programme and scholarship. The amount of the scholarship may influence your total expenses whilst studying and living in the Netherlands.

    How to apply:
    Check if you match the entry requirements:

    1. Register for the bachelor’s programme before the application deadline via Studielink.
    2. After registering you will receive log-in details for VUnet. Complete you application by answering the questions asked in VUnet and uploading the requested documents.
    3. International applicants are asked to upload the following documents:
    • Curriculum Vitae; the curriculum vitae should include your personal details and list your previous education and relevant work experience.
    • Transcript of records; a transcript in English of the grades obtained in your high school and further education (if applicable). If you have already graduated please include a scan of your diploma.
    • Copy of valid passport.
    • English language test results (if already obtained).

    4. Diplomas obtained outside of the Netherlands only: pay the application fee and submit your application.

    5. Wait for decision on admission + invitation to apply for the scholarship if deemed eligible.

    If you need help with any of these steps please consult our step-by-step application guide.  

    Application deadline
    The final application deadline for non-EU and EU/EEA students is 1 April 2021. We aim to send you our admission decision and invitation to apply for the scholarship (if all requirements are met) within four weeks after completion of your application. 

    For further information please contact bascholarship.beta@vu.nl.

  • Binding Study Advice (BSA)

    The BSA is an advice given to all Bachelor’s students on four occasions during their first year of studies concerning their study progress. The fourth recommendation, issued at the end of the first year, is binding in nature. To continue to the second year you must have obtained a certain number of credits.

    To receive a positive BSA for this study programme you must have obtained a minimum of 42 EC (credits) at the end of the first year of enrolment. Every student has access to an overview of the obtained study results and assessments are available for inspection after registration of the test result.

Coronavirus: additional information admission

  • General Information

    Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, both our current as well as prospective students may encounter study delays (despite several actions taken to facilitate the completion of their programmes). To facilitate transitions within programmes (BSc) as well as to new programmes (MSc) a number of policies have been developed again for the upcoming academic year 2021-2022 in collaboration with the government and other universities.

    Please note that if you already made use of the so-called ‘Zachte Knip’ or ‘Soft-cut’ for the academic year 2020 – 2021 and are still in the same study phase as then, you will not be eligible to use it again.

  • Current students of our BSc programs > Recommendation on the Continuation of Studies (BSA)

    Compliant with the agreements on national level the Vrije Universiteit decided to lower the BSA norm with 6 EC for all first year students for the academic year 2020-2021. So if the norm of the program is 42 EC, this becomes 36 EC in 2020-2021. And if it is normally 48 EC, this becomes 42 EC. Students who have already received a postponement before, this adjustment does not apply. They need to meet the norm in their first year which was in force before a postponement was given.

    Note that at the School of Business and Economics, we will still complete the analysis of the students’ progress in current times and actively inform students of their progress. Students that are not meeting the BSA norm are proactively invited by the academic advisors to discuss their situation and see if they can offer help where needed.

Want to know more?

General questions

Send an email to contact@vu.nl or contact student-assistant Julia Hazenberg (A.j.hazenberg@student.vu.nl) for programme specific questions

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

Or send a Whatsapp message to +31682548367

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an email to bachelors.fs@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisors of this programme:

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