Work without borders, think beyond boundaries
Are you ready to take on the world? Have what it takes to face a challenge and improve your skills? Are you open to other cultures, ways of thinking, and exploring the principles and standards of good business?
Then the Bachelor of International Business Administration programme is for you.
Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply
Applying with non-Dutch previous education
Note that for diplomas obtained outside of the Netherlands an application fee of €100 applies.
Application fee payment options and possible exemptions
Applicants holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma apply via the International Office. We check if your previous education meets 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.
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
You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage. 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.
3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics
After you've applied for the programme and uploaded the required documents in your VU Dashboard, the International Office will determine whether your diploma is equivalent to the Dutch VWO-diploma and whether your mathematics level is sufficient (equivalent to VWO Mathematics A).
These examples of diplomas demonstrate sufficient proficiency in mathematics:
- International Baccalaureate: Mathematics SL or HL, Applications & Interpretation HL, Analysis & Approaches SL/HL
- United Kingdom/GCE A-levels: A-level in Mathematics completed with a grade A, B or C.
- Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife, including Mathematics Grundkurs as Prüfungsfach or Mathematics erhöhtem Anforderungsniveau (eA)/Leistungsfach.
- Scan of your passport or national ID card (ID for EEA students only) valid at the start date of the programme
- Bachelor Application File; please download the correct form here.
- Proof of English language proficiency (if already obtained): upload your proof of English language proficiency or English language test results.
VU English language requirements
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 strongly recommended.
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Nuffic Certificate for Chinese students
Chinese students who wish to enrol on a programme taught in English at a Dutch higher education institution are required to apply for a Nuffic Certificate. More information on the Nuffic Certificate for Chinese students.
*Not directly eligible for admission?
If your diploma is not considered to be at the right level and/or if your proficiency in mathematics is considered to be insufficient, you will be informed if it is possible to meet the requirements with an additional certificate.
When advised to sit an entrance exam, the following certificates are deemed equivalent to the required Dutch VWO Mathematics A level (note that Mathematics B is also accepted):
- Boswell-Bèta(English). Boswell-Bèta in Utrecht (the Netherlands) provides a mathematics course mathematics A in English with exams in December, May and July.
- CCVX(Dutch and English). CCVX offers mathematics exams in the Netherlands equivalent to the Dutch VWO subject mathematics A for Dutch-speaking and English-speaking applicants.
- Online Mathematics Placement Test. The Online Mathematics Placement Test-A (OMPT-A ) offered by SOWISO is an online mathematics test that you can take from home by means of online proctoring.
A positive result for the mathematics examination (5,5/10 in the mathematics A exam or 65% in the OMPT-A online exam) is compulsory for admission to the programme. If your OMPT test result was obtained more than 1 year ago, you may be asked to re-take the test to prove your mathematics proficiency. When this applies to you, it will be communicated in your admission decision if retaking the test is needed.
Additional entry exam
Applicants who do not meet the diploma requirement level will also be asked to pass the following test:
- History (find more information about the VU History test here)
To ensure that your application is processed in time in order to study and register for the exams we advise applicants to apply for their bachelor's programme of choice before 1 April.
Note that in addition to these tests all applicants will need to submit proof of sufficient proficiency in English. You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage.
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 of International Business Administration programme.
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.
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 and applying with Dutch previous education
Applicants who obtained a VWO diploma from a Dutch secondary educational institution are eligible for admission to the Bachelor programme Economics and Business Economics at VU Amsterdam. The following VWO profile needs to obtain an additional modular at 6 VWO level :
- Cultuur en Maatschappij, supplemented with Mathematics A or B.
Higher professional education (HBO) propaedeutic year
- English at 6 VWO level
- Mathematics A or B at 6 VWO level
Higher professional education (HBO) completed programme
- English at 6 VWO level
- Mathematics A or B at 6 VWO level
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:
- Mathematics A or B
Deficiencies at 6 VWO level
You can obtain your certificates at various institutions.
Ready to apply?
You can apply for academic year 2023-2024, as from 1 October 2022. The application deadline is 1 May 2023. After that, complete your application as soon as possible in your personal dashboard on VU.nl.
VU Study Choice Check
VU Amsterdam believes that it is important you fit into our program and university. The Study Choice Check offers you the opportunity to determine if the study program corresponds to the image and expectations that you have and whether it suits you.
The Study Choice Check is part of the application procedure for all bachelor degree programs. It consists of two parts: first you fill out the digital questionnaire as a part of your bachelor application and second you complete the Study Choice Check activity.
Please note: filling out the questionnaire and participation in the Study Choice Check activity are mandatory. This means you have to complete both parts (questionnaire and activity). If you did not complete the VU Study Choice Check, you cannot start with the program in September.
This program offers the activity online on our digital learning platform Canvas. In order to send you an invitation to the activity, it is necessary to log in to VU.nl and complete and confirm your application (progress 100%). The invitations will be sent by e-mail in May 2022. You will receive an invitation when you completed your application and are conditionally admitted. Keep an eye on your inbox: the invitation will be sent to the email address you entered when you registered. Check your spam folder regularly to make sure you don’t miss out on any messages from us.
If you did not receive an invitation for the activity please sent an e-mail to email@example.com
More information about can be found here: VU Study Choice Check
If you have any questions about the Study Choice Check, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Summer Prep-Campus
Even if you meet the mathematics requirements, some students find it difficult to know what is expected of them once they begin the IBA programme. To address this, we have developed the Online Summer Prep-Campus. A university jury unanimously voted this course as the most innovative educational project in 2017 and it will ensure that you are more than ready to begin your studies! Take a sneak peek on the Online Summer Prep-Campus website. You will always take part in the diagnostic test during the IBA matching process. The test helps determine your own maths level and gives you advice on how to proceed. If you need some additional help, take courses through the online summer prep-campus and freshen up your mathematics - and meet your new fellow students early! If your level is up to par, you can still get a head start on the topics that will be discussed during the mathematics course.
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 48 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.
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