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Economics and Business Economics

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36 months
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University

Program description

The Bachelor's programme in Economics and Business Economics gives you a flexible multidisciplinary foundation for understanding how global economics and business work.

The 3-year Bachelor's programme in Economics & Business Economics will shape the way you think about the world. This stimulating English-language programme gives you a solid foundation in the theory and practices of global economics and business economics. More importantly, it offers you the chance to incorporate your other fields of interest into a full-spectrum framework for understanding this complex topic. And you get the support of a tutor throughout your first year of study.

Required courses in mathematics, statistics, macro and micro economics, accounting, and multidisciplinary economics fill your first year. You choose your optional course profile in the second semester of Year 1. You may elect to create a strictly Economics profile, for example by taking one of six specialised tracks: Financial-Monetary Economics, Business & Management, International Economics, Labour & Organisation, Economics & Politics, or Firm & Competition. You may also take on an optional minor (such as law, geography, or social sciences), or 'broaden your horizons' by studying abroad or at another Dutch university. This rigorous programme provides an ideal basis for your career or future study.

The Bachelor's in Economics and Business Economics deals not only with purely economic aspects of study, but also insights out of disciplines like Law, Geography, Strategic Management and Social Sciences. You have the flexibility to focus your study on Economics only, with a variety of available tracks; or you may choose courses or a minor out of another discipline in Dutch or English. The three-year programme consists of two parts: the major and the optional course profile. The major covers a maximum of three quarters of your total course profile. It begins with required courses; thereafter you may choose to specialise in one of six tracks: financial-monetary economics, business management, international economics, labour & organisation, economics & politics or the firm & competition. You may also choose to combine your economics studies with another study area. In this case you will follow an approved optional minor, consisting of coherent sets of courses developed for economics students.You may also choose to take electives that fit your interest and ambitions, within or without your major, at Utrecht or at another Dutch or foreign university.


  • Financial-Monetary Economics
    The world of financial markets, banking, investment management and monetary policy.
  • Business Management
    Management of internal processes of a business and the interaction between firms and their environment.
  • International Economics
    Stabilization and the economic interaction between multinational firms and countries.
  • Labor and Organization
    Studies the organisation of labour processes within businesses and compares different organisational types at a business, industry, national and international level.
  • Economics and Politics
    Efficiency and efficacy of economic policy, the relevance of the public sector to societal prosperity.
  • Business and Competition
    This track combines aspects of market theory and regulation, organization science, the theory of strategic management and competition law.

Major - Required Components and electives
All EBE students must follow these courses; they form the foundation of the programme. It is also possible to choose for a track or choose to select the courses, with which you can compose the major related elective. 
Minor- Optional Course profile
The optional course profile can be filled by an approved optional minor: a coherent package of 6 courses that corresponds with the Economics major, and has been developed especially for Economics students.

About Utrecht University

Utrecht University is a top international university that holds a top  100 position in the international rankings. It offers a broad range of high-quality Dutch- and English-taught programs and courses. The English curriculum consists of Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs, certificate courses, and Summer School courses. In addition, some of the world’s most talented students come to Utrecht University to do their PhD research.

Research has always played a fundamental role in Utrecht University’s degree programs. Course content is closely linked to top-class research. Students are taught in small groups by top researchers and lecturers, mostly experts in their field. Utrecht University is at the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary knowledge. Our research continues to have impact in fields ranging from biochemistry and biophysics to human rights and culture.

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Admission requirements

Language requirements

CAE: B1, CPE: C1, IELTS overall band: 6, IELTS writing: 5.5, TOEFL paper based: 580, TOEFL computer based: 213, TOEFL internet based: 83

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