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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.

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • Admission requirements

    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 as Leistungsfach as Prüfungsfach 
    • European Baccalaureate: Mathematics; written or oral examination, at least 4 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.


    If you have obtained or will obtain a Dutch diploma, please check the criteria on our Dutch webpage.

  • Application

    Application Steps

    1. Check if you match the admission requirements.
    2. Register for the bachelor’s programme before the application deadline via Studielink
    3. 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.
    4. International applicants are asked to upload the following 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).
    5. Diplomas obtained outside of the Netherlands only: pay the application fee 
    6. Submit your application and wait for the decision on your admission request.

    For more details on all steps please consult our step-by-step application guide.

    Application deadline: The final application deadline for non-EU/EEA students is 1 May and for Dutch and EU students the final deadline is 1 June. For international students wishing to use our Accommodation Services an early application is recommended.

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

  • VU Matching

    Once you have made your choice of study programme, VU Matching 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 Matching is part of the application procedure for all bachelor degree programmes. It consists of two parts: first you fill out a digital questionnaire on VUnet and second you participate in the matching activity of the programme.

    This programme offers an online matching activity which is available until mid August. In order for us to be able to send you an invitation it is necessary that you log in to VUnet and complete and confirm the application form (progress 100%).

    The invitations are sent between the beginning of May and the end of July 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 have not received an invitation, for example because you filled in the registration form in VUnet after July, please mail to matching.beta@vu.nl.

    For general information and frequently asked questions about matching check out the website VU Matching [Dutch] or VU Matching [English]. If you have questions about the matching activity, please contact the matching coordinator of the Faculty of Science: matching.beta@vu.nl.

  • University preparation programmes

    If you are an international student who does not meet the direct admission requirements for this bachelor’s degree, you have the opportunity to apply for the Science, Engineering and Computing International Foundation Year at the Holland International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, you can progress to the Bachelor of Business Analytics degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

  • Business Analytics Scholarship Programme

    Please note that the deadline for all EU and non-EU students was 1 April. It is still possible to apply for the Business Analytics programme, but all new applications will not be taken into consideration for the scholarship.

    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 2 scholarships per year to highly motivated and excellent students.

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

    Scholarships Amount
    The scholarships concern €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 scholarships. They will seek advice from the companies that support the scholarships. 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 credit 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 2020.
    • You do not have the Dutch nationality.
    • You have not or not going to obtain a Dutch pre-university vwo-diploma in the Netherlands or Dutch degree/programme obtained in the Netherlands.
    • You have not or not going to 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 an 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 2020.


    Further information:
    If you do not yet 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 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 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:

    1. Check if you match the entry requirements.
    2. Register for the bachelor’s programme before the application deadline via Studielink.
    3. 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.
    4. 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).
    1. Diplomas obtained outside of the Netherlands only: pay the application fee and submit your application.
    2. 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 2020. We aim to send you our admission decision and invitation to apply for the scholarship (if all requirements are met) within two weeks after completion of your application.

    If you already have applied before 1 March 2020 and received an admission decision we will send you an invitation email to apply for the scholarship (if all requirements are met) by 1 April 2020.

    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.

Want to know more?

Are you applying with a non-Dutch diploma?

You can contact Kim Daamen, Julia Tan or Lieneke Blok - International Student Advisors of the Faculty of Science: bachelors.fs@vu.nl

You are also welcome to call. Kim: +31 20 59 85284, Julia: +31 205984212 and Lieneke: +31 20 5982899

Do you have any other questions?

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

Or send a Whatsapp message to +31682548367

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