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Econometrics and Data Science (track)

Econometrics and Operations Research

Do you have top-notch mathematical skills and do you love solving problems? Are you ambitious, up for a challenge, and not afraid to work hard? And do you enjoy digging into data, algorithms and even programming?

Then the Econometrics and Operations Research programme is just the thing for you. 

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
    • United Kingdom/GCE A-levels: A-level in mathematics completed with a grade A, B or C.
    • Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife including mathematics Leistungskurs as as Prüfungsfach.


    If you do not meet the mathematics requirement but have an otherwise strong application, you could still be accepted with a conditional offer. You would then be asked to participate in an entry test in mathematics. If participation in the exam is necessary this will be communicated to you in the offer letter.

    Mathematics Exams in the Netherlands
    Boswell-Bèta (English). Boswell-Bèta in Utrecht (the Netherlands) provides a mathematics B course in English with exams in December, May and July.
    CCVX (Dutch and English). CCVX offers mathematics exams equivalent to the Dutch VWO mathematics B level for Dutch-speaking and English-speaking applicants.

    A positive result for the mathematics examination (5,5/10) is compulsory for admission to the programme.

    Online Summer Prep-Campus
    Even if you meet the mathematics requirements, some students find it difficult to know what is expected of them. From our experience, the math courses in the first period are major stumbling blocks for many students. This is why we have decided to offer an Online Summer Prep-Campus, so that you can refresh your math knowledge and start university with the math you need. Please visit our Online Summer Prep-Campus website.

    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.

    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

    VU Amsterdam believes that it is important you fit into our programme and university. 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. Please note participation in the Matching activity is mandatory. If you did not participate in the Matching activity, you cannot register for the programme in September.

    This programme offers an online matching activity. 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 start date for sending the invitations is not yet known. 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.

    More information about VU Matching

    If you have any questions about matching, send a mail to matching.sbe@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 Tessa de Jong - International Student Advisors of the School of Business and Economics: bachelors.sbe@vu.nl

Or call Tessa on +31 20 59 86201

Do you have any other questions?

Send an email to contact@vu.nl

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

Or send a Whatsapp message to +31682548367