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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

  • 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 (Student Portal), the International Student Advisor will have a look at your transcripts to determine whether your mathematics level is sufficient.

    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.


    If your diploma is not considered to be at the right level and/or if your proficiency in mathematics is considered to be insufficient, your International Student Advisor will inform you if it is possible to meet the requirements with an additional certificate. If participation in the exam is necessary this will be communicated to you in the offer letter.

    When advised to sit an entrance exam, the following certificates are deemed equivalent to the required Dutch VWO Mathematics A level:
    Mathematics Exams in the Netherlands
    Boswell-Bèta (English). Boswell-Bèta in Utrecht (the Netherlands) provides a mathematics course in English with exams in December, May and July.
    CCVX (Dutch and English). CCVX offers mathematics exams equivalent to the Dutch VWO mathematics A level 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.

    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!

    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.

    Online 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 above to find out more about your chances to be admitted to the Master of Environment and Resource Management 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.

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

  • 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.

  • VU Study Choice Check

    VU Amsterdam believes that it is important you fit into our programme and university. The 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.

    The Study Choice Check is part of the application procedure for all bachelor degree programmes. It consists of two parts: first you fill out the digital questionnaire on VUnet and second you complete the Study Choice Check activity. Please note participation in the Study Choice Check is 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 programme in September.

    This programme offers the activity online on our digital learning platform Canvas. In order for us to be able to send you an invitation to the activity 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 can be found here: VU Study Choice Check 

    If you have any questions about the Study Choice Check, please send an email to studychoicecheck.sbe@vu.nl

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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