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The award
BSc

How long you will study
36 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 8300

All study options

About Economics and business economics at University of Groningen

Would you like to become an economic expert in topics such as financial decision-making by firms, fiscal or monetary policy of governments, or trade and international business? Then this is the programme for you.

**Service offered to international prospectivestudents: schedulea campus tour**

The three-year Economics and Business Economics Bachelor's degree is entirely in English. You will learn how business expertsand policy makers attempt to stimulate both corporate and economicactivity. The programme will give you the theoretical tools andanalytical skills needed to address complex issues.

During the first year - the foundation year - all students takethe same course units. In year two, you will either specialise inBusiness Economics, Economics or International Economics andBusiness.

* Business Economics focuses on decision-making within anorganisation from an economic point of view.
* In Economics, you learn to develop models with which to obtain anunderstanding of economic phenomena.
* International Economics and Business focuses on the economics ofglobalisation and its impact om firms' strategies andgovernment policies.

After finishing the Bachelor's degree, you can continue as amaster student at the University of Groningen.

Would you like to become an economic expert in topics such as financial decision-making by firms, fiscal or monetary policy of governments, or trade and international business? Then this is the programme for you.

**Service offered to international prospectivestudents: schedulea campus tour**

The three-year Economics and Business Economics Bachelor's degree is entirely in English. You will learn how business expertsand policy makers attempt to stimulate both corporate and economicactivity. The programme will give you the theoretical tools andanalytical skills needed to address complex issues.

During the first year - the foundation year - all students takethe same course units. In year two, you will either specialise inBusiness Economics, Economics or International Economics andBusiness.

* Business Economics focuses on decision-making within anorganisation from an economic point of view.
* In Economics, you learn to develop models with which to obtain anunderstanding of economic phenomena.
* International Economics and Business focuses on the economics ofglobalisation and its impact om firms' strategies andgovernment policies.

After finishing the Bachelor's degree, you can continue as amaster student at the University of Groningen.


After your studies

Job prospects

A Master's degree in Finance offers career opportunities incorporate finance, corporate governance, financial markets andportfolio management, with job opportunities at multinationals suchas PwC, Procter&Gamble, Google, Coca-Cola, Toyota orLacoste.

A Master's degree in Economics grants you access to the world ofbanking or the government sector, where you could help developsocial programmes. A Master's degree in International Economics andBusiness opens the gateway to multinationals, intergovernmentalinstitutions or international organizations. All of these degreescould help you become an analyst for a research institute,consulting firm or university.
If you choose the Research Master's degree programme you couldmove into academia and perhaps decide to go further still and earna PhD at a university in the Netherlands or abroad.
Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide,your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.
FEB Careers Company:
To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Careers Company empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies. Check: http://www.rug.nl/feb/career-services/

A Master's degree in Finance offers career opportunities incorporate finance, corporate governance, financial markets andportfolio management, with job opportunities at multinationals suchas PwC, Procter&Gamble, Google, Coca-Cola, Toyota orLacoste.

A Master's degree in Economics grants you access to the world ofbanking or the government sector, where you could help developsocial programmes. A Master's degree in International Economics andBusiness opens the gateway to multinationals, intergovernmentalinstitutions or international organizations. All of these degreescould help you become an analyst for a research institute,consulting firm or university.
If you choose the Research Master's degree programme you could moveinto academia and perhaps decide to go further still and earn a PhDat a university in the Netherlands or abroad.
Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide,your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.
FEB Careers Company
To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Careers Company empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies. Check: FEB CareerServices

Job examples

  • Financial or Asset Manager

    A Master's degree in Finance offers graduates attractive careeropportunities in many different areas. You could end up as afinancial or asset manager. Or maybe corporate governance, riskanalysis or stock trading is your thing. You will be ready to startwork at multinationals such as Procter&Gamble, Google,Coca-Cola, Toyota or Lacoste. If you've studied Finance your willfind a wide range of opportunities open to you.

  • Analyst or Financial Advisor for banks

    A Master's degree in Economics may lead you to the world ofbanking, where you might become an analyst or financial advisor, oryou could work in the policy department of a central bank, perhapsanalysing the impact of monetary and economic policy. You mightchoose the government sector, beginning in an advisory role andmoving on to a management position. You could help developimportant social programmes and devise ways of administeringthem.

  • Expert in International Economics and Business

    A Master's degree in International Economics and Business willprovide you with the credentials to work for a multinational or anynumber of governmental institutions or international organizations.You might become an analyst for a research institute, consultingfirm or university.

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study36 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 8300

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 8300 per year

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • CM

    wiskunde A of wiskunde B;The profile C&M must becomplemented with mathematics A or B.

  • EM
  • NG
  • NT
  • academic propedeuse

    You can enroll, as long as you have a finished VWO-degree withmathematics A or B.

  • HBO-p

    It is also possible to enter the programme with a HBOpropaedeutic certificate, on condition that you meet the requiredlevel of mathematics. You must at least have taken mathematics A orB at Dutch VWO level.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

You should have passed mathematics as a standard/methods levelsubject during your secondary school education.

math test

If Mathematics is not/has not been one of your final-yearsubjects during your pre-university education (or you took thelowest level, e.g. Maths Studies) then you will need to show proofof your level of Maths proficiency. For more information, pleasecheck our site at hhttp://www.rug.nl/(...)ication/intl-route/1

previous education

You need an International/European Baccalaureate (includingMaths Higher or Maths Standard/Methods).

other admission requirements

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/(...)rt/admissions-office

Admission requirements

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/(...)rt/admissions-office

Registration procedure

Economics and Business Economics has a matching procedure whichis compulsory for all prospective students with a Dutch secondaryschool diploma, not to international prospective students. Thematching procedure will provide you with advice about your chosendegree programme to help you decide whether you have made the rightchoice. Read more about the matching procedure: http://www.rug.nl/(...)pplication/matching/.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6
IELTS writing5.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based550
TOEFL internet based80

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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