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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - School of Business and Economics

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - School of Business and Economics

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - School of Business and Economics


Since its foundation, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has stood for scientific and value-driven education, research, and knowledge transfer. We are free thinkers with expertise and A Broader Mind. And we work together to build a better world for people and the planet.

A research university with a focus on society

The world is facing major challenges, while there are growing divisions within society. This calls for science with a conscience. With our expertise, open-mindedness, enterprising spirit, and multidisciplinary approach, we work on developing sustainable solutions that impact society. We focus on four profile themes: Connected World, Governance for Society, Human Health and Life Sciences, and Science for Sustainability.

The unique and multidisciplinary university

VU Amsterdam is a unique university with faculties in the humanities, STEM, social sciences, and medical sciences. Our education and research are closely linked. We combine our top position in research with a strong social orientation, which has resulted in an excellent international reputation. Our education and research are distinctly multidisciplinary. This is reinforced by the fact that our faculties are all located on one campus. We are a true campus university in the heart of the Zuidas Knowledge District, sharing its excellent national and international position and accessibility.

School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) bridges research and education in economics and business administration

We believe in science with a purpose. The students, scientists, and staff within our faculty acquire and disseminate contemporary knowledge in business administration and economics, so that we can respond effectively to the economic and social challenges facing our world. Now and in the future.

We are convinced that collaboration, openness and social responsibility are the only way forward - for science, business and society. We train our students to become academic citizens with a clear vision of their values and ideals, who will make a difference in the world.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to 26,370 students with around 15,000 bachelor’s and 11,500 master’s degree students. The student body includes more than 4,000 international students that bring diversity to the campus. The faculty of science has the highest enrollment of students followed by the school of business and economics with 6,911 and 4,918 students respectively.

    Campus Features

    VU Amsterdam has a lively central campus in Amsterdam’s Zuidas Knowledge District. With state-of-the-art education and research facilities, the campus brings together students, academic staff, the business community, and civil society organizations in an environment that stimulates collaboration.

    The VU Campus is a place where people encounter each other and where new forms of collaboration arise. The location, adjacent to Amsterdam’s Zuidas Innovation District and nearby Schiphol Airport, makes it a readily accessible meeting place.

    VU Amsterdam is an international community that partners with other centers of knowledge and collaborates with the business community as well as civil society organizations. The VU Campus is continually being adapted and developed to meet the challenges and demands of our times.

    Facilities on VU Campus

    • Catering facilities
    • University library and study places
    • VU Boekhandel (bookshop)
    • Rialto, Griffioen and VU ART SCIENCE Gallery
    • Botanic Garden Zuidas
    • Repro


      VU Amsterdam offers both domestic and international students a chance to pursue higher education in a wide range of subjects like Health Sciences, Business and Mathematics, Engineering, Law and Governance, etc.

      Where to Apply: VUNet Application Portal
      Application Fees: 100 EUR
      Application Requirements:

      • Minimum GPA of 3.0
      • Students should submit their official academic transcripts from institutions last attended in
      • Proof of English language proficiency
      • Copy of a valid passport

      Visa Requirements

      The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam helps students by applying for the Netherlands student visa on their behalf. While the process is simple, it takes approximately one month for visa approval. Therefore, students are recommended to complete their process in due time.

      For the Netherlands student visa, you must provide the documents mentioned below:

      • A passport which has to be valid for at least six months
      • Copy of the Schengen residence permit if applicable
      • English Language test results are mandatory
      • The proof of financial proof will also have to be submitted
      • Students will also have to pay the long-term visa fees and residence permit, which is 250 EUR

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