Studying Economics in The Netherlands in English

1. Will my Dutch economics degree be recognised?

This is not usually a problem for Economics degrees. If you study Economics in the European Union then your degree will be recognised.

As there are so many good universities around the world offering Economics degrees in the English language, there is absolutely no reason why you should end up studying at a substandard one, as long as you research thoroughly before you apply.

2. Economics in The Netherlands

The Netherlands is the fifth largest economy in the Euro Zone and the third largest exporter in the region. The economy is dependent on foreign trade and derives more than 65 percent of GDP from both port activities and merchandise exports. The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and the third busiest in the world. The Netherlands’ economy is also noted for its stability, high skilled workforce and developed infrastructure. As a result, the country is the sixth biggest destination of foreign direct investment in the world.

The Netherlands is located at the heart of European economics, business and banking and its proximity to economic hubs such as Brussels, London and Frankfurt are a real asset. International trade has long been a central aspect of the Dutch economy and its strong reputation continues today. Highly successful companies such as ING, Unilever, Philips, Shell and Heineken are key players in the global marketplace and the Netherlands has the highest level of foreign direct investment per capita in the world.

3. Undergraduate Opportunities to study economics in the Netherlands

With the exception of Business, Economics is the most widely-taught subject available in English throughout the European Union. Some of the best Dutch universities for Economics include Radboud University Nijmegen and the University of Groningen.

Read on to find out about some of the Economics courses available in The Netherlands …

Would you like to become an economic expert in topics such as the environment, the global banking crisis, health care or international business? Then the BSc in Economics and Business Economics programme at the University of Groningen is for you.You will learn how business experts and policy makers attempt to stimulate both corporate and economic activity. The programme will give you the theoretical tools and analytical skills needed to address complex issues.

Are you looking for an international and broadly-oriented programme in Economics, which also integrates important business perspectives? The English-taught track Business Economics track of the Bachelor in Business Administration programme at Radboud University Nijmege is an option to consider.

Would you like to know what the causes of the economic crisis were? Are you curious about how markets work? Do headlines like ‘Are waiting lists for healthcare a major problem?’ or ‘Congestion problem appears to be out of control’ grab your attention? Are you therefore interested in economic issues, and do you have the talent to solve them using the most advanced techniques? The BSc in Econometrics and Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a unique combination of theory and practice and gives you access to methods for analysing economic problems and calculating their solutions.

Each year, all students in the Netherlands take part in a large survey. Students of Economics gave the BSc in Economics programme at Tilburg University an overall score of 82, and therefore considered the course the best in its discipline in the Netherlands. The programme provides a solid grounding in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics, as well as specific knowledge in core fields including Financial Economics, International Economics, Public Sector Economics and Development Economics.

4. Postgraduate Opportunities to study economics in the Netherlands

The MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics at Tilburg University focuses on the mathematical and quantitative analysis of economic problems. Acquire the tools to apply mathematical and statistical methods to produce solutions to real-world economic and business challenges in everything from the labour market, capital investment and industrial organisations, to the strategic behaviour of firms and individual decision-making.

The Master's programme in Economics at Radboud University incorporates relevant knowledge from related disciplines such as psychology and sociology into the programme.
The programme offers small-scale teaching and personal approach to education, when all professors are easily approachable.
A major advantage of this research-based programme is its strong methods orientation, which is important in order to increase our understanding of the world of economics and business. 
You will be exposed to the most recent academic and practical developments in the field of Economics, getting a competitive advantage on the labour market.

Be a versatile economist: tackle spatial, transport and environmental problems.The MSc in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics at VU University Amsterdam offers you the possibility to specialise in spatial, transport or environmental economics. Spatial Economics: analyses how various forces contribute to spatial dynamics and network development from a mainly microeconomic perspective; explore the use and further development of various techniques, methods and tools in this field.

The MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam is multidisciplinary and specially designed for students interested in understanding the complexities of health care systems from different disciplinary perspectives. Successful students will be able to identify the policy and economics implications of legal rules and decisions, to advance arguments using both legal economics and political reasoning, as well as to grasp the differences between national health care systems. These skills will represent an exceptional asset to find professional openings at international firms, consultancy groups, international organisations like the UNO, WTO, EU, or to pursue an academic career.

The MSc in Management, Economics and Consumer Studies at Wageningen University, deals with the interrelationships between producers, consumers and society-at-large. The programme studies the dynamics in the Agri-food chain involving suppliers, producers, retailers and consumers. It covers managerial, economic, sociological and environmental aspects of households and businesses in the Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world, in both developed and developing countries.

5. Does it make sense to study Economics abroad?

Yes, absolutely. Most aspects of Economics operate on a global level. With even the smallest businesses often involved in international trade it is possible to say that every aspect of both Micro- and Macroeconomics has an international dimension. An understanding of this will inevitably improve your career options if you wish to become an economist for a multinational corporation or an international organisation.

Many Economics students intend to work in global finance after graduation. If this is the case for you, then we would advise you study at a university with well-established links with banks and other financial corporations.

6. What grades do I need to get in?

All Economics degrees in The Netherlands require A-Level Maths. There are no exceptions. For a Master's degree you are likely to need a Bachelor's degree in economics at 2.1 or above from an equivalent university.


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