TV-EDU193 Economics an der Utrecht University studieren

Why are some countries rich and others poor? What are the benefits of the euro as the principal currency in Europe? How can we make health care affordable? Why do people start up their own company? How can subsidies and taxes help reduce pollution?

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Broad-based view of Economics

The BSc programme in Economics and Business Economics in Utrecht is renowned for its multidisciplinary nature. This means that you will examine economic issues from different perspectives. The inclusion of Law, Geography and Social Sciences helps you to gain a better understanding of societal issues. The programme offers you the opportunity to choose the courses and topics that suit your interests best.

In Utrecht

You will study at one of the world’s best universities. The Shanghai Ranking ranks Utrecht University as 1st in the Netherlands.
You have extensive freedom of choice in designing your study programme to suit your own specific interests. You can opt to combine Economics and Business Economics with an approved optional minor (six subjects) in Geography, Social Sciences or Law. You will receive excellent guidance when making these and other choices.
You and your fellow students from around the globe will study at the attractive grounds of the International Campus.

Going abroad

During the programme in Economics and Business Economics you may opt to study at a university abroad for a period of six months. The Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) has partnerships with more than 20 universities outside the Netherlands, ranging from Turkey to Australia. Is your destination not on the list? Please check the list containing over 95 of university-wide destinations.
Exchange programme in Rome

The School of Economics offers a special exchange programme which enables you to study at the Italian business school LUISS in Rome for one year. More information on International Business Economics in Rome.

ECU ’92 study association

ECU’92 study association is the society for all economics students at the Utrecht University School of Economics. It organizes various activities ranging from study-related activities, such as symposiums, visits to offices and company days to meetings and celebratory events. EU ’92 is also responsible for selling study books.

International learning environment at Utrecht University

Your insights will be enriched by the international learning environment offered by the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.). Students come from more than 50 different countries. The programme crosses multiple borders: language borders, geographical borders and the borders of other disciplines.


The three year Bachelor programme consists of two parts: the major and the optional course profile. The first 18 months of the programme are focused on your major and familiarizes you with the basic principles of Economics and Business Economics and with quantitative courses like Mathematics and Statistics. In the second half of your programme you can choose for electives, an internship or an exchange period abroad.

In the optional course profile you can choose those courses that fit your ambitions and interests. You can opt for an approved optional minor but also for taking extra economics courses or courses from other departments at Utrecht University. You conclude the Bachelor programme with a thesis.

You will attend classes for about 12 hours a week (in lectures and tutorial groups). Including preparation and studying, the programme will take about 30 to 40 hours a week of your time.
Find more information about the courses here.

Career opportunities

The vast majority of U.S.E. graduates enroll in Master’s programmes in Economics at Utrecht University School of Economics. Of course you can also choose to go elsewhere in the Netherlands or abroad. After the Master’s programme, Utrecht economists often find jobs as:

Advisors or consultants in multinationals;
Investors or project developers in banks or other financial firms;
Policy roles in governmental organizations, such as a ministry, the provincial authorities, employers’ associations, trade unions or European bodies;
A small number of graduates become scientific researchers, entrepreneurs, university lecturers or teachers.

Studying Economics in Utrecht opens the door to a wide range of careers!


If you have any specific questions about the programme in Economics and Business Economics, email the study advisors Huub Klein Schiphorst and Merel van Geffen
Phone number: 0031 30 253 4283.

Do you have general questions related to your application, admission or the status of your application? Please contact the International Office.