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No.1 in the Netherlands  (QS World Rankings 2013)

No. 17th in Europe  (QS World Rankings 2013)

No. 58th in the World  (QS World Rankings 2013)

Endowment €613.5 million

Six Nobel Laureates

Two prime ministers of the Netherlands

Founded 1632 

Member of Universitas 21 - network of leading research universities

Over 2,500 international students and researchers from over 100 countries

Post-study work opportunities in the Netherlands. 


The University of Amsterdam is internationally recognised for excellence in:


Economics and Business


The College of Economics and Business offers an English-taught undergraduate degree in Economics and Business.

The College of Economics and Business was established in 1922 and has around 5,000 students from all over the world.


It is conveniently located in the heart of Amsterdam, offering you the opportunity to gain a world-class education in one of Europe’s most vibrant and appealing cities.


On completion of the Foundation programme you are guaranteed progression* to BSc Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam.


SEFA is the study association for Economics and Business students at the University of Amsterdam. It is one of the largest student associations in the Netherlands with over 4,000 members.


SEFA provides extra academic support and career guidance. The organisation encourages      experience with businesses and cultures abroad, and organises social activities for students.


SEFA has good relationships with world-leading companies; internship and employment opportunities are advertised through their online vacancy board. 


PPLE (Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics)


The rapid social and economic changes and growing complexity of today’s society require academics and professionals who can integrate different fields of knowledge into new solutions. The interdisciplinary BSc PPLE at the University of Amsterdam provides the necessary tools to address these challenges.


Politics - The exercise of power has a dramatic impact on which issues make it to the public agenda. An interdisciplinary approach to political science will help you to understand the processes of power and how change comes about.


Psychology - The human factor is a critical variable in almost all the complex problems we face today. Psychology, as the study of human behaviour, will give you the insights needed to unravel the role we as humans play in topics such as social inequalities or consumer behaviour.


Law - As a guiding framework for modern societies, law and justice cannot be ignored when addressing complex social issues. Interdisciplinary courses in law will help you interpret problems through the lens of the legal system.


Economics - Money makes the world go round, and it is often at the heart of many challenges societies currently face. Knowing how and why resources are distributed will give you an advantage in understanding these problems and finding a solution that works for many different types of stakeholder.


Career perspectives - As a graduate of PPLE, you will belong to the new generation of ‘interdisciplinary thinkers’. If you choose to continue your academic study, PPLE will provide you with a solid basis for disciplinary or interdisciplinary Master’s programmes. You will also be well prepared for an international career in academia, governance/public service or the corporate sector.


Amsterdam Foundation Campus




Amsterdam FoundationCampus is based on the campus of the University of Amsterdam, one of the best universities in the world.


It is the only on-campus preparation course in the Netherlands, offering you the opportunity to study Business and Economics and Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics in the heart of one of Europe’s most vibrant and appealing cities.


Amsterdam FoundationCampus provides a one year programme designed for international students looking to study their undergraduate degree at the University of Amsterdam.


When you study with Amsterdam FoundationCampus you have the opportunity to progress to the University of Amsterdam on successful completion of your Foundation programme.





English medium studies

Visa processing handled by the University of Amsterdam

Permission to work 20 hours per week part time during term

Permission to remain after studies if a job is secured and so long as a job is held

Permanent Residence Opportunities

Strong Economy

Free Internet Access On the University of Amsterdam Campus t

Low Living costs - Estimated at only Euro 10,200 per annum (amount to show for a visa)

One of the leading cities in Europe


Foundation Program


The Foundation Programme

At Amsterdam FoundationCampus you will prepare yourself to progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Amsterdam. The University has two English medium subjects – Business and Economics and Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE).


This one-year (3 term) programme successful completion of which leads to progression to the University of AmsterdamBSc Economics and Business or BSc PPLE (Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics). You will study at the state-of-the-art Amdstredam FoundationCampus located at the heart of the University of Amsterdam campus.


Who is this programme designed for?


This programme is designed to prepare international students, who have completed senior secondary education, International Baccalaureate (IB), or GCE A-levels, for entry to undergraduate studies at the University of Amsterdam.


How long will I study for?


The duration of the programme is one academic year (nine months). The year is divided into three terms of seven to eight teaching weeks, one reading week and one assessment week. You will undertake up to 26 hours of classroom-based study per week.


What will I study?


The Undergraduate Foundation Programme includes English and three academic subjects.
The subjects will vary depending on your intended progression degree.
In addition, you will have Study Skills classes, Personal Tutorial and you have the opportunity to study Dutch for Beginners:


How will I be assessed?


You will be assessed by a variety of methods during your time with us. The intention is that you have a chance to experience the full range of assessment methods that you may experience at university.






Entry Requirements


Undergarduate Foundation Programme


Academic Requirements


Bangladesh: Senior School Certificate/Higher Secondary Certificate with good grades


Satisfactory completion of recognised Foundation course



English requirements



For students wishing to progress to BSc Economics and Business


September start: 5.0 IELTS or equivalent, with no single element below 4.5


January start: 5.5 IELTS or equivalent, with no single element below 5.0



For students wishing to progress to BSc PPLE


September start: 5.5 IELTS or equivalent, with no single element below 5.5


January start: 6.0 IELTS or equivalent, with no single element below 5.5


Dates and Prices

Dates & Fees


Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP)


Dates Annually (3 terms)
22 September 2014 – 05 June 2015 €13,800
12 January 2015 – 26 August 2015 €13,800
21 September 2015 – 03 June 2016  €14,550
11 January 2016  19 August 2016 €14,550


All programmes are subject to a €100 registration fee and a €2,400 refundable deposit




Term Dates 2014 - 2015


Term 1 22 September 2014 - 12 December 2014
Term 2 12 January 2015- 20 March 2015
Term 3 30 March 2015 - 05 June 2015
Term 4 15 June 2015 - 14 August 2015








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