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speciality: Economics

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What Is an Economics Degree?

Are you passionate about the business and finance sector? Do you follow the national and international news? Then, an Economics degree is the answer. It has always been one of the most sought-after degrees amongst youth. 

Economics degrees are designed to tackle all the issues that have an impact on financial situations, ranging from production to how resources are used. Candidates are trained to understand how the economy suffers fluctuations based on the market’s needs and wants followed by the market’s supply and demand.

By far one of the most crucial elements is that economics is divided into microeconomics and macroeconomic. Microeconomics deals with the economic behaviour at an individual level (companies, buyers, sellers and others), whilst macroeconomics illustrates the bigger picture, on a national or global scale (unemployment, economic growth, inflation and so on).

Benefits of an Economics Degree

Having an economics degree increases anyone’s chances to find a job, regardless of the field. This is mainly due to the fact that graduates hold many transferable abilities, such as analytical and problem-solving skills, that are suitable for any career. 

A study made by the London School of Economics and Political Science showed that graduates from an economics course have a starting salary of £33,000 per year. Having a job in the field right after graduation is a major positive aspect and comes with a lot of opportunities for career advancement.

Economics Degree Structure

Economics degrees are usually a three years commitment and sometimes are offered as part of a joint degree. This means that Economics can be studied along with another subject such as engineering, management, law, computer science and others.

This degree can be found either as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA). The BSc focuses more on economical theory and statistical techniques, while BA is combined with social sciences and qualitative modules. 

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    underwhelming, but nice

    So far, I have enjoyed this program. However, I expected something better and thought that we would have more possibilities to meet new people. When it comes to studies alone, they are well structured and easy to understand. I cannot say that I would recommend this program because I feel like I haven’t experienced it enough. The campus is also in a prime location, with a canal crossing right through it and both metro and tram stations nearby.

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    Programme: Economics and Business Economics
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2024
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Amsterdam
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  • Economics and ...
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    International level of economics with strong focus on research

    The programme consists of a wide variety of courses which enable students to get a great overview of economics and business, but also to specialize in the fields of interest. Being part of an international student community in the beautiful city of Amsterdam is a life-changing experience. The degree offers broad research and career opportunities. It could be a bit challenging at the beginning, but in my opinion, it is really worth it. I highly recommend the programme to every person who would like to delve into the topic of economics!

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    Programme: Economics and Business Economics
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2024
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Amsterdam
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  • International Bachelor ...
    Economics and Business
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    Flexible Studies at UvA

    I am currently studying Economics and Business Economics. I love my studies, because I can explore deep economical concepts by myself with help of great lecturers and tutors. Indeed, studying at UvA is mainly self-study and creative intelligent self-work. I love that concept, where I have a lot of flexibility to pursue my hobbies and extracurricular activities.

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    Programme: International Bachelor Economics and Business
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2024
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Amsterdam
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  • International Bachelor ...
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    Don't study Economics as an international student here

    You are nothing but a number to them. They don’t care if you succeed or fail, they already got your money and there are just too many students for them to care about any of them. They will welcome any student with the ability to pay from any country in the world, they won’t warn you that student housing is nearly impossible to find and outrageously expensive. I spent several months homeless and sleeping on friends’ couches due to the housing shortage and no one at the university cared enough to even respond to my emails asking what services were available to homeless students. They just don’t care about you or your educational pursuits, they just want your sweet sweet international tuition fees. The other big issue is that the academic standards are just all over the place, some teachers seem to be incredibly rigorous and mathematical and others entirely theoretical. Some professors have some weird grudge against helping students be prepared for the exam, it’s like they think that if you had been paying attention then you should already know everything there is to know about the subject so there is no need to review the important concepts. I just wanted to know what I needed to focus my energy on but most teachers treated me like I was asking to cheat when I asked for an old exam or practice test.

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    Programme: International Bachelor Economics and Business
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2023
    Delivery Type: Blended
    Campus: Amsterdam
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    They took 1 year of my life and left me with 3 miserable years

    I absolutely disliked my time at UvA, I studied there for a year at the economics and business faculty. I didn’t like how students were supposed to do all the work with almost no support from the faculty. Studying at UvA was more like working at a job where there was absolutely no support. In the end I think especially for bachelors degree studying at UvA was the worst decision of my entire life. It was extremely expensive as as international student and the services provided by university weren’t worth it. However the only plus point was I got to meet with a lot of people since the course I was a part of in the first year had almost a 1000 students. So I got to meet a lot of people from all over the world and made lots of friends which I will stay in touch forever.

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    Programme: International Bachelor Economics and Business
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2018
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Amsterdam
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