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).
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 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.
The program is good for people who want to get deep into economic theory and learn how it works even to a quantitative level. It is a difficult program to do well in part because of how quantitatively demanding it is (math1/econometrics will make you suffer), but also because in my opinion there is such little class/professor time that you will certainly find it difficult to prepare for your final exams – the profs are great for the most part but it feels like I only paid for their trial versions. Most exams in this course feel like you are never prepared for them, always throwing ridiculous questions way outside the scope of the material, it’s almost impossible to get an 8.5-10. About 1/3 of my class relied on outside sources (exam prep companies) to actually get decent grades in our course. If you tried to pass Econometrics just by going to all the lectures and tutorials, you can expect a 2-3/10 without the use of these companies. It’s expensive and a little silly from a top uni in my opinion. Also if you are from Italy, Greece, Portugal, or Spain get ready to be blamed for the financial crisis… so much explicit material is made out to slander these countries, especially in the IMF module. Also if you are an international student, don’t expect to make friends with the Dutch people in the course, they mostly stick to their own groups and hardly want to socialize in English in my experience. That said, the international body is great and very inviting, again just my exp. The course is cheap which is a plus but accommodation in Amsterdam is mega expensive, and so are the costs of living. Overall the course is thought-provoking and challenging which is fantastic but it just feels so held back by its poor structure, sparse teaching and ridiculous self-study expectations (you must remember every word of every lecture verbatim for a 8-9), and pretty poor international experience.View more
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.View more
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!View more
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.View more
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.View more
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.View more