Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics

Tackle problems of cities and regions, transport, and the environment - from an economic viewpoint

Tackle problems of cities and regions, transport, and the environment - from an economic viewpoint

In this programme, you will specialise in one or a combination of the following fields:

  • Urban and regional economics
  • Transport economics
  • Environmental economics

Urban and Regional Economics
This is about the good (e.g. high wages) and the bad (e.g. high crime) of cities and regions. For example, why are some cities thriving, while others struggle? What types of firms and people cluster in space, and why? What does economic theory teach us about policy challenges that metropolitan areas face, such as crime, segregation, traffic congestion and environmental pollution? How can you use and further develop techniques, methods and tools in this field?

Transport Economics
What are the causes and consequences of a growing demand for mobility from a microeconomic perspective? How can we address problems such as congestion, reliability, safety, and environmental externalities? For example, what are the implications of market power in network markets such as aviation and public transport, and how should we address these in transport policy? Why did you pay more for your flight ticket than the person sitting next to you in the plane? Is there a way to stimulate drivers to avoid peak hours, in order to take the pressure off the roads?

Environmental Economics
What are the economic aspects of environmental problems and policy? How can you combine scientific and policy expertise? How can you address the need to integrate economics with insights from other disciplines, notably the environmental sciences? For example, to what extent are environmental taxes too low, and why? Why would countries want to join the Kyoto Protocol or the Sofia Protocol? What role could trade sanctions play herein?

‘The year I spent at VU Amsterdam completely changed the way how I approach transport-related problems and their interrelations with spatial economic and environmental phenomena. I strongly recommend STREEM for those who wish to complement earlier studies with deeper understanding in the economics of transportation and other network industries.’

Daniel Hörcher, PhD Student at the Centre for Transport Studies, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Imperial College London

Testimonial Daniel Hörcher

Bruna Rotondaro

Overview Spatial, Transport & Environmental Economics (STREEM)

Language of instruction

English

Duration

1 year

Application deadline

1 June via www.vu.studielink.nl (students with direct admission) / International degree students: 1 April (different deadlines may hold for other category students)

Start date

1 September

Study type

Full-time

Specializations

Spatial Economics/Transport Economics/Environmental Economics

Field of Interest

Economics, Business and Law

The Department of Spatial Economics at VU University Amsterdam is a world player in the domains of Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics. REPEC ranks the Department in the top 5% of the world in the following domains: Transport Economics, Tourism Economics, Economic GeographyEnvironmental Economics, Energy Economics, and Urban and Real Estate economics.

Professors from the Department who teach on this programme include Cees Withagen, Erik Verhoef, Henri de Groot, Jos van Ommeren, Jan Rouwendal and Richard Tol.


Study at FEWEB (foto)

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Information days (in English)
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For more information, please contact the programme director Jos van Ommeren, jos.van.ommeren@vu.nl

 

Study programme

STREEM
(SPatial, TRansport and Environmental Economics – Master’s programme) is a one-year master’s programme worth 60 EC credits.

First semester
This time period provides you with a thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of economic theory and research methods. After 6 weeks, you select at least four core courses.The programme offers you the possibility to specialize in various combinations of urban & regional, transport and environmental economics. The first semester is concluded with a research project, during which you write a literature review of a coherent set of scientific papers.

Second semester
In the second semester, you continue taking core and/or optional courses. A large share of the second semester is devoted to writing a Master’s thesis. You write your thesis individually, while participating in a thesis seminar, in which students present and discuss their research findings. Although an internship is not obligatory, you may combine your thesis with an internship. Our teaching staff can help you find a suitable place.

Courses
The courses of STREEM cover the following topics: Microeconomics for Spatial Policy; Advanced Methods for Applied Spatial Economic Research; Applied Transport Economics; Geographical Information Systems; Environmental Economics; Network Analysis; Regional and Urban Economics; Airline Business; Applied Spatial Economics; Real Estate Management; Transport Economics.

*Note: Before the programme of STREEM starts, a refresher course is offered on “Mathematics and Statistical Analysis Using STATA”.

Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics courses in the study guide.

Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics at VU Amsterdam

 

STREEM scores 4.43 (on a five-point scale) according to the results of the NSE (National Student Questionnaire) 2015. Students are particularly pleased with the scientific training and the teaching staff. .


The MSc in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics is unique in the world, because it offers an integrated view on urban/regional issues, transport, and the environment from an economic perspective.

Renowned Teaching Staff
The Department of Spatial Economics at VU University Amsterdam houses internationally renowned professors such as Erik Verhoef (Transport Economics), Cees Withagen (Environmental Economics), Jos van Ommeren (Urban Economics) and Henri de Groot (Regional Economics). They actively participate in the economic policy debate and are often consulted on the implementation and evaluation of large-scale government initiatives.

Intensive Supervision
The department is well-known for the intensive and accessible supervision it provides. Experienced staff members are there for you to provide you with support and assistance if you need help with the theory, or writing your thesis.

Experienced in Policy
Staff members of our department are in close contact with economic policy making in practice. Their experience as scientific researchers and policy advisors is beneficial to students in the programme.

'The STREEM Master is a valuable and fundamental opportunity for my personal growth and scientific development. It allows me to improve and deepen both theoretical and empirical knowledge by attending the lectures and by working under the supervision of international worldclass professors and researchers.'

Jochem Brons, Product Developer at Mobility Card Services, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Spatial Economics Jochem Brons.jpg

Focus On Policy Making

The Master’s programme is composed of elements from the research programme in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics – a fundamental research programme with a strong focus on policy making. The Department of Spatial Economics at VU University houses one of the world’s largest research groups in spatial economics. Our teaching staff actively contributes to policy debates and their expertise is regularly called on by policy makers in order to implement and evaluate public policy.

This high-quality one-year programme offers students the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to tackle complex problems at a high level of abstraction, keeping in mind the need to translate theoretical solutions into clear-cut policy advice. It is designed for students with an interest in spatial, transport or environmental economics. It is firmly rooted in economics, but enables you at the same time to establish a multidisciplinary orientation. The programme addresses highly relevant and closely interrelated policy issues in today’s modern society in the field of regional development (such as the advantages of agglomerations), urban problems (such as crime), transport policies (such as ‘spitsrijden’) and environmental degradation. As such, it is concerned with virtually every aspect of society, in which space, distance and networks are key issues.

Students learn to adopt a structured approach in applying economic analytical tools to practical problems. Using economic models, you analyse real-life societal problems such as regional differences in income, traffic congestion and environmental pollution. You learn to tackle these problems at a high level of abstraction, assessing the pros and cons of different solutions and formulating your own alternative

Career prospects


A Master in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics offers excellent career prospects. Many graduates find jobs as policy economists at government institutions or consultancy firms such as KPMG and Ernst & Young. Also transport organizations such as KLM, Schiphol and Dutch Rail offer great opportunities for work. Others opt for positions as economic researchers at institutes such as CPB (the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis).

You may also want to pursue an academic career. Options are then a research Master’s programme in Economics (MPhil), or a PhD position at the Tinbergen Institute (a joint graduate school of VU University Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam).

Widen your perspective - cities, regions, transport and environment


Courses

The first part of the programme consists of two compulsory methods courses in which you master the basic skills of economic research and policy analysis. In the next specialization stage, you choose optional subjects that reflect your own interests. The core specialization courses (of which you choose 2 out of 3) are discussed below.

Spatial Economics
The aim of the course Spatial Economics is to give you an advanced introduction to the subject, in which you learn to master the theoretical and empirical methods applied in this field, and gain a good understanding of the relevant fundamental questions in the field and the current state of science in the literature. More specifically, you learn to analyse how various forces contribute to the economic functioning of cities and regions mainly from a microeconomic perspective; explore the use and further development of various techniques, methods and tools in this field.

Transport Economics
The aim of the course Transport Economics is to provide you with advanced knowledge of contemporary transport economics, considering both intra-city transport (e.g. urban transit, congested road traffic) and inter-city transport (notably aviation). More specifically, you learn to see the causes and consequences of a growing demand for mobility from a microeconomic perspective, address problems such as congestion, reliability, safety and environmental externalities.

Environmental Economics
The aim of the course Environmental Economics is to provide you with a deeper understanding of the nature of environmental problems and insight into how environmental policy should be designed. More specifically, you learn to see all the economic aspects of environmental problems and policy, to combine scientific and policy expertise, to address the need to integrate economics with insights from other disciplines, notably the environmental sciences.

Research Project, Thesis, Internship


Besides theory, it is also essential to develop practical skills, such as: the ability to master a particular field of literature, to identify the relative contributions of articles and its possible shortcomings, and to structure and present theory in a written report or oral presentation. Therefore, the Master’s programme STREEM contains also two practical components: 

Research project 
You write and present an academic paper based on a literature review.

Thesis and internship
You perform your own empirical research, based on a self-chosen topic. You also have the option of combining your thesis with an internship. Teaching staff’ has contacts with various companies and government agencies, and can help you find a suitable place.

Study programme

STREEM
(SPatial, TRansport and Environmental Economics – Master’s programme) is a one-year master’s programme worth 60 EC credits.

First semester
This time period provides you with a thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of economic theory and research methods. After 6 weeks, you select at least four core courses.The programme offers you the possibility to specialize in various combinations of urban & regional, transport and environmental economics. The first semester is concluded with a research project, during which you write a literature review of a coherent set of scientific papers.

Second semester
In the second semester, you continue taking core and/or optional courses. A large share of the second semester is devoted to writing a Master’s thesis. You write your thesis individually, while participating in a thesis seminar, in which students present and discuss their research findings. Although an internship is not obligatory, you may combine your thesis with an internship. Our teaching staff can help you find a suitable place.

Courses
The courses of STREEM cover the following topics: Microeconomics for Spatial Policy; Advanced Methods for Applied Spatial Economic Research; Applied Transport Economics; Geographical Information Systems; Environmental Economics; Network Analysis; Regional and Urban Economics; Airline Business; Applied Spatial Economics; Real Estate Management; Transport Economics.

*Note: Before the programme of STREEM starts, a refresher course is offered on “Mathematics and Statistical Analysis Using STATA”.

Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics courses in the study guide.

Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics at VU Amsterdam

 

STREEM scores 4.43 (on a five-point scale) according to the results of the NSE (National Student Questionnaire) 2015. Students are particularly pleased with the scientific training and the teaching staff. .


The MSc in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics is unique in the world, because it offers an integrated view on urban/regional issues, transport, and the environment from an economic perspective.

Renowned Teaching Staff
The Department of Spatial Economics at VU University Amsterdam houses internationally renowned professors such as Erik Verhoef (Transport Economics), Cees Withagen (Environmental Economics), Jos van Ommeren (Urban Economics) and Henri de Groot (Regional Economics). They actively participate in the economic policy debate and are often consulted on the implementation and evaluation of large-scale government initiatives.

Intensive Supervision
The department is well-known for the intensive and accessible supervision it provides. Experienced staff members are there for you to provide you with support and assistance if you need help with the theory, or writing your thesis.

Experienced in Policy
Staff members of our department are in close contact with economic policy making in practice. Their experience as scientific researchers and policy advisors is beneficial to students in the programme.

'The STREEM Master is a valuable and fundamental opportunity for my personal growth and scientific development. It allows me to improve and deepen both theoretical and empirical knowledge by attending the lectures and by working under the supervision of international worldclass professors and researchers.'

Jochem Brons, Product Developer at Mobility Card Services, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Spatial Economics Jochem Brons.jpg

Focus On Policy Making

The Master’s programme is composed of elements from the research programme in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics – a fundamental research programme with a strong focus on policy making. The Department of Spatial Economics at VU University houses one of the world’s largest research groups in spatial economics. Our teaching staff actively contributes to policy debates and their expertise is regularly called on by policy makers in order to implement and evaluate public policy.

This high-quality one-year programme offers students the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to tackle complex problems at a high level of abstraction, keeping in mind the need to translate theoretical solutions into clear-cut policy advice. It is designed for students with an interest in spatial, transport or environmental economics. It is firmly rooted in economics, but enables you at the same time to establish a multidisciplinary orientation. The programme addresses highly relevant and closely interrelated policy issues in today’s modern society in the field of regional development (such as the advantages of agglomerations), urban problems (such as crime), transport policies (such as ‘spitsrijden’) and environmental degradation. As such, it is concerned with virtually every aspect of society, in which space, distance and networks are key issues.

Students learn to adopt a structured approach in applying economic analytical tools to practical problems. Using economic models, you analyse real-life societal problems such as regional differences in income, traffic congestion and environmental pollution. You learn to tackle these problems at a high level of abstraction, assessing the pros and cons of different solutions and formulating your own alternative

Career prospects


A Master in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics offers excellent career prospects. Many graduates find jobs as policy economists at government institutions or consultancy firms such as KPMG and Ernst & Young. Also transport organizations such as KLM, Schiphol and Dutch Rail offer great opportunities for work. Others opt for positions as economic researchers at institutes such as CPB (the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis).

You may also want to pursue an academic career. Options are then a research Master’s programme in Economics (MPhil), or a PhD position at the Tinbergen Institute (a joint graduate school of VU University Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam).

Widen your perspective - cities, regions, transport and environment


Courses

The first part of the programme consists of two compulsory methods courses in which you master the basic skills of economic research and policy analysis. In the next specialization stage, you choose optional subjects that reflect your own interests. The core specialization courses (of which you choose 2 out of 3) are discussed below.

Spatial Economics
The aim of the course Spatial Economics is to give you an advanced introduction to the subject, in which you learn to master the theoretical and empirical methods applied in this field, and gain a good understanding of the relevant fundamental questions in the field and the current state of science in the literature. More specifically, you learn to analyse how various forces contribute to the economic functioning of cities and regions mainly from a microeconomic perspective; explore the use and further development of various techniques, methods and tools in this field.

Transport Economics
The aim of the course Transport Economics is to provide you with advanced knowledge of contemporary transport economics, considering both intra-city transport (e.g. urban transit, congested road traffic) and inter-city transport (notably aviation). More specifically, you learn to see the causes and consequences of a growing demand for mobility from a microeconomic perspective, address problems such as congestion, reliability, safety and environmental externalities.

Environmental Economics
The aim of the course Environmental Economics is to provide you with a deeper understanding of the nature of environmental problems and insight into how environmental policy should be designed. More specifically, you learn to see all the economic aspects of environmental problems and policy, to combine scientific and policy expertise, to address the need to integrate economics with insights from other disciplines, notably the environmental sciences.

Research Project, Thesis, Internship


Besides theory, it is also essential to develop practical skills, such as: the ability to master a particular field of literature, to identify the relative contributions of articles and its possible shortcomings, and to structure and present theory in a written report or oral presentation. Therefore, the Master’s programme STREEM contains also two practical components: 

Research project 
You write and present an academic paper based on a literature review.

Thesis and internship
You perform your own empirical research, based on a self-chosen topic. You also have the option of combining your thesis with an internship. Teaching staff’ has contacts with various companies and government agencies, and can help you find a suitable place.

Dutch students

Admission and application Dutch University degree

If you did not take your Economic or (international) Business Administration Bachelor's degree (IBA students, see paragraph for IBA students below) at VU University Amsterdam you must submit a request for admission to the admission board. You have to fill out the Form Evaluation admission Master and add to it the following documents: a description of the subjects you passed, your transcript, the study load and a list of the literature studied.

You could send your request per email until 1 May.

The Admission board will then decide whether you can be admitted directly to the Master's or whether you first need to compensate for any mismatches between your qualification and our admission requirements. Possible outcomes of your application are direct admission to the Master's programme, admission under the condition that you must also pass one or more Bachelor's courses, admission to one of the pre-Master's programmes or admission to one of our Bachelor's programmes.

More information regarding registration WO-bachelors, see the VU website (in Dutch).

Students with direct admission from VU University Amsterdam
If you have direct admission to the Master's programme of your choice you need a new enrollment in Studielink.

International IBA students (3rd year students)
Students with a Bachelor's degree in International Business Administration from VU University Amsterdam and direct admission to the Master's programme (for Master's specific entry requirements see the related IBA pages) of their choice can go to Apply for Diploma and follow the instructions. Additionally, you will need to register yourself through Studielink as a Master's student. If it is uncertain if you finish your Bachelor before the 1st of September, you need to both register yourself as a Master’s student and re-register as a Bachelor’s student IBA. Once your application for the Master's programme of your choice has been accepted and your registration as a Master’s student is complete, you can cancel your registration as an IBA student. Reminder: you are officially registered as a student if you have filled in your re-registration form and paid the tuition fee.

Services for international (IBA) students / Residence permit
When you are planning to continue your studies at VU University Amsterdam after your IBA, please contact the Central Admission’s Support Team of VU University Amsterdam for further information and specific questions about the offered services for international students like extending your residence permit. You will need to apply for extension of your residence permit if you continue your studies at VU University Amsterdam.

 

 

 

Admission and application Dutch HBO degree

If you did not take your Economic or (international) Business Administration Bachelor's degree at VU University Amsterdam and if you have a HBO degree (higher vocational education) you must submit a request for admission to the admission board. You have to fill out the Form Evaluation admission Master and add to it the following documents: a description of the subjects you passed, your transcript, the study load and a list of the literature studied.

You could send your request per email until May 1st, to toelating.feweb@vu.nl.
      
The Admission board will then decide whether you can be admitted directly to the Master's or whether you first need to compensate for any mismatches between your qualification and our admission requirements. Possible outcomes of your application are direct admission to the Master's programme, admission under the condition that you must also pass one or more Bachelor's courses, admission to one of the pre-Master's programmes or admission to one of our Bachelor's programmes.

More information regarding registration WO-bachelors, see the VU website (in Dutch).

Admission requirements and application

There are strict admission criteria. These are set by the Admissions Board, which also decides on individual applications. The requirements are split up into Master specific requirements and general requirements (faculty website). Please read them both carefully:

General requirements for holders of a(n):

  • Dutch University degree
  • International degree
  • Dutch HBO degree
Specific admission requirements Master's programme Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics:
  • If you hold a Bachelor's degree in Economics, Business Administration or Econometrics obtained at VU University Amsterdam, you can gain direct admission to the Master in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics as long as you have passed the core courses in Microeconomics and Research Methods for Economics and Finance.
  • Applicants must possess at least an accredited Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Dutch university Bachelor’s degree).
  • Applicants must have thorough knowledge of the standard literature listed below (or its equivalent).
    MicroeconomicsSnyder C.M. and W. Nicholson,  Microeconomic Theory: Basic Principles and Extensions, Mason, OH: South-Western, Cengage Learning, 11th edition (except Chapters 6-8, 16-18).
     Sydsaeter, Knut and Hammond, Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis, Prentice Hall, 3rd ed., 2008
    EconometricsStock, J.H. and M.W. Watson's Introduction to Econometrics Addison Wesley, New York
  • Applicants may consider reading the (one of the) following books to become familiar with the topics which will be taught.
Regional EconomicsMcCann, P. (2001) Urban and Regional Economics Oxford University Press, Oxford
Transport EconomicsBoyer, K.D. Principles of Transportation Economics Addison Wesley, Reading
Environmental EconomicsKahn, J.R. (1998) The Economic Approach to Environmental and Natural Resources (2nd edition) The Dryden Press, Forth Worth. Parts I, II and III

Deadlines

Deadline for an admission request is May 1st.

Contact

 

Dutch University degree students can find a list of contact details and information days here >

International degree students can find contact details of the International Office here >

Contact details

For admission requests, contact toelating.feweb@vu.nl.

Contact Dutch University degree students


Visit our information day

Master’s Evening6 December, 2016Please register later this year
Master's Day11 March, 2017

Information days and activities
studiekeuze.feweb@vu.nl
Admission requests, admission requirements and admission questions
toelating.feweb@vu.nl
(can only be reached by e-mail)
Tuition fees, Studielink, VUnet
Central Student Desk
Application
Studielink
Other questions
studiekeuze.feweb@vu.nl

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Frequently Asked Questions


I want to send my application form to apply for a Master's programme before the first of April. I expect to graduate before the end of this academic year. Is it possible to apply without having my Bachelor's diploma yet?
Yes, that is possible. Your eligibility can be assessed without the actual diploma. After (conditional) admission to one of our MSc programmes, we will contact you and ask for the original and official documents for registration at the university. One of these documents is the official diploma (or certified copy of it).

I have graduated from a Dutch HBO. Is it possible for me to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?
Unfortunately, if you hold a HBO BSc diploma you cannot get direct admission to one of our Master's programmes. We have a specific Premaster’s programme for some of our Master’s programmes. The Premaster’s programmes are entirely Dutch taught, you need a NT2-2 certificate to get admission and your GMAT score has to be at least 550. Some Master’s programmes have other entry requirements if you hold a Dutch HBO. Please check ‘admission and application’ on the Master’s page to see if there is a specific Premaster’s programme available.

Is it possible to study one of the Master's programmes part-time?
All Master's programmes open to international students are full time programmes, which means that you are expected to spend at least 4 days a week at the university. There are two part-time Master's programmes both taught in Dutch.

Can I apply for a MSc programme starting in February?
No, all our Master's programmes start in September.

Can I apply online?
International students can apply online. See the webpage "Admission and application" of your respective master's programme for more information.

Application deadline
International degree students: 1 April (different deadlines may hold for other category students). Dutch degree students: Admission request before 1 May, application in Studielink before 1 June.

Do you require work experience to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?
No, we do not require work experience. Sometimes it might help to have some work experience to get admission if your Bachelor's diploma does not cover all the academic requirements (see admission requirements in the left menu).

Do you require GMAT or GRE to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?       
In some cases we might require a GRE or GMAT. For the Master’s programmes in Economics and Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics a GRE might be required. The admission board will let you know if a GRE is required. At other Master’s programmes a GMAT or GRE is not required. This does not mean that we do not pay any attention to your grades. If you have obtained a good GMAT or GRE score it is recommended to mention this in your application and to enclose a copy of the results. 
 
Please note: To be admitted to one of our specific Dutch taught pre-master's programmes you have to score at least 550 on the GMAT. 

Is it possible to pay the tuition fee in installments?
Yes, that is possible. The registration period is in August after your arrival in the Netherlands. You can pay the tuition fee either at once before 1 September or you can choose to sign a contract that you will pay it in installments during the academic year.

Admission and application Dutch University degree

If you did not take your Economic or (international) Business Administration Bachelor's degree (IBA students, see paragraph for IBA students below) at VU University Amsterdam you must submit a request for admission to the admission board. You have to fill out the Form Evaluation admission Master and add to it the following documents: a description of the subjects you passed, your transcript, the study load and a list of the literature studied.

You could send your request per email until 1 May.

The Admission board will then decide whether you can be admitted directly to the Master's or whether you first need to compensate for any mismatches between your qualification and our admission requirements. Possible outcomes of your application are direct admission to the Master's programme, admission under the condition that you must also pass one or more Bachelor's courses, admission to one of the pre-Master's programmes or admission to one of our Bachelor's programmes.

More information regarding registration WO-bachelors, see the VU website (in Dutch).

Students with direct admission from VU University Amsterdam
If you have direct admission to the Master's programme of your choice you need a new enrollment in Studielink.

International IBA students (3rd year students)
Students with a Bachelor's degree in International Business Administration from VU University Amsterdam and direct admission to the Master's programme (for Master's specific entry requirements see the related IBA pages) of their choice can go to Apply for Diploma and follow the instructions. Additionally, you will need to register yourself through Studielink as a Master's student. If it is uncertain if you finish your Bachelor before the 1st of September, you need to both register yourself as a Master’s student and re-register as a Bachelor’s student IBA. Once your application for the Master's programme of your choice has been accepted and your registration as a Master’s student is complete, you can cancel your registration as an IBA student. Reminder: you are officially registered as a student if you have filled in your re-registration form and paid the tuition fee.

Services for international (IBA) students / Residence permit
When you are planning to continue your studies at VU University Amsterdam after your IBA, please contact the Central Admission’s Support Team of VU University Amsterdam for further information and specific questions about the offered services for international students like extending your residence permit. You will need to apply for extension of your residence permit if you continue your studies at VU University Amsterdam.

 

 

 

Admission and application Dutch HBO degree

If you did not take your Economic or (international) Business Administration Bachelor's degree at VU University Amsterdam and if you have a HBO degree (higher vocational education) you must submit a request for admission to the admission board. You have to fill out the Form Evaluation admission Master and add to it the following documents: a description of the subjects you passed, your transcript, the study load and a list of the literature studied.

You could send your request per email until May 1st, to toelating.feweb@vu.nl.
      
The Admission board will then decide whether you can be admitted directly to the Master's or whether you first need to compensate for any mismatches between your qualification and our admission requirements. Possible outcomes of your application are direct admission to the Master's programme, admission under the condition that you must also pass one or more Bachelor's courses, admission to one of the pre-Master's programmes or admission to one of our Bachelor's programmes.

More information regarding registration WO-bachelors, see the VU website (in Dutch).

Admission requirements and application

There are strict admission criteria. These are set by the Admissions Board, which also decides on individual applications. The requirements are split up into Master specific requirements and general requirements (faculty website). Please read them both carefully:

General requirements for holders of a(n):

  • Dutch University degree
  • International degree
  • Dutch HBO degree
Specific admission requirements Master's programme Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics:
  • If you hold a Bachelor's degree in Economics, Business Administration or Econometrics obtained at VU University Amsterdam, you can gain direct admission to the Master in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics as long as you have passed the core courses in Microeconomics and Research Methods for Economics and Finance.
  • Applicants must possess at least an accredited Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Dutch university Bachelor’s degree).
  • Applicants must have thorough knowledge of the standard literature listed below (or its equivalent).
    MicroeconomicsSnyder C.M. and W. Nicholson,  Microeconomic Theory: Basic Principles and Extensions, Mason, OH: South-Western, Cengage Learning, 11th edition (except Chapters 6-8, 16-18).
     Sydsaeter, Knut and Hammond, Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis, Prentice Hall, 3rd ed., 2008
    EconometricsStock, J.H. and M.W. Watson's Introduction to Econometrics Addison Wesley, New York
  • Applicants may consider reading the (one of the) following books to become familiar with the topics which will be taught.
Regional EconomicsMcCann, P. (2001) Urban and Regional Economics Oxford University Press, Oxford
Transport EconomicsBoyer, K.D. Principles of Transportation Economics Addison Wesley, Reading
Environmental EconomicsKahn, J.R. (1998) The Economic Approach to Environmental and Natural Resources (2nd edition) The Dryden Press, Forth Worth. Parts I, II and III

Deadlines

Deadline for an admission request is May 1st.

Contact

 

Dutch University degree students can find a list of contact details and information days here >

International degree students can find contact details of the International Office here >

Contact details

For admission requests, contact toelating.feweb@vu.nl.

Contact Dutch University degree students


Visit our information day

Master’s Evening6 December, 2016Please register later this year
Master's Day11 March, 2017

Information days and activities
studiekeuze.feweb@vu.nl
Admission requests, admission requirements and admission questions
toelating.feweb@vu.nl
(can only be reached by e-mail)
Tuition fees, Studielink, VUnet
Central Student Desk
Application
Studielink
Other questions
studiekeuze.feweb@vu.nl

emptyempty

Frequently Asked Questions


I want to send my application form to apply for a Master's programme before the first of April. I expect to graduate before the end of this academic year. Is it possible to apply without having my Bachelor's diploma yet?
Yes, that is possible. Your eligibility can be assessed without the actual diploma. After (conditional) admission to one of our MSc programmes, we will contact you and ask for the original and official documents for registration at the university. One of these documents is the official diploma (or certified copy of it).

I have graduated from a Dutch HBO. Is it possible for me to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?
Unfortunately, if you hold a HBO BSc diploma you cannot get direct admission to one of our Master's programmes. We have a specific Premaster’s programme for some of our Master’s programmes. The Premaster’s programmes are entirely Dutch taught, you need a NT2-2 certificate to get admission and your GMAT score has to be at least 550. Some Master’s programmes have other entry requirements if you hold a Dutch HBO. Please check ‘admission and application’ on the Master’s page to see if there is a specific Premaster’s programme available.

Is it possible to study one of the Master's programmes part-time?
All Master's programmes open to international students are full time programmes, which means that you are expected to spend at least 4 days a week at the university. There are two part-time Master's programmes both taught in Dutch.

Can I apply for a MSc programme starting in February?
No, all our Master's programmes start in September.

Can I apply online?
International students can apply online. See the webpage "Admission and application" of your respective master's programme for more information.

Application deadline
International degree students: 1 April (different deadlines may hold for other category students). Dutch degree students: Admission request before 1 May, application in Studielink before 1 June.

Do you require work experience to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?
No, we do not require work experience. Sometimes it might help to have some work experience to get admission if your Bachelor's diploma does not cover all the academic requirements (see admission requirements in the left menu).

Do you require GMAT or GRE to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?       
In some cases we might require a GRE or GMAT. For the Master’s programmes in Economics and Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics a GRE might be required. The admission board will let you know if a GRE is required. At other Master’s programmes a GMAT or GRE is not required. This does not mean that we do not pay any attention to your grades. If you have obtained a good GMAT or GRE score it is recommended to mention this in your application and to enclose a copy of the results. 
 
Please note: To be admitted to one of our specific Dutch taught pre-master's programmes you have to score at least 550 on the GMAT. 

Is it possible to pay the tuition fee in installments?
Yes, that is possible. The registration period is in August after your arrival in the Netherlands. You can pay the tuition fee either at once before 1 September or you can choose to sign a contract that you will pay it in installments during the academic year.

Study in Holland

International students

Admission and application

Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. If you have read the admission criteria below and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

 
Admission and application

Step 1: Meet admission criteria

Direct admission to the master's programme is possible with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Economics, Earth and Economics with a minor “economie”, or Econometrics from VU Amsterdam.

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in Economics from an accredited university must have sufficient knowledge of microeconomics and a solid background in mathematics and statistics for economists.

Students from related disciplinary backgrounds (geography, transport, environmental sciences) are encouraged to apply, if they have sufficient background in economics and statistics.

Other applicants (e.g. with a polytechnic degree) may be required to complete (pre-master) preparatory courses, before they can be admitted to the programme.

Applicants with insufficient background in economics will usually be advised to follow a self-study programme, consisting of the following components:

  • Stock, J.H. and Watson, M.W. (2012). Introduction to Econometrics, Pearson, 3rd ed. (chapters 1-7)
  • Snyder, Chr. and Nicholson, W. (2012). Microeconomic Theory – Basic Principles and Extensions, South-Western, Cengage Learning

VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can already apply online without having the test results. We do advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the Marketing programme:

IELTS (academic):

  • Minimum general score 6,5
  • Minimum score writing 6,0

TOEFL:

  • Paper based test 580
  • Internet based test 92-93

Cambridge English:

  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C

Please refer to the language requirement page for the general requirements regarding the English language test.

Step 2: Prepare documents and apply online

Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

  • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript of records
  • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing)
  • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
  • A list of all the main literature used during your previous higher education 

After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. After you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email. 

Step 3: Await decision on admission

The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

Step 4: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!

Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation what to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at VU University Amsterdam!

Further information about: 
Accommodation 
Visa 
Tuition fees

Scholarships

As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries.

Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl

Piet Rietveld Scholarship

The Piet Rietveld Scholarship was established by the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and the Department of Spatial Economics in memory of the late Professor Piet Rietveld (1952-2013), Head of the Department of Spatial Economics in the years 2002-2013. The programme offers a yearly single scholarship for an excellent student in the MSc Programme STREEM originating from a developing country (click here for the list of countries).

Value
The scholarship covers the yearly tuition fee, and provides an allowance of € 3000 towards living costs.

Deadline
1 April 2017.

Fields of study
Eligible candidates should be admitted to the STREEM master’s degree programme at VU Amsterdam.

In addition, successful applicants for the scholarship who need a visa for the Netherlands must have a minimum level of English.

How to apply
Send a CV, a Grade List, and a Letter of Motivation to the following e-mail address: jos.van.ommeren@vu.nl.

Please apply simultaneously for admittance to the MSc STREEM, insofar as you have not done so already.

Contact a student ambassador

Some international students are happy to tell you about their experiences with living and studying in Amsterdam. These Student Ambassadors come from all over the world and have attended various bachelor's and master's programmes.

Our student ambassadors are listed on the webpage below. Reach out to them and get their stories about being a student at VU Amsterdam!

Information for international students > International degree holders > Contact our student ambassadors

Contact International degree students


Visit our information days

More information about Master's programmes
Visit our information days

Central International Office
For detailed questions about the Master’s programmes or the application procedure contact your International Student Advisor at the International Office:

Foto Leanne Schrijver Leanne Schrijver
Tel +31 20 59 83032
E Admissionsfeba@vu.nl


 

 

 

Foto Paul SteemanPaul Steeman
Tel +31 20 59 88739
E Admissionsfeba@vu.nl
 

 

 

 


Foto Floris KorbeeFloris Korbee
Tel + 31 (0)20 598 3944
E Admissionsfeba@vu.nl       


 

 

For general information about VU University Amsterdam:
Please phone us at +31 (0)20 598 5000 (Monday – Friday, 10:00 to 12:00).
You may also e-mail us at study@vu.nl.

Contact for International Degree Students

For detailed questions about the Master’s programmes or the application procedure contact your International Student Advisors at the International Office: 

Floris Korbee, Paul Steeman and Leanne Schrijver
E Admissionsfeba@vu.nl

Frequently Asked Questions


I want to send my application form to apply for a Master's programme before the first of April. I expect to graduate before the end of this academic year. Is it possible to apply without having my Bachelor's diploma yet?
Yes, that is possible. Your eligibility can be assessed without the actual diploma. After (conditional) admission to one of our MSc programmes, we will contact you and ask for the original and official documents for registration at the university. One of these documents is the official diploma (or certified copy of it).

I have graduated from a Dutch HBO. Is it possible for me to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?
Unfortunately, if you hold a HBO BSc diploma you cannot get direct admission to one of our Master's programmes. We have a specific Premaster’s programme for some of our Master’s programmes. The Premaster’s programmes are entirely Dutch taught, you need a NT2-2 certificate to get admission and your GMAT score has to be at least 550. Some Master’s programmes have other entry requirements if you hold a Dutch HBO. Please check ‘admission and application’ on the Master’s page to see if there is a specific Premaster’s programme available.

Is it possible to study one of the Master's programmes part-time?
All Master's programmes open to international students are full time programmes, which means that you are expected to spend at least 4 days a week at the university. There are two part-time Master's programmes both taught in Dutch.

Can I apply for a MSc programme starting in February?
No, all our Master's programmes start in September.

Can I apply online?
International students can apply online. See the webpage "Admission and application" of your respective master's programme for more information.

Application deadline
International degree students: 1 April (different deadlines may hold for other category students). Dutch degree students: Admission request before 1 May, application in Studielink before 1 June.

Do you require work experience to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?
No, we do not require work experience. Sometimes it might help to have some work experience to get admission if your Bachelor's diploma does not cover all the academic requirements (see admission requirements in the left menu).

Do you require GMAT or GRE to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?       
In some cases we might require a GRE or GMAT. For the Master’s programmes in Economics and Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics a GRE might be required. The admission board will let you know if a GRE is required. At other Master’s programmes a GMAT or GRE is not required. This does not mean that we do not pay any attention to your grades. If you have obtained a good GMAT or GRE score it is recommended to mention this in your application and to enclose a copy of the results. 
 
Please note: To be admitted to one of our specific Dutch taught pre-master's programmes you have to score at least 550 on the GMAT. 

Is it possible to pay the tuition fee in installments?
Yes, that is possible. The registration period is in August after your arrival in the Netherlands. You can pay the tuition fee either at once before 1 September or you can choose to sign a contract that you will pay it in installments during the academic year.

Admission and application

Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. If you have read the admission criteria below and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

 
Admission and application

Step 1: Meet admission criteria

Direct admission to the master's programme is possible with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Economics, Earth and Economics with a minor “economie”, or Econometrics from VU Amsterdam.

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in Economics from an accredited university must have sufficient knowledge of microeconomics and a solid background in mathematics and statistics for economists.

Students from related disciplinary backgrounds (geography, transport, environmental sciences) are encouraged to apply, if they have sufficient background in economics and statistics.

Other applicants (e.g. with a polytechnic degree) may be required to complete (pre-master) preparatory courses, before they can be admitted to the programme.

Applicants with insufficient background in economics will usually be advised to follow a self-study programme, consisting of the following components:

  • Stock, J.H. and Watson, M.W. (2012). Introduction to Econometrics, Pearson, 3rd ed. (chapters 1-7)
  • Snyder, Chr. and Nicholson, W. (2012). Microeconomic Theory – Basic Principles and Extensions, South-Western, Cengage Learning

VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can already apply online without having the test results. We do advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the Marketing programme:

IELTS (academic):

  • Minimum general score 6,5
  • Minimum score writing 6,0

TOEFL:

  • Paper based test 580
  • Internet based test 92-93

Cambridge English:

  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C

Please refer to the language requirement page for the general requirements regarding the English language test.

Step 2: Prepare documents and apply online

Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

  • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript of records
  • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing)
  • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
  • A list of all the main literature used during your previous higher education 

After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. After you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email. 

Step 3: Await decision on admission

The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

Step 4: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!

Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation what to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at VU University Amsterdam!

Further information about: 
Accommodation 
Visa 
Tuition fees

Scholarships

As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries.

Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl

Piet Rietveld Scholarship

The Piet Rietveld Scholarship was established by the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and the Department of Spatial Economics in memory of the late Professor Piet Rietveld (1952-2013), Head of the Department of Spatial Economics in the years 2002-2013. The programme offers a yearly single scholarship for an excellent student in the MSc Programme STREEM originating from a developing country (click here for the list of countries).

Value
The scholarship covers the yearly tuition fee, and provides an allowance of € 3000 towards living costs.

Deadline
1 April 2017.

Fields of study
Eligible candidates should be admitted to the STREEM master’s degree programme at VU Amsterdam.

In addition, successful applicants for the scholarship who need a visa for the Netherlands must have a minimum level of English.

How to apply
Send a CV, a Grade List, and a Letter of Motivation to the following e-mail address: jos.van.ommeren@vu.nl.

Please apply simultaneously for admittance to the MSc STREEM, insofar as you have not done so already.

Contact a student ambassador

Some international students are happy to tell you about their experiences with living and studying in Amsterdam. These Student Ambassadors come from all over the world and have attended various bachelor's and master's programmes.

Our student ambassadors are listed on the webpage below. Reach out to them and get their stories about being a student at VU Amsterdam!

Information for international students > International degree holders > Contact our student ambassadors

Contact International degree students


Visit our information days

More information about Master's programmes
Visit our information days

Central International Office
For detailed questions about the Master’s programmes or the application procedure contact your International Student Advisor at the International Office:

Foto Leanne Schrijver Leanne Schrijver
Tel +31 20 59 83032
E Admissionsfeba@vu.nl


 

 

 

Foto Paul SteemanPaul Steeman
Tel +31 20 59 88739
E Admissionsfeba@vu.nl
 

 

 

 


Foto Floris KorbeeFloris Korbee
Tel + 31 (0)20 598 3944
E Admissionsfeba@vu.nl       


 

 

For general information about VU University Amsterdam:
Please phone us at +31 (0)20 598 5000 (Monday – Friday, 10:00 to 12:00).
You may also e-mail us at study@vu.nl.

Contact for International Degree Students

For detailed questions about the Master’s programmes or the application procedure contact your International Student Advisors at the International Office: 

Floris Korbee, Paul Steeman and Leanne Schrijver
E Admissionsfeba@vu.nl

Frequently Asked Questions


I want to send my application form to apply for a Master's programme before the first of April. I expect to graduate before the end of this academic year. Is it possible to apply without having my Bachelor's diploma yet?
Yes, that is possible. Your eligibility can be assessed without the actual diploma. After (conditional) admission to one of our MSc programmes, we will contact you and ask for the original and official documents for registration at the university. One of these documents is the official diploma (or certified copy of it).

I have graduated from a Dutch HBO. Is it possible for me to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?
Unfortunately, if you hold a HBO BSc diploma you cannot get direct admission to one of our Master's programmes. We have a specific Premaster’s programme for some of our Master’s programmes. The Premaster’s programmes are entirely Dutch taught, you need a NT2-2 certificate to get admission and your GMAT score has to be at least 550. Some Master’s programmes have other entry requirements if you hold a Dutch HBO. Please check ‘admission and application’ on the Master’s page to see if there is a specific Premaster’s programme available.

Is it possible to study one of the Master's programmes part-time?
All Master's programmes open to international students are full time programmes, which means that you are expected to spend at least 4 days a week at the university. There are two part-time Master's programmes both taught in Dutch.

Can I apply for a MSc programme starting in February?
No, all our Master's programmes start in September.

Can I apply online?
International students can apply online. See the webpage "Admission and application" of your respective master's programme for more information.

Application deadline
International degree students: 1 April (different deadlines may hold for other category students). Dutch degree students: Admission request before 1 May, application in Studielink before 1 June.

Do you require work experience to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?
No, we do not require work experience. Sometimes it might help to have some work experience to get admission if your Bachelor's diploma does not cover all the academic requirements (see admission requirements in the left menu).

Do you require GMAT or GRE to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?       
In some cases we might require a GRE or GMAT. For the Master’s programmes in Economics and Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics a GRE might be required. The admission board will let you know if a GRE is required. At other Master’s programmes a GMAT or GRE is not required. This does not mean that we do not pay any attention to your grades. If you have obtained a good GMAT or GRE score it is recommended to mention this in your application and to enclose a copy of the results. 
 
Please note: To be admitted to one of our specific Dutch taught pre-master's programmes you have to score at least 550 on the GMAT. 

Is it possible to pay the tuition fee in installments?
Yes, that is possible. The registration period is in August after your arrival in the Netherlands. You can pay the tuition fee either at once before 1 September or you can choose to sign a contract that you will pay it in installments during the academic year.