Economics and Business Economics

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
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Would you like to become an economic expert in topics such as financial decision-making by firms, fiscal or monetary policy of governments, or trade and international business? Then this is the programme for you.

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typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee

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The three-year Economics and Business Economics Bachelor's degree is entirely in English. You will learn how business experts and policymakers attempt to stimulate both corporate and economic activity. The programme will give you the theoretical tools and analytical skills needed to address complex issues.

During the first year - the foundation year - all students take the same course units. In year two, you will either specialise in Business Economics, Economics or International Economics and Business.

* Business Economics focuses on decision-making within an organisation from an economic point of view.
* In Economics, you learn to develop models with which to obtain an understanding of economic phenomena.
* International Economics and Business focuses on the economics of globalisation and its impact on firms’ strategies and government policies.

After finishing the Bachelor's degree, you can continue as a master student at the University of Groningen.

Waarom aan de RUG?

Economics and Business Economics is an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide. Economics and Business Economics is a complete programme: you start with a broad foundation year in which basic economic theory and business issues are covered, and then choose the profile that interests you most.


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opbouwCheck for more info on all courses:
1e jaar During the first year of the programme you will take the same courses as your fellow students. These include introductions to Finance and Financial Accounting, International Economics, International Business and Marketing. You will also tackle the fundamentals of Micro- and Macroeconomics, Mathematics and Statistics. You will write a short research paper, an essential aspect of academic life. Finally, you will take an English language course to develop academic writing and presenting skills.
International Business
5 EC
5 EC
Microeconomics: Consumers&Firms
5 EC
Financial Accounting
5 EC
5 EC
Mathematics and Data Analysis
5 EC
5 EC
Research Paper onderzoek
5 EC
5 EC
5 EC
Asset Pricing and Capital Budgeting
5 EC
International Economics
5 EC
2e jaar Building on the broad foundation provided in the first year, you and your fellow students will continue with courses such as Monetary Macroeconomics, Trade Policy and Economic Integration, Industrial Organization, Finance, Mathematics, Economics of Banking and Econometrics. In addition to these courses, you will choose between a profile in:

  • Business Economics
  • Economics
  • International Economics and Business

You will write an empirical research paper at the end of your second year.
BE - Trade Policy and Economic Integration
5 EC
BE - Monetary Macroeconomics
5 EC
BE - Management Accounting
5 EC
BE - Capital Structure and Financial Planning
5 EC
BE - Econometrics
5 EC
BE - Human Resource Management
5 EC
BE - Economics of Banking
5 EC
BE - Empirical Research Paper
BE - Matrix Analysis and Optimization
BE - Microeconomics - Industrial Organization
BE - Operations and Logistics Management
BE - Philosophy and Ethics of Business
ECO - Capital Structure and Financial Planning
ECO - Economics of Banking
ECO - Econometrics for Economics
ECO - Empirical Research Paper for Economics
ECO - Trade Policy and Economic Integration
ECO - Growth, Institutions and Business
ECO - History of Economic Thought
ECO - Intermediate Mathematics
ECO - Monetary Macroeconomics
ECO - Matrix Analysis and Optimization
ECO - Microeconomics - Industrial Organization
ECO - Public Finance
IE&B - Capital Structure and Financial Planning
IE&B - Econometrics
IE&B - Economics of Banking
IE&B - Empirical Research Paper
IE&B - Trade Policy and Economic Integration
IE&B - Global Development Studies
IE&B - Growth, Institutions and Business
IE&B - International Business Strategy
IE&B - Monetary Macroeconomics
IE&B - Matrix Analysis and Optimization
IE&B - Microeconomics - Industrial Organization
IE&B - Philosophy and Ethics of Business
3e jaar In the third year you will take a Minor. Options are: a Minor offered by your own degree programme, a Minor from a different faculty of the UG or a Minor that involves studying abroad for a full semester – be that in Europe, Latin America, Australia, Canada, China, the USA or elsewhere in the world. For students with the International Economics and Business profile, a stay abroad is compulsory. At the end of the third year you will write your Bachelor's thesis.
BE - Faculty Minor or University Minor or Foreign Minor (study abroad)
BE - Bachelor's Thesis
BE - Intermediate Asset Pricing
BE - Marketing Research
BE - Corporate Finance
BE - Financial Statement Analysis
ECO - Faculty Minor or University Minor or Foreign Minor (study abroad)
ECO - Bachelor's Thesis
ECO - Intermediate Microeconomics
ECO - Labour Economics
ECO - Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECO - Political Economics
IE&B - Foreign Minor (study abroad)
IE&B - Bachelor's Thesis
IE&B - Globalization - The Great Unbundlings
IE&B - International Financial Markets
IE&B - Globalization - MNES & Institutions
IE&B - Growth and Development Economics


profiel Business Economics

What is the best way to run an organization? In the profile Business Economics, you learn to understand decision-making within an organization from an economic point of view.

The Business Economics profile offers a high-quality practical and theoretical academic foundation for any profession within the field. The focus is on core subjects from Business Economics: finance, accounting, marketing, operations and logistics and human resource management. In addition, you will get a firm base in general economic theory. Via this combination of Business and Economics courses you learn to view the functioning of organizations from an analytic, microeconomic as well as a macro- and international economic point of view. You also receive ample training in mathematics, statistics, applied econometrics, and research skills in order to be able to do individual academic research in Business Economics. In addition, you develop your academic writing skills through writing several theoretical and empirical papers and, finally, the Bachelor's thesis.

profiel Economics

Are you interested in economic and social problems? Then the Economics profile may be the perfect choice for you.

Economists develop models to obtain an understanding of economic phenomena. They look at economic data, try to make sense of it and explain its implications. It could be said that economics is a way of looking at the world. As such, the number of applications is almost limitless. Therefore, in this profle, a wide range of topics is addressed, like banking, fiscal and monetary policy issues, the origins of economic growth, decisions made by consumers on markets, and strategic behaviour and competition between firms on markets. The Economics profile offers a high-quality practical and theoretical foundation for any profession in this field. The focus on both theory and practice prepares you for professional life. You will learn about general economic theory and take core courses in both Macroeconomics and Microeconomics. A crucial part of the curriculum is learning to apply theory in practical situations. When you are writing your Bachelor's thesis, you will use this skill.

profiel International Economics and Business (IE&B)

Are you interested in problems of globalization and development? In this profile, you will learn how to analyse these problems from an economic point of view.

The world has become more and more integrated by increasing international trade and international capital flows. Strategies of firms and governments have to be adjusted to changing international circumstances. The International Economics and Business profile gives you the tools to understand and possibly influence the behaviour of international companies, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental agencies in a global business environment. The IE&B profile offers solid academic training as an economist with a strong international orientation. The core of the profile consists of courses in both International Economics and International Business. International Economics deals with international trade, the internationalization choices of firms and the consequences for e.g. labour markets, but also with the determinants of international capital flows and exchange rates. International Business concentrates on the main characteristics and activities of international corporations and how strategic decision-making of multinational enterprises is affected by national economic, social, political and cultural environments.


taal van onderwijs100% en
case study, literature study, oral presentation, computer exercise, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, working group, group assignment, group discussion, individual assignment, practicum, self study, project
study abroad
In the IE&B profile you have to study abroad during your Minor in the third year.

For the other two profiles you are not obliged to study abroad, but it is optional.
exchange programs
  • List of All Exchange Partners FEB All Exchange Partners FEB - Europa
bindend studieadvies
  • minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden

You will be offered study advice after first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.
You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.
N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

study guidance
As a student, you are expected to work independently, but of course, the faculty will help you do so. Together with other first-years, you will participate in a mentor group. The mentor, a senior student, will help you learn the ins and outs of the faculty. In addition, you will discuss your study progress with your tutor (a lecturer-supervisor) at regular intervals. The study advisers are available to help you with specific study problems.
During the first year, your mentor group, called Study Performance and Academic Attitudes (SPAA) group, will meet on a regular basis, supervised by your student-mentor. Assignments and discussions will help you gain insight into your own way of studying and how to develop effective study skills. You will follow most tutorials with the same group. This small-scale approach enhances contact between students and between students and lecturers. You will also have a lecturer-tutor, whom you will meet individually at the start of your studies and after the first two exam periods. This way you receive personal and regular feedback on your study progress. Successful studying depends on many different factors, so it is understandable that you may need to consult an impartial expert with whom you can discuss your study progress and personal circumstances.. The faculty's study advisors are available to help you. Obviously, everything discussed with the study advisor remains confidential.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 8450
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 8900

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2020
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Matching is a procedure for students who want to apply for a Bachelor programme without a decentral selection procedure for the academic year 2019-2020. Read more about the matching procedure:
toelaatbare profielen
VWO C&Maangevuld met wiskunde A of wiskunde B
VWO E&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Gtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Ttoelaatbaar
WO propedeuseYou can enroll, as long as you have a finished VWO-degree with mathematics A or B.
hbo-pIt is also possible to enter the programme with a HBO propaedeutic certificate, on condition that you meet the required level of mathematics. You must at least have taken mathematics A or B at Dutch VWO level.
studie kosten
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€ 8000levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 600studiematerialenper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

estimated monthly costs

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


1085 studenten volgen deze opleiding
27% daarvan is vrouw
276 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
29% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
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The Economics and Business Faculty association (EBF) is the faculty association for all students studying at the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
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aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Alex Brouwer
Student Alex Brouwer talks about his study Economics and Business Economics

Laurens-Jan Sipma
afgestudeerd in 2010 werkzaam als NIBC Infrastructure & Renewables team bij NIBC
"A challenging and diverse job"

'After graduating I began an internship at NIBC, a Dutch merchant bank. Soon I could join the NIBC Infrastructure & Renewables team. We finance projects ranging from road and prison building to telecom infrastructure. We were one of the banks that financed the A15, a motorway connecting Maasvlakte 2 to Rotterdam. In my Master I specialised in corporate finance and quantitative skills. During my studies I was taught many aspects of the business environment. This was very useful in my work.'


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