Entry requirements

If you want to study Economics and Business Economics you will need the right diploma. Candidates must meet a set of minimum requirements to be accepted which are outlined below:

  • Minimum requirements for secondary school
  • English proficiency

Secondary school

Applicants must have an international diploma with an adequate level of Mathematics as required subject, for example:

Diploma Country Requirements


International Baccalaureate





Mathematics Standard Level (Math Standard). 
New curriculum as of 2019: Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches Standard Level (SL)
or Mathematics: Applications & Interpretation (HL)

European Baccalaureate



Mathematics: at least 3 hours per week in the final 2 years



English and Mathematics: at least Grundkurs



GCE A-Levels


United Kingdom

3 GCE A-levels, at least an A/S-Level Mathematics


Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs


All directions: with Mathematics for at least 4 hours per week in the final 2 years, and English

Diploma di Superamento dell’Esame di Stato Conclusivo dei Corsi di Istruzione Secondario Superiore (issued by a Liceo classico/ scientifico/ linguistico/scienze umane)


Mathematics up to and including the final year.

US High School Diploma     USA

In addition to the completed High School Diploma, we require students to obtain at least 4 Advanced Placements (AP's) of the US College Board, all with a score of -3- or higher, among which at least an AP Calculus AB with a score of -3- or higher.                            

English proficiency

As English is the official language at Economics and Business Economics, non-native speakers are required to demonstrate proof of proficiency. Utrecht University accepts the following exams:

  • IELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 7.0 overall band, with at least a 6.0 for each component (writing, reading, speaking, listening). IELTS is the test preferred by Utrecht University.
  • TOEFL, Internet based. Minimum score: 92, with at least 23 for writing, and at least 20 for the other sections (reading, speaking, listening). Institutional scores are not accepted. The TOEFL institution code for Utrecht University is 9062.
  • Cambridge Certificates:
    • Cambridge English C1 Advanced (CAE). Minimum score: 185 total, 169 writing.
    • Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (CPE). Minimum score: 185 total, 169 writing.
    • Cambridge Michigan Language Assessment ECPE, C2 Certificate.

Exceptions: You are considered to be proficient in English and do not need to provide an English language test score if:

  • you obtained your secondary school diploma in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa, or;
  • you obtained an IB diploma or EB diploma (taught in English) or;
  • you have a German Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur) with English up to and including the final year or a Belgian Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs with English up to and including the final year.