Shaping the world's future – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Posted on 27th Nov 2017 in University study, Netherlands

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) in Amsterdam is a unique 3-year Bachelor’s degree programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam that that will prepare you for future leadership positions in business, politics, academia, and beyond.

Multidisciplinary study and international classroom
This selective international bachelor Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) offers a thorough introduction to philosophy, political science and economics and learns you to combine the insights and results from these disciplines. Throughout the year you will get guest lecturers by international renowned scholars and leaders from the world of economics and politics, and learn how to write policy briefings. PPE provides you with the necessary tools and knowledge to be a leader in the 21st century!

The PPE programme is a small scale and intensive programme, and offers exchange opportunities at international partner institutions and unique extracurricular initiatives involving representatives. Furthermore, the programme is embedded in John Stuart Mill College, with its own housing on the VU campus. Become part of our active intellectual and social community! PPE Scholarships available for excellent students.

PPE goes India!

Last year Twenty of our PPE students went to Mumbai to participate in the PPE Spring School, an event jointly organized by John Stuart Mill College and the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) in Mumbai. The Spring School is organized for the third time and this year’s topic is ‘Rationality and Choice’. During the week our students will have the opportunity to attend these lectures and live and work together with the Indian students on the IGIDR campus.

Carl Petter (Norway):

“People from this study are ambitious, but the atmosphere is not competitive at all. It is all about studying together and making progress together. People tend to think that this is a study that leads to a political career. This does not appeal to me. I am mostly interested in human rights. In ten years I will hopefully be working in this area.”

Katie Eitler (Luxembourg):

“The study is very demanding, but it is positively challenging. You have to be ambitious to catch up though. In the future I’d like to become a political advisor or a speech writer.”

Come and study PPE in Amsterdam!
Ever since it was founded in 1880, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. Therefore, VU Amsterdam is an excellent choice if students are interested in completing a bachelor in PPE abroad. VU Amsterdam is a comprehensive research institution with a renowned reputation. Students will benefit from the personal atmosphere and easy access to university, while remaining close to the vibrant heart of Amsterdam.

In just over fifteen minutes you are in the lively historical centre of Amsterdam. It is virtually unique in having all the advantages of a big city – culture, history, good food, entertainment and extensive public transport – but with relatively few of the drawbacks. The city is small, there are plenty of quiet spots where you can kick back and relax and, thanks to its canals, it has relatively little traffic. Yet, it still has plenty to offer!

For more information about the programme visit the PPE website. For questions please contact the International Student Advisor at the International Office: Eva Meijerink T + 31 (0)20 59 88920 E: