• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam prepares you for future leadership positions in business, politics, academia, and beyond. Addressing today’s complex social problems requires the ability to examine issues from several angles, combining broad social and historical knowledge with the powerful tools like statistics, decision theory, and critical thinking. 


Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam  is a multidisciplinary study programme that integrates the strengths of its three fields. 

We encourage you to take a look at our exciting range of courses, which provide rigorous theoretical training and hands-on experience that will enable you to take an active role in shaping the world’s future! 

We are proud to offer the first full-scale PPE programme in continental Europe, with many unique features for students. The programme includes distinctive international study opportunities and instruction from worldclass academics, politicians, and executives. With a low student-to-staff ratio, PPE courses offer a personal learning experience and our dedicated teaching staff facilitate innovative, hand-on learning right in the vibrant heart of Amsterdam.

Our active student community is a big part of what makes PPE at the VU special: 

  • PPE is situated in the John Stuart Mill College, which provides exclusive study areas.
  • The college hosts a wide range of extracurricular events, workshops and even international trips.
  • The student society, KallioPPE, hosts a variety of social activities, including pub quizzes, excursions, and study sessions. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Ethics 
  • Methods of PPE I Foundations of Microeconomics 
  • Political Science: State, Power, Conflict 
  • PPE in Practice I History of Philosophy 
  • Methods of PPE II Comparative Politics 
  • Development of Macroeconomic Thought 
  • PPE in Practice 
  • Political Philosophy 
  • Philosophy of Science 
  • Political Institutions 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Whether or not you will actually be offered a place in our programme will depend on your:
  • grade point average (GPA)
  • motivation and suitability to join an intensive programme like our PPE programme
  • commitment to contribute to the College’s international student and campus life

The latter two will be determined based on your CV and your answer to our assessment questions, and possibly an additional interview (over Skype in case of international applicants). 

The selection committee evaluates your application file as a whole, considering all these factors. If in doubt whether you meet the admission requirements, you can always contact the International Student Advisor (see contact information).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12200 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2083 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.