• 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. 
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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 Structure

Courses included:

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

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

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  • 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 ®.

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  • 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.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General 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

    12335 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12335 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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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.

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