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Actuarial Science

University of Amsterdam

Bachelor Undergraduate Amsterdam

Course description

Qualification Bachelor of Science
Field of study Economics, commerce, management and accounting
Course summary In Actuarial Science, you will learn to make the complex considerations involved in risk management.
Course description Should a smoker pay more for health insurance than a non-smoker? Actuaries assess risks, a task that requires meticulous consideration. The relationship between chance and financial risks is the main focus. Thousands of factors that influence our lives are formulated into a hazard model that emulates reality as closely as possible. These models are constantly updated to ensure they accurately reflect interest rates, inflation and other rising costs, as well as demographic, ethical, legal and fiscal developments. How likely is it that a factory will burn down? What would be the financial damage if that were to unexpectedly happen? What is the likelihood of you living to 110 so that your pension fund has to pay out for 45 years? You analyse the data, make all the calculations, and then you reach a decision or issue your recommendation. Actuarial Science is therefore an exact degree programme, providing you with a unique insight into society and people's lives.
Study subjects The first year of study in Actuarial Science provides a general introduction to the subjects of mathematics, information science, probability and statistics, and economics. It also enables students to familiarise themselves with the specialisations of Actuarial Science and Econometrics. The first two years of study are identical to those for the Bachelor's in Econometrics. The final choice for one of these programmes does not need to be made until the third year of study.
Course objectives -
ECTS credits 180.00
Duration -
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, computer exercise, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, research, research project, practicum, project, tutorial, working group, self study
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department Faculty of Economics and Business
Information about the institution A modern university with a rich history, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) traces its roots back to 1632, when the Golden Age school Athenaeum Illustre was established to train students in trade and p


Admission requirements
  1. The level of mathematics needs to be equivalent to the Dutch mathematics B, please check our website for more information.
  2. might be part of the procedure
  3. might be part of the procedure
  4. might be part of the procedure
  5. Applying with a foreign diploma means that an applicant's previous education must be equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma, please check our website for more information.
Language requirements
IELTS listening 6
IELTS overall band 6.5
IELTS reading 6
IELTS speaking 6
IELTS writing 6
TOEFL computer based 237
TOEFL internet based 92
TOEFL paper based 580
Professional experience required -
Duration -
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 May 2020 1 Apr 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
No tuition fees available.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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