Entrance examination

If you wish to take a Bachelor's programme or study medicine at Erasmus University and you do not have a diploma that provides immediate entry, you can only be admitted by taking a special entrance examination, the so-called colloquium doctum. To do so, you must be 21 years of age or older.

Passing the entrance examination provides entry to one study programme at one university. You should only take part in this procedure if you are certain at which university you wish to study. Sometimes it is better to obtain the proper diploma first in order to have more options.

The entrance examination consists of various components, which vary for each study
programme. This varies according to programme (with the exception of Erasmus School of Economics, for which no examinations are conducted; see the Overview of the subjects to be tested per study programme). In general, the tests are at pre-university level. You will only be admitted to the study programme of your choice if you pass all the components. Exemption from one of the components is only possible on the basis of pre-university education certificates and/or certificates that are equivalent in terms of level of education. The tests are administered in May and July. By submitting the application, you are also consenting to pay the €120,00 administrative fee (irrespective of the number of subjects). Fees will not be refunded. This also applies if you later decide to withdraw your registration.

Keep in mind that some study programmes must adhere to admissions quota due to high demand. An example of this is our bachelor programme International Business Administration. If you want to apply for this type of study programme, you're required to register for this programme with the Dutch national student registration system Studielink months earlier than for other study programmes. Refer to this webpage of the organisation behind Studielink and this Dutch governmental webpage for more information.


Procedure

How can I sit the colloquium doctum exam?

To be allowed to participate in the entrance examination, you must first register with the University via Studielink. You will then be given a student number that you must enter on the registration form. You are charged a one-time €120 fee for each study programme to cover the cost of administration, after which you will be linked through to the registration form. Note! holders of a foreign diploma must use a different registration form. Holders of a foreign diploma must also first apply through Studielink.

If you wish to apply for exemption for one or more of the components of the colloquium doctum, you must upload a certified copies of your diploma's and transcripts (gradelist). (This is possible in the application form).

If you wish to take an entrance examination to study medicine, please contact Erasmus MC, Studiepunt Geneeskunde. You can do so through the ASK Erasmus MC knowledge bank, at the information desk during office hours and by telephone (+31 (0)10-7043524). In addition, if you have more complicated questions, you can make an appointment with a staff member or visit during the special consulting hours. If it is not possible for you to visit, send your question or questions by email to dco@erasmusmc.nl.

Applications for an entrance examination to study medicine must be submitted by 15 May at the latest.

How will I know where and when the exams are scheduled to take place?

After payment and registration you will receive a confirmation by e-mail. This e-mail also serves as confirmation of your application. (Please check your junk/spam e-mail).
The colloquium doctum exams are held twice a year (May and July) in the Van der Goot Building, (ground floor) Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam.

When will I receive the results of the exam?

You will be notified of the results by e-mail within four weeks after taking the exam. The examinations are prepared and checked by external lecturers. It is not possible to correspond with these lecturers. Your work and calculations will remain available for inspection for a maximum of four weeks after you have received the result.

How do I apply for a resit?

You are entitled to resit the exam twice per calendar year (one exam in May and one exam in July). If the marks in May are unsatisfactory, we automatically register you to take the test in July. If you fail to pass in July, you can apply again in the new calendar year after paying €120.

When did you pass?
You passed when you have finished every part with a satisfactory result (5.5 and higher) Compensation of the parts is not possible. A sufficient grade/score is valid for 2 years.
 
What happens when I pass the exams?

When you pass the colloquium doctum, you are not automatically eligible for a study programme of your choice. You must personally initiate the registration process. For the main outlines, see http://www.eur.nl/bachelor/ and for the details, http://www.eur.nl/inschrijven.

Please note: It is very important to register the colloquium doctum in Studielink as relevant prior education.

Keep in mind that some study programmes must adhere to admissions quota due to high demand. An example of this is our bachelor programme International Business Administration. If you want to apply for this type of study programme, you're required to register for this programme with the Dutch national student registration system Studielink months earlier than for other study programmes. Refer to this webpage of the organisation behind Studielink and this Dutch governmental webpage for more information.


Overview of the subjects to be tested per study programme

Arts and Culture Studies

  • Dutch
  • English
  • History, level 2 
Public Administration
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Mathematics, level 1 (Dutch version)

Business Administration/Bedrijfskunde

  • Dutch
  • English
  • Mathematics, level 2
  • History, level 1
Criminology
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Mathematics, level 1
  • History, level 2
Philosophy
  • Dutch
  • English
  • German
  • Mathematics, level 1 or History, level 1 (examinee's option)
Tax Law
  • Dutch
  • English
  • German or French (examinee's option)
  • History, level 2
Medicine
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics, Level A or B
History
  • Dutch
  • English
  • History, Level 2
Health Sciences
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Mathematics, level 1
International Bachelor's Degree: Communication & Media (IBCOM)
  • English (grade 7 or higher)
  • History, level 1
  • Mathematics, level 1 (English version)
International Business Administration (IBA)
  • English (grade 7 or higher)
  • Mathematics, level 2 (English version) 
Dutch Law
  • Dutch
  • English
  • German or French (examinee's option)
  • History, level 2 
Pedagogical Sciences
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Mathematics, level 1 (Dutch version)
Psychology
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Mathematics, level 1 (Dutch version)
Sociology
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Mathematics, level 1 (Dutch version)


Overview of the required knowledge lever per study programme

Testing for the various subjects takes place at pre-university level. For mathematics and history there are two levels. In the case of mathematics, the level for business administration/bedrijfskunde, international business administration and economics is higher than that of the other faculties; and for history, the level is higher for law studies, history and general cultural studies.

Dutch

Summarising an article from the NRC-Handelsblad or comparable daily, weekly or monthly newspaper and writing a brief response to the article.
Please note it is not allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.
English

Exact translation into Dutch of a simple prose text from The Times (or comparable daily, weekly or monthly newspaper or magazine) and summarisation of a prose text in good Dutch. Marks will be deducted for linguistic errors in the Dutch if they impede comprehension.

Please note it is not allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.

sample test May 2010

German

Translating into Dutch a simple prose text from the Süddeutsche Zeitung or comparable daily, weekly or monthly newspaper – as well as summarising a prose text in good Dutch.
Please note it is not allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.

French Translating into Dutch a simple prose text from Le Monde or comparable daily, weekly or monthly newspaper – as well as summarising a prose text in good Dutch.
Please note it is not allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.
Mathematics, level 1 Please note that no formula card and no graphing or programmable calculator may be used when taking the mathematics level 1 entrance examination. See the comment in this regard in the examination syllabus.
Mathematics, level 2 (IBA) Please note that no formula card and no graphing or programmable calculator may be used when taking the mathematics level 2 entrance examination. See the comment in this regard in the examination syllabus.
Mathematics, level 3

Prospective students for Econometrics & Operational research with the Dutch VWO diploma and maths A1 + 2 but without maths B1 in their final examination, are obliged to pass an additional test B1 organised by Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Relevant study information is to be found in the following books:
Getal & Ruimte NT/NG 4, chapter 1 thru 5 and Getal & Ruimte NT/NG 5, chapter 1.

Graphic or programmable calculators are not allowed. Also note the other remarks on the list of examination topics.

Please note that no formula card and no graphing or programmable calculator may be used when taking the mathematics level 3 entrance examination. See the comment in this regard in the examination syllabus.

 

If you need help to pass the Mathematics test click here.

History, level 1

Knowledge of general history of the 20thcentury and of actual events. Required reading: Eelco Beukers en Stephan Kleine.(eindredactie), MeMo, geschiedenis voor de tweede fase. Handboek (leer- opdrachtenboek) Vwo (Uitgeverij Malmberg; 's Hertogenbosch, 2012; Vierde druk) ISBN 978-90-345-6990-5. Chapters 11 -  14 must be studied (page 250 up to and including 378).
This book is available at the Erasmus Bookshop Studystore (www.studystore.nl), V-Building (VB-040), Phone: 010 - 408 11 50, Email: info@remove-this.studystore.nl

Exam: multiple-choice test.

History, level 2

For law programmes, general cultural studies and history.
Answering questions about general history of the 19th and 20thcenturies and about actual events. Required reading: Eelco Beukers en Stephan Kleine.(eindredactie), MeMo, geschiedenis voor de tweede fase. Handboek (leer- opdrachtenboek) Vwo (Uitgeverij Malmberg; 's Hertogenbosch, 2012; Vierde druk) ISBN 978-90-345-6990-5. Chapters 9 - 14 must be studied (page  206 up to and including 378).

This book is available at the Erasmus Bookshop Studystore (www.studystore.nl), V-Building (VB-040), Phone: 010 - 408 11 50, Email: info@remove-this.studystore.nl
Exam: essay-questions.


Dates for registration and entrance examinations tests

Registration for the examinations tests in May 2016, is possible from Monday, April 4 till Friday, April 29, 2016. The exams take place on the following dates:

May 17, 2016 09.30 - 12.30 hours English
May 17, 2016 13.30 - 16.00 hours Mathematics 1 (IBCoM), Mathematics 2 and 3
May 17, 2016 13.30 - 14.45 hours Mathematics 1 (other study programmes)
May 18, 2016 09.30 - 12.30 hours German
May 18, 2016 13.30 - 16.00 hours History 2 (ESL/ESHCC)
May 18, 2016 13.30 - 14.15 hours History 1 (other study programmes)
May 19, 2016

09.30 - 11.30 hours

Dutch
May 19, 2016 13.30 - 16.30 hours French

Registration for the examinations tests in July 2016, is possible from Monday, May 30 till Friday, June 24, 2016. The exams take place on the following dates:

July 11, 2016 09.30 - 12.30 hours English
July 11, 2016 13.30 - 16.00 hours Mathematics 1 (IBCoM), Mathematics 2 and 3
July 11, 2016 13.30 - 14.45 hours Mathematics 1 (other study programmes)
July 12, 2016 09.30 - 12.30 hours German
July 12, 2016 13.30 - 16.00 hours History 2 (ESL/ESHCC)
July 12, 2016 13.30 - 14.15 hours History 1 (other study programmes)
July 13, 2016

09.30 - 11.30 hours

Dutch
July 13, 2016 13.30 - 16.30 hours French


Special facilities for students with a functional limitation

Do you have a medical certificate for a functional limitation and would you prefer to sit an examination in a smaller room?

Students with a temporary or structural functional limitation may make use of certain facilities (within reasonable limits) for the duration of their functional limitation. These facilities include modified examination facilities and are intended to ensure an equal chance of study success for all students. A large number of students with a functional limitation have been able to sit examinations for a number of years in Rooms M1-5 and M1-6. These are small lecture halls on the first floor of the Van der Goot Building (east side) that can seat up to 20 students.                                                                              

How can you get permission to sit exams in one of these rooms?

First of all, you should submit a request to the examining board at the relevant faculty where you are enrolled. You should clearly state that this concerns the entrance examination or the mathematics deficiency test (N.B.: if you are enrolled at two different faculties, you should submit a separate request to each faculty). The examining board will decide whether you are eligible on the basis of your impairment to sit written examinations in the above rooms, and the period of time to be covered by this consent.

What should you do once you have obtained the necessary consent?

Please inform us of this as soon as possible at cd-deficientietoets@remove-this.oos.eur.nl, so that we can ensure that your examination papers are ready for you in Room M1-5 or M1-6.

Where are rooms M1-5 and M1-6 and what time do the exams start there?

M1-5 and M1-6 are small lecture halls on the first floor of the Van der Goot Building (east side). Both these rooms can accommodate up to 20 students taking examinations at the same time. Students sitting examinations in these rooms will start their exams half an hour earlier than the other students, i.e. at 09.00, 13.00 and 18.00 respectively. The examinations will finish at the same time as those for other students.

Examination Board Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)

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Examination Board Erasmus School of Law (ESL)

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Examination Board Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen (FSW)

Contact the Examination Board by using this e-mail address:
fsw-excie@remove-this.fsw.eur.nl

Examination Board Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

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Examination Board Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)

Contact the Examination Board by using this e-mail address: examencie@remove-this.eshcc.eur.nl

Examination Board Faculteit der Wijsbegeerte (FW)

Contact the Examination Board by using this e-mail address: examencommissie@remove-this.fwb.eur.nl

Examination Board instituut Beleid & Management Gezondheidszorg (iBMG)

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The rules of order during interim examinations

All those taking an examination must comply with a number of rules. These rules are in place to ensure that the examination is completed in an orderly manner. Please comply with the following rules and/or instructions:

  • To arrive at the interim examination hall (ground floor Van der Goot Building) on time and to take your place in the correct block. You can check your block number at the monitor in the hall of the
    Van der Goot Building;
  • To place proof of identity (passport, driving license or ID card), along with writing materials on the table;
  • To read the first page of the exam thoroughly in order to be well informed of what may or may not be used during the exam. Dictionaries are not allowed;
  • To only use the paper provided;
  • To write your name (in block letters), your signature and examination number on each sheet of paper;
  • Not to leave the room during the first hour and the last 15 minutes of the exam, until the invigilator has come to collect your exam;
  • To take note of the rules of order during interim examinations. These are identical to the rules of order during regular EUR interim examinations (in Dutch).


Information

You can obtain general information about the entrance examination and the procedure at:


Application forms 2016

Registration for the examinations tests in July 2016, is possible from Monday, May 30 till Friday, June 24,
2016.  (Application forms are available when registration is possible)