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.

After passing the entrance examination, actual enrolment will depend on the admissions quota of the study programme concerned. You should make allowances for the fact that 15 May is the ultimate deadline for registering with DUO (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs) for such programmes.


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?

You will be informed by letter several weeks before the colloquium doctum. This letter also serves as confirmation of your application. You should take the letter with you to the exam! The colloquium doctum exams are held twice a year (May and July) in the Van der Goot Building, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam.

When will I receive the results of the exam?

You will be notified of the results in writing 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.


For programmes with a numerus fixus (limited enrolment), you must show (written) confirmation of admission from DUO (Diploma Recognition & Legalisation Service). To obtain this, you must contact DUO no later than 15 May.


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 1 (English version) 
LL M / MA Programme for Economics and Law
  • Dutch
  • English
  • German or French
  • Mathematics, level 2
  • History, level 1
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 (IBEB/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 20th century and of actual events. Required reading: M. Kropman e.a., MeMo geschiedenis voor de tweede fase. Handboek VWO published by Malmberg, 's-Hertogenbosch, 2007-2008, third edition, ISBN: 978-90-345-3337-1. You can order the book in the bookshop. Chapters 9-13 must be studied (page 232 up to and including 390).
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 20th centuries and about actual events. Required reading: M. Kropman e.a. MeMo geschiedenis voor de tweede fase. Handboek VWO published by Malmberg, 's-Hertogenbosch, 2007-2008, third edition ISBN: 978-90-345-3337-1. You can order the book in the bookshop. Chapters 8-13 must be studied (page 204 up to and including 390).

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

There is a possibility for students with a functional limitation to take there exams in a separate room (Van der Goot Building M1-5/6 & Tinbergen Building H5-2) with extra exam time (half an hour earlier).Here you can find the procedure.

Please make sure to state in your application to the examining board that the matter concerns an entrance examination. 


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 de hall of the
    Van der Goot Building;
  • To take the proof of registration;
  • 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 (your correspondence number on the letter) 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.


Information

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

  • cd-deficientietoets@oos.eur.nl
  • Erasmus Student Service Centre (ESSC), Phone +31 (0) 10 408 2323 (for all study programmes, except medicine)
  • Medical Student Service Centre (for medicine only) Phone +31 (0) 10 704 3524


Application forms 2016

Registration for the examinations tests in May 2016, is possible from Monday, April 4 till Friday, April 29, 2016.  (Application forms are available when registration is possible)