International Bachelor in Psychology
On this page you will find more information about the entry requirements for our bachelor programmes. Each application is a viewed holistically and carefully examined by the Admissions Board.
- Diploma requirements
- Knowledge of English
- Mathematics skills
- Letter of motivation
- CV/ Resume
- Academic performance
As a rule, you are eligible to apply for our bachelor programmes if you have obtained or will obtain a vwo diploma or its foreign equivalent, i.e., a diploma of pre-academic education (secondary school or high school). International Baccalaureate (IB) and European Baccalaureate (EB) diplomas are the international equivalents of national secondary school diplomas.
If you are in doubt, please refer to the list of most common diplomas granting you access to studies at a research university. Whether or not your diploma is at the required level, will be determined upon receipt of your application and documents.
No diploma yet?
If you have not graduated yet on the day of application, don't worry! Please read below what to do:
- If you have not completed your studies yet, please send us the most recent copy of your academic record(s) at the moment of application (grade list) and provide a statement of your school with the date you expect to fulfil all requirements necessary for graduation (you need to have completed your studies by mid-August).
- The statement by your school should include the name of your diploma in the original language.
To be able to participate in the small-scale education, a good command of English is essential. You will have to write, search for information and participate in class discussions in English. You can demonstrate your English skills in the following ways:
TOEFL iBT (our TOEFL ID Code 5971)
Only scores of Internet-Based TOEFL will be accepted (Institutional TOEFL tests will not be accepted).
Please note that the test may not be older than two years at the time of application. Also note that it takes several weeks before the results of the tests are known. Take this into consideration when you think of applying. Results must be in before April 1. Without the results, we will not be able to assess your application.
Exemption from language proficiency requirement
You might be exempted from this language-skill requirement if:
- You are a native speaker of English (i.e., a national of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, the United States of America and South Africa) and you have obtained a diploma of secondary education in English for at least 2,5 years in one of the above countries and/or;
- You hold an International Baccalaureate Diploma, English A (HL or SL), English B (HL);
- You hold an European Baccalaureate and took English as L1, L2 (7.0 or higher) or L3 (7.0 or higher);
- English was part of your final exam of the following diplomas and you have obtained at least 70% of the maximum score: Dutch vwo, Belgian ASO (in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium), German Abitur, Norwegian Vitnemal, Swedish Slutbetyg, Finnish Ylioppilastuskintotodistus, Icelandic Studentprof, Danish Studentereksamen, Swiss Maturität (in the German speaking part of Switzerland), Austrian Maturazeugnis, French Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (Anglo-American section);
- The GCSE O-level English first language is only accepted for those students who apply on the basis of GCSE O-levels + GCE A-levels;
- You have obtained a diploma of higher education in English (the entire programme which lasted for at least 2,5 years) and will submit proof or a statement by the university that your degree was taught fully in English.
Since the course includes statistics, which requires a sufficient grasp of mathematics, it is strongly advised that you have had mathematics (pre-academic level) in high school (i.e., secondary school). A background in mathematics would help you learn to think in a logical and structured way and prepare you for the test. If at this point you think your knowledge of mathematics is insufficient, you could start practicing by yourself to improve your knowledge of mathematics in preparation for the Bachelor's. It is, however, not a mandatory requirement.
Apart from your grades, the Admissions Board also consider your motivation to join a particular programme. In terms of motivation, selection will be based on how well the following points are developed in your letter:
- Why have you chosen to study this particular discipline?
- Why do you choose to study this discipline at Erasmus University Rotterdam, as opposed to other universities?
- Why does Problem-Based Learning appeal to you?
- Demonstrate international orientation and experiences through your CV/ life story/ interests and explain why you choose to study in English and in an international environment.
The motivation letter must be 1 A4 page maximum. You are expected to write your letter in English and address it to the Admissions Board. Do not forget to state your full name and date of birth at the top of your motivation letter.
Your Curriculum Vitae or Resume allows you to list your educational career and work experience you obtained so far. A CV should not exceed two A4 pages. If you do not have any professional experience, don't worry, many of your future group mates are in the same situation. You might want to add involvement with NGO’s and extra-curricular activities.
In addition to the credentials mentioned above, the Admissions Board will also take into account your academic performance, i.e., your grades. Please note that there is no minimum score or average grade mentioned; your application will be assessed against the pool of applicants of the given year.