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International Bachelor Communication and Media (IBCoM)

Admission requirements for Bachelor International Bachelor Communication and Media

On this page you will find more information about the admission requirements for IBCoM.

Please note: the Admissions Office of Erasmus University Rotterdam will determine whether or not your diploma is at the required level upon receipt of your application and documents. No rights can be derived from the following overview.

  • Students who are proficient in English (see below) and who hold any of the following diplomas are welcome to apply:

    • The Dutch VWO diploma: you can apply with any of the four profiles 6 VWO: Economy and Society, Culture and Society; Nature and Health, Nature and Technology.
    • A diploma from the first year of a four-year Dutch HBO programme (proficiency in Mathematics at the VWO level is required).
    • An international Baccalaureate (IB) diploma including Maths Standard Level or Maths Higher Level (for Maths Studies, a score of 5 or higher is required).
    • A European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma including Mathematics (3 hours).
    • Another secondary or high school diploma equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma and including English and Mathematics, such as the German Abitur.
  • You do not need to provide further evidence of English proficiency if:

    • You have a VWO-grade of 7 or higher in English (end-of-year report VWO-5 or final exam VWO-6);
    • You hold an International Baccalaureate Diploma, English A (HL or SL 4 or higher), English B (HL 4 or higher);
    • You hold an European Baccalaureate diploma including English as 1st or 2nd language;
    • You obtained at least 2,5 years of secondary education in Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, South-Africa, The USA, the UK or Ireland (Please note that possessing a passport from an English speaking country without attending school in one of the above-mentioned countries does not grant exemption);
    • You have obtained an hbo diploma at a University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands where the language of instruction of the complete programme was English. Please submit proof thereof by uploading a statement by the university confirming this. (Not applicable when you have only completed the first year/propedeuse);
    • 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;

    Non-native speakers of English are required to demonstrate proof of proficiency in English through any of the following:

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum overall score of 92 (www.ets.org/toefl);
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7.0 overall (www.ielts.org);
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (former CAE): minimum grade C/180;
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (former CPE): minimum grade C/180;

    Test results of the ITP/TOEFL (Institutional Testing Program) offered by the Language & Training Centre of the Erasmus University Rotterdam are also accepted for this programme. The minimum score that is required is 580. 

    English tests must be less than two years old at the time of application. If you have not yet taken any English test, we recommend that you take the IELTS or TOEFL.

  • Mathematics proficiency is a requirement for our programme, as its courses prepare you for a Bachelor of Science degree upon graduation.

    To assess your math proficiency we look first and foremost at whether Mathematics is part of your final exam, as well as the level and result. The required level needs to be comparable to the Dutch VWO curriculum. Once you have applied for IBCoM, the Admissions Office will let you know whether or not you meet the entry requirements. The overview below will give you a general idea of the level we are looking for, and the diplomas that meet the requirements.  

    The following diplomas are estimated to be at the same level as the Dutch VWO:

    • German Abitur, European Baccalaureat (EB), International Baccalaureat (IB) with Mathematics on Standard or Higher Level, all with a sufficient grade for mathematics.

    Under some circumstances, the following diplomas are also sufficient:

    • Aruban or Antilles VWO, Austrian Maturazeugnis, Belgian Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs, British A-levels, Danish Studentereksamen, Finnish Ylioppilastuskintotodistus/ studentexamenbevis, French Baccalauréat (serie S or ES), Norwegian Vitnemål for Videregående opplaering, Swedish Slutbetyg and Swiss Maturität. Again, a sufficient grade for mathematics is required.

    If you do not hold any of the above mentioned diplomas, you can demonstrate a sufficient command of Mathematics, by taking one of the following standardized tests:

    You can register through the respective website and take the test at a location near you. Please let us know when you will be taking the test if you cannot yet include it in your application, so we can take this into consideration during the selection process. 

    This also applies to applicants with IB Maths Studies and Dutch HBO students.

    Upgrade your proficiency in mathematics

    We welcome applications from all types of educational backgrounds, and we value variety within IBCoM. Therefore, if you do not have the opportunity to take either of these tests or do not meet the Mathematics requirements, you will be able to take a remedial course in the second term. The remedial course will teach you the Mathematics required to successfully complete the Bachelors programme. It will help prepare you for the research aspect of the programme as Mathematics, and specifically Statistics, are an important part of academic research.  

    The remedial course is open to all students, also those who do meet the Mathematics requirements. We recommend the course as a service to help better prepare you for academic research and Statistics.

    Please get in touch with the IBCoM Admissions Coordinator for more information on the remedial course and mathematics requirements.

    We strongly encourage all applicants to provide us with proof of their maths skills. It allows the Selection Committee to better consider the quality of an application, as a timely submission of these test results demonstrates the applicant’s dedication and motivation.

  • The IBCoM programme aims to offers its students an international class room and a cosmopolitan learning environment. Hence, the programme seeks to attract students who, in one way or another, can be expected to make a significant contribution to a diverse and vibrant international classroom.

    In addition to the general entry requirements, the Selection Committee will therefore pay due attention to the following two aspects in admitting students to the programme:

    • International profile:  Here the focus will be on the international background of applicants (e.g. country of birth, having lived abroad) as well as international dimensions in their school career, such as the type of secondary school they attended (for instance, national, bilingual, international) and international activities in one’s school career (for example, participation in international study trips, exchange programmes, tournaments, youth parliaments). Hence, it is key to provide all relevant information concerning your international profile in your application.
    • Motivation: Here the focus will be on the mind-setmotivationviewpoints, and aspirations of applicants. The programme seeks to select candidates who are really interested in the concept of the international classroom and who are eager to closely cooperate with people from different backgrounds. Please adhere to the required format for the letter, as outlined on the application page under the section "Writing your motivation letter".