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International Bachelor Communication and Media (IBCoM)

Apply for Bachelor International Bachelor Communication and Media

The International Bachelor Communication and Media (IBCoM) welcomes applications from candidates who meet the entry requirements and whose intellectual ability, education, international background and personal motivation will both benefit from, and contribute to, the programme.

Deadlines

Please note that the application deadline for the academic year of 2020-2021 is May 1, 2020. We also have an early application deadline, which is January 15 2020. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as it will allow us to communicate the results of the selection process to you earlier. It will also allow you ample time to make (alternative) arrangements for your studies. It will increase your chance of getting admitted.

Even after submitting your application in the EUR Application Portal, keep an eye on Studielink as well, if you have not yet completed all steps yet.

Application

  • All applications for IBCoM start in Studielink, which is the Dutch national registration system for higher education. Once you have completed all the necessary steps in Studielink, you will be asked (by email) to continue on to the EUR Application Portal, in which you should upload your documents and keep track of your application. Do not forget to upload all required documents on time, so we can take your application into consideration.

    Depending on the type of diploma you have obtained or will obtain, different documents need to be handed in. At the bottom of this page, you can see the different types of diplomas listed (in the blue boxes!). Please choose which one applies to you and follow the instructions on that page.

    If you have questions regarding your admission, please take a look at our FAQ section first, and otherwise contact the IBCoM Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator.

    Deadlines for admission
    The online application deadline

    • May 1

    Deadlines for submitting proof of English proficiency:

    • non-EEA students: no later than May 31
    • EEA students: no later than August 1

    Deadlines for submitting Mathematics proficiency

    • August 1

       
  • If you hold a Dutch VWO diploma and you wish to apply, here are the steps to follow.
     

    Step 1: Studielink

    Apply no later than 1 May 2020. As from 1 October onward, you will able to register for IBCoM through Studielink. It is wise to keep your DigID at the ready, so you can login easily.
     

    Step 2: EUR Admission Portal

    Once you have completed your registration in Studielink, a follow-up email will be sent to you. You will be asked to login to the EUR Application Portal to upload your documents and answer some final questions. You need to submit your application through the Portal. We will then be able to fully process your request for admission and communicate with you about your application.

    VWO applications will be handled by the IBCoM Admissions Coordinator at Erasmus University Rotterdam. The Admissions Coordinator will handle your application with the utmost care. Please, upload the following documents as soon as possible, but no later than 1 May 2020:

      • Personal motivation letter (answer a number of questions: click here);
      • An official end-of-year report VWO 5 or 6 (signed and/or stamped by the institution of education);
      • A PDF of your passport or ID card;
      • Proof or your proficiency in English (if applicable);
      • Proof of your proficiency in Mathematics (if applicable).

    Please note: we cannot and will not consider applications that have reached us after the deadline.

    Questions?

    If you have any questions, check out the FAQ section or contact the Admissions Coordinator. Or have a look at the complete overview of the procedure step by step.

  • Step 1: Studielink

    Apply no later than 1 May 2020. As from 1 October onward, you will able to register for IBCoM through Studielink. It is wise to keep your DigID at the ready, so you can login easily.
     

    Step 2: EUR Admission Portal

    Once you have completed your registration in Studielink, a follow-up email will be sent to you. You will be asked to login to the EUR Application Portal to upload your documents and answer some final questions. You need to submit your application through the Portal. We will then be able to fully process your request for admission and communicate with you about your application.

    Note that you cannot fully complete your Studielink application before you are admitted to the programme. VWO applications will be handled by the IBCoM Admissions Coordinator at Erasmus University Rotterdam. The Admissions Coordinator will handle your application with the utmost care. Please, upload the following documents as soon as possible, but no later than 1 May 2020:

      • Personal motivation letter (answer a number of questions: see Writing your motivation letter below);
      • A certified copy of your secondary education diploma and final list of grades or, if you do not have a diploma yet, your end-of-year report from your final or penultimate secondary-school year;
      • A PDF of your passport;
      • Proof or your proficiency in English (if applicable);
      • Proof of your proficiency in Mathematics (if applicable).

    Please note: we cannot and will not consider applications that have reached us after the deadline.

    Questions?

    If you have any questions, check out the FAQ section or contact the Admissions Coordinator. 

  • Step 1: Studielink

    Apply no later than 1 May 2020. As from 1 October onward, you will able to register for IBCoM through Studielink.
     

    Step 2: EUR Admission Portal

    Once you have completed your registration in Studielink, a follow-up email will be sent to you. You will be asked to login to the EUR Application Portal to upload your documents and answer some final questions. Please submit your application through the Portal. We will then be able to fully process your request for admission and communicate with you about your application. Note that you cannot fully complete your Studielink application before you are admitted to the programme. Non-Dutch applications will be handled by the Admissions Office at Erasmus University Rotterdam. The Admissions Office will handle your application with the utmost care. Please, upload the following documents as soon as possible, but no later than 1 May 2020:

      • Personal motivation letter (answer a number of questions: see Writing your motivation letter below);
      • A certified copy of your secondary education diploma and final list of grades or, if you do not have a diploma yet, your end-of-year report from your final or penultimate secondary-school year;
      • A PDF of your passport;
      • Proof or your proficiency in English (if applicable);
      • Proof of your proficiency in Mathematics (if applicable).

    It is important to first complete the registration. However, if you do have any questions regarding the documents you need to upload, please contact the International Admissions Office.

    Please note: we cannot and will not consider applications that have reached us after the deadline.

    Questions?

    If you have any questions, check out the FAQ section or contact the Admissions Coordinator.

  • The IBCoM programme aims to attract students with the right mind-set. Those who are really interested in the concept of the international classroom, who are eager to closely cooperate with people from different backgrounds. This dimension is covered by assessing the motivation given by applicants. Hence, your motivation letter is a very important part of your application for IBCoM. Your letter should consist of two parts (see below). The letter must be written in English and should be no longer than two-three pages. It should be uploaded in the EUR Application Portal, along with the other required documents.

    • This should include the following information:

      • Full name;
      • Date of birth;
      • Complete mailing address;
      • E-mail address;
      • Student ID (ERNA) number (you will receive this upon registering in Studielink). 
    • Please list your answer to each of the 10 questions below, so your answers can help us assess your motivation to join the IBCoM programme:

      • Question 1: Please describe a situation in which you worked with people from different backgrounds and what you learned from that experience.

      • Question 2: Briefly describe a time in which you had to step out of your comfort zone and what you learned from that experience.

      • Question 3: How do you plan to integrate with students from other countries and cultures?

      • Question 4: What evidence can you bring to table to prove your international orientation?

      • Question 5: What are your main reasons for wanting to study communication and media?

      • Question 6: What focus areas and courses in the IBCoM curriculum appeal the most to you and why is this the case?

      • Question 7: All IBCoM students are required to take an internship at the end of their second year. What would your ideal internship look like? 

      • Question 8: Where do you envisage yourself, upon completion of your bachelor’s degree), in (i) terms of advanced studies and in (ii) terms of future career?

      • Question 9: How would you evaluate your academic achievements at secondary school?

      • Question 10: What other relevant information do you want to share with us in order to motivate your application? 

      We look forward to receiving your application and reading your motivation letter!

  • Only a limited number of students can be admitted to the first year of the programme. We work with additional requirements and look for applicants meeting those. Since the programme is allowed to select all of its student population itself, the online application process consists of two parts: your registration in Studielink and completing your application by uploading your documents in the EUR Application Portal.

    In order for us to review your application, both parts need to be completed. Please read the step-by-step application plan to make sure your applications reaches us in good order.

    • Apply for IBCoM through Studielink. Fill out all your details, and indicate that you wish to participate in the decentralized selection procedure (section: draw procedure preferences). 

      When?

      Before May 1, 2020.

    • Once your registration in Studielink is complete, you will receive an email from Erasmus University with your student number and a link to the EUR Application Portal. Please answer the additional questions and upload your application documents in this portal. Before finalizing your application, check if your documents are in order. (e.g. Does the motivation letter follow the right format? Are your diplomas and grade list certified by the institution?) Do not forget to submit your application, otherwise we cannot consider it. When communicating with the University, kindly mention your student number.

      When?

      Before May 1, 2020.

      Please note:

      • If after enrolling in Studielink you do not receive an email from us with your login details for the Portal, please contact our ICT servicedesk at it.servicedesk@eur.nl.
      • Automatically generated emails may end up in your spam or junk folder. Therefore, check these folders! 
    • Once your application has been submitted, the University will let you know if you need to upload any additional documents and/or if your application is complete.

      When?

      As soon as possible, but within 3 weeks after you have submitted your application.

    • Selection rounds: the faculty will inform you whether or not you have been invited to join the programme and, if applicable, under what conditions (e.g. obtaining your diploma). We would like to know whether you will be accepting our offer. Instructions will be sent to selected students by EUR and Studielink. You need to follow all instructions very carefully.

      When?

      By May 20, 2020 (at the latest).

      Note that we do have a couple of selection rounds before April 15, where a very small number of excellent students will be invited to the programme early. We aim to have 3 selection rounds before the application deadline, the first round being in January, right after the first application deadline of January 15, 2020. It is not possible to list the exact dates here, since they depend on the number of applications received. If you are not admitted early, you will hear from us no later than May 20, 2020. 

    • If you have been conditionally admitted, you will need to submit the required additional documents not later than 1 August, 2020.

      When?

      Not later than 1 August, 2020.

    • Your registration as a student at Erasmus University is only complete if you have arranged payment of your tuition fee and uploaded your photograph. International students also need to meet all immigration requirements.

      • Our International Officer will contact international students regarding visa requirements and practical matters such as housing and insurance. Information on these subjects is also available on our website.
      • As of approximately mid-June, you will be able to arrange payment of tuition fees. You start with entering your payment details in Studielink (see your 'to do list' in Studielink). On our website you will find all the information you need regarding payment of your tuition fees. If you still have questions, please contact Erasmus Student Service Centre.
      • You will receive a personal link, through which you can upload your passport photo. Please contact Erasmus Student Service Centre if you did not receive the link, but check your spam box first!
      • The ultimate date for finalising your registration is 31 August, but please do not wait until the last minute!

      After all enrolment and registration requirements have been met, your enrolment certificate and student card will be sent to you if you have already filled out a Dutch address in Studielink. If you have not yet changed the address in your home country to your Dutch address, you can pick up your student card at the Education Office.  You may also download your proof of enrolment from Osiris.

      When?

      Well before 31 August, 2020.

    • Welcome to IBCoM! You will receive various emails from the IBCoM Office throughout the Summer of 2020, so you will be prepared well.

  • Once you have completed all the steps of admissions and enrolment you may want to download a proof of enrolment. A hard copy of it will be sent to your postal address (if you registered a Dutch address in Studielink) or ours. In the latter case you will receive the proof on enrolment together with your students card after arrival at the university. Here is a step-by-step instruction of how you can download the proof of enrollment from Osiris.

    Log into Osiris with your ERNA id and password.

    1. Go to the page ‘Personal Details’.
    2. Next to the ‘Degree’ you will see the programme you are following.
    3. Below this, you will see ‘Status registration for degree programme’ in red.
    4. Click on this link.
    5. You will see ‘Status of enrollment’.
    6. Look at the part of ‘Academic year XXXX’.
    7. You will see the status of your registration.
    8. If all is well, you will see the link ‘Declaration of enrollment’.
    9. Click on this link.
    10. A PDF file will be downloaded with your proof of enrollment

Frequently Asked Questions

    • Prospective students should register for the IBCoM programme in Studielink. Furthermore, students should upload the required documents in the EUR Application Portal. Once the registration in Studielink is complete, a link to this portal will be sent via e-mail, providing a student with login (ERNA) details. You will then be able to enter additional information and upload the required documents, such as your motivation letter. Once you are done, you have to submit your application in the EUR AP. We will only process applications that have been submitted through the EUR AP (on time).

      Depending on the type of diploma you will be obtaining, different documents are required. Please follow the procedure applicable to your particular diploma.

      Prospective students will be informed about the outcome of the procedure by IBCoM, no later than 1 May 2020. Selected students will receive an offer from IBCoM, and are requested to confirm their participation. More detailed information and instructions on how to proceed once you are invited (by the Examination Board) to join IBCoM, will be sent to those to whom this applies.

    • Please send an email to it.servicedesk@eur.nl in order to have them resend your login details.

    • No, we do not.

    • The number of applications for the IBCoM programme largely exceeds the number of places available. Although we no longer have a numerus fixus, we aim for an international classroom of about 300 students. 

    • The ultimate date on which you will find out the outcome of the selection procedure, is May 1, 2020. We will, however, invite a small amount of excellent students before that date. The Examination Board will look at all files in January, March and April and select a couple of students who will be invited to join the programme right away. Applicants whom the Board does not believe to be suitable candidates for the programme, may also be informed right away. Some will find out after April 15th, since we do not wish to rule out anybody, and want to leave most of the spots open for late applicants as well.

      Since we can only admit a limited number of students, we are very careful when considering all applications. All files will be compared, so it only makes sense for the Board to wait until all of them are in. This means that most students will only be invited to the programme after the ultimate deadline. Only students who have received an acceptance letter from the ESHCC Examination Board will be allowed to enter the programme.

    • No, we do not. We only have an annual intake, which is in September. 

    • This is the Dutch registration system for universities.

    • Yes, you can apply for IBCoM. If you get an offer from us, it will be a conditional offer. 

    • In some cases, it is possible to take the so-called 21+ test (also known as colloquium doctum). Please read the information on this website carefully and follow the instructions. More information about this test can be obtained via the ESSC.

    • Your home school/university can provide you with an official grade list. This needs to be stamped and signed.

    • A more than average proficiency in English is required for a reason. Students whose English is below the entry requirement, will have trouble successfully completing the courses. We expect a lot from our students, and in a communications programme, being able to communicate well, is obviously very important. We therefore recommend you do not take this requirement lightly. This standard has been set for a reason and has also proven to be necessary over the years. Students who think their English grade does not reflect their actual proficiency, are very welcome to demonstrate their increased skills by taking a TOEFL or IELTS exam. 

    • A list of the entry requirements can be found here.

    • It is very important that you follow these instructions carefully. Since DUO and the EUR are two separate institutions, we do not automatically share these documents. It is up to you to make sure all your documents reach DUO in time.

    • We do not allow any transfers into the programme, not in September, nor in January or February. All IBCoM students have to start in year one of the Bachelor's programme, and complete all three years. It is not possible to transfer any credits.

      Exemptions based on previous education are rarely granted and can only be applied for after being accepted into the programme. The Examination Board will deal with such a request, based on your personal file.

    • It is important to realize that the Binding Study Advice (BSA) applies, which means that you have to obtain all 60 ECTS of the IBCoM BA-1. In addition, we have mandatory attendance of the workgroups and quite a number of deadlines for assignments, hence good planning skills are required if you want to combine two studies. To find out whether this is possible for you, we advise you to check your current calendar and then check the calendar for the upcoming terms to see if it would, hypothetically, be possible for you to combine both, schedule wise.

      Regular students follow three courses per term, most courses consist of one lecture and one tutorial per week. For some students it is possible to combine two studies, however, it requires a lot of planning and determination on the part of the student. If you have any further questions or want to discuss your situation in person, do not hesitate to make an appointment with the student advisor through the education office.

    • No, we do not accept deferrals. You would have to apply again next year. 

    • In addition, once you arrive in Rotterdam, you can join one of the many courses offered at our Language and Training Centre.

    • You can find out more about housing on this page. All international students who are invited to join the programme, will receive a detailed email from our Admission and Recruitment Coordinator with information about housing.

    • It is advisable to arrive in Rotterdam from the first of September onward. The IBCoM programme organizes a yearly bootcamp for first year students, which will take place in the beginning of September (date to be announced later). Lectures start the week after that. Other introductions, such as ESN and the EUReka week are mid-August and are also a nice way to get settled before classes start.

    • Yes, we do. All students to whom this applies, will automatically receive further information.

    • During your time as a student in Rotterdam, you can turn to for help and assistance. Please look here for more information.

      Please note that for medical assistance, the usual practice in the Netherlands is for a patient to have an initial consultation with a general practitioner (Dutch: huisarts), before making an appointment with a specialist in hospital.

      Erasmus University Rotterdam has made arrangements with several general practitioners. For information, click here.

    • You can contact the ESSC about this. You need the card to participate in exams, and borrow books in the library. You will only receive it once you have finished your registration (e.g. payment of tuition fees).