International Bachelor Economics and Business Economics

Admission requirements for Bachelor International Bachelor Economics and Business Economics

Admission and selection procedure

The application procedure consists of two steps:

  1. Registration in Studielink and;
  2. Submitting your application documents in the EUR Applications Portal, Erasmus University’s online application portal.

When your application has been received, it will be determined whether your secondary school diploma is sufficient for being admissible to the IBEB programme, or if you have any deficiencies. Once it is confirmed that you are admissible, your application will be reviewed by the Selection Committee who will decide whether you are offered a place in the programme.

Our Programme Board aims for an international classroom with a good balance of different nationalities and educational background. This may affect the importance of each selection criterion throughout the application period. Below you can read more detailed information on the admission requirements and selection criteria. Completing the application procedure is possible between 1 November 2019 and 1 April* / 1 May 2020.

Please note: any documents or additional information available after the applicable deadline, will not be taken into account. Make sure to have all the required application documents available well in time.

Rolling admission

The IBEB programme is no numerus-fixus programme, but instead the Selection Committee applies rolling admission: each applicant is reviewed individually and will receive feedback on his/her application within six weeks after submitting the application. This means that during the entire application period, which runs from 1 November until 1 April*/ May, the Committee keeps track of the number, as well as the nationality and educational background of students who are offered a place in the IBEB programme, in order to preserve the international character of the programme. Each year approximately 300 students start in the IBEB programme.

What does this mean to you? It means that the sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive the outcome of your application. This way you avoid the risk that already too many applicants with similar background have been offered a place in the IBEB programme. In addition, receiving early feedback on your application means you can start preparing your studies in Rotterdam earlier; housing, immigration procedures, scholarships, etcetera.

*The 1st of April deadline applies to students who apply with a non-European passport and therefore require a Dutch residence permit, as this process takes a little more time. 

Admission requirements

In the Netherlands, students holding a VWO-diploma can enter a bachelor programme at a research university. Therefore, international students are eligible for the IBEB programme with a secondary school diploma equivalent to the VWO-diploma. The requirements listed on this website apply for the entry year 2020.

Dutch VWO diploma

All VWO profiles are eligible. You are exempted from the English language requirement if English was (or will be) one of your examination subjects. For more information, see the English language requirements further down this page.

For some profiles an additional requirement in mathematics is applicable, see below:

VWO Profile:

Additional Requirements:

Nature & Science


Nature & Health


Economics & Society


Culture & Society

Mathematics A, B or D (only in combination with Mathematics A or B)

Dutch HBO propaedeutic diploma

Only the following HBO propaedeutic diplomas can give admission to the International Bachelor of Economics & Business Economics:

  • Accountancy
  • Finance & Control (previously, Bedrijfseconomie)
  • Logistics Management (previously, Logistiek & Economie)
  • Finance, Tax and Advice (previously, Fiscaal Recht & Economie)

With a HBO propaedeutic diploma of one of the above-mentioned studies, you can apply if you meet the following additional requirements:

  • Weighted GPA of 7.5 or up
  • Result of 7.5 or up in either the mathematics deficiency test (level 2) or 7.5 or up for VWO certificate Mathematics A. This mathematics result should be available prior to the 1st of May 2020 as the mathematics score is a crucial part of the admission and selection procedure.
  • Result of 7.0 for English language as a course in your propaedeutic diploma. Should English language not be part of your propaedeutic curriculum, a TOEFL iBT or academic IELTS certificate is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

For students seeking admission on basis of the IB diploma the following minimum requirements apply;

  • English A HL course, English A SL course or English B HL course. Minimum grade 4 out of 7.
  • Mathematics SL course; minimum grade 5 out of 7 or mathematics HL course; minimum grade 4 out of 7. Students who study Math Studies are not considered to have sufficient preliminary education in mathematics and are therefore not admissible to the IBEB programme.
  • Minimum requirement of 30 points (TOK, EE and CAS excluded).

The following courses of the new IB mathematics curriculum (taught as of 2019) will be accepted: 
Analysis & Approaches SL / Analysis & Approaches HL/ Applications & Interpretation HL. Minimum required grades are not yet confirmed, this will be confirmed in November 2020 for students who start in the IBEB programme per 2021.

Other type of secondary school diploma

Most common examples of non-Dutch diplomas which are equivalent to VWO are:


Additional requirements:

European Baccalaureate (EB)

Minimum of 3hrs English per week (language 1 or 2) and 3hrs mathematics per week (scores to be at least 75% on scale 1-100).

German Abitur

Obligation to choose English and Mathematics in the Abitur final examinations.

British GCSE certificates + GCE A-levels

At least 3 GCSE certificates plus 3 GCE A-levels in 6 different subjects relevant to economics. Including A-level mathematics and (I)GCSE certificate in English (as First) language. Students without the required GCSE English (as First) language certificate are to replace this with a valid TOEFL iBT or academic IELTS certificate.

French Bac. General

Section ES or S in combination with a valid TOEFL iBT or academic IELTS certificate. Students studying the OIB (British or American section) are exempted from the English language requirement (IELTS/TOEFL).

If you have a non-Dutch secondary school diploma which is not equivalent to the VWO diploma, there is still a chance your application will be considered for admission. Erasmus School of Economics will evaluate the level of your secondary school education as well as the content of the courses. Students will need to demonstrate sufficient knowledge and skills of English language and mathematics in order to be admissible for the programme.

Most common examples of non-Dutch diplomas which are not equivalent to VWO are:


Additional Requirements:

American High School Diploma + Advanced Placement (AP)

We accept the AHS Diploma solely in combination with at least 3 AP certificates accredited by the AP CollegeBoard. Calculus ab or bc should be one of the 3 AP certificates with a minimum score of 3/5. Students who obtain more than 3 AP’s have an advantage. A valid TOEFL iBT or academic IELTS certificate is required when the diploma is obtained in a different country than Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, South-Africa, UK or USA.

Chinese Gaozhong + Gaokao (Senior Middle School + Gaokao)

Gaokao minimum score 550 out of 750. The following 4 provinces apply different scores: Jiangsu 330 out of 440 / Zhejiang 594 out of 810 / Shanghai 462 out of 630 / Hainan 660 out of 900. Mathematics entrance exam and TOEFL or IELTS certificate are required.

Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) + Surat Keterangan Hasil Ujian Nasional

Mandatory to have studied mathematics as one of your final exam courses + participation ESE mathematics entrance exam + TOEFL or IELTS certificate.

Indian Standard XII Academic Stream

Mandatory to have studied mathematics as one of your final exam courses + participation ESE mathematics entrance exam + TOEFL or IELTS certificate.

No rights may be derived from this publication. Please note that the ESE Admissions Office ultimately decides if the level and content of your education is sufficient and comparable to the Dutch secondary school system.

English language requirement

Applicants must show proficiency in the English language as all communication within the programme is in English. All applicants must demonstrate this by means of a certified TOEFL iBT or Academic IELTS Test Score Report, taken no longer than 2 years before the day of application to Erasmus School of Economics. We do not accept Cambridge certificates such as CAE or CPE.

The respective scores should be at least:



Academic IELTS




* Please note: there are no specific subscores required. We only require total scores as mentioned above.

You are exempted from an English test if:

  • English language was (or will be) part of your final examinations in one of the following diplomas, on which admission is to be based:
    • Austrian Reifezeugnis
    • Belgian ASO (in the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium)
    • Danish Studentereksamenbevis
    • Dutch four-year HBO diploma (including the course English language)
    • Estonian Gumnaasiumi Ioputunnistus
    • European Baccalaureate (language 1 or 2; three hours per week minimum)
    • Finnish Ylioppilastuskintotodistus
    • French Baccalaureate General – Option International (British / American section)
    • German Abitur
    • Hungarian Matura Gimnaziumi Erettsegi Bizonyitvany
    • International Baccalaureate (the 3 types of English courses mentioned under the IB admission requirements on our website)
    • Latvian Atestats par Visparejo Videjo Izglitibu
    • Lithuanian Brandos Atestata
    • Luxembourg Diploma de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires
    • Norwegian Vitnemal
    • Slovakian Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej skuske obtained at a Gymnazium
    • Swedish Slutbetyg
    • Swiss Maturität (German speaking part of Switzerland)
    • VWO, obtained in the Netherlands, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao or Suriname
  • You have obtained your diploma in one of the following countries:
    • Australia
    • Canada (with the exception of Quebec)
    • New Zealand
    • Ireland
    • South-Africa
    • United Kingdom (with the exception of Commonwealth countries and territories)
    • United States of America
  • English was your primary language during your secondary school education for at least 2,5 years in one of the above mentioned countries and you have proof of this.

Note: the Examination Board makes the final decision on granting you an exemption from an English language test. In addition, the (I)GCSE O-level English (as First) Language, is only accepted for those students who apply on the basis of (I)GCSE O-levels + GCE A-levels.

Mathematics requirement

If the level of your mathematics is not considered equivalent to mathematics-A on VWO level, the Selection Committee may invite you to demonstrate your mathematics proficiency via an entrance exam. The purpose of the entrance exam is to measure whether or not your secondary school education in mathematics is sufficient for entering our IBEB programme. The entrance exam is not applicable to students who scored low in mathematics during their secondary school curriculum, but would like to take the exam as a chance to prove themselves.

You will be able to take the mathematics entrance exam at your current (or former) secondary school. This international exam takes place once a month in February, March, April and May. In case you are invited, more information and instructions will be sent along with your invitation.

Documents concerning the mathematics entrance exam:

    Selection criteria

    When you meet the above admission requirements, your documents will be reviewed by the IBEB Selection Committee in order to determine whether or not to offer you a place in our programme.

    Four criteria which the Committee will use for making a decision:

    • Your performance during your secondary school curriculum and - if applicable - the result in our mathematics entrance exam or your propaedeutic curriculum. For students who apply while studying in their final year of secondary school this means: your performance during the academic year 2018-2019, results obtained so far in the academic year 2019-2020 (this year) and the grades which are predicted to be your final diploma grades in summer 2020. The Selection Committee will only review all available data up until 1 May 2020. Results obtained after the 1st of May, such as final exam scores, will not be taken into account when making the selection decision. Final grades will only be taken into account for students who have already obtained their diploma at the moment of application. The Selection Committee will review the results of all courses, but with a particular focus on mathematics and English, as these two courses have proved to be the most important for studying in our study programme.
    • Your curriculum vitae, showing international background/experience and extracurricular activities. Examples of international experience could be: studying abroad, studying at an international school, attending summer schools abroad, international voluntary work, etcetera.
    • Your motivation to study IBEB at Erasmus School of Economics. Your motivation is to be expressed by answering the questions in our motivation statement.
    • As explained above; to preserve the international character of the programme, the Programme Board has decided that the student population in the IBEB programme must consist of at least 50% international students. This may affect the importance of each selection criterion during the application period. It means that the sooner you apply including all required documentation, the sooner you will receive the outcome of your application. This way you avoid the risk that already too many applicants with similar background have been offered a place in the IBEB programme.

    Apply now

    The deadline to apply for the IBEB programme is 1 April* / 1 May 2020.

    Click on the Apply Now button below to proceed and finalise your application.

    *The 1st of April deadline applies to students who apply with a non-European passport and therefore require a Dutch residence permit, as this process takes a little more time.


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