International Bachelor Economics and Business Economics

Admission requirements for Bachelor International Bachelor Economics and Business Economics

Admission and selection procedure

The IBEB programme is not a numerus-fixus programme. Instead, the Selection Committee applies rolling admission: each application is reviewed individually, and the applicant will receive feedback on his/her application within six weeks after submitting the application.

When your application has been received, it will be determined whether your secondary school diploma meets the requirements for admission 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 on the basis of the selection criteria 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 backgrounds. To preserve the international character of the programme, the Selection Committee monitors during the entire application period the number, as well as the nationality and educational background of students who are offered a place in the IBEB programme. This may also affect the importance of each selection criterion throughout the application period. See more information at ‘Selection criteria’.

Each year approximately 300 students start in the IBEB programme.

Application

Submitting your application is possible from 1 November 2020 until 1 April / 1 May 2021. The 1 April deadline applies to students who apply with a non-European passport. The 1 May deadline applies to all other students.

The application procedure consists of several steps:

1.       Assembling application documents
2.       Registration in Studielink
3.       Submitting the application in the EUR Application Portal

Please note: only registering in Studielink before the application deadline is not a valid application. You will also need to submit your application documents in the EUR Application Portal before the deadline of 1 April/ 1 May.

Any documents or additional information available after the application deadline, will not be considered. Make sure to have all required application documents available well in 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 Dutch VWO diploma. The requirements listed on this website apply for the entry year 2021*.

Dutch VWO diploma

All VWO profiles are eligible (Nature & Science, Nature & Health, Economics & Society and Culture & Society). For students seeking admission on basis of a Dutch VWO diploma, the following requirements apply:

  • Mathematics A or B required as final examination subject. Mathematics D only accepted in combination with Mathematics A or B. 
  • English required as final examination subject. Students who do not meet the English language requirement, are to submit a valid TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic or Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency Certificate.

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, IELTS Academic or Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency Certificate is required. For minimum scores, see the section: English language requirement (below). 

International Baccalaureate Diploma

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

  • English A HL, English A SL or English B HL course. Minimum grade 4 out of 7. Minimum grade 4.
  • Mathematics (new curriculum): Analysis & Approaches HL minimum grade 4, Analysis & Approaches SL minimum grade 5, Applications & Interpretation HL minimum grade 5. Students who study Applications & Interpretation SL are not considered to have sufficient preliminary education in mathematics and are therefore not admissible to the IBEB programme.
  • Mathematics (old curriculum): Math SL minimum grade 5 or Math HL minimum grade 4. 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 mathematics entrance exam is not applicable to IB students who have studied Applications & Interpretation SL or Math Studies.

Other type of secondary school diploma

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

Diploma:

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

English and Mathematics required as final examination subject. Students who do not meet the English language requirement, are to submit a valid TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic or Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency Certificate.

British GCSEs + GCE A-levels

At least 3 GCE A-levels in academic subjects with final grade A*-C (or 9-4) plus 3 (I)GCSEs in 6 different subjects relevant to economics. Including (I)GCSE in English (as First) language and GCE A-level Mathematics. GCE A-level Further Mathematics will only be accepted as an additional (4th) GCE A-level. Students without the required (I)GCSE English (as First) language certificate are to replace this with a valid TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic or Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency Certificate.

French Bac. General

New curriculum: Mathematics requirement TBC + valid TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic or Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency Certificate. Students studying the OIB (British or American section) are exempted from the English language requirement.
Old curriculum: Section ES or S + valid TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic or Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency Certificate. Students studying the OIB (British or American section) are exempted from the English language requirement.

If you have a non-Dutch secondary school diploma which is not equivalent to the VWO diploma, there is still a chance your application is 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 to be admissible to the programme.

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

Diploma

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, IELTS Academic or Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency 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 + valid TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic or Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency Certificate required.

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

Mathematics required as final examination subject + mathematics entrance exam + valid TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic or Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency Certificate.

Indian Standard XII Academic Stream

Mathematics required as final examination subject + mathematics entrance exam + valid TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic or Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency 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 TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic, or Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency Certificate, not older than 2 years on the day of application to Erasmus School of Economics.

The respective scores should be at least:

Bachelor

TOEFL iBT  80
 
IELTS Academic   6.0
Cambridge B2 First (formerly: FCE)170
Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly: CAE)170
Cambridge C2 Proficiency (formerly: CPE) 180

Please note: there are no specific subscores required. We only require total scores as mentioned above.
Only IELTS Academic or TOEFL iBT are accepted as a valid English test report for the application of a Nuffic Certificate (applicable to Chinese nationals).

Exemptions

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 based:
    • VWO, obtained in the Netherlands, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao or Suriname
    • 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
    • Romanian Diploma de Bacalaureat
    • Slovakian Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej skuske obtained at a Gymnazium
    • Swedish Slutbetyg
    • Swiss Maturität (German speaking part of Switzerland)
       
  • 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 following countries: Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), New Zealand, Ireland, South-Africa, UK (with the exception of Commonwealth countries and territories) or USA 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 British (I)GCSE Certificates + 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 your secondary school education in mathematics is sufficient for entering the 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. The mathematics entrance exam is also not applicable to students who have not studied mathematics in their final year.  

You will be able to take the mathematics entrance exam in your own country; there is no need to travel. The 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 admission requirements, your documents will be reviewed by the Selection Committee to determine whether you are offered a place in the IBEB programme.

    The Committee uses four criteria for making a selection 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 2019-2020, results obtained so far in the academic year 2020-2021 (this year) and the grades which are predicted to be your final diploma grades in summer 2021. The Selection Committee will only review all available data up until 1 May 2021. 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 include 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 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 a similar background have been offered a place in the IBEB programme.

    Contact

    For questions about the admission and application procedure you are more than welcome to contact us via phone or via email: 

    • 0031.(0)10.408.1380 (Monday – Thursday, 09.30-16.00 / Friday 09.30-12.30)
    • ibeb@ese.eur.nl