Management of International Social Challenges

Admission requirements for Bachelor Management of International Social Challenges

Our application deadline is April 1, 2021.

On this page, you will find more information about the entry requirements for our bachelor programme. Each application is a viewed holistically and carefully examined by the Admissions Board. 

Diploma requirements

As a rule, you are eligible to apply for our bachelor programme if you have obtained or will obtain a secondary school diploma such as the Dutch vwo diploma or a foreign equivalent.

If you have doubts about your eligibility, 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. 
If you have not graduated yet on the day of application, you can apply with a diploma statement in your application.

(For Dutch students) Als Nederlandse student kan je ook middels de Colloquium Doctum toetsen instromen in Bachelor in Management of International Social Challenges (– deelname aan en beoordeling van de toetsen in maart). Houd er rekening mee dat je dan nog steeds moet voldoen aan de taaleis Engels (meer informatie vind je onder Language requirements) en moet deelnemen aan de gehele selectieprocedure.

Language requirements

To be able to participate in the small-scale education, a good command of English is essential. You therefore have to prove your proficiency in English in your application.

You meet our English language requirements when:

  • You went to secondary/ high school with English as the language of instruction for at least 2,5 years in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. (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 hold an International Baccalaureate Diploma, English A (HL or SL 4 or higher), English B (HL 4 or higher);
  • You hold an European Baccalaureate and took English as L1 or L2 with a minimum of 7.0 (not with L3);
  • English was part of your final exam of the following diplomas and you have obtained an average of at least 70% of the maximum score: Dutch vwo, Belgian ASO (in the Flemish and German-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);
  • 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;
  • You have obtained a diploma of higher education in English in of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, the United States of America and South Africa (the entire programme 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.

If you do not meet our requirements, you will have to demonstrate your English skills with an English proficiency test and submit the results along with your application.

We accept the following language tests and results:


Minimum score

Minimum sub-scores

TOEFL iBT (code: 5971)






Cambridge Exam



If you are a Dutch applicant and you do not meet the language requirements, we offer a special arrangement: you can take the English proficiency test* at the Language & Training Centre of EUR at our expense. If you wish to do so, please send an e-mail to (subject “English proficiency test for Dutch applicants”) and mention your name, student number and the bachelor programme wish to apply for. We will inform you on how to register for the English test. The test will take place in March and it is your own responsibility to contact us in time.

*This test is only valid for our bachelor programmes and you will therefore not receive a certificate for other purposes.


  • Only the Internet-Based TOEFL is accepted (not the Institutional TOEFL test).
  • Test results may not be older than two years at the time of application. 

Letter of motivation

Apart from your grades, the Admissions Board also takes your motivation to participate in the programme into consideration.

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.
Also, make sure to mention your name and student number.

Please answer the following questions in your motivation 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 and student-centered education 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.

CV / Resume

Your Curriculum Vitae or Resume is also one of the required documents in your application.

A CV should not exceed two A4 pages.

A resume allows you to list your educational career and the work experience you have obtained so far. Do not worry if you do yet not have any professional experience. 
Please mention your interests, extracurricular activities and/or involvement in NGO’s.

No mathematics requirement

Since the course includes statistics, which requires a sufficient grasp of mathematics, it is advised that you have had mathematics (pre-academic level) in secondary school. 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 programme.

Mathematics is, however, not a mandatory requirement and applicants are not assessed based on their mathematics level or grade.

Academic performance

In addition to the credentials mentioned above, the Admissions Board will also consider your academic performance. Please note that there is no minimum score or average grade required; your application will be assessed against the pool of applicants of the given year.

  • Yes, you are eligible when you have completed an Associate Degree or if you have obtained a Dutch HBO Propedeuse. You are also eligible to apply if the first year of your Associate Degree is identical to the first year of a Dutch HBO programme and you have therefore obtained a HBO Propedeuse. 
    Keep in mind that you still have to meet the other admission requirements (for example the language requirement) when you apply.

  • A transfer of grades is not possible. Due to the special educational format that we are using - Problem-Based Learning - as well as the build-up of the curriculum, which mainly consists of obligatory as opposed to optional courses, we cannot accept transfer students. 

  • Our programme is an English-taught programme. All lectures and all literature is in English. This requires from our students that they can read, write, speak and understand English at an academic level and thus we need proof thereof from our applicants. This applies to our Dutch and non-Dutch applicants. 

  • Yes, in some cases you might be exempted from presenting proof of English proficiency. Please have a look on the admission page to find out if you are eligible for exemption. Keep in mind that in case you believe that you qualify for exemption you need to present a proof thereof.

  • The eligibility of your prior education can only be determined after you have submitted an application and only after we have received all requested documents. Prior inquiries will be purely hypothetical. For this reason, we encourage you to officially apply for admission. You can also assess your eligibility yourself by taking a look at the detailed admissions criteria on this page. We have tried to make the criteria as transparent as possible.