English

Learning a new language will open new worlds

Do you need to learn English for your future career? Are you going to study in an English speaking country or doing an internship? Or would you simply like to make yourself understood during your next trip? The Language & Training Centre (LTC) will help you get there! Please take a look at our full range of English for participants with an academic background (hbo/university)

  • Language test

    An English intake is for students only. This intake can be used to determine your language proficiency, to register for the adequate English course or to know whether you meet the language requirements needed to apply to a Master's programme. Our intake consists of an oral, written and online test. After taking the test, you receive a level statement that contains information about your current level, as well as a course advice.

    An English assessment determines your language proficiency. After taking the assessment, you will receive a level statement that contains information about your current level of English. A distinction between oral and written skills is made. The results of this assessment can be used to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (BKO) or to prove your English proficiency for the dual language policy (Support staff).

    If you want to know whether your (future) employee is sufficiently familiar with the English language in order to function properly, then a language assessment might be a solution. A language assessment determines the current level of English. After the assessment, you will receive a short report in which the results of the tests are described, as well as possible improvements.

    What to expect?
    We offer a standard English language assessment of € 157.50. In consultation, it is possible to adapt the assessment to the working environment and function of your (future) employee. The assessment can consist of one or more test components:

    TestCosts
    An oral part€ 75,-
    A written part€ 37,50
    An online part (Oxford Quick Placement Test)€ 45,-


    Registration
    The LTC organises assessments on request during the Academic year (September-June). Would you like to request an assessment? Please send an email to ltc@eur.nl

    An ITP-TOEFL test is a variant of a TOEFL. The results of this test are only valid within Erasmus University Rotterdam. This test result can be used to show that your language level is sufficient to be accepted into a degree programme that is taught in English, or to go on an exchange programme. Please note! This test can’t be used as an entry test for our language courses.

  • Language course

    This is an English for Academic Purposes course. The main aim of this online B2.1 course is to equip participants with skills so that they can function quite confidently when using English in different academic and also non-academic situations. English B2.1 consists of ten weekly sessions of 3 hours each. The final exam takes place after the course on a predetermined date. One course level will have been covered by the end of this course.

    • With final examination and certificate.
    • More information about English B2.1 can be found in our factsheet.
    • Go directly to our web shop & register!
    • The registration deadline is Wednesday 9 December 2020.

    This English for academic purposes course is a continuation of the online course English B2.1.  The main aim of this course is to equip participants with skills so that they can function quite confidently when using English in largely, but not exclusively, in academic situations. English B2.2 consists of ten weekly sessions of 3 hours each. The final exam takes place after the course on a predetermined date. One course level will have been covered by the end of this course.

    • With final examination and certificate.
    • More information about English B2.2 can be found in our factsheet.
    • Go directly to our web shop & register!
    • The registration deadline is Wednesday 9 December 2020.

    This English for academic purposes course is a continuation of the online course English B2.2. It aims to prepare students who need English for academic studies at an advance level. English C1.1 consists of ten weekly sessions of 3 hours each. The final exam takes place after the course on a predetermined date. One course level will have been covered by the end of this course.

    • With final examination and certificate.
    • More information about English C1.1 can be found in our factsheet.
    • Go directly to our web shop & register!
    • The registration deadline is Wednesday 9 December 2020.

    Weekly English course  for EUR-staff, with final exam and a certificate.
    The following levels are offered:

    • Speaking and writing skills for staff A2 (from A1 to A2)
    • Speaking and writing skills for staff B1 (from A2 to B1)
    • Writing skills for staff B2 (from B1 to B2)
    • Speaking skills for staff B2 (from B1 to B2)
    • Writing skills for staff C1 (from B2 to C1)
    • Speaking skills for staff C1 (from B2 to C1)
    • Teaching in English C1 & C2 (academic staff)

    More information about the English courses for staff can be found here.

    Refresher sessions English for EUR-staff without final exam, but with attendance certificate. The following levels are offered:  

    • Refresh your speaking skills B2
    • Refresh your writing skills B2
    • Refresh your speaking skills C1
    • Refresh your writing skills C1

    More information about the English refreshers sessions for staff can be found here.

    As a student or employee of Erasmus University you are able to purchase a one-year licence for the online program of Rosetta Stone, via which you can independently learn the English language. Online learning either could be used to start from scratch or for keeping your language skills up-to-date. Please note that it does require discipline and persistence. In Rosetta Stone you may find exercises for all language skills, such as speaking, listening, reading and writing. Licences can be bought throughout the year. 

    • There is no final exam and you won’t receive a certificate.
    • More information about the online course English (and the complete offer of Rosetta Stone) can be found in our factsheet: online language course

    Would you like to improve your English language skills but don’t you have time to do this during the academic year? Don’t hesitate: register for our online summer English course via Zoom! During this more intensive course, you can complete one target level in two weeks instead of 10 weeks. The summer course consists of nine daily sessions of approx. 3,5 hours each. The final exam takes place after the course on a predetermined date. One course level will have been covered by the end of this course, B2.2 or C1.1.

    • With final examination and certificate.
    • More information about the Summer course (B2.2 or C1.1) can be found in our factsheet.
  • Academic writing

    Do you want to practice writing a scientific/academic text in English? Use an academic writing course as a refresher course or in preparation for writing your thesis or essay. 

    • More information about the online Academic Writing Bama course can be found in our factsheet.

    Academic writing is an essential component of your PhD program, and is the basis on which you will build your academic career. For non-English-speaking academics, this can form a barrier to reaching your academic goals. In this online course, you will not only learn the theory behind academic writing, but also learn to identify your weaknesses and improve your skills. This course is offered three times a year, in September, January and April.

    • More information about the online Academic Writing PhD course can be found in our factsheet.
    • The next course period will start in April 2021. The registration form will be available in February 2021.

    Would you like to get feedback on your academic writing skills in English? If a writing course is not an option for you but you would like to hand in an excellent quality essay or thesis then use a writing coach! You will get individual feedback on an academic paper you are currently writing. Issues include: grammar, word order, vocabulary, word combinations, structure and organization, signposting, topic sentences, linking. Please contact us for the possibilities.

  • The Language & Training Centre also offers tailor-made courses on request for faculties, departments, students or businesses. Tailor-made can be divided into:

    • Individual

      It is possible to schedule individual classes under the guidance of an experienced teacher.
      During an intake we will discuss your aims and preferences and assess your current level.
    • Group

      On demand we can organise courses for small or large groups from 3 participants on.
      On the basis of your aims and preferences, and of its participants, a special course will be arranged.

    For more information about tailor-made assessments and courses, please contact us via ltc@eur.nl.
    In order to be able to give you more detailed information, we ask you to clearly mention your language of preference and your aims and preferences.