Entrance Examination Colloquium Doctum
On this page:
- Overview of the subjects to be tested per study programme
- Overview of the required knowledge level per subject
- Registration deadlines and other important dates
- Special facilities for students with functional limitations
- More information and regulations on examinations
CD in brief
If you wish to enrol in a bachelor programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and do not have a diploma that provides immediate eligibility for registration, you can become eligible by successfully completing an entrance examination: the Entrance Examination Colloquium Doctum (CD). The CD consists of various tests, which vary per study programme and per faculty. After passing each test in the examination you will be allowed to enter the admissions procedure for the study programme of your choice. You may only request exemption of this requirement based on a diploma issued by a university preparatory education (VWO) or equivalent level institution.
The participation fee for the CD is € 100, regardless of the number of tests you sit for. In addition, students must be 21 years of age or older when they start the relevant study programme. The participation fee for the CD is € 100, regardless of the number of tests you are required to complete. You are not entitled to a refund should you decide not to take the tests before the start of the CD.
The successful completion of the CD does not automatically entitle you to admission to the programme of your choice. It merely removes the requirement of having a diploma from a regular pre-university institution that provides immediate entry to your chosen EUR programme at the moment of application. This means that after successfully completing the CD, you can apply for admission to the programme. The EUR programme’s admissions board will subsequently determine whether you will be accepted as a student in that programme.
Keep in mind that due to high demand some study programmes must adhere to admissions quota or a selection procedure (Medicine, for example). In effect, this means that there are a limited number of spots for new students or that some students have to be turned away during admissions. You are generally required to apply at an earlier time for these programmes. In addition, you need to present proof of registration with the Education Executive Agency (DUO). For further information about this subject, please visit this government web page and this page on the DUO website.
Registration (does not apply to Erasmus MC)
Please note: You are required to contact Erasmus MC’s Dienstencentrum Onderwijs if you want to sit for an entrance examination for a degree programme offered by this faculty (Medicine).
The registration process for the Colloquium Doctum (CD - 21+test) has been changed in the new Studielink environment. As a result, you will not see the CD (21+test) in your Studielink account as prior education.
In the new Studielink environment, it is no longer a requirement to add at least one instance of prior education (as was the case in the old Studielink website) before submitting an enrolment request. If you do not add prior education, you will receive the following notification:
You have not entered any prior education. The educational institution needs your prior education to process your enrolment request. If you do not have prior education that would secure your admission to this programme, you can skip this step. Are you sure you wish to continue?
After submitting the enrolment request, you need to tick the box next to the following text:
I am aware of the fact that no prior education has been entered. I may be eligible for a CD (21+test). I can view the options on the educational institution’s website.
- Once the registration period for the CD has started – and provided you already have an ERNA account – you can continue your registration procedure by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.
- After you've completed your payment and registered for the CD, you will receive a registration confirmation via e-mail (student email address). This email also serves as your proof of registration. Please first check your email account's spam folder if you cannot find the confirmation.
If you believe you are eligible for exemption of one or more elements of the CD, please include certified copies of your diplomas and grade lists as appendices to your registration form.
How do I check the time and location of the tests?
The tests are held on the ground floor of the Van der Goot Building (the former M Building). Scroll down to find the dates and times of the tests.
Announcement of the results
You will be notified of the results by e-mail within four weeks of taking the exam. The examinations are prepared and checked by external lecturers. It is not possible to correspond with these lecturers. Your work and calculations will remain available for inspection for a maximum of four weeks after you have received the result.
You are entitled to take a CD twice per calendar year; once during the first round in March and once during the second round in May. If you achieve unsatisfactory results for one or more subjects during the first round in March, we will automatically register you for the second round of the same tests in May. If you fail this resit too, you will have to reapply for the CD in the following academic year.
When have you passed the CD?
To pass the Colloquium Doctum, you need to achieve a result of 5.5 or higher for each test. Individual marks cannot be compensated for. Your results remain valid for two years.
Please note: The successful completion of the CD does not automatically entitle you to admission to the programme of your choice. It merely removes the requirement of having a diploma from a regular pre-university institution that provides immediate entry to your chosen EUR programme at the moment of application. This means that after successfully completing the CD, you can apply for admission to the programme. The EUR programme’s admissions board will subsequently determine whether you will be accepted as a student in that programme.
Arts and Culture Studies
|International Bachelor Arts & Culture Studies (IBACS)|
International Bachelor's Degree: Communication & Media (IBCOM)
|International Bachelor History|
International Business Administration (IBA)
Testing for the various subjects takes place at pre-university level. For mathematics and history there are two levels. In the case of mathematics, the level for business administration/bedrijfskunde, international business administration and economics is higher than that of the other faculties; and for history, the level is higher for law studies, history and general cultural studies.
|Summarising an article from the NRC-Handelsblad or comparable daily, weekly or monthly newspaper and writing a brief response to the article. |
Please note it is not allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.
Exact translation into Dutch of a simple prose text from The Times (or comparable daily, weekly or monthly newspaper or magazine) and summarisation of a prose text in good Dutch. Marks will be deducted for linguistic errors in the Dutch if they impede comprehension.
Please noteit is not allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.
Translating into Dutch a simple prose text from the Süddeutsche Zeitung or comparable daily, weekly or monthly newspaper – as well as summarising a prose text in good Dutch.
Please note it is not allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.
On the basis of 4 or 5 short texts from Le Monde or a comparable daily, weekly or monthly magazine, the text comprehension is tested in French. In Dutch, questions are asked about the texts that have to be answered in Dutch.
Please note it is not allowed to use a bilingual dictionary.
Mathematics, level 1
Please note that no formula card and no graphing or programmable calculator may be used when taking the mathematics level 1 entrance examination. See the comment in this regard in the examination syllabus.
Mathematics, level 2 (IBA)
Please note that no formula card and no graphing or programmable calculator may be used when taking the mathematics level 2 entrance examination. See the comment in this regard in the examination syllabus.
Mathematics, level 3
Prospective students for Econometrics & Operational research with the Dutch VWO diploma and maths A1 + 2 but without maths B1 in their final examination, are obliged to pass an additional test B1 organised by Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Relevant study information is to be found in the following books:
Graphic or programmable calculators are not allowed. Also note the other remarks on the list of examination topics.
Please note that no formula card and no ordinary, graphing or programmable calculator may be used when taking the mathematics level 3 entrance examination. See the comment in this regard in the examination syllabus.
If you need help to pass the Mathematics test click here.
History, level 1
Knowledge of general history of the 20thcentury and of actual events. Required reading: Eelco Beukers en Stephan Kleine.(eindredactie), MeMo, geschiedenis voor de tweede fase. Handboek (leer- opdrachtenboek) Vwo (Uitgeverij Malmberg; 's Hertogenbosch, 2012; Vierde druk) ISBN 978-90-345-6990-5. Chapters 11 - 14 must be studied (page 250 up to and including 378).
Exam: multiple-choice test.
History, level 2
For law programmes, ACW, IBACS, Geschiedenis, IBH.
Deadlines registration and other important dates
- March 2019
- May 2019
Registrations for the exams in March 2019 are open between Monday 18 February and Friday 08 March, 2019.
Table: entrance exams March 2019
|26 March||13.30-16.00||Mathematics 1 (IBCoM), Mathematics 2 and 3|
|26 March||13.30-14.45||Mathematics 1 (other study programmes)|
|27 March||13.30-16.00||History 2 (ESL/ESHCC)|
|27 March||13.30-14.15||History 1 (other study programmes)|
Registrations for the exams in May 2019 are open between Monday 15 April and Friday 10 May, 2019
Table: entrance exams May 2019
|22 May||13.30-16.00||History 2 (ESL/ESHCC)|
|22 May||13.30-14.15||History 1 (other programmes)|
|24 May||09.30-12.00||Mathematics 1 (IBCoM), Mathematics 2 and 3|
|24 May||09.30-10.45||Mathematics 1 (other study programmes)|
Students with a temporary or structural functional limitation may make use of certain facilities (within reasonable limits) for the duration of their functional limitation. These facilities include modified examination facilities and are intended to ensure an equal chance of study success for all students. Participants who wish to make use of these special facilities must successfully apply for this privilege first.
Student who wish to make use of said special facilities should submit a written request in which they present the nature of their situation to the examining board of their relevant faculty. If you are enrolled at two different faculties, you should submit a separate request to the examination board of each faculty. Refer to the table below to find the contact information of the various examination boards at EUR.
The examining board will decide whether you are eligible on the basis of your impairment to sit written examinations in the above rooms, and the period of time to be covered by this consent. Once you have received permission and are allowed to make use of the special facilities, apply for these in the next subsection.
The documents in which your examination board gives her consent to make use of special facilities for students with a temporary or structural functional limitation can be sent to email@example.com by e-mail. The documents must be received within a minimum of seven days before the actual test. Afterwards your examination administration will make sure that you are able to make use of special facilities while doing your Entrance Examination.
Participants with functional limitations that have permission are allowed to do the Exam in two small lecture halls on the first floor of the Van der Goot Building (previously the M Building). The room numbers are M1-5 and M1-6. Both these rooms can accommodate up to 20 participants at a time. Participants sitting examinations in these rooms start their exams half an hour earlier than the other students; at 09.00, 13.00 and 18.00 respectively. Thus, the examinations will finish at the same time as is the case for any other participant.
Examination Board Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)
Examination Board Erasmus School of Law (ESL)
Examination Board Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)
Examination Board Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Examination Board Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)
Examination Board Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil)
Examination Board Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)
Refer to this page for more information, including a handy 'do not forget' section, on participating in examinations at EUR. The same regulations as regular written examinations are applicable on the entrance examination CD.
You can direct any questions about the entrance examinations you might have at:
- Erasmus Student Service Centre (ESSC) (for questions regarding all study programmes, except Erasmus MC)
- Dienstencentrum Onderwijs (DCO) (for questions regarding Erasmus MC programmes)