Admission

International Bachelor Economics and Business Economics
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Admission and selection procedure

The IBEB programme is the international variant of our Dutch-taught programme Economics and Business economics. As such, it not a numerus-fixus programme. Instead of a ranking which is applicable to numerus-fixus, 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 400 students start in the IBEB programme.

Please note that information listed on this website refers to the application procedure for the study programme starting September 2023. Our admission requirements and selection criteria are evaluated on annual basis and therefor might differ per year.

Application

Submitting your application is possible from 1 November 2022 until 1 April / 1 May 2023. 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. The application portal will close on 1 May, so students who apply in Studielink after the application deadline will not be directed to the portal anymore and are therefore not able to complete their application to the programme. Studielink will only remain accessible for current IBEB students who wish to re-enroll for the upcoming academic year.

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.

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 Economics and Business Economics:

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

With a HBO propaedeutic diploma from 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 or 6.5 or up for VWO certificate Mathematics B.This mathematics result should be available prior to the 1 May 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 (4), English A SL (5), English B HL (5).
  • Mathematics (new curriculum): Analysis & Approaches HL minimum grade 4, Analysis & Approaches SL minimum grade 5, or 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.

European Baccalaureate Diploma

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

  • Minimum of 3hrs English per week (language 1 or 2)
  • Minimum of 3hrs mathematics per week (scores to be at least 75% on scale 1-100), 5hrs of mathematics is recommended (scores to be at least 65% on scale 1-100).

Other type of secondary school diploma

If you would like to know if your diploma grants admission to the IBEB programme, our admissions team has compiled a list of the most common foreign/international diplomas* (pdf) that meet the minimum general admission level for applying to a Research University such as Erasmus University Rotterdam. Where applicable, minimum grades are listed. Please note that possibly additional entry requirements apply in terms of English language or mathematics depending on the course curriculum within your diploma programme.

*No rights may be derived from this publication. The admissions office ultimately decides if the level and content of your secondary school 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. We accept the online tests of TOEFL IBT Home Edition and academic IELTS Online.

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
certificates 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
  • American High School Diploma (at least 2,5 years).
  • 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
  • GCSE English Language
  • GCE AS-level English
  • Hungarian Matura Gimnaziumi Erettsegi Bizonyitvany (advanced level)
  • International Baccalaureate - English B HL 5 / A SL 5 / A HL 4.
  • 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)GCSEs + GCE A-levels.

Mathematics requirement

If the level of your mathematics is not considered equivalent to mathematics A on VWO level but you do perform well in your national mathematics high school curriculum, the Selection Committee may invite you to demonstrate your mathematics proficiency via an entrance exam once your application is reviewed. 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.

We only accept the OMPT exams of SOWISO. In case you are invited to take an exam, you will receive more information and instructions. You will also be informed which OMPT exam is applicable to you.

    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 2021-2022, results obtained so far in the academic year 2022-2023 (this year) and the grades which are predicted to be your final diploma grades in summer 2023. The Selection Committee will only review all available data up until 1 May 2023. 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.

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