Entrance Examination Colloquium Doctum
Update measures coronavirus
Because of the situation with the COVID-19 virus, it is not possible to take physical tests and we will take the tests digitally this year. The dates and times are listed at the bottom of the website.
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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 Onderwijs Service Centrum (OSC) if you want to sit for an entrance examination for a degree programme offered by this faculty (Medicine).
The procedure below applies to those wishing to enrol for another study programme:
1. You should start the enrolment process for the entrance examination (EE) in Studielink. Register using your DigID. Then enter your most recently obtained prior education. Complete the entire process in Studielink. You will receive your ERNA account via your personal e-mail within 24 hours; use this to complete your application.
2. When the EE enrolment period opens (check the dates on this page), you can continue the enrolment by clicking on the enrolment button at the bottom of this page. If the button does not work, this means the enrolment is not yet open. Complete the entire enrolment process on the website in one go. Make sure you can pay (by iDEAL or credit card) and that you can upload any attachments (for a request for exemptions). Complete the entire process, do NOT leave the enrolment open.
N.B. If you think that you are eligible for exemption from parts of the EE, you can add certified copies of your diplomas and lists of marks as attachments to the enrolment form.
3. After you have paid and enrolled, you will receive a confirmation by e-mail (in your EUR student e-mail address and your personal e-mail address). This also serves as your evidence of enrolment. Please first check your spam folder if you think that you have not received a confirmation.
4. Prepare properly for the tests!
Make sure you have sufficient time for the test preparation. Also make sure that you arrive at the right location in time on the day of the test. Visit the website about examinations to see what you can expect https://www.eur.nl/onderwijs/praktische-zaken/tentamens.
How do I check the time and location of the tests?
Because of the situation with the COVID-19 virus, it is not possible to take physical tests and we will take the tests digitally this year.
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 June and once during the second round in July. If you achieve unsatisfactory results for one or more subjects during the first round in June, we will automatically register you for the second round of the same tests in July. 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)
Deadlines registration and other important dates
Table: entrance exams June 2020
|09 June 2020||09.30-12.30||English|
|10 June 2020||09.30-12.30||German|
|10 June 2020|
|History 2 (ESL/ESHCC)|
|10 June 2020||13.30-14.15||History 1 (other study programmes)|
|11 June 2020||09.30-11.30||Dutch|
|11 June 2020||13.30-16.30||French|
|between 16 June and 30 June 2020||13.30-16.00||Mathematics|
Registrations for the exams in 2020 are open between Monday 27 April and Friday 15 May, 2020
Table: entrance exams July 2020
|27 July 2020||09.30-12.30||English|
|28 July 2020||09.30-12.30||German|
|28 July 2020||13.30-16.00||History 2 (ESL/ESHCC)|
|28 July 2020||13.30-14.15||History 1 (other study programmes)|
|29 July 2020||09.30-11.30||Dutch|
|29 July 2020||13.30-16.30||French|
|between 27 July and 10 August 2020||13.30-16.00||Mathematics|
Students with a temporary or structural form of impairment can, within reason, use additional facilities for the duration of this impairment. Students need to register for this. These additional facilities include: modifications to the examination facilities (for example, technical aids) and being able to sit the examination in a smaller room with fewer participants present. The aim is that these facilities ensure a level playing field so that all participants have the same chance of success.
Students who wish to use additional facilities when sitting examinations, should submit a request to the Examining Board for the study programme for which they wish to enrol and for which they wish to sit an admission examination. See the table below for an overview of contact information for EUR Examining Boards.
If you are enrolled at two faculties, you must submit a separate request to each faculty. The Examining Board will determine whether you are eligible for additional facilities when sitting written examinations. The Examining Board will also indicate the period during which this approval applies.
You should send the documentation containing the approval to firstname.lastname@example.org (for all study programmes apart from Erasmus MC) or to the Study Informatie Portaal (STiP) (for Erasmus MC study programmes). They will then ensure that you can use additional facilities when you sit the admission examination.
Participants with extra facilities get half an hour extra time.
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)
- Onderwijs Service Centrum (OSC) (for questions regarding Erasmus MC programmes)
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 (C)
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 (A) (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 (B)
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.
Required reading: Eelco Beukers en Stephan Kleine. (eindredactie), MEMO MAX, geschiedenis Bovenbouw VWO.
Handboek (leer- opdrachtenboek) Vwo (Uitgeverij Malmberg; 's Hertogenbosch, 2015; Vijfde druk) ISBN 9789402028683
This book is available at the Erasmus Bookshop Studystore (www.studystore.nl), at the accredited bookstore under the name MEMO MAX Bovenbouw VWO and the abovementioned ISBN numbers.
Exam: essay-questions (in Dutch).