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How to apply for the Master Media Studies

As of 1 October, you can register for this programme. You need to start in Studielink, which is the Dutch national registration system for higher education.

Subsequently, you continue your application in the Admission Portal of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR).  After you have submitted your application, the programme’s admission committee will assess your request for admission. You will be informed about the outcome by email. Once you are admitted, you can finalise your registration. On the pages below, you will find information about the different steps you need to take to apply and enroll for a Master in Media Studies.

If you still have questions after checking these pages, you can send an e-mail to the Admissions Office.

Prepare the following documents (pdf)

  • Copy of your Bachelor's degree certificate
    If you have not obtained your Bachelor diploma yet, we will consider your application anyhow. However, any offer made to you will be conditional. You will be allowed to submit your diploma (or graduation statement) later, ultimately 1 August. In this case you do need to upload your most recent transcript of records.

  • Translation of your diploma in English if the original is not in Dutch, English, French or German.
  • Recent official transcript of records stating all your grades starting with the programme’s first year.
  • Translation of your transcript of records in English if the original is not in Dutch, English, French or German.
  • GPA (Grade Point Average) - if available. Your GPA is based on the weighted average of all grades from your programme.
  • Language test results. Preferably an IELTS academic or TOEFL test.
     If not yet obtained, we will consider your application anyhow. However, any offer made to you will be conditional. Please plan your test as soon as possible.
  • Curriculum vitae in English.
  • Essay or paper written in English. You are free to choose the subject of the essay. You may send a paper you have written during your Bachelor’s degree programme. The purpose is to give the programme’s selection committee an impression of your academic writing and analytical skills. The required length is 5-10 pages. The paper must be written in English. Do not forget to include a reference list. 
  • Motivation letter in English (1 to 2 pages).
  • Copy of passport or ID card.

If you still have questions after checking these pages, you can send an email to the Admissions Office.



Early application

before 15 January (for EEA and non-EEA students)

2nd round

before 15 April (for EEA students and non-EEA students)

3rd round

before 15 May (for EEA students only)

In view of the time needed to arrange visa and housing, applicants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) need to apply ultimately 15 April.

You will receive the outcome of the admission procedure ultimately by 1 July.


Enrol in Studielink (the Dutch national enrolment system for higher education programmes).


Finalise your application in the EUR Admission Portal

After you have enrolled in Studielink , you will receive an email with your ID and password to log in on the EUR Admission Portal. You can start working in the Portal, save your entries and use your login information to return to the Portal later. In the Portal you are invited to finalise your application by uploading the required documents and answering some additional questions. Once you have done this, you need to submit your application before the application deadline.

We will only start processing your application after you have submitted it in the Portal (by clicking on the 'submit' button on the last page of the questionnaire).

Please be aware that automatically generated emails may end up in your spam or junk folder. Therefore, check these folders! If after enrolling in Studielink you do not receive an email from us with your login details for the Portal, please contact the Admissions Office.

Once you have submitted your application in the EUR Admission Portal, we will check your application documents and let you know if anything is missing.

You can check your application status at any time by logging in on the EUR Admission Portal

After assessment of application

The admission commitee will inform you about the decision, the offer can one of the following:


You are unconditionally admitted to the programme. Please indicate within three weeks in the EUR Admission Portal whether or not you accept the offer.

Conditionally approved

You are conditionally admitted to the programme, your offer mentions the conditions of your admission.  Please indicate within three weeks in the EUR Admission Portal whether or not you accept the offer.

Furthermore, you are requested to email any missing documents before the deadline:

  • Certified copy of diploma and/or transcript: ultimately before 1 August
  • English language test results:
    • EEA ultimately before the 1 July
    • Non-EEA ultimately before 15 May (due to the time needed to arrange visa and housing)

Once we have approved the documents, your status will change to ‘approved’.


You receive an e-mail informing you about the reason(s) for rejection.

If you wish to cancel your application, please withdraw your enrolment in Studielink. Your application status in the Admissions Portal will automatically change to ‘cancelled’ as well.

If you still have questions after checking this page, you may find the answer in our FAQ section. You can also send an email to the Admissions Office. An application at Erasmus University is only complete if you:

  • have arranged payment of your tuition fee;
  • Uploaded your photograph.
  • International students will receive information from our International Officer regarding visa requirements and practical matters such as housing and insurance. Information on these subjects can be found in our practical matters page.
  • If you are a Non-EEA student, you also need to meet all immigration requirements.

As of approximately mid-June, you will be able to arrange payment of tuition fees. You start with entering your payment details in Studielink (see your 'to do list' in Studielink). On our practical matters page you will find all the information you need regarding payment of your tuition fees. If you still have questions, please contact Erasmus Student Service Centre.

You will receive a personal link, through which you can upload your passport photo. Please contact Erasmus Student Service Centre if you did not receive the link, but check your spam box first!

The ultimate date for finalising your registration is 31 August, but please do not wait until the last minute!

It is advisable to arrive in Rotterdam well in time for the first lectures. Introductions such as ESN Introduction Days and the EUReka week are planned or mid-August and are a nice way to get settled before classes start.

In case you have changed your mind about studying in Rotterdam, please withdraw your application in Studielink.

Once you have completed all the steps of admissions and enrolment you can download a proof of enrolment yourself in Osiris.

Here is a step-by-step instruction of how you can download the proof of enrollment from Osiris

  1. Log in with your ERNA id and password
  2. Click on the menu (three stripes on top left-hand side) to select ‘My details’
  3. Click on ‘Enrolment degree programme’
  4. You will find the programme you applied for with a button below stating ‘Declaration of enrolment’
  5. Click this button to download your proof of enrolment

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