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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. 

Below we explain the different steps you need to take to apply and enrol for the programme. If you still have questions after checking this page, please contact the faculty’s Admissions Office.

Important: only submitted applications will be taken into consideration! 

  • Copy of your bachelor's degree certificate – if already available  
    If you have not yet obtained your bachelor diploma, you may already apply. However, in that case, any offer made to you will be conditional until you have obtained your degree. You will have until 1 August to submit your diploma (or graduation statement).  

  • Translation of your diploma in English
    If the original is not in Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish or German. Self-made translations will not be accepted.  

  • Recent official transcript of records.
    The transcript must show all your grades during the entire programme.  

  • Translation of your transcript of records in English
    If the original is not in Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish or German. Self-made translations will not be accepted.  

  • 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 iBT 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. Do not forget to include a reference list.   

  • Motivation letter in English  
    No more than two pages!  

  • Copy of passport or ID card.  



Non-EEA students

Before 15 April 

EEA and Dutch students

Before 15 May 

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

You will receive the outcome of the admission procedure ultimately by 1 July. We do have a rolling admissions procedure, which means we review applications as they are sent in. That also means that when you apply early you can already receive an answer early. It usually will take about 6-8 weeks before you receive the outcome of the admission procedure.   

Applications will be evaluated as from January at the earliest.   

Step 1: Enrol in Studielink (the Dutch national enrolment system for higher education programmes)

Step 2: 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 our ICT service desk.

The programme’s admissions committee will assess your application. You will be informed by email whether or not you are admitted to the programme.You can check your application status at any time by logging in on the EUR Admission Portal.

After assessment of application  

The admission committee will inform you about the decision, the offer can be 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. This could be: 

  • Certified copy of diploma and/or transcript: ultimately before 1 August 
  • English language test results: 
    • EEA ultimately before 1 August 
    • 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 will receive an e-mail informing you about the reason(s) for rejection.  

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 next to the admission documents you also have arranged payment of your tuition fee. If you are a Non-EEA student, you also need to meet all immigration requirements. Our central immigration desk will assist international students with arranging immigration formalities. Once you are selected for the programme, our immigration officers will reach out to you.    

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.  

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

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

  1. Log into Osiris 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.

It is advisable to arrive in Rotterdam well in time for the first lectures.   

ESN Introduction Days and the EUReka week are planned for mid-August and are a nice way to get settled before classes start.

Looking for information on practical matters such as housing and insurance? Information on these subjects can be found in our practical matters page.  

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