International Bachelor Psychology

Admission requirements for Bachelor International Bachelor in Psychology

From 2020-2021 the bachelor programme in Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam is a fixus programme. The information about the admission requirements will be updated in the summer of 2019.
Please know that the application deadline will be 15 January 2020.

Diploma requirements 

As a rule, you are eligible to apply for our bachelor programmes if you have obtained or will obtain a vwo diploma or its foreign equivalent, i.e., a diploma of pre-academic education (secondary school or high school). International Baccalaureate (IB) and European Baccalaureate (EB) diplomas are the international equivalents of national secondary school diplomas.

If you are in doubt, please refer to the list of most common diplomas granting you access to studies at a research university. Whether or not your diploma is at the required level, will be determined upon receipt of your application and documents.

You cannot apply for this programme with the Colloquium Doctum.

No diploma yet? Upload a diploma statement!

If you have not graduated yet on the day of application, don't worry! Please read below what to do:

  • If you have not completed your studies yet, please send us the most recent copy of your academic record(s) at the moment of application (grade list) and provide a statement of your school with the date you expect to fulfill all requirements necessary for graduation (you need to have completed your studies by mid-August).

  • Please use this template for the statement (and make sure to mention the original name of the diploma you will obtain!).

Language requirements

To be able to participate in the small-scale education, a good command of English is essential. As you will have to write, search for information and participate in class discussions in English, you have to prove your proficiency in English in your application. You will therefore have to submit language test results along with your application if you do not qualify for exemption.

Exemption from language proficiency requirement

You might be exempted from the language skill requirement if:

  • You went to secondary/ high school with English as the language of instruction for at least 2,5 years in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. (Please note that possessing a passport from an English speaking country without attending school in one of the above-mentioned countries does not grant exemption);
  • You hold an International Baccalaureate Diploma, English A (HL or SL 4 or higher), English B (HL 4 or higher);
  • You hold an European Baccalaureate and took English as L1 or L2 with a minimum of 7.0 (not with L3);
  • English was part of your final exam of the following diplomas and you have obtained an average of at least 70% of the maximum score: Dutch vwo, Belgian ASO (in the Flemish and German-speaking part of Belgium), German Abitur, Norwegian Vitnemal, Swedish Slutbetyg, Finnish Ylioppilastuskintotodistus, Icelandic Studentprof, Danish Studentereksamen, Swiss Maturität (in the German speaking part of Switzerland), Austrian Maturazeugnis, French Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (Anglo-American section);
  • You have obtained a hbo diploma at a University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands where the language of instruction of the complete programme was English. Please submit proof thereof by uploading a statement by the university confirming this. (Please know that you are not exempted when you have only completed the first year/propedeuse);
  • The GCSE O-level English first language is only accepted for those students who apply on the basis of GCSE O-levels + GCE A-levels;
  • You have obtained a diploma of higher education in English in of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, the United States of America and South Africa (the entire programme which lasted for at least 2,5 years) and will submit proof or a statement by the university that your degree was taught fully in English.

If you do not qualify for exemption you will have to demonstrate you English skills with an English proficiency test. We accept the following language tests and results:


Minimum score

Minimum sub-scores

TOEFL iBT (our TOEFL ID Code 5971)






Cambridge Exam




Only scores of Internet-Based TOEFL will be accepted (Institutional TOEFL tests will not be accepted). Please note that the test may not be older than two years at the time of application.Also note that it takes several weeks before the results of the tests are known. Take this into consideration, as the results must be in before the deadline, April 1. Without the results, we will not be able to assess your application. 

No mathematics requirement

Since the course includes statistics, which requires a sufficient grasp of mathematics, it is strongly advised that you have had mathematics (pre-academic level) in high school (i.e., secondary school). If at this point you think your knowledge of mathematics is insufficient, you could start practicing by yourself to improve your knowledge of mathematics in preparation for the Bachelor's. It is, however, not a mandatory requirement and applicants are not assessed based on their mathematics grade

Letter of motivation

Apart from your grades, the Admissions Board also consider your motivation to join a particular programme. In terms of motivation, selection will be based on how well the following points are developed in your letter:

  • Why have you chosen to study this particular discipline?
  • Why do you choose to study this discipline at Erasmus University Rotterdam, as opposed to other universities?
  • Why does Problem-Based Learning appeal to you?
  • Demonstrate international orientation and experiences through your CV/ life story/ interests and explain why you choose to study in English and in an international environment.

The motivation letter must be 1 A4 page maximum. You are expected to write your letter in English and address it to the Admissions Board. Do not forget to state your full name and date of birth at the top of your motivation letter.

CV/ Resume

Your Curriculum Vitae or Resume allows you to list your educational career and work experience you obtained so far. A CV should not exceed two A4 pages. If you do not have any professional experience, don't worry, many of your future group mates are in the same situation. You might want to add involvement with NGO’s and extra-curricular activities.

Academic performance

In addition to the credentials mentioned above, the Admissions Board will also take into account your academic performance, i.e., your grades. Please note that there is no minimum score or average grade mentioned; your application will be assessed against the pool of applicants of the given year.

    • Yes, you are eligible when you have completed an Associate Degree or if you have obtained a Dutch HBO Propedeuse. You are also eligible to apply if the first year of your Associate Degree is identical to the first year of a Dutch HBO programme and you have therefore obtained a HBO Propedeuse. 
      Keep in mind that you still have to meet the other admission requirements (for example the language requirement) when you apply.

    • A transfer of grades is not possible. Due to the special educational format that we are using - Problem-Based Learning - as well as the build-up of the curriculum, which mainly consists of obligatory as opposed to optional courses, we cannot accept transfer students. 

    • Our programme is an English-taught programme. All lectures and all literature is in English. This requires from our students that they can read, write, speak and understand English at an academic level and thus we need proof thereof from our applicants. This applies to our Dutch and non-Dutch applicants. 

    • Yes, in some cases you might be exempted from presenting proof of English proficiency. Please have a look on the admission page to find out if you are eligible for exemption. Keep in mind that in case you believe that you qualify for exemption you need to present a proof thereof.

    • The eligibility of your prior education can only be determined after you have submitted an application and only after we have received all requested documents. Prior inquiries will be purely hypothetical. For this reason, we encourage you to officially apply for admission. You can also assess your eligibility yourself by taking a look at the detailed admissions criteria on the admission page. We have tried to make the criteria as transparent as possible.