Frequently Asked Questions

Registration and application procedures 

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1.1 How, exactly, does the admission procedure work?

Prospective students should register for the IBCoM programme in Studielink. Furthermore, students should upload the required documents in the EUR Application Portal. Once the registration in Studielink is complete, a link to this portal will be sent via email, providing a student with login (ERNA) details. You will then be able to enter additional information and upload the required documents, such as your motivation letter. Once you are done, you have to submit your application in the EUR AP. We will only process applications that have been submitted through the EUR AP (on time).

Depending on the type of diploma you will be obtaining, different documents are required. Please follow the procedure applicable to your particular diploma.

Prospective students will be informed about the outcome of the procedure by IBCoM, no later than 15 April 2017. Selected students will receive an offer from IBCoM, and are requested to confirm their participation. More detailed information and instructions on how to proceed once you are invited (by the Examination Board) to join IBCoM, will be sent to those to whom this applies.

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1.2 I have not received my login details. How can I get them?

Please send an email to servidesk@remove-this.ict.eur.nl in order to have them resend your login details.

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1.3 Does IBCoM ask for an application fee?

No, we do not.

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1.4 How many students can enter the programme in 2017-2018?

We will take a limited number of students meeting the entry requirements. We no longer have a numerus fixus, but our aim is to build an international classroom of about 200 motivated students with international backgrounds and ambitions.

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1.5 How many applications do you normally receive for IBCoM?

The number of applications for the IBCoM programme largely exceeds the number of places available. For 2016-2017, we have received over 450 applications, and we were allowed to select 200 students. We expect the numbers of applications to grow for 2017-2018.Although we no longer have a numerus fixus, we still aim for an international classroom of about 200 students. 

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1.6 I sent in my application, but have not received any information about the outcome yet. When will I know whether or not I am admitted to the programme?

The ultimate date on which you will find out the outcome of the selection procedure, is April 15, 2017.

We will, however, invite a small amount of excellent students before that date. The Examination Board will look at all files in January, March and April and select a couple of students who will be invited to join the programme right away. Applicants whom the Board does not believe to be suitable candidates for the programme, may also be informed right away. Some will find out after April 15th, since we do not wish to rule out anybody, and want to leave most of the spots open for late applicants as well. Since we can only admit a limited number of students, we are very careful when considering all applications. All files will be compared, so it only makes sense for the Board to wait until all of them are in. This means that most students will only be invited to the programme after the ultimate deadline.

Only students who have received an acceptance letter from the ESHCC Examination Board will be allowed to enter the programme.

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1.7 What happens if my application reaches the university after the deadline of 1 April 2017?

Your application will not be taken into consideration if it is received after the deadline. This means that you need to make sure to provide us with all your documents before 1 April 2017. Applications received after the deadline can and will not be taken into consideration.

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1.8 Do you have a Spring intake?

No, we do not. We only have one annual intake, which is in September. 

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1.9 What is Studielink?

This is the Dutch registration system for universities.

Entry requirements, grade lists and diplomas

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2.1 I have yet to obtain my diploma. Can I apply and what do I need to do?

Yes, you can apply for IBCoM. If you get an offer from us, it will be a conditional offer. 

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2.2 I do not have a Dutch highschool diploma, can I still enroll in the programme?

In some cases, it is possible to take the so-called 21+ test (also known as colloquium doctum). Please read the information on this website carefully and follow the instructions. More information about this test can be obtained via the ESSC.

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2.3 How do I obtain an official grade list for my application?

Your home school/university can provide you with an official grade list. This needs to be stamped and signed.

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2.4 My English does not meet the requirements, what do you recommend?

A more than average proficiency in English is required for a reason. Students whose English is below the entry requirement, will have trouble successfully completing the courses. We expect a lot from our students, and in a communications programme, being able to communicate well, is obviously very important. We therefore recommend you do not take this requirement lightly. This standard has been set for a reason and has also proven to be necessary over the years. Students who think their English grade does not reflect their actual proficiency, are very welcome to demonstrate their increased skills by taking a TOEFL or IELTS exam. We will need the results by August 1st.

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2.5 What are the entry requirements for Mathematics?

A list of the entry requirements can be found here.

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2.6 I have just received my diploma (applicable to students graduating in June-July-August 2017). Where can I send it?

Congratulations! Students can upload their diploma in the EUR Application Portal.

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2.7 I have already provided the University with a copy of my diploma. Now DUO is asking me to send it in again. What should I do?

It is very important that you follow these instructions carefully. Since DUO and the EUR are two separate institutions, we do not automatically share these documents. It is up to you to make sure all your documents reach DUO in time.

General questions and practical matters

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3.1 Can I still apply for the academic year of 2016-2017?

It is no longer possible to apply for the academic year of 2016-2017. We only have one intake moment, which is in September.

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3.2 How much is the tuition fee and when is payment for 2017-2018 due?

You can find information about the tuition fee here. More details can be obtained via the ESSC. The fee has to be paid before the first of September every year.

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3.3 I am currently enrolled in another Bachelor's programme. Can I continue my studies at IBCoM and transfer my credits?

We do not allow any transfers into the programme, not in September, nor in January or February. All IBCoM students have to start in year one of the Bachelor's programme, and complete all three years. It is not possible to transfer any credits. Exemptions based on previous education are rarely granted and can only be applied for after being accepted into the programme. The Examination Board will deal with such a request, based on your personal file.

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3.4 I would like to combine studying IBCoM with a second study. Is this possible?

It is important to realize that the Binding Study Advice (BSA) applies, which means that you have to obtain all 60 ECTS of the IBCoM BA-1. In addition, we have mandatory attendance of the workgroups and quite a number of deadlines for assignments, hence good planning skills are required if you want to combine two studies. To find out whether this is possible for you, we advise you to check your current calendar and then check the calendar for the upcoming terms to see if it would, hypothetically, be possible for you to combine both, schedule wise. Regular students follow three courses per term, most courses consist of one lecture and one tutorial per week. For some students it is possible to combine two studies, however, it requires a lot of planning and determination on the part of the student. If you have any further questions or want to discuss your situation in person, do not hesitate to make an appointment with the student advisor through the education office.

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3.5 I have been selected by the programme but would like to start next year and defer my offer. Do you accept deferrals?

No, we do not accept deferrals. You would have to apply again next year. 

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3.6 I have been selected by the programme but would like to improve my English. How and where can I do this?

In addition, once you arrive in Rotterdam, you can join one of the many courses offered at our Language and Training Centre

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3.7 I need to move to Rotterdam, where can I find information about housing?

You can find out more about housing on this page. All international students who are invited to join the programme, will receive a detailed email from our Admission and Recruitment Coordinator with information about housing.

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3.8 When do I need to arrive in Rotterdam?

It is advisable to arrive in Rotterdam from the first of September 2017 onward. The IBCoM programme organizes a yearly bootcamp for first year students, which will take place in the beginning of September (date to be announced later). Lectures start the week after that. Other introductions, such as ESN and the EUReka week are mid-August and are also a nice way to get settled before classes start.

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3.9 I need a student visa, does the university provide help getting one?

Yes, we do. Students who need a visa will be asked to send their visa documents to the IBCoM office. All students to whom this applies, will automatically receive further information from the IBCoM Office.

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3.10 If I need medical assistance, how can I receive this?

During your time as a student in Rotterdam, you can turn to for help and assistance. Please look here for more information.

Please note that for medical assistance, the usual practice in the Netherlands is for a patient to have an initial consultation with a general practitioner (Dutch: huisarts), before making an appointment with a specialist in hospital.

Erasmus University Rotterdam has made arrangements with several general practitioners. For information, click here.

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3.11 Where can I find information about my student card?

You can contact the ESSC about this. You need the card to participate in exams, and borrow books in the library. You will only receive it once you have finished your registration (e.g. payment of tuition fees). 

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3.12 My question is not on this list.

Please also check our practical information pages. If you are still unable to find the answers you are looking for, please contact the IBCoM Admission and Recruitment Coordinator (ibcom@remove-this.eshcc.eur.nl).