Admission Requirements

International Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research

On this page you can find all information regarding the admission requirements, selection criteria and application procedure.

Admission and selection procedure

The application procedure consists of two steps; Studielink and our online application form. When your application has been received, it will be determined whether your secondary school diploma is sufficient for being admissible to the International Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research programme or if you have any deficiencies. Once it is confirmed that you are admissible, your application will be reviewed by the Selection Committee who will decide whether you are offered a place in the programme. Our Programme Board aims for an international classroom with a good balance of different nationalities and educational background. By clicking on one of the yellow buttons below, you can read more detailed information on the admission requirements and selection criteria which apply to you.

Rolling admission

Rolling admission is applied by the Selection Committee; each applicant is reviewed individually and will receive feedback on his/her application within six weeks after submitting the application. This means that during the entire application period, which runs from 1st November until 1st May, the Committee keeps track of the number of students who are offered a place in the International Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research programme and their nationality as well as educational background in order to preserve the international character of the programme.

What does this mean to you? It means that the sooner you apply, the sooner you will hear the outcome of your application. This way you avoid the risk that already too many applicants with similar background have been offered a place in the International Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research programme. In addition, receiving early feedback on your application means you can start preparing your studies in Rotterdam earlier; housing, immigration procedures, scholarships, etcetera.

With a Dutch vwo diploma

Admission requirements

All vwo profiles are eligible. However, for some profiles an additional requirement in mathematics is applicable, see below:

vwo Profile: Additional Requirements:
Nature & Science None
Nature & Health Only in combination with mathematics B (or old style mathematics B1)
Mathematic A and C (or old style mathematics A1 and A1,2) are insufficient
Economics & Society Only in combination with mathematics B (or old style mathematics B1)
Mathematic A and C (or old style mathematics A1 and A1,2) are insufficient
Culture & Society Only in combination with Mathematics B (or old style Mathematics B1)
Mathematic A and C (or old style Mathematics A1 and A1,2) are insufficient

Selection criteria

  • Your performance during your secondary school curriculum. For current vwo-6 students this means score reports from vwo-5 as well as available results in vwo-6. For students who have already obtained their vwo-diploma the final grade list will be taken into account. The Selection Committee will review all obtained results but focuses on mathematics and English, as these two courses have proved to be the most important for studying in our Econometrics programme. Our statistics show that vwo graduates who scored 7.5 or higher for Mathematics B stand a good chance of succeeding in the programme Econometrics and Operations Research. Current vwo-6 students who plan to apply with a grade of less than 7.5 in Mathematics B are therefore strongly advised to reconsider enrolling in the Econometrics and Operations Research programme.
  • Curriculum vitae, showing international background/experience and extracurricular activities. Examples of international experience could be: studying abroad, studying in an international school, attending summer schools abroad, international voluntary work, etcetera.
  • Your motivation to study Econometrics at Erasmus School of Economics. Your motivation should be expressed by writing a motivation letter of maximum 400 words. The letter is to at least answer the following three questions:

    1.Describe your personal experience with people from different (international) backgrounds and what you learned from this experience.
    2.Within the Econometrics programme we aim for a mixture of students from different backgrounds. How do you plan to integrate with students from other countries? Please specifically explain what you will actually do to integrate with your prospective fellow students. If you already have experience on this topic, describe what you have done in the past.
    3.What are the main three arguments which made you decide that studying Econometrics at Erasmus School of Economics is the right choice for you?

As explained above; to preserve the international character of the programme, the Programme Board has decided that the student population in the Econometrics programme must consist of at least 50% international students. This may affect the importance of each selection criterion to differ during the application period.

With a Dutch hbo propedeuse

No Dutch hbo propedeutic diplomas give admission to the International Bachelor of Econometrics & Operational Research. You can only request admission on the basis of your secondary school diploma. Please bear in mind that the Econometrics programme applies decentral selection and only a limited number of admissible students are offered a place in the programme.

With an International Baccalaureate Diploma

Admission requirements

  • English language standard level course, minimum grade 4 out of 7
  • Mathematics higher level course, minimum grade 5 out of 7. Students who study Math Studies or Mathematics Standard Level are not considered to have sufficient preliminary education in mathematics and therefore not found admissible to the Econometrics programme.
  • Minimum requirement of 30 points (TOK, EE and CAS excluded)

Selection criteria

  • For current IB students, your performance during academic year 2015-2016, available results in academic year 2016-17 (this year) and the grades which are predicted to be your final diploma grades in summer 2017. For students who have already obtained the diploma the final grades will be taken into account. The Selection Committee will review all courses but puts extra focus on mathematics and English, as these two courses have proved to be the most important for studying in our Econometrics programme.
  • Curriculum vitae, showing international background/experience and extracurricular activities Examples of international experience could be: studying abroad, studying in an international school, attending summer schools abroad, international voluntary work, etcetera.
  • Your motivation to study Econometrics at Erasmus School of Economics. Your motivation should be expressed by writing a motivation letter of maximum 400 words. The letter is to at least answer the following three questions:

    1.Describe your personal experience with people from different (international) backgrounds and what you learned from this experience.
    2.Within the Econometrics programme we aim for a mixture of students from different backgrounds. How do you plan to integrate with students from other countries? Please specifically explain what you will actually do to integrate with your prospective fellow students. If you already have experience on this topic, describe what you have done in the past.
    3.What are the main three arguments which made you decide that studying Econometrics at Erasmus School of Economics is the right choice for you?

As explained above; to preserve the international character of the programme, the Programme Board has decided that the student population in the Econometrics programme must consist of at least 50% international students. This may affect the importance of each selection criterion to differ during the application period.

Other type of secondary school diploma

Admission requirements

In the Netherlands, students holding a vwo-diploma can enter a university bachelor degree programme. Therefore, international students are eligible for the Econometrics programme with a secondary school diploma equivalent to the vwo diploma. Most common examples of non-Dutch diplomas which are equivalent to vwo are;

Diploma: Additional requirements:
European Baccalaureate (EB) Minimum of 3hrs English per week and 5 hrs mathematics per week (scores to be at least 70% on scale 1-100)
German Abitur Obligation to choose English and Mathematics in the Abitur final examinations
British GCSE certificates + GCE A-levels At least 3 GCSE certificates plus 3 GCE A-levels in 6 different subjects relevant to economics. Including A-level mathematics and GCSE certificate in English as First language. The course Further Math is preferred.
Advanced Placement Calculus ab or Calculus bc grade 4 out 5 (or higher) in combination with an American High School Diploma. The AP is to be administered by the official AP College Board.

 

If you have a non-Dutch secondary school diploma which is not vwo equivalent, there is still a chance your application can be considered for admission. Erasmus School of Economics will evaluate the level of your secondary school education as well as the content of the courses. Students will need to demonstrate sufficient knowledge and skills of English language and mathematics in order to be admissible for the programme. Most common examples of non-Dutch diplomas which are not-equivalent to vwo are;

Diploma Additional Requirements:
American High School Diploma Mathematics entrance exam and possibly a TOEFL or IELTS certificate, depending on the country where the diploma is obtained
Chinese Gaozhong + Gaokao (Senior Middle School + Gaokao) Gaokao minimum score 550 out of 750. The following 4 provinces apply different scores: Jiangsu 352 out of 480 / Zhejiang 594 out of 810 / Shanghai 462 out of 630 / Hainan 660 out of 900. Mathematics entrance exam and TOEFL or IELTS certificate are required.
Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) + Surat Keterangan Hasil Ujian Nasional Mathematics entrance exam and TOEFL or IELTS certificate
Indian Standard XII Academic Stream Mathematics entrance exam and TOEFL or IELTS certificate

 

Selection criteria

  • Your performance during your secondary school curriculum and if applicable the result in our mathematics entrance exam. The Selection Committee will review the results of all courses but with a particular focus on mathematics and English, as these two courses have proved to be the most important for studying in our Econometrics programme.
  • Curriculum vitae, showing international background/experience and extracurricular activities. Examples of international experience could be: studying abroad, studying in an international school, attending summer schools abroad, international voluntary work, etcetera.
  • Your motivation to study Econometrics at Erasmus School of Economics. Your motivation should be expressed by writing a motivation letter of maximum 400 words. The letter is to at least answer the following three questions:
  1. Describe your personal experience with people from different (international) backgrounds and what you learned from this experience.
  2. Within the Econometrics programme we aim for a mixture of students from different backgrounds. How do you plan to integrate with students from other countries? Please specifically explain what you will actually do to integrate with your prospective fellow students. If you already have experience on this topic, describe what you have done in the past.
  3. What are the main three arguments which made you decide that studying Econometrics at Erasmus School of Economics is the right choice for you?

As explained above; to preserve the international character of the programme, the Programme Board has decided that the student population in the Econometrics programme must consist of at least 50% international students. This may affect the importance of each selection criterion to differ during the application period.

More information on English language requirement

Applicants must show proficiency in the English language as all communication within the programme is in English. All applicants must demonstrate this by means of a certified Academic TOEFL or Academic IELTS Test Score Report, taken no longer than 2 years before the day of application to Erasmus School of Economics. Please make your TOEFL scores available to us by filling out our institution code 5394 on your TOEFL registration form.

The respective scores should be at least:

  Academic TOEFL Academic IELTS
Bachelor: 80* 6.0*

* Please note: There are no specific subscores required. We only require total scores as mentioned above.


Exemptions for English test

You are exempted from an English test if:

  • English was part of your final exam of the following diplomas:
    • Dutch vwo
    • Belgian ASO (in the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium)
    • German Abitur
    • Norwegian Vitnemal
    • Swedish Slutbetyg
    • Finnish Ylioppilastuskintotodistus
    • Danish Studentereksamenbevis
    • Austrian Reifezeugnis
    • International Baccalaureate (English standard level course)
    • European Baccalaureate (3 hours minimum)
    • Estonian Gumnaasiumi Ioputunnistus
    • Hungarian Matura Gimnaziumi Erettsegi Bizonyitvany
    • Latvian Atestats par Visparejo Videjo Izglitibu
    • Lithuanian Brandos Atestata
    • Luxembourg Diploma de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires
    • Romanian Diploma de Bacalaureat
    • Slovakian Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej skuske obtained at a Gymnazium
    • Swiss Maturität (German speaking part of Switzerland)
  • You have obtained your diploma in one of the following countries:
    • Australia
    • Canada (with the exception of Quebec)
    • New Zealand
    • Ireland
    • South-Africa
    • United Kingdom
    • United States of America
  • English was your first language during your secondary school education for at least 2,5 years in one of the above mentioned countries and you have proof of this.
  • You have a Dutch four-year hbo degree diploma including the course English language.

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.

A CAE Certificate (Cambridge English Advanced) is not accepted for proof of exemption.

Please note: the Examination Board makes the final decision on granting you an exemption from an English language test.

More information on mathematics requirement

If the level of your mathematics is not considered equivalent to mathematics B on vwo level, the Selection Committee may invite you to demonstrate your mathematics proficiency via an entrance exam. The purpose of the entrance exam is to measure whether or not your secondary school education in mathematics is sufficient for entering our Econometrics programme. The entrance exam is not applicable for students who scored low in mathematics during their secondary school curriculum but would like to take the exam as a chance to prove themselves.

You will be able to take the mathematics entrance exam at your current (or former) secondary school. This international exam takes place once a month in March, April and May. In case you are invited, more information and instructions will be sent along with your invitation.

Apply now!

The deadline to apply for the International Bachelor in Econometrics and Operations Research is 1 May 2017.

Click on the button below to proceed and finalise your application.

Tuition fees, scholarships and grants

More information on tuition fees, scholarships and grants can be found on www.eur.nl/ese/english/bachelor/fees_and_scholarships/.

Please be aware that some scholarships and grants require an early application, such as the Excellent Student Waiver and the Holland Scholarship Programme.

Contact

For questions about the admission and application procedure you are more than welcome to contact us via phone or via email:

  • 0031.(0)10.408.1380
  • econometrics@ese.eur.nl