Admission requirements

International Bachelor History

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Do you think that studying history in Rotterdam may be right for you? If so, be sure to come along to one of our Open Days or get in touch with one of our students.

A list of several important characteristics that future students should have is shown below:

  • You desire to learn as much as possible about the past, but you don’t want to be limited to listening to stories and analyses.
  • You want to improve your writing skills to convey sharp and professional messages and are willing to present for small groups.
  • You are up to date with the latest scientific data and views and your outlook goes beyond the Netherlands. The history of Europe and the world is our point of reference and the literature is in English.
  • You participate in workshops and can contribute to the debates, active participation requires good preparation and reading the literature.

Entry Requirements 

Please note: 

  • Whether or not your diploma and/or language test report are at the required level, will be determined by the Admissions Office of Erasmus University Rotterdam. No rights can be derived from the overview below.
  • You can complete and submit your application even when you have not yet obtained your diploma and/or proof of English proficiency.

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Diploma requirements IB History

  • A Dutch vwo diploma.
  • A diploma from the first year of a four-year Dutch hbo programme.
  • A statement of successfully finishing the first year of a Dutch Bachelor’s degree programme.
  • An international Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.
  • A European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma.
  • A secondary or high school diploma which gives access to a research university, such as the German Abitur. If you completed secondary education which in your country provides access to a research university, you are usually also eligible for admission to Dutch universities. If you are in doubt, please refer to the list of most common diplomas  that grant you eligibility to studying at a research university. All diplomas will be assessed.
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English language requirements IB History

Non-native speakers of English are required to demonstrate proof of proficiency in English through any of the following:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 100. All subscores should be at least 23.
  • IELTS (International English language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7.0 overall. Subscores should be 6.5 at least.
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): grade B, A
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): grade C, B, A
  • Dutch vwo grade of 7.0 or higher in English (final exam vwo-6)
  • International Baccalaureate with English at Higher or Standard Level.
  • European Baccalaureate with English as first or second language.

English tests must not be older than two years at the time of application. If you have not yet taken any English test, we recommend that you take the IELTS or TOEFL.

Proof of English proficiency is not required if you have obtained a diploma of secondary education in Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, or Ireland.

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Requirements for the Dutch Bachelor Geschiedenis

For participation in education and tests within Bachelor Geschiedenis (Dutch programme) proficiency in the Dutch language is required. This requirement is met if the student:

  • is in possession of a diploma in secondary education (vwo) and Dutch has been part of the exam in order to obtain that diploma, or;
  • passed the test ‘Dutch as a second language, second level’ (NT-2 exam II).