International Bachelor Economics and Business Economics (IBEB)

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 the EUR Applications Portal. When your application has been received, it will be determined whether your secondary school diploma is sufficient for being admissible to the IBEB 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 IBEB 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 IBEB 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 None
Economics & Society None
Culture & Society Mathematics A, B or D (only in combination with Mathematics A or B)*

*In the old system students are required to have Mathematics A1,2 or B1.

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 focusses on mathematics and English, as these two courses have proved to be the most important for studying in our IBEB 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 IBEB 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 IBEB 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 IBEB 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 IBEB 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

Admission requirements

Only the following HBO propedeutic diplomas can give admission to the International Bachelor of Economics & Business Economics:

  • Accountancy
  • Bedrijfseconomie
  • Commerciële Economie
  • Fiscaal Recht & Economie
  • Logistiek & Economie
  • Management, Economie & Recht

With a propedeutic diploma of one of the above mentioned studies, you can apply if you meet the following additional requirements:

  • Weighted GPA of 7.5 or up
  • Result of 7.5 or up in either the mathematics deficiency test (level 2) or 7.5 or up for VWO certificate Mathematics A. This mathematics result should be available prior to 1st May 2017 as the mathematics score is crucial part of the admission and selection procedure.

Selection criteria

  • Your performance during your secondary school curriculum and propedeutic curriculum. The Selection Committee will review all obtained results and mainly focusses on mathematics and English, as these two courses have proved to be the most important for studying in our IBEB 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 IBEB 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 IBEB 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 IBEB 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 IBEB 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 an International Baccalaureate Diploma

Admission requirements

  • English language standard level course, minimum grade 4 out of 7
  • Mathematics standard level course, minimum grade 5 out of 7 or mathematics higher level course, minimum grade 4 out of 7. Students who study Math Studies are not considered to have sufficient preliminary education in mathematics and therefore not found admissible to the IBEB 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 IBEB 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 IBEB 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 IBEB 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 IBEB 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 IBEB 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 IBEB 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 3 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.
Advanced Placement Calculus ab or Calculus bc grade 3 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 IBEB 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 IBEB 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 IBEB 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 IBEB 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 IBEB 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

 

More information on mathematics requirement

If the level of your mathematics is not considered equivalent to mathematics A 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 IBEB 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.

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.