Bachelor in Management of International Social Challenges

On this page you will find more information about the entry requirements for our bachelor programmes. Each application is a viewed holistically and carefully examined by the Admissions Board. 

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

  • If you have not yet completed your studies, 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 fullfill 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!).

Knowledge of English

To be able to participate in the small-scale education, a good command of English is essential. You will have to write, search for information and participate in class discussions in English. You can demonstrate your English skills in the following ways: 


Minimum score

Minimum sub-scores

TOEFL iBT (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.

Exemption from language proficiency requirement

  • You are a native speaker of English (i.e., a national of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, the United States of America and South Africa) and/or you have obtained a diploma of secondary education in English for at least 2,5 years in one of the above countries and/or;
  • You hold an International Baccalaureate Diploma, English A (HL or SL 4 or higher), English B (HL4 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); 
  •  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.

Mathematics skills

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 next to your school.

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.

Performance in certain courses is known to be predictive of performance within the programme, such as mathematics (because of analytical and cognitive abilities), economics (due to related content), social sciences (due to related content).

A solid background in these disciplines would help you to perform more successfully. If at this point you think your knowledge of either of these subjects is insufficient, you could start practicing by yourself in preparation.