Admission and enrollment: checklist

The procedures of application, admission and enrollment are not the same at every university and even within the same university. In order to give you an idea of the process before entering the programme we have created an overview to help you clarify the details.

Please read the information in the checklist below very carefully in order to finalize your admission and enrollment successfully. The checklist will also help you with planning your stay in advance. In case you encounter difficulties or concerns on any of these subjects, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Programme-specific, additional information (reading list, suggestions) can be found on the left-hand side menu. 



Offer reply form

We request you to confirm your participation in our programme through EUR Admissions Portal, Offer Reply Form, no later than four weeks after the date of receiving the offer of admission (or, if the email was sent in July, by August 1 of the current calendar year). Please keep in mind that filling out the Offer Reply Form is one of the essential requirements for finalizing the admission procedure.
We look forward to hearing your decision! 

ADMISSION Documents to complete admission

Sending the originals of certified copies of your documents per post within four weeks’ time upon the receipt of the offer (unless you received the offer after mid-summer, in which case the documents should reach us before the last week of August) completes your application and enables us to admit you for enrollment. Read more..

Not graduated at application

If you are expecting to graduate at the end of August, please make sure that a confirmation from your university stating that you have graduated and fulfilled all the requirements (180 ECTS) of your higher education degree (either in the form of diploma or graduation statement) reaches us BEFORE the last week of August. Read more..



Please note that admission to enrollment will only happen after we have received an offer reply form and the hard copies of requested documents per post and after you have fulfilled the requirements set by your offer of admission (e.g., pre-module, finishing your current studies or something else) – if you had a condition, of course. If you have to fulfill a condition set in the offer of admission, your enrollment will be pending until the moment you fulfill it and inform us about it, presenting a proof thereof. Please mind that you must do it no later than one week before the end of August.

Photo upload

An important system-generated message was sent to you right after you registered for our programme(-s). It contained instructions on how to upload a digital photo to the student administration system. Read more..

Payment of tuition

Make sure to your tuition payment reaches us before August 31Read more..

Download proof of enrollment

Once you have completed all the steps of admissions and enrollment you may want to download a proof of enrollment. A hard copy of it will be sent to your postal address (if you registered a Dutch address in Studielink) or ours. In the latter case you will receive the proof on enrollment together with your students card after arrival at the university. Read more...


(if applicable)

Your data is forwarded to the Immigration Desk around the time of your admission and they will contact you if immigration is applicable in your case. Please correspond with them directly regarding immigration issues. Please do inform us when you do not hear from them 2,5 months before the beginning of your studies. If you already have a residence permit, please contact Immigration Desk directly asking them if you need to do anything about immigration.

Introduction activities

The faculty orientation activities are mandatory and include several activities in the first month (and some extra activities in the months before the start of the academic year, in August - for those starting in September). Besides the mandatory orientation activities of the faculty, the university also offers several orientation programmes for all new (international) students, which are not obligatory. Plan to be in the Netherlands on time in order not to miss the activities you consider to be useful.

Facebook group

In several weeks’ time after the application deadline you will be invited to a Facebook group of your programme. 


Information on the timetables is available in the Course Guide around the end of July. Enter the name of your course and check the timetable on the right-hand side. 

Another way how you can access the timetables is by checking the course descriptions in the curriculum table. Please have a look at this page for more information.

Practical preparations
Have you arranged your housing yet, is your insurance complete and do you know how to get to Rotterdam? All pre-departure matters, other points to consider before your studies abroad and much more can be found on this page with all practical information.
More information
More information related to all students of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences can be found on the page of current students. Here you will find for example an overview of all services and facilities available to ESSB students. This might be of use for you once you have arrived in Rotterdam and you are trying to find your way through EUR campus.

Postponing your admission

The letter of admission you receive from us is valid for one year. In case you wish to start our master programme one year later, we will be happy to postpone your admission – but only once. You only need to re-apply next academic year and add the scan of the offer of admission you received (the email with the offer of admission). 

If you decide to re-apply for another year we can assure you, that you won't be competing with other applicants. You have already been admitted to our programme, therefore admission will be granted to you again if you decide to re-apply.

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