Admission and selection procedure
Please note: any documents or additional information available after the applicable deadline, will not be taken into account. Make sure to have the required application documents available well in time.
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 Double Degree BSc² Econometrics/Economics 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 double degree 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. Completing the application procedure is possible between 1 November 2017 and 1 April */ 1 May 2018.
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 1 November until 1 April*/ 1 May the Committee keeps track of the number of students who are offered a place in the Double Degree BSc² Econometrics/Economics 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 Double Degree BSc² Econometrics/Economics. In addition, receiving early feedback on your application means you can start preparing your studies in Rotterdam earlier; housing, immigration procedures, scholarships, etcetera.
Note: the BSc2 programme means you will study two 3-year programmes in 4 years. For Dutch students this is important to realise, as you will have an enrolment for two 3-year bachelor programmes which means you will only be able to use services of DUO for a duration of 3 years.
*The 1st April deadline applies to students who apply with a non-European passport and therefore require a Dutch residence permit, as this process takes a little more time.
With a Dutch hbo propedeuse
No Dutch HBO propedeutic diplomas give admission to the double degree Econometrics/Economics. You can only request admission on the basis of your secondary school diploma. Please bear in mind that the double degree Econometrics/Economics programme applies decentral selection and only a limited number of admissible students are offered a place in the programme.
With an International Baccalaureate Diploma
- English A HL course, English A SL course or English B HL 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 double degree Econometrics/Economics programme.
- Minimum requirement of 30 points (TOK, EE and CAS excluded)
- For current IB students, your performance during academic year 2016-2017, available results in academic year 2017-18 (this year) and the grades which are predicted to be your final diploma grades in summer 2018. The Selection Committee will review all available data up until 1st May. Results obtained after 1st May, such as final exam scores, will not be taken into account when making the selection decision. 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 study 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 Double degree Econometrics/Economics 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:
- Within the Double degree Econometrics/Economics 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.
- What are the main three arguments which made you decide that studying Double degree Econometrics/Economics at Erasmus School of Economics is the right choice for you?
- Taking the curriculum of the Double Degree bachelor programme into account, which goals will you have when you successfully obtain your two bachelor degrees in 4 years from now?
As explained above; to preserve the international character of the programme, the Programme Board has decided that the student population in the Double degree Econometrics/Economics 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 TOEFL iBT Opens external
or Academic IELTSOpens external
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.
Exemptions for English test
More information on mathematics requirement
- You are exempted from an English test if:
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.
- English was part of your final exam of the following diplomas:
- Dutch VWO, obtained in the Netherlands
- VWO from Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao
- Belgian ASO (in the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium)
- German Abitur
- Norwegian Vitnemal
- Swedish Slutbetyg
- Finnish Ylioppilastuskintotodistus
- Danish Studentereksamenbevis
- Austrian Reifezeugnis
- International Baccalaureate (the 3 types of English courses mentioned under the IB requirements section on our site) )
- European Baccalaureate (language 1 or 2, for 3 hours per week)
- 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:
- Canada (with the exception of Quebec)
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom, with the exception of Commonwealth countries and territories
- 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.
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.
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 Double degree Econometrics/Economics 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.