Documents for Admission

Below you will find a list of the documents that will be required for final admission into the programme.

The documents should be sent to the Rotterdam office at your earliest convenience.

All documents listed below must be delivered by June/July at the latest, but the proof of English proficiency already mid May!

Rotterdam office:

For regular mail:
Erasmus University Rotterdam/EMLE
Ilva Putzier, J6-41
P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

For courier service:
Erasmus University Rotterdam/EMLE
Ilva Putzier, J6-41
Burg. Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

As a reminder, please note that all of the documents must be in English and need to be certified copies of the originals, if not indicated otherwise below. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations. Do also note that the acquisition of some of these documents may take quite some time. Please start the necessary inquiries as soon as possible. Certified copies of official documents can be issued e.g. by notaries, the degree-issuing institution, lawyers and in some instances also pastors.

1. Proof of English proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide original test scores from one of the following standardized English proficiency tests. For exemptions from this rule please see below. The following table lists all the tests accredited by the EMLE. No alternative tests or certificates will be accepted!

The accepted tests and accompanying scores are:

a. International TOEFL
– Paper-based: 587 (minimum reading: 313, listening: 310, speaking: 340, writing: 353)
– Computer-based: 240 (minimum reading: 43, listening: 40, speaking: 60, writing: 67)
– Internet-based: 95 (minimum reading: 13, listening: 12: speaking: 18, writing: 21)

b. IELTS (academic module)
– Minimum score of 6.5 (minimum per section: 6.0)

c. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
– Grades A, B, C

d. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
– Grades A, B, C

Please note that we cannot accept any test results older than two years.

TOEFL test:

For those choosing to take a TOEFL test, please contact the EMLE application team with your TOEFL login codes via if you finished your TOEFL test.

2. Proof of English proficiency: Exemptions


– whose native language is English, or

– who have studied for two or more years in a country where English is both the language of instruction/examination and the native language, or

– who have received a degree from a college or university in a country where English is both the language of instruction/examination and the native language need not to prove their proficiency in English.

All others must provide test scores. Please note that “a country where English is […] the native language” does not include countries where English is only one of the official languages (ex.: India, Nigeria, the Philippines, etc.).

3. Proof of programme fee payment

After you have been accepted into the programme, you will be required to pay the final programme fee in two instalments. The first instalment of €500 is due within 2-3 weeks after acceptance. The payment of this fee constitutes an acceptance of your place in the programme. This fee is non-refundable if you should later leave the programme. The second instalment (€5.000 for Europeans, €9.000 for non-Europeans) is due 1 June prior to the start of the programme. This instalment will be 100% refunded if you withdraw from the programme before 31 July, and for 50% if you withdraw before 15 September. No refund is possible if you withdraw within 2 weeks prior to, or during the programme. This fee will be refunded if you leave the programme before October 2015. Exact due dates and account information will be sent along with the admission letter. Final admission to the programme is contingent on full and timely payment of these fees. All students are expected to send a copy of the respective transfer slip to the admissions office at their earliest convenience.

4. Chinese students only

a. NUFFIC certificate

Chinese students who wish to spend part of their studies in the Netherlands (Rotterdam University) need to provide a valid NUFFIC-certification. Having such a certificate does not guarantee allocation to Rotterdam, but students without such a certificate cannot be allocated there! For exemptions from this rule please see below.

A Nuffic Certificate is a document issued by Nuffic that provides an assessment of the student’s English language proficiency and of the authenticity of educational degrees and diplomas. It ensures that all Chinese students are sufficiently qualified to pursue their studies and benefit from their stay in the Netherlands. Nuffic sends this certificate directly to the relevant Dutch higher education institution once it has been issued. That institution then forwards the certificate to the Dutch immigration authorities when applying for the student’s entry visa.

NUFFIC certificate: Exemptions

Students from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau do not need to submit a NUFFIC-certification.

b. APS certificate

Applicants with a degree from a Chinese university who want to spend one or more terms in either Germany (Hamburg), Austria (Vienna) or Belgium (Ghent) need to obtain a certificate that validates their Chinese degree. Having such a certificate does not guarantee allocation to Hamburg, Vienna or Ghent, but students without such a certificate cannot be allocated to those cities! The procedure at the APS takes about two months. A (preliminary) allocation to Hamburg, Vienna or Ghent is therefore conditional upon obtaining the certificate.

Details can be found on the APS website for applications to Germany and Austria/Belgium.

5. Proof of Residence

 Admitted students need to send the hard-copy of a document stating residence in their respective country. This document can be a statement from the current University or employer or the city hall but needs to be issued before the application deadline (January) but not longer than 12 months prior to application deadline.