Which language skills do I need?

Which language skills do I need?

As mentioned in "Selection Criteria", all students need to submit proof of their proficiency in English and if applicable proof of the local language as well.

For proof of your level in English you must submit either your official TOEFL or IELTS test scores (the academic version). English proficiency is measured through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). There are two testing methods: internet-based (iBT) and paper-based (PBT). A score of at least 580 on the paper based exam or 93 on the internet based TOEFL is required.

These are the official TOEFL examinations and are not offered by the Language and Training Centre, here at Erasmus University. In the Netherlands the test can be done at any of the test centres. Please keep in mind that available test dates and spots are limited. About two weeks after the test, you can check your result online. TOEFL sends the score report 13 days after making the test but it is send from the USA. They mention that it can take up to six weeks before it arrives elsewhere; outside the USA. We know from experience that it indeed  can take up to 8 weeks in total before the student receives it at the home address in the Netherlands.
The test centre will ask you where to send the test results to. Always mention your own address. Do not opt for the option to send it to RSM and/or Erasmus University as it will get lost in the internal mail as we know from experience.

We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores (academic version) in which students must score at least a 6.5. If you’re interested in passing the IELTS tests in the Netherlands, you can do this at any  of their centres. IELTS tests all four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. IELTS is accepted by thousands of organisations, including universities, in more than 135 countries. The test centre will send you the score report per post, 13 days after making the test. As it is done from the Netherlands, it will take about 2 weeks after the test date to get the results at your home address in the Netherlands.

We need a copy of your official score report before the application deadline on 07 December, 2017. We strongly advice you to make the test as soon as possible but before the end of September, 2017 the latest if you are planning on doing the TOEFL.  For the IELTS test you could make the test in the first week of November the latest (don't stretch it to the very last moment) but make sure that you register for the test date in September before all spots are filled at the test centre.

The test facilitators even advices you to plan to take the test 2 to 3 months before the deadline (our application deadline) and  to register 3 to 4 months before the test date.

For more information concerning the validity date and what will or will not be accepted, check the tab " How long are language certificates valid?". The options are described in there.

Normally accommodations for test takers with disabilities or health-related needs can be arranged. Do keep in mind that a request has to be handed in before registration of a test and that the review of the request can sometimes take up another 6 weeks. For more information contact the organization of your preference.

We do not accept any other English language tests results, copy of a passport from an English speaking country or lower scores than the ones mentioned above.

Please be aware that after selection, the partner school may require additional language requirements, such as higher scores or even minimum sub scores (for listening, speaking, writing and reading). On our Blackboard page an overview is posted with the required TOEFL and IELTS scores per partner school.

It might be the case that a partner school does not ask for proof or a TOEFL or IELTS test or that the required score is lower than our required score. Please do bear in mind that you need to meet our minimum requirements, this is non-negotiable.

In the event that the school offers both its business courses in English and in the local language, proof that you have advanced knowledge of the local teaching language is usually required. Please check “Specific language requirements (next to English)” in order to find out which language level is required at each stage of the application and selection process and which test results or proofs of proficiency are accepted.

For more information about the (required) language tests or test centers/institutes, please have a look at the following web pages:

For English:
Official TOEFL: www.toefl.org or IELTS: www.ielts.org

The webpage www.toeflgoanywhere.org  provides test takers with detailed information on the test. It also offers preparation material for free, includes videos and also is the place to register for the TOEFL Test.
TOEFL Talks is for test takers where they can ask questions to one of the TOEFL test experts. 
ETS offers a MOOC for the TOEFL Test for students for free. It is a six-week course which helps prospective test takers get ready for the test.

For local languages:
 www.eur.nl/english/ltc/students/courses/&nbsp

Students with a native passport should contact the programme manager of the bachelor exchange to check whether an exemption can be made.