Which language levels do I need?

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Which language levels do I need?

Language skills/levels/tests

Your language skills are very important for all international study abroad programmes. At most partner schools the teaching language of the business and management courses is English, at some partner schools, the teaching language is both in the local language and English. And a very few do not or hardly offer any English courses at all.

In the section Partner Schools MSc on this website you can find a Pdf file showing the teaching language at each school, as well as the language level/proof needed.

Language levels in Europe

In Europe most schools use the levels the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to evaluate your language skills.

The levels of the Common European Framework (CEFR):

A1 – Beginners level
A2 – Pre-intermediate level
B1 – Intermediate level
B2 – High intermediate level
C1 – Advanced level 

Language levels outside Europe

Outside Europe most schools use the scores of TOEFL and/or IELTS to determine the language level. See in the table below, the most common levels required at non-European partner schools:

TOEFL, most common scores needed at partner school:

Internet based: 100

Computer based: 250

Paper based: 600


IELTS, most common scores needed at partner school:

6.5 - 7.0


Scores of TOEFL and/or IELTS should be valid and therefore not older than 1,5 year at time of selection and 2 years at time of exchange.


IELTS (strongly recommended)

Students must score at least a 6.5 for the IETLS Academic. If you’re interested in passing the IELTS tests in the Netherlands, you can do this in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Eindhoven, and Zwolle. IELTS tests all four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. The fee for an IELTS Academic test is around €231. The test center 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.

(Source: https://www.ielts.org/)



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. The TOEFL test has over 50 test dates per year. You can retake the test as many times as you wish, but you cannot take it more than once in a 12-day period. The test centers in The Netherlands are located in Amsterdam, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Arnhem, Eindhoven, and Maastricht. Please keep in mind that available test dates and spots are limited. The fee for a TOEFL test is around €200. 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 center 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.

(Source: http://www.ets.org/toefl)


The Language & Training Center at Erasmus University

The Language & Training Centre (LTC) of the Erasmus University provides high quality language courses for Dutch and international students. For proof of the English language, this is not the place to pass an official TOEFL or IELTS test. For the local languages, such as Spanish, French, and German, the LTC has many courses to offer, ones which take place at the university or some which take place at a language institute that they work with. Please visit www.eur.nl/ltc or email languagecentre@oos.eur.nl for more information.

(Source: www.eur.nl/ltc)