Erasmus University College

Humanities (Liberal Arts and Sciences), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition Fee
    11900 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
At EUC we offer four departments within which there are many majors you can pick and choose from. One of them is the department of Humanities. Humanities focus on the alpha sciences, which in case of EUC vary from philosophy and history to media and communication. When pursuing a Major in Humanities, you will focus on identity, difference and diversity in a globalizing world. Through means such as conceptual analysis of contemporary arts, modern literature and media, you will delve into concepts of identity, philosophical anthropology and history.


Dr. Liesbeth Noordegraaf-Eelens, Head of the Humanities Department at EUC, describes her Department:

“What I think is important about humanities is that it shapes our thoughts by layering them.

A student trained in humanities is always able to put a situation into different perspectives. So, when looking at the news it is not just the events that show themselves, but also the historical and ethical dimension of these events. The multiplicity of the perspectives will allow these students to make more nuanced and accurate judgments.

Furthermore thorough elaboration on ‘the human condition’ will contribute to a fuller understanding of why people act or why people do not act.

However, students trained in humanities do not only distinguish themselves by their intellectual capacities. For me, embracing humanities means that a repertoire to act and to connect opens itself. In the end it will offer a vision on the world around us.”

If you chose to pick one of the Majors from the Humanities Department, you will tackle some of the following courses:
  • Modernity: from Enlightenment to Rationalisation
  • Late Modernity: from Globalisation to Mediatisation
  • New Media & Society
  • A Brief History of Citizenship
  • The Renaissance
  • Global Art Markets
Erasmus University College in general

A small-scale, intensive and residential approach to Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Erasmus University College (EUC) empowers students to face the challenges arising from an increasingly globalizing and interconnecting world, technological advances and environmental change.

For this we offer a Liberal Arts & Sciences programme, including multidisciplinary courses in four distinct Departments which are problem-based throughout. At the centre of this approach is our hallmark: tutored groups of 10 students.

To create a 24/7 academic environment we require EUC students to work and live at tailor-made facilities in the centre of Rotterdam. Extra-curricular activities are as much part of the programme as attending lectures and tutorials.

This new Bachelor programme started in September 2013.

Why study a Bachelor in Liberal Arts & Sciences in Rotterdam?

Why Erasmus University College?

  • Satisfy your curiosity: gain knowledge in a wide range of disciplines
  • Experience a personal approach to education in tutored groups of 10 students
  • Grapple with the complex challenges of today and the future
  • Achieve personal growth and share your knowledge and skills
  • A good link with more than 30 Master programmes at Erasmus University
  • Career opportunities Bachelor in Liberal Arts & Sciences

Our Bachelors degree connects to a wide variety of Masters degree programmes, which are the main gateway to your future career. This allows you to maximize your career opportunities.

Education objectives Bachelor in Liberal Arts & Sciences

Erasmus University College graduates:

  • understand the disciplinary perspectives on challenges to society and business
  • are able to translate these to smarter, broader and interdisciplinary solutions
  • learn to independently conduct scientific research
  • are proficient at teamwork and can communicate effectively with fellow students, professional peers and the general public.


Erasmus University College is the International Honors college of Erasmus University Rotterdam

Accreditation by NVAO granted on October 15, 201

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Early bird application deadline: Jan 1, 2018
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Students at Erasmus University College (EUC) study three years in order to graduate for their Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences.

During those three years you will take both mandatory Academic Core (ACC) courses to give you a solid foundation in knowledge and skills as well as declare a Major, while having the possibility to study for a semester abroad and choose a Minor. Finally, you will have to prove your mastery in an internship, a research project and/or a thesis. As such the path that each of our students follows in our curriculum will most likely be different to some extent.

Throughout their academic career, students will learn in an active environment. Most of the first year courses and a few year two and three follow a method a learning called Problem Based Learning. It is a problem-centered approach to active learning, which increases the motivation of the students and ignites a thorough interest in the subject matter.

You will learn in groups of 10, engaging in vivid discussions guided by a tutor and supported by a self-study. When this is not possible, case studies or other form of active and small-scaled learning will be used.

Year 1; curriculum Bachelor in Liberal Arts & Sciences
In year one you will take 12 courses in total, nine of which make up the Academic Core and three are up to you to choose. The Core is required for all students and is designed to impart essential academic knowledge regarding what every well educated student should know about life and society. The Core consists of four academic skills courses and five interdisciplinary courses. The five interdisciplinary courses look at big themes through the lens of multiple disciplines:
  • Big History
  • Organisations
  • Man & Society
  • Science, Technology & Society
  • Brain & Behaviour
The four mandatory skills courses will cover the topics:
  • Academic Writings & Presentation
  • Research Methods & Design
  • Basic Statistics & Introduction to Excel & SPSS
  • Project Development
Expect to work hard during this year, in order to gain broad knowledge and a useful skillset. Also, benefit from our extracurricular programme, with its rich offerings on Arts, Languages, Community Services, Sports and so on.
Year 2 and 3; curriculum Bachelor in Liberal Arts & Sciences

In your second and third year at EUC you deepen your knowledge in your preferred Department: Humanities, Social & Behavioural Sciences, Economics & Business or Life Sciences. Each of those Departments offer a wide range of Majors for you to pick from but also collaborate to offer unique interdepartmental Majors.

Within each Department, you combine specific interdisciplinary courses to make up a Major that really allows you to go in-depth. For example, in the Social & Behavioural Sciences you can choose from Sociology, International Law, Clinical Psychology, International Relations and much more.
In skills, you will have courses on Qualitative Research, Intermediate Statistics I and Intermediate Statistics II.

You will also choose a Minor which allow you to satisfy your additional interests. Besides the courses offered at EUC, you could attend courses offered at Erasmus University or even other universities through an exchange program.

Finally, you'll conclude your third year with the Capstone: a research project, an internship and/or a thesis.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You are admissible to our programme if you have obtained or will obtain a VWO diploma or a foreign equivalent to the VWO diploma (for example, International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, German Abitur, or British A Levels) with an average of 70% of the total grade . Additionally, since a number of our courses cover mathematics and statistics, mathematics proficiency is vital for success in our programme. Further, since our programme is completely taught in English, English language proficiency is a strict requirement.

As a whole, we are looking for future Erasmus University College students, who:

  • are talented in any way (f.e. arts, sports, music)
  • have international roots or affinity (f.e. international schools, extensive travelling, Cambridge English)
  • act on social responsibility
  • excel in one or more aspects of school
  • look for new experiences
  • take the initiative.

Share your personal profile in your application!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    11900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11900 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Other study costs (on average): € 750
  • Housing (approximate): € 5.500
  • Personal expenses (approximate): € 3.500
  • EUCSA membership fee: € 50

Living costs for Rotterdam

760 - 1,270 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Attending university is one of the most important decisions a person can make. It usually comes with quite a price tag too. We understand that affordability can be a challenge. Here are the options we offer to help on a financial level:
  • Third Party Study Grant - Depending on your nationality and financial status there are various forms of financial aid available. Nuffic has compiled a list of third party financial aid via their Grantfinder webpage.
  • Dutch Government Study Finance - Most Dutch students will have access to a study loan and some to a supplementary study grant (‘studiefinanciering’), from the Dutch state. Under certain conditions non-Dutch, European students may also be eligible for such study finance.
  • Holland Scholarship - A limited number of scholarships is available for international, non-European students
  • Rotterdam Talent Scholarship - For students who live and go to school within the municipality of Rotterdam who can prove a need for substantial financial assistance.
  • EUC Work Grant - For non-Dutch, European students who can prove a need for substaintial financial assistance. Work-grants are valid for one year only, and there is a limited number available.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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