Erasmus University College

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

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English
At EUC we offer four departments within which there are many majors you can pick and choose from. One of the departments is Life Sciences. Are you intrigued by the primer into cognitive neuroscience? Would laboratory research be your new favorite thing to do? Are you a math genius? Go for Life Sciences!


Dr. Kees Vink, Head of the Life Sciences Department at EUC, describes his Department:

“Within the Life Sciences Majors offered at EUC, we aim to share our fascination for 'life' with the students, teach them the fundamental aspects of biology (both theoretical and practical), train them to develop an academic, critical way of thinking, and guide them in building a solid foundation for their future careers.

The strong international reputation of the Erasmus Medical Center (Erasmus MC) in biomedical research has played a crucial role in designing the Life Sciences Major. Consequently, there is a strong focus on medical biology in some of the offered Majors. Most Majors however, cover the basic concepts of all of the important disciplines within modern biology, including evolutionary biology, plant biology and environmental biology.

Apart from the pre-defined Majors, which guarantee an optimal preparation for entry to various Master programmes, there is ample opportunity for Life Sciences students to choose their own set of courses.

Among the pre-defined Majors, a special position is occupied by the so-called Medical Track. This Major prepares students for a 1-year Connection Programme after graduation that will subsequently prime students to enter the Erasmus MC Medical Master. Note, that a total of 24 EUC Medical Track graduates per year will be selected to enter the Connection Programme, which will be organised by the Erasmus MC.

The study of 'life' is a wonderful, challenging and rewarding experience. I hope you'll choose Life Sciences and share this experience with us!”If you pick one of the Majors from the Life Science Department you will tackle some of the following courses:
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry Lab
  • Life Support
  • Medical Ethics
  • Human Anatomy
  • Micro- & Immunobiology
  • Embryology & Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Decision Making
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, 2012

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.

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    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

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4100 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): € 1.000
  • Housing (approximate): € 7.400

Living costs for Rotterdam

760 - 1270 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.

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