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When you want to study at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, you will have to meet the admission requirements. Please select the type of programme you would like to study below.


Rotterdam Business School Bachelors (4 years)

To enter the bachelor programme International Business of Rotterdam Business School you must meet the following requirements: 

4-year programme

Dutch secondary education diploma

Applicants with a Dutch secondary education diploma: HAVO, MBO 4 or VWO diploma, please check the website of Hogeschool Rotterdam for details about Admission Requirements.

EU and non-EU nationality applicants without a Dutch diploma

Students with a Secondary school diploma equivalent to a Dutch HAVO, MBO 4 or VWO diploma are eligible for our Bachelor programmes..

Click here to check at the Nuffic website whether your diploma meets the minimum level requirement. 

You need to meet the following requirements:

  • For your final registration we need to either receive an original certified photocopy* of your diploma and a final transcript by post. Or you can show your original diploma and transcript in person before the deadline of 31st of August**. Certified translations (by sworn translator) are required if not in Dutch, English, French, German or Spanish. 
  • English test level (scroll down to check the language requirements).
  • Complete the study programme check.

*An original certified photocopy is a photocopy of your original diploma. This copy is stamped and signed by the school or the institute which awarded your diploma.

When you graduate before September 1st, 2021 but do not receive your diploma before September 1st, 2021, then you must hand in a declaration of graduation (completely filled in and signed) by August 31st, 2021 at the latest at the Centre of International Affairs. You will be sent this form, but we will also add it here when available.

Rotterdam Business School Bachelors Fast Track (3 years)

What is the Fast Track Programme?

The 3 year fast track programme is a more intense version of our International Business programme. It was designed to provide students who have a VWO background a more challenging education. As mentioned in order to do this version, students must have a VWO equivalent previous education. These are educations such as the international baccalaureate. Below is some more information for you to understand further the fast track programme. 

International equivalent for Dutch diploma

Students who want to study one of our Bachelor programmes should have a secondary school diploma equivalent to a Dutch HAVO, MBO4 or VWO diploma. Please check the list below and be aware that this list is an indication of your diploma level. Your admission is based on your actual documents.

Country National degree Dutch equivale
Brazil Certificado de Conclusão de 2° Grau/Certificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio HAVO
Bulgaria  Diploma za Sredna Obrazovanie – Диплома за средна образовагие (квалификация). met een beroepstitel (vocational stream) HAVO
Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie - Диплома за средна образовагие (academic stream) VWO 
China Senior middle school graduation certificate (gaozhong) HAVO
Colombia  Bachiller Académico  HAVO
Técnico Profesional / Tecnólogo  MBO 4
Croatia   Svjedodžba o zavrsnom ispitu (secondary vocational education - 4 years) HAVO
Svjedodžba o (državnoj) maturi (general education) VWO 
Svjedodžba o zavrsnom ispitu (secondary arts education) VWO 
Estonia    Lõputunnistus kutsekeshariduse omandamise kohta HAVO
Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus VWO 
Lõputunnistus keskhariduse baasil kutseõppe läbimise kohta MBO 4 
Germany  Fachhochschulreife HAVO
Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife VWO
Indonesia Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) HAVO
Latvia  Diploms par profesionālo vidējo izglītību HAVO
Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību VWO
Lithuania  Brandos Atestatas VWO
Kvalificaijos Pažymėjimas/ Profesinio Mokymo Diplomas (Profesine Mokykla, Technologiju Gimnazija or Jaunimo Mokykla) MBO 4
Romania   Diploma de Bacalaureat (obtained before 2005) HAVO
Diploma de Bacalaureat (obtained since 2005) VWO
Certificat de absolvire a scolii post-liceale MBO 4
Russia    Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obshchem Obrazovanii Аттестат о Среднем (Полном) Общем Образовании HAVO
Diplom ob Okonchanii Srednego Proftechuchilisha (SPTU) Диплом об Окончании Среднего Профтехучилища (3 years) HAVO
Diplom ob Okonchanii Srednego Special’nogo Uchebnogo Zavedenija (SSUZ) Диплом об Окончании Среднего Специального Учебного Заведения (3-4 years)
Svidetel’stvo (Professionalnoe Litsei) - Свидетельство профессиональное Лицей (2 years)
Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education HAVO
Vietnam  Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc / Bang Trung Hoc Pho Thong/Bang Tu Tai/Baccalaureate HAVO
Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc obtained at a high school for the gifted HAVO 
General Certificate of Secondary Education in 4 subjects with marks ranging from A∗ -C plus a General Certificate of Education with 2 subjects at advanced subsidiary level (6 different subjects in total)
General Certificate of Secondary Education in 3 subjects with marks ranging from A*-C plus a General Certificate of Education with 3 subjects at advanced level (6 different subjects in total) VWO 
Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma VWO 
BTEC Level 3 National Extended MBO 4 
Secondary Vocational Educational diploma MBO 4
Afghanistan  Vocational Education Certificate MBO 4
12 Grade Graduation Certificate HAVO
Albania  Diploma vocational training programme HAVO
Dëftesë Pjekurie VWO 
Argentina   Técnico (en modalidad técnico profesional) MBO 4
Bachiller en Arte / Bachiller (en) / Técnico (en) (modalidad artistica) HAVO
Bachiller en HAVO 
Australia      Higher School Certificate (Queensland) HAVO/VWO
Certificate of Education (Southern Australia) HAVO/VWO 
Certificate of Education / Qualifications Certificate HAVO/VWO
Tasmanian Certificate of Education (Victorian) HAVO/VWO
Certificate of Education (Western Australia)  HAVO/VWO 
Certificate of Education/ ACT Year 12 Certificate HAVO/VWO 
Northern Territory Certificate of Education HAVO/VWO
Austria  Reife- und Diplomprüfungszeugnis VWO
Reifezeugnis/Reifeprufungszeugnis VWO 
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate vocational HAVO
Higher Secondary Certificate (humanities/sciences) / Alim Certifica HAVO 
Belgium Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs, Beroepssecundair Onderwijs (BSO) MBO 4
Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs, Kunst Secundair Onderwijs (KSO)/ Technisch Secundair Onderwijs (TSO) VWO/HAVO
Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs, Algemeen Secundair Onderwijs (ASO) VWO
Cameroon  GCE, O-level (at least 4 subjects with a final result of Grade A, B or C) + GCE, A-level (at least 2 subjects) HAVO
Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement Secondaire HAVO 
General Certificate of Education (Technical/Commercial) Advanced Level HAVO
Brevet de Technicien/Brevet Professionnel/Baccalauréat MBO 3/4
Diplôme de Technicien MBO 3/4
Canada  High School Diploma (English-speaking provinces) HAVO
Diplôme d’ Études Secondaires (DES) HAVO
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) HAVO
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six university preparation courses or Ontario Academic Courses (OAC) VWO
High School Diploma with a relatively large number of academic courses in grades 11 and 12, with good grades (English-speaking provinces) VWO
Diplôme d’ Études Collégiales (DEC) with the designation préuniversitaire (2 years) VWO
Diplôme d’ Études Collégiales (DEC) with the designation de formation technique or de formation en métiers d’art (3 years) VWO
Chile   Licencia de Educación Media/Licencia de Enseñanza Media (humanístico-científica) HAVO
Licencia de Educación Media/Licencia de Enseñanza Media (técnico-profesional/artística) HAVO
Técnico de Nivel Superior MBO
Curaçao,St Marten and BES Islands    HAVO-diploma HAVO
VWO-diploma VWO
Certificate of Secondary Education (CXC-examen) with at least 5 subjects at the level of general and with the marks 1, 2 of 3 (St. Martin, Caribbean Examination Council) HAVO
SBO-diploma (level 4) of management training MBO 4
Czech Republic    Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce obtained at a Střední odborná učiliště MBO 4
Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce obtained at a Střední odborná škola HAVO
Maturitní zkouška obtained at a music school HAVO
Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce obtained at a Gymnázium VWO
Denmark  Højere Handelseksamen (HHX)/ Højere Teknisk Eksamen (HTX) VWO
Studentereksamenbevis (STX) / Bevis for Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) VWO
Egypt   General Secondary Education Certificate HAVO
Technical Institute Diploma MBO 4
Diploma of Advanced Technical Studies  MBO 3/4
Ethiopia Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate/Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination HAVO
Finland  Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/Studentexamenbevis Matriculation Examination Certificate VWO
Ammatillinen perustutkinto/ Yrkesinriktad grundexamen MBO 4
France   Baccalauréat Professionne MBO 4
Baccalauréat Technologique VWO/HAVO
Baccalauréat Général VWO
Ghana  Senior Secondary School Certificate (at least six subjects with a score of A to C) HAVO
West African Senior Secondary School Certificate (at least six subjects with a score of A1 to C6) HAVO
Greece   School Leaving Certificate of an EPAL (level 3) MBO 3/4 
Apolytirio Genikou Lykeiou with an average mark lower than 10 HAVO
Apolytirio (Genikou) Lykeiou with an average mark of 10 or higher VWO 
Hungary  Gimnáziumi Érettségi Bizonyítvány VWO
Szakközépiskolai Érettségi-Képesítö Bizonyítvány VWO 
Iceland  Stúdentspróf (Matriculation Examination), obtained at a Menntaskóli VWO
Sveinprof, obtained at a Iðnskóli or Sérskóli MBO 4 
India      Vocational Diplomas and Certificates MBO 4
Polytechnic Diploma following Standard X (Basic Diploma) MBO 4
Standard XII diploma (vocational stream) MBO 4
Standard XII diploma (academic stream): Intermediate Examination Certificate / Higher Secondary School Certificate with marks ranging from A-E in 5 subject HAVO
Standard XII diploma (academic stream): All Indian Secondary School Certificate with marks ranging from A (A1, A2) – B (B1) in 5 subjects VWO 
Standard XII diploma (academic stream): Indian School Certificate with an average of 75% in 5 subjects VWO 
Iran Certificate of Completion of Secondary School Studies (academic programme) (until early 1990s) HAVO
Certificate of Completion of Secondary School Studies (theoretical programme) (since early 1990s) HAVO
Pre-University Certificate HAVO
Integrated Associate Degree/Associate Degree (kârdânî) (post-secondary institution) MBO 4
Iraq Secondary School Certificate – / مدرسیة وثیقة الإعدادیة المرحلة (wathîqa madrasiyya / al-marhalla al-i‘dâdiyya) HAVO
Ireland  Leaving Certificate Applied HAVO
Leaving Certificate (at least 6 exam subjects with a ‘higher level’ final result and a grade of A, B or C in at least 2 subjects) VWO 
Leaving Certificate (at least 6 exam subjects of which at least 2 subjects at higher level with a result of H1 - H4) VWO
Israel  Te’udat Bagrut HAVO/VWO
Italy Diploma di Qualifica MBO 4
Diploma di Maestro d’Arte MBO 4
Diploma di Superamento dell’Esame di Stato Conclusivo dei Corsi di Istruzione Secondario Superiore (liceo classico / scientifco / linguistico) VWO
Japan High School Certificate of Graduation (卒業証明書 Sotsugyoshomeisho) HAVO
Kenya  Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (at least 6 subjects with A, B or C) HAVO
Certificates/diplomas (technical training institutes and institutes of technology) MBO 4 
Malaysia    Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia HAVO
Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia/Matriculation Certificate VWO
Unified Examination Certificate with an average score of less than 75% HAVO
Unified Examination Certificate with an average score of 75% or higher VWO
Mexico  Bachiller Técnico HAVO
Bachiller HAVO 
Morocco  Attestation du Baccalauréat HAVO
Attestation du Baccalauréat (with vocational component) HAVO 
Nepal HSEB (Migration) Certificate (humanities/science) HAVO
HSEB (Migration) Certificate (management/science) HAVO
New Zealand NCEA Level 3 (with sufficient credits from general level 3 subjects) VWO
NCEA Level 2 HAVO/ MBO 4
Nigeria  Advanced National Commercial Certificate/Advanced National Technical Certificate level 4 MBO 4
(Ordinary) National Diploma MBO 4
Senior School Certificate ( WAEC) (at least 6 subjects with A, B or C or 1-6) HAVO 
Senior School Certificate (NECO) (at least 6 subjects with A or B or 1-4) HAVO
Norway Svennebrev (Journeyman’s certificate) or Fagbrev (Trade certificate) level 4 MBO 4
Vitnemål for Videregående Opplaering HAVO/VWO
Pakistan  Higher Secondary School Certificate/Intermediate School Certificate with a final result of at least Grade C HAVO
Bachelor (Pass) VWO 
Peru Profesional Técnico a Nombre de la Nación level 4 MBO 4 
Certificado Oficial de Estudios HAVO
Poland      Swiadectwo Ukonczenia Liceum Zawodowego (Vocational lyceum - 4 years) HAVO
Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Zawodowego (Vocational lyceum - 4 years)  VWO 
Swiadectwo Ukonczenia Technikum Zawodowego (Technical lyceum - 4 or 5 years) HAVO 
Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Technikum Zawodowego (Technical lyceum - 4 or 5 years) VWO 
Swiadectwo Ukonczenia Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego (General lyceum) HAVO 
Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego (General lyceum) VWO 
Slovakia    Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške obtained at a Stredná odborná škola HAVO
Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške obtained at a Stredné odborné učilište HAVO 
Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške obtained at a Konzervatórium HAVO 
Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške obtained at a Gymnázium VWO 
Slovenia  Poklicna Matura (Vocational Matriculation Certificate) HAVO
Splošna Matura (General Matriculation Certificate) VWO
South Africa National Senior Certificate with minimal requirements for admission to a bachelor’s degree programme HAVO
South Korea  High School Certificate (general high school) HAVO
High School Certificate (science high school) HAVO 
Spain  Título de Técnico Superior MBO 4
Título de Bachiller HAVO
Surinam  HAVO diploma HAVO 
Certificate for the Algemeen Vormende Fase HAVO 
VWO diploma VWO
Sweden  Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan with vocational courses HAVO
Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan HAVO/VWO 
Switzerland  Berufsmaturität/ Fachmaturität/Specialised Maturity Certificate HAVO
Maturity Certificate/Maturitätszeugnis/ Maturitätsausweis/Certificat de Maturité VWO 
Taiwan Senior High School Diploma HAVO
Turkey Teknik Lisesi Diplomasi HAVO
Lise Diplomasi (3 years) HAVO 
Lise Diplomasi (4 years) HAVO 
Ukraine Dyplom kvalifikovanogo robitnika / Qualified worker with Svidotstvo pro bazovu zagal’nu serednyu osvitu (level II) HAVO
Atestat pro zagal’nu serednyu osvitu / Certificate of completed secondary education HAVO
USA High School diploma HAVO/VWO
Associate’s degree (terminal/vocational program) MBO 4
Associate’s degree (transfer program) VWO
Portugal Diploma de especialização tecnológica - nível 4/Certificado de qualificação profissional de nivel 4 MBO 4
Diploma/Certificado de qualificação profissional de nivel 3 HAVO
Diploma/Certificado/Certidão do Ensino Secundário HAVO

Exemption on placement semester

Exemption on placement semester

Students with a minimum of one-year full-time relevant work experience (in the fields of Finance & Accounting, Marketing Management, Logistics Management and/or International Human Resource Management) can apply to the examination board for an exemption from doing their placement semester. Instead they provide a placement report to meet the placement criteria.

English language requirements

English language requirements

English requirements (we accept):

Exemptions for the English level requirement are: Applicants whose medium of instruction of the previous education was in English and some EU secondary education diplomas.

Please send the required application documents by email to the admissions team. Your previous education and your level of English will be reviewed to check if you meet the admission requirements.

EU and non-EU applicants who reside in the Netherlands also need to submit:

  • Valid residence permit

Application deadline

Application deadline Bachelor programmes

European (EEA) applicants 31 Jul
Non-European (non-EEA) applicants* 1 May
Non-EU applicants with valid Dutch residence permit 31 Jul

*Non-EU applicants have an early deadline of May 1st due to visa applications that have to be submitted.

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