Erasmus University College

Social & Behavioural Sciences at Erasmus University College, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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At EUC we offer four departments within which there are many majors you can pick and choose from. One of the departments is Social Sciences, which aims to educate you in the field of society and human behavior. By taking a disciplined approach to quantifying observations of society, statistical data and various research methods are used to teach you about social developments in various academic areas.
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  • Programme outline
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  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Dr. Semiha Denktas, Head of the Social & Beahvioural Sciences Department at EUC, described her Department:

“As a graduate of Erasmus University College with a Major in Social & Behavioural Sciences you will have a strong academic foundation and skills that employers find attractive.

We aim to educate you in the fields of society and human behaviour. This major allows you to learn how to do both theoretical and practical research. It will also stimulate you to use your newly obtained knowledge in a multidisciplinary fashion which is a crucial aspect of the Liberal Arts and Sciences education at Erasmus University College.

So, if you are intrigued by globalisation and international relations and wonder about how you can help to improve our society you will make the right choice when you Major in Social & Behavioural Sciences.

The same goes for if you wonder why the law plays a vital role in the society that you live in and if you are fascinated by the dynamics and consequences of social and ethnic inequality. Finally, if you ever pondered about why people are the way they are and you would like to know more about thinking, emotion, disorders and behaviour, the Major in Social & Behavioural Sciences might be just the thing for you.

If you decide to choose one of the Majors of the Social & Behavioural Sciences Department you will tackle some of the following courses:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Clinical Communication Skills
  • Health Care Governance
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Political Institutions & Public Governance
  • Narratives of Law & Justice
  • Fundamentals of International Tax & Tax Policy
  • New Media, Culture & Society
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: Spring Intake in February - Autumn Intake in September
  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course 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.

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.

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 11900 International
  • EUR 4000 EU/EEA
  • Other study costs (on average): € 750
  • Housing (approximate): € 5.500
  • Personal expenses (approximate): € 3.500
  • EUCSA membership fee: € 50


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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