Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences houses the four scientific disciplines with each their specific perspectives on people and society. Part of Erasmus University Rotterdam, it is one of the largest universities in the Netherlands. Central in the university's training and research is their motto: Discover people. Discover society! With a population of over 600,000, Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and the center of the Rotterdam-The Hague metropolis. It’s famous for its port, one of the biggest in Europe. The River Maas runs through the‘skyscraper city’ with its innovative architecture. Behind the modern skyline, you’ll find a nice, even ‘cosy’ historic city center.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
Students applying to ESSB who wish to follow courses in the fields of Public Administration, Sociology, Pedagogy or Psychology are able to choose from the courses taught at ESSB. Under certain conditions exchange students of ESSB may also take courses at other faculties of EUR (not more than 1 course per semester). Please keep in mind that own students of these faculties have an advantage while registering for their courses.
Pre-Approved Credits & Petitioning for Transfer Credit
The Global Education Office has a list of courses that have been pre-approved for transfer back to Mason. You can view the lists online
. These lists get updated every semester. You are by no means limited to these courses. If you wish to take a course not on your university's list, you will need to complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form to get the course pre-approved. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application. If you wish to take a course on the pre-approved list, you will still need to include it on the PTC form so we can verify you will be full-time while abroad.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences. A full-time course load is 30 ECTS units.
This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences.
|Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences Grade
|8.0 - 10
|7.0 - 7.75
|6.0 - 6.75
|5.0 - 5.75
|0 - 4.75
Marks exceeding 9 are very rare. An 8 represents a high level of achievement, while grades 6 and 7 generally account for the majority of passing grades awarded.
Rather than using semesters, the academic year of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences is divided into eight blocks. Each block is intensively devoted to one course and lasts approximately five weeks. Exchange students spending the months of September until December at ESSB will usually take part in the first three blocks. Exams are scheduled at the end of each course, block or semester.
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Students live in furnished rooms or apartments off-campus. Arrangements can be made through third party housing corporations recommended by Erasmus.
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $325 (for semester length programs) or $525 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid September*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a temporary residence permit, even for one semester in the Netherlands. This is a complicated process and Erasmus University Rotterdam will assist you with your application to the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND), but you should expect to have enough funds to cover your full term of study ready soon after acceptance. Please see your Program Administrator for full details. Students who have participated in this exchange in the past found it easiest to provide Erasmus University Rotterdam with a certified bank statement from the student's or the student's parents' bank account to prove they have sufficient funding to come to the Netherlands. Do not apply for a residence permit until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the page below on the Erasmus website for further details on their immigration process.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.