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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 3.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Campus Housing, Flat/Apartment Number of Credits Offered: 12-16
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Bilateral Exchange
Language Courses Offered: Dutch, German Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Art History, Sociology, Honors, Communication, Anthropology, Global Affairs, History, Integrative Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Open to non-Mason Students: No
Program Description:

Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Erasmus HCC
Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication (ESHCC) is a dynamic school focusing on History, Arts and Culture Studies, or Media and Communication. Part of Erasmus University Rotterdam, it is one of the largest universities in the Netherlands. 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.

Courses Available

Students have the option of enrolling in either the Department of Media and Communication or the Department of History, Arts, and Culture Studies. You will need to choose one department to go through.

Credit Conversion

Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication.  A full-time course load is 30 ECTS units. 

  • 2 ECTS = 1 Mason Credit

This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.

Grade Conversion

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 History, Culture, and Communication .

Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication Grade Mason Grade
8.0 - 10 A
7.0 - 7.75 B
6.0 - 6.75 C
5.0 - 5.75 *
0 - 4.75 F
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.

Choosing Courses Abroad

This program does not have pre-approved classes. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. To facilitate this process, you will complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application.

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.

Academic Calendar

ESHCC operates on an academic calendar that is slightly different from Mason. Due to this difference, fall courses (terms 1 and 2) do not often end until the beginning of February. ESHCC has some courses that will allow a student to return earlier. However, to ensure the best selection of courses, it is recommended students study at ESHCC either in the spring semester only or for the entire academic year.

Global Understanding

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.

Program Cost 

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.

Program Payments

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:

Application Deadline:

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).

Visa Information

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 requirements:*

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.

Application instructions:

GEO Program Administrator

Name Mikaela Spencer
Phone 703-993-2641
  Make an appointment

Additional Resources

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 04/08/2019 ** Rolling Admission 09/03/2019 07/12/2020
NOTE: Dates are tentative. They will be updated when received from the partner university.
Fall Semester 2019 04/08/2019 ** Rolling Admission 09/03/2019 02/08/2020
NOTE: Dates are tentative. They will be updated when received from the partner university.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.