Orientation for outgoing MSc students

Orientation for outgoing MSc students

Thank you for your interest in the Master Welcome to the Master Exchange Programme facilitated by the International Office of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

The master exchanges take place upon completion of your master programme, in Autumn 2017. For students participating in the master programmes Master in Management or Finance & Investments Advanced, the exchange takes place in Spring 2018.

Nearly 100 top business schools and universities in Europe, the United States, Canada, Asia, Australia, New Zealand or Latin America are open for a master exchange. Most partner schools are member of RSM’s well regarded networks PIM (Partnership in International Management) and/or CEMS (the Global Alliance in Management Education, others are based on a bilateral partnership.

Before starting your career, we hope that you are one of those students who decides to take up this international challenge which further develops your personal and professional skills. Apply for our Master Exchange Programme!

The International Office 

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Partner schools 
Although RSM maintains a partner network of 175+ schools, not all of them are open for a master exchange. These business schools and universities are seen as some of the best in their countries and are renowned worldwide. There are separate agreements with schools for both the Bachelor and Master exchange, but also for bachelor or master exchange only. Or schools belong to a certain network to which a regular master exchange is not possible.

You have to list 3 preferred destinations in your application. Next to that, you will be able to mention 10 alternative destinations.

MBA level exchanges
At some schools, mostly outside Europe, master students participate in MBA programmes. The reason is just because of the fact that this particular partner school does not offer a master programme. For MBA level programmes working experience (at least 1 year) and maturity is very important.

Blackboard course RSM Master Exchange (general information)
There are nearly 100 master exchange destinations to choose from, but it is very important to apply for the right ones since some schools require additional language and admission grade requirements, have a different academic calendar (Austria, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Korea), differ from length in terms (tri/semester, quarter system) or have deviating requirements for certain nationalities (China). This information is mostly summarized in the partner schools’ so-called Factsheets, which are to be found at the RSM’ Black Board page “RSM Master Exchange (general information)”, section “partner schools”. This blackboard course is also a useful tool to find reports of former exchange students.

PIM Schools Database 
Fact sheets for Partnership in International Management (PIM) network member schools, including academic calendar, accommodation and application, are available on the PIM website: www.pimnetwork.org. 

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The International Office of RSM is responsible for initiating, organizing and coordinating international exchange and is therefor able to give you most of the information needed.

Important information on the Master Exchange Programme is communicated through: 

  • Blackboard course RSM Master Exchange (general information)
    There are more nearly 100 master exchange destinations to choose from, but it is very important to apply for the right ones since some schools require additional language and admission grade requirements, have a different academic calendar (Austria, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Korea), differ from length in terms (tri/semester, quarter system) or have deviating requirements for certain nationalities (China).
    This information is mostly summarized in the partner schools’ so-called Factsheets, which are to be found at the RSM’ Black Board page “RSM Master Exchange (general information)”, section “partner schools”. This blackboard course is also a useful tool to find reports of former exchange students.
  • Sin-Online
    Important information and new developments on the Master Exchange Programme is also communicated through: SIN -Online channel “RSM Master Exchange”.
  • Directly by email through the International Office.
  • Feel free to drop by our office for questions or contact us to make an appointment. See the tab "Contact Information".
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The websites of our partner schools provide you with information about their (exchange) programmes, accreditation and rankings, location, and accommodation options for international students.

The direct links to webpages for (master/graduate) incoming exchange students are in most cases mentioned on a partner university's factsheet. These factsheets are posted on our Blackboard page "RSM Master Exchange". This will save you a lot of searching on the web.

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At Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) there are several offices that promote, support and facilitate outgoing and incoming student mobility. At the faculties, institutes and schools, these offices are usually called 'international offices', like at the RSM. On a university-wide level, the concerning office is called the International Office EUR.

International Office EUR is able to give you advice about scholarships en more general information on studying and living abroad.

You will be able to find this information on the following website: http://www.eur.nl/english/essc/internationaloffice/studyabroad/

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Social media channels are easy and available for everyone to use. For example, you could check the RSM Exchange Students 2016-2017 group on Facebook to contact our current exchange students. For students going on exchange or coming to Rotterdam in 2017-2018 a new Facebook group will be launched after selection.

Use social media to get information about the universities, the countries, to learn from students who went on exchange already etc.

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The Netherlands Organisation for International Co-operation in Higher Education (Nuffic) is the Dutch organisation for international co-operation in higher education. They provide useful information about studying abroad, grants, etc. The Dutch website provides more information as it mainly focuses on Dutch students but the English page can be of some help for international students as well: www.wilweg.nl

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There are several mandatory requirements which you must fulfil in order to be considered eligible for an exchange or for a specific destination in particular. There is a maximum number of exchange slots in the programme. The following selection criteria guarantee that each student has sufficient qualifications and motivation to study successfully abroad. The selection committee applies all criteria, as outlined below.

To be selected to go on exchange, you must fulfil several mandatory requirements. The following selection criteria guarantee that each student has sufficient qualifications and motivation to study successfully abroad: All applying students must have achieved a minimum average weighted grade of 6.5 in their bachelor programme at RSM or another university. If you want to apply for business schools in North America, your average weighted bachelor grade should surpass a 7.5. For traditional popular destinations, your average should surpass a 7.0 (see overview partner schools). Current master students must have completed at least 2 of their master core courses. In all cases, students should bring their most recent Osiris print out, which shows all core courses results, to the interview which takes place early February 2017. Students must show equal proof of their language skills required for the school they apply for. Students must write a motivation letter which is primarily based on the study programme abroad. Students must demonstrate that they are mature, independent, flexible and responsible by extra-curricular activities. Participation in RSM activities is a big plus for selection. Students must be aware that they represent RSM/fulfill an ambassadors role abroad. Students applying for MBA level programmes (most schools in N-America and Asia) must have at least one year of working experience (internships, part-time (management) job).

 

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Students who are eligible to apply for an exchange in 2017-2018 (status at the time of the selection on Friday January 13, 2017):

  • current master students who started their master programme in January 2016;
  • current master students who started their master programme in September 2016;
  • current master students who started their second master programme in September 2016;
  • Master in Management students who started their programme in September 2016; 
  • Master in Finance Advanced students who started their programme in September 2016;
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Average grade

At most partner schools, students with a bachelor average grade of 6.5 will meet the entry requirements for their exchange programme. However and especially the North-American business schools require a higher average, meaning a -7.5-, there is no way RSM can send students who score lower without running the risk that students are not be admitted. For the very popular schools, RSM requires an average of -7.0-.

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The reason that you chose your preferred destinations plays a crucial role in the selection process, in both your letter and during your 10-minute interview. Therefore, we advise you to devote a sufficient amount of time to preparing your application and interview. The motivation letter is part of the online application for your exchange.

Your letter should: 

  • include a detailed description of what you hope to accomplish during your exchange for each of the three specific destinations in your top three;
  • clearly explain why you have chosen those destinations;
  • be well structured and thoughtfully written;
  • be written in English.

This motivation letter may not exceed 6.000 characters (text and spaces). If you copy-paste from Word, please keep in mind that Word does not count hard returns as a character, the online application system does.

The more personal your motivation letter is, the more you stand out from the crowd applying for the same destinations.

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The selection committee wants to learn more about your extra-curricular activities in addition to your studies at RSM and working experience is important when you are applying for MBA level exchange programmes. RSM has MBA level exchange agreements with certain partner schools, just for the fact that these do not have master programmes like there are at RSM.

In the online application, please name the most relevant activities or jobs. Your participation in RSM activities is an advantage for being selected.

Jobs you can include:
• any part-time, full-time jobs or weekend jobs;
• activities and responsibilities in a student association or society;
• RSM activities in which you have participated or were responsible for (participation in RSM activities is a big plus for selection);
• voluntary activities in sports or in the community;
• internships;
• your own company.

Your extra-curricular information should show us that you are a mature, independent, flexible and responsible student.

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When you submit your online application, no later than Friday January 13, 2017, you must upload proof of your level of language skills according to the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR), TOEFL and/or IELTS scores. You should have proof of the teaching language of all 3 preferred partner schools.

If you are still participating in a language course or registered for an official language test (TOEFL, IELTS) at the time of the application deadline, please include proof of your language course/test registration and submit the result during your interview in February 2017.

Please check categorie “Language skills” in order to find out which language level is required at each stage of the application and selection process and which test results or proofs of proficiency are accepted.

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Language levels at time of selection / exchange

Your language skills are very important for all international study abroad programmes. You will attend business and management courses from the regular programme of the host university; this usually means they will be in the language of the host country. RSM uses the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to evaluate your language skills.

Levels of the Common European Framework (CEFR):
A1 – Beginners level
A2 – Pre-intermediate level
B1 – Intermediate level
B2 – High intermediate level
C1 – Advanced level 

English
At most partner schools the following language scores are needed to be admitted to their exchange programme:

Language Test Score
CEFR B2.2
TOEFL Internet based: 100
Computer based: 250
Paper based: 600
IELTS 6.5 - 7.0 

Scores of TOEFL and/or IELTS should be valid and therefore not older than 1,5 year at time of selection and 2 years at time of exchange.

No English proof is needed for the online application RSM*, if:
- English is your mother tongue;
- You have proof that you have completed your pre-master or (non)-RSM bachelor studies in English (at least three years);
- You have proof that you have completed your entire secondary education in English;

*Note: Please be aware that the above mentioned language exemptions are ONLY applicable for our internal selection. After selection and being nominated, the partner schools, in most cases, require additional proof of language skills, such as official TOEFL or IELTS scores.

http://www.eur.nl/english/ltc/students/courses/&nbsp

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Some universities require proof of another language in addition to English:

Latin-America:

  • Our partnerschools ESAN (Peru), PUC (Chile), UTDT (Argentina) require the Spanish language level (CEFR) B2.2 or D.E.L.E. Diploma Intermedio.
  • Our partnerschool UFRJ, Coppead (Brazil) requires the Portuguese language (CEFR) B2.2, at this business school only a few courses are offered in English.

Europe: 

  • For our partner schools Universität St. Gallen (Switserland) and Univerity of Cologne (Germany), a German language level B2.2 is strongly recommended next to English. Courses in English are limited.

Please note: If you are planning to attend courses in a local language, the host university may ask for a proof of proficiency in that language.

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Please be aware that some official language certificates are valid for two years only. Partner universities have the right to reject these certificates. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a valid certificate to show to the partner university. However, the International Office does accept this “old” certificate for the application in January in order to prove your level of proficiency.

If one of the partner universities on your application (top 3 and 10 alternatives) asks for an official proof of e.g. the TOEFL or IELTS and your certificate expires before Spring of 2017, we strongly advise you to make a new test and have the result in before our application deadline in January. If you wait until after the selection, you might not have the time to get a new certificate before the application deadline of the partner university (which in some cases might be in February or March already).

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Application – 3 steps

Before your start filling you out the online application form for the master exchange programme, you are strongly recommended to make yourself familiar with the contents of the website pages on the master exchange programme.

Step 1. Prepare your application:

• Please read this website carefully, especially the selection criteria.
• Attend at least one information session on Tuesday October 11, 2016 during the Study Abroad Fair which starts at 17:00 in the C-hall.
• Subscribe to the SIN-Online channel “RSM Master Exchange”.
• Check the language requirements (see selection) and register for a language level test (TOEFL/IELTS or language course in good time.
• Enrol in “RSM Master Exchange (general information)” on Blackboard. 

Step 2. Complete your application online here:

Information and uploads required in the online application:
• Personal information, such as your contact details, student ID, uploaded picture.
• RSM student status, such as year of enrolment, programme, results of your bachelor programme.
• Language skills: upload proof of your language skills (TOEFL or IELTS , ITP TOEFL, results of English Bachelor programme, results of secondary education if in English).
• Details of prior or other education.
• A maximum of three of your most relevant extra-curricular activities, such as an internship, job, student association, RSM activities, or volunteer work. Upload your C.V.
• State your three preferred destinations, and any alternative suggestions.
• A preliminary proposal indicating your choice of courses at your preferred destinations. This preliminary proposal can be changed after you have been selected.
• A copy of your passport’s detail’s page.
• Motivation letter. 

 Step 3. Submit online your application + uploads (language, passport, C.V.) not later than Friday January 13, January 2017

• Once submitted, no further alterations can be made.
• Keep a printout of your completed online application for yourself to prepare for the interview.

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SELECTION PROCESS

Initial selection
The initial selection is based on your application form. Candidates who do not meet the selection criteria will take no further part in the selection process, and will be notified by email before the end of January 2017.

Interviews
If you have passed the initial selection, you will be notified of the date, time and place of your 10-minute interview by email. Interviews will take place in the first week of February 2017. Please confirm your attendance at the interview to the administrative assistant of the International Office, Ellen van Oeffelen by email at eoeffelen@rsm.nl as soon as possible.

Matching of students and exchange places
When all interviews are concluded, the committee will proceed with selection and placement of candidates, taking into account the order of preferred universities. You may, or may not, be granted a place at your preferred destination, depending on availability. The committee starts with selection for destinations with the greatest competition, for example those with a high number of applications and few available places. There is a competition for placements and the selection process for popular destinations will be more rigorous than for other destinations. Selection is based on average grades, working experience, language skills, extra-curricular activities, study progress, motivation and performance during interview. Students with lower scores have smaller chances of winning a placement at their first choice destination. If unsuccessful, they will compete for places in their second and third choice destinations.

 

 

 

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ALLOCATION OF EXCHANGE SLOTS: POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE RESULT

Positive or negative result? The results of the selection will be announced by email on Friday 17 February 2017. If the International Office has not been able to allocate you an exchange destination (yet), you will be informed by email the day before.

Negative results are for students who:
• they scored lower on the selection criteria than others for the same exchange place(s);
• they only applied for one particular partner school for which there were better applicants;
• they were not open to alternative destinations;
• they made a poor impression during the interview;
• they didn’t demonstrate a solid motivation for the host university;
• they failed to attend the interview and gave no good reason for doing so.

Negative result: 

Waiting list
If the selection committee has not selected you for any of your three preferred destinations, but you have indicated that you are open to alternatives, you will be registered on our waiting list. This means you can re-apply for any remaining available exchange placements. A list of available placements will be sent to you by email after students selected in the first round have confirmed or declined their offers; this takes place between one and two weeks after the interviews.

Positive result:

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Students selected for the RSM Master Exchange Programme celebrate the results with a social get-together. This is a perfect opportunity to meet fellow students who are going to the same exchange destination as you, and also to meet students who are currently doing their exchange in Rotterdam. Here’s your chance to meet future study mates and ask for more information from those already on exchange here in Rotterdam. You will automatically receive an invitation for this event. 

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A study experience abroad always involves additional costs such as language course fees, visas, insurance, airfare and other travel expenses. The total amount of additional costs depends on the destination and your personal expenses.

Please do make sure that you make a realistic budget overview for yourself before deciding where you would like to go. Do not calculate receiving possible scholarships or grants within this budget overview as you can never be sure if you will actually receive them. If you do, see it as extra spending money.

For example:

Some universities in countries such as the USA or Australia need proof that you have enough funds to support yourself during your stay at the host university. Selected students for these universities need to show evidence at the time of application (around February) at the host university that they have the equivalent of approximately $5000 or more on their or their parents’ bank account. In some cases, grants and scholarships are available.

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As an exchange student selected by RSM’s International Office, you don’t have to pay any tuition fee at the host university.

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The following information may also help to you to reduce your extra costs.

Subletting your room during your exchange

Subletting your room during your exchange period can reduce exchange costs, and using your room will help us to accommodate incoming exchange students.

There is always a shortage of rooms from September to December. Students who want to rent out their room temporarily can use the housing webpage: www.HousingAnywhere.com. This webpage was developed to bring student accommodation supply and demand together; and it operates student-to-student, without using intermediaries.

You can also check out the Facebook group “RSM Exchange Students 2017-2018” and interact with international students coming to Rotterdam for their exchange who may want to rent your room. This page will be launched after the selection in 2016. If you sublet your room via HousingAnywhere, post the link to your room here on Facebook.

Student grants and loans & reimbursement of OV student card

Dutch students will continue to receive student grants and loans while abroad. Students who receive a student grant from DUO and who take components of their Dutch university studies abroad are entitled to receive approximately ¤ 100 per month instead of their OV student card. Leisure travel time before or after your exchange programme is not calculated in this period. To receive timely reimbursement you should submit your request to DUO at least two months before departure. Request forms are available at the Erasmus Student Service Centre (ESSC) in the E-building, and on DUO’s website:www.duo.nl/particulieren/reizen/buitenland.asp. The International Office of RSM can sign this form.

ERASMUS+ (Formerly known as Lifelong Learning / Erasmus Programme)

The new European education programme is called Erasmus+: The EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. It is the successor of the Life Long Learning Programme. This programme financially supports students who will be exchanged to universities in any EU and EEA/EFTA country. Students can not send in an application for this grant individually. Therefore, after the exchange selection, the International Office makes sure that the Department of Student Affairs/Internationalisation (responsible for the administration of the Erasmus+ programme) receives a list of all selected students eligible for this grant. The Department of Student Affairs will inform those students how to proceed with their application for the Erasmus+ programme grant.

Part of the Learning Agreement consists of filling in the courses you would like to attend at the partner school. The International Office of RSM will need to sign for this. Please make sure that you get RSM’s approval for these courses by sending us your conversion proposal first. Only then will we sign the Erasmus+ Learning Agreement.

 www.nuffic.nl/studiebeurzen/leven-lang-leren-erasmus/erasmus-for-all (only in Dutch)
If you have any questions, please send email to erasmusbeurs@eur.nl.

A.A. Van Beek Fund Scholarship

Students who have been enrolled at the Erasmus University Rotterdam for at least two years can apply for this scholarship. Information and application forms can be found here: www.aavanbeekfonds.nl and www.eur.nl/studyabroad

The International Office’s letter of confirmation is sent to you after selection, and can serve as evidence that your exchange period counts towards your degree at RSM. This proof is necessary for the application for this scholarship.

 

 

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 MEET THE INTERNATIONAL OFFICE

The International Office at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is responsible for initiating, organising and co-ordinating international exchange and joint / double degree programmes with international business schools and universities at bachelor and master level.

The International Office is your first contact for exchanges on Bachelor and Master level.

Location, opening hours and contact persons
Location: Mandeville Building, 5th floor, rooms 24, 26 and 30
Opening hours: Monday through Friday, 09.00 – 17.00 h.
Appointments: The International Office has an open door policy, though appointments are recommended as all staff members work part time.

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Linda de Vries
Linda de Vries
Head International Office Outgoing Master exchange
T5-24

Ellen Vermeulen
Ellen Vermeulen
Programme Manager Incoming Exchange
T5-30

Karin Valentijn
Karin Valentijn
Programme Assistant Incoming & Outgoing Exchange
T5-26
Ellen van Oeffelen
Ellen van Oeffelen
Administrative assistant
T5-26

Ligaya Kasmo-Borgonje
Ligaya Kasmo-Borgonje
Programme Manager Outgoing Bachelor Exchange
T5-30

Jacky Schouwenburg
Jacky Schouwenburg
Senior Programme Assistant Incoming & Outgoing Exchange
T5-26

Linda de Vries
Head International Office and Outgoing Master exchange

  • Room 5-24, Telephone: +31 10 408 1984
  • Email: Lvries@rsm.nl
  • Working days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9:00 - 14:30

Ellen van Oeffelen
Administrative assistant (all programmes)

  • Room 5-26, Telephone: +31 10 408 2099
  • Email: eoeffelen@rsm.nl
  • Working days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 9:00 - 17:00

Ligaya Kasmo-Borgonje
Programme Manager and Outgoing Bachelor Exchange

  • Room 5-30, Telephone: +31 10 408 2132
  • Email: lkasmo@rsm.nl
  • Working days: Monday from 9:00 - 13:00 and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9:00 - 17:00

Ellen Vermeulen
Programme Manager Incoming Exchange

  • Room 5-30, Telephone: +31 10 408 2996
  • Email: vermeulen@rsm.nl
  • Working days: Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 - 14:30, Thursday from 9:00 - 17:00 and Friday from 9:00 - 16:30

Jacky Schouwenburg
Senior Programme Assistant Incoming and Outgoing Exchange

  • Room 5-26, Telephone: +31 10 408 2398
  • Email: schouwenburg@rsm.nl
  • Working days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 09:00 - 17:00

Karin Valentijn
Programme Assistant Incoming and Outgoing Exchange

  • Room 5-26, Telephone: +31 10 408 2975
  • Email: kvalentijn@rsm.nl
  • Working days: Monday, Tuesday, Friday from 9:00 - 17:00
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BA Student Advisors

Who               Ms. Angelique van de Mast and Mr. Menno van der Hoorn
Room             5-25
Tel.                 +31 10 408 1891
Email             studieadviseur@rsm.nl
Website         www.rsm.nl/studyadvise

IBA Student Advisors
Who               Ms. Thea den Hartog andMr. Menno van der Hoorn
Room             5-25
Tel.                 +31 10 408 9578
Email              studentadviser@rsm.nl
Website          www.rsm.nl/studyadvice 

Academic directors of RSM master programmes:
Business Information Management                         Dr Ting Li (tli@rsm.nl)
Supply Chain Management                                        Dr Erwin van der Laan (elaan@rsm.nl)
Human Resource Management                                 Dr Wendy van Ginkel (wginkel@rsm.nl)
Strategic Entrepreneurship                                        Dr Luca Berchicci (lberchicci@rsm.nl)
Marketing Management                                             Prof. S. Puntoni (spuntoni@rsm.nl)
Strategic Management                                                Dr Raymond van Wijk (rwijk@rsm.nl)
Finance & Investments                                                Dr Mathijs van Dijk (madijk@rsm.nl)
Finance & Investments Advanced                             Dr Dirk Schoenmaker (schoenmaker@rsm.nl)
Management of Innovation                                       Drs Sandra Langeveld (slangeveld@rsm.nl)
Accounting & Financial Management                       Dr Paolo Perego (pperego@rsm.nl)
Global Business & Stakeholder Mngt.                      Dr Steve Kennedy (skennedy@rsm.nl)
Organisational Change & Consulting                       Prof.Dr Alexander Maas (amaas@rsm.nl)
Master in Management                                               Dr. I. Bogenrieder (ibogenrieder@rsm.nl)

Erasmus Student Services Centre (ESSC)
The ESSC can help with: renewing your OV student card; registering for a language test or course, information on any practical matters for an academic period abroad, such as visa and insurance; statements of enrolment and other documents.

Room           EB-hall, ground floor
Tel.               +31 10 408 2323
Website       www.eur.nl/internationaloffice
Open            daily, 9:30 to 16:00 h.

International Office EUR
At university wide level there is the International Office EUR. Amongst other services, for you as outgoing student, they are of main importance for the Erasmus+ scholarship (email: erasmusbeurs@eur.nl  and see also http://www.eur.nl/english/essc/internationaloffice/ .
Location: E-building, 1st floor. 

For questions about language courses and tests
Website      www.eur.nl/ltc
Email           languagecentre@oos.eur.nl 

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The International Office deals with questions from students every day. We have listed the most common questions and answers here. Please check if the information you need is on these pages before contacting the International Office.

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See under 'Selection criteria'.

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Yes, you are most welcome to re-apply, however it is the schools’ policy not to select students to the same continent (except for Europe and Asia) or to traditional popular exchange destinations twice.

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More than 80 top business schools in Europe, Canada, Latin America, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Asia are open to you during your master. These business schools and universities are all seen as some of the best in their countries and are renowned worldwide. You will be asked to list three referred destinations in your application. Some schools have a different academic calendar, or have special requirements as to workload or languages, please see under 'Partner Schools MSc'. 

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All master programme course components and the thesis need to be completed prior to the exchange. Only one of the 6 ECTS electives can be done abroad.

Note: The Master in Management and Master Finance Advanced programmes lasts longer than 1 year, therefore these students need to do the exchange in Spring.

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An exchange takes place during a semester, a trimester or on a quarterly basis, usually from late August to late December, or from January to May / June. However, academic calendars at international partner schools vary according to their location, for example in Australia, India, New Zealand, Latin America, UK, Germany or Austria, see under 'Partner Schools MSc'. 

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Each year the selection committee receives more applications than there are exchange places. Although the committee applies all selection criteria, of which your motivation letter is of most importance, there are always applicants with more or less the same profile and applying for the same school.
Only In such a case, the scores may be decisive. However, some of our partner universities, mostly in North-America require and only accept students into their programmes with a certain average bachelor grade of 7.5 or higher. 
Therefore, students with lesser Bachelor scores should not apply for those concerned. Of course your Master scores are taken into account, but there are only a few. Furthermore, higher scores in the master programmes are the rule rather than the exception and are therefore not directive. In addition, MBA level programmes require a meaningful package of working experience, at least one year and can consists of internships, part-time (management) jobs, own company etc.

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At the time of selection (January-February 2017) and start of the exchange, students should have a certain standard of language skills. B2.2 for English according to the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR) or TOEFL 600/250/100 or IELTS 6.5.

See also under 'Language skills': language levels at time of selection / exchange. 

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Although no tuition fee needs to be paid at the host university, an exchange abroad always involves additional costs. The most common additional expenses are travels costs, visa and insurance, language courses and accommodation, which are dependent on your destination and your personal expenses. Some partner schools also require compulsory exchange fees which cover campus facilities. There are, of course, student grants which can help you to reduce these extra costs.

See under 'Finances'. 

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Within the master programme structure you need to be at RSM during spring to participate in your thesis trajectory. This means that your exchange can take place in the autumn of 2017, at the end of your master programme. An exchange involves some prolongation of your master (approx. 6 months) and some extra tuition fee. However, you only pay for the months that you are still registered as a student at RSM. An exchange or any other international experience is regarded as an indispensable part of your business studies and investment in your personal development. You will benefit from the experience as soon as you start your career, locally or internationally.

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Within the master programme structure, you can choose to replace one of your spring electives (6 ECTS) at the exchange university. Your minimum workload abroad remains 20 ECTS. All completed courses abroad, including a mention of your exchange university, will be stated on your grade certificate which belongs to your MSc diploma. Prior to the exchange, an approved proper conversion proposal (course plan abroad) needs to be handed in at the International Office.

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In general, when taking part in an international exchange, you will attend courses from MSc, MBA or senior bachelor (fourth or fifth year) programmes at your host school, depending on details of the agreement between RSM and the partner school. In each case, the courses will be of a comparable level to your RSM courses, which means they can count towards your RSM master programme.

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The International Office does not support exchanges which are arranged by students for themselves. However, if you do want to arrange your own exchange or participation in a summer school and want to convert your grades into your home studies, you should prepare an approved conversion proposal beforehand, just as you would for a regular study exchange. In addition, we advise students to first contact the International Office. Not all schools offer business courses which can replace RSM’s courses, and your participation and resulting grades may not be recognised by RSM. Please also take into consideration the expense of participation in exchange courses or summer schools as fees can be high.

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