FAQ for MSc students

FAQ for MSc students

For General Questions and information for the entire university community, please refer to https://www.eur.nl/corona

Students can contact the Service Desk for advice via: T : (010) 408 88 80 or contact form

  • When do we need to return to campus?
    The Dutch Government has currently suspended all on-campus educational activities throughout the Netherlands until at least 1 June. For RSM MSc programmes, all classes in block 5 of the current academic year (2019-2020) will be taught completely online; additionally, remote assessments and remote thesis defence sessions will also be offered. RSM MSc students will not be required to return to RSM in order to be able to complete their coursework in this academic year.

    We will keep you updated about any further changes. Please also refer regularly to the EUR Corona dossier for updates on university developments: https://www.eur.nl/en/news-calendar/dossiers/corona For information about exams, perusals, and re-sits, please see below.

     

    When will classes take place?
    Block 5 classes have started in week 20 (week of Monday 11 May). Instructors are offering all classes online from that date until the end of the academic year. Online teaching and assessment will be offered in the remaining block 5.

    Be aware that block 5 dates have been adjusted. You can find the updated academic calendar here.

     

    How do I follow courses online or collaborate with other students?
    This page of the EUR website provides information for students on following courses online and on virtual collaboration.

    You can also check our manual with online education tips for RSM students.

     

    Does the length of block 5courses change?
    Yes, Block 5 has been compressed by one week, such that the block is taught in five weeks as opposed to six. This also affects when the exam weeks take place. Exam week for Block 5 takes place 15 to 19 June.

    You can find the updated Academic Calendar here.

     

    Where can I find the timetable information for online courses?
    The old schedules for face-to-face lessons for block 5 have been deleted from timetables.eur.nl. Instructors will publish all online meeting dates and times of their courses directly on Canvas.

    For the academic year 2020-2021 we will again publish schedules via timetables.eur.nl.

     

    What are plans for course offerings in the coming fall semester/new academic year?
    Given the uncertainty around the further impact of COVID-19, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) has decided to offer all compulsory educational activities in the fall semester 2020-2021 remotely. This includes classes (e.g., via webcast and/or video recordings), group work (e.g., the opportunity to meet with fellow students via MS Teams), as well as assessments and exams (e.g., take-home assessments and/or online exams). Some non-compulsory elements (e.g. onboarding activities, kick-off events, guest lectures, career events) will also be offered online. All students enrolled at RSM have the guarantee that they can obtain all credits in the first two blocks of the 2020-2021 academic year (September – end of December 2020) remotely.

     

    I will start/ continue my MSc programme in September. When shall I move to Rotterdam?
    While all essential elements of courses will be available online, we still encourage you to come to campus from the beginning, if there are no travel restrictions to the Netherlands and if your personal situation permits this. As soon as and as far as possible, we will resume selected activities on campus, although certain restrictions (e.g., physical distancing rules and reduced capacity of facilities) may still apply. Attending activities on campus will, however, not be compulsory, so that students who can’t physically attend may still complete all coursework on time and from wherever they are. The earliest date that we currently expect you to be physically present in Rotterdam is the beginning of January.

     

    Will I have a disadvantage if I won’t move to Rotterdam before January?
    Access to (online) classes will be equal for those of you coming to Rotterdam and those of you who are not coming to Rotterdam. We guarantee that online delivery will meet the same standards as our face-to-face teaching. This also implies that your final degree will have the same value as the degrees conferred in earlier years. Students who are able to come to Rotterdam may, however, find it easier to connect with fellow-students who are also in Rotterdam, might like to make use of certain facilities on campus (e.g., the library, the sports centre, or study spaces) – and, of course, you might miss out on some of the experience of living and studying in a different place.

     

    How will my education from September to December 2020 look like?
    We are ready to deliver and assess remotely. We already did so for the last two blocks of the current academic year, for all our 14 MSc programmes, and we have been successful in this. We have seen that students value webcasting, but also video recordings, which certainly also have advantages. For instance: you can watch the lecture at your own pace and watch more complicated parts again by simply scrolling back. Nothing beats the real-life experience, of course, especially in smaller workshops. But we have seen that our students manage very well cooperating in online work groups as well as in class, and that they are able to deliver good quality work.

     

    I have a condition that makes it hard for me to follow education online. What do you recommend?
    Students who have physical, psychological or mental impairments that might make following an online trajectory difficult are requested to contact our team of study advisers to explore options and/ or special provisions.

     

    Do I need specific materials to follow online education?
    You will need a certain minimum computer equipment in order to participate in our classes:

    • A Windows or Apple computer or notebook with webcam, speaker, and microphone
    • Internet connection

    If you are planning to purchase new equipment, you can find recommendations on this website: https://www.eur.nl/en/about-eur/events/eurekaweek/study-city-student-life/study-supplies

     

    Will there still be orientation/introduction activities in the coming fall and new academic year?
    RSM is indeed still working toward providing orientation/introduction activities to our incoming MSc students. However, as described above, these activities will have to take place entirely online. Students will be informed in due time when and how these activities will take place.

     

    What will happen after December 2020?
    We hope to be able to resume regular on-campus education as per January 2021. As soon as this is the case, we do expect students to be in Rotterdam, as most classes, assessments, events, and other activities will require their physical presence again.

  • When will Block 5 exams take place?
    The exam week for Block 5 will take place on week 25 (15 to 19 June). Be aware that instructors may have adjusted the assessment methods and offer alternative evaluation options to the written exams, such as oral exams or final written assignments. These changes are incorporated in the Course Manual of the course, available via the course Canvas page.

    Exam dates for the academic year 2020-2021 will be published before the start of the fall semester.

     

    How will exam perusals take place?
    This may differ from course to course. Instructors decide individually how to proceed with the perusals. Please contact your instructor for more information.

     

    Will final assessments change for courses?
    It is possible that forms of assessment may change. Currently examiners are free to adapt the assessment matrix of a course to a more appropriate assessment method given the current circumstances. For instance, if participation is part of the assessment matrix, this assessment method may still be included, or it may be combined within a course’s other assessment methods such as assignments or written tests. Examiners might also make use of the online assessment facilities to host written examinations.

    In all circumstances, a course’s established learning goals must still be assessed and at least 60% of the assessment must be individually tested. Any changes made in the assessment are incorporated in the course manual of the course, available via the course Canvas page.

  • Will the thesis deadlines be adjusted?
    Thesis deadlines for the academic year 2019-2020 may have been adjusted for your programme. Please contact your thesis coordinator for more information.

     

    Will the thesis defence be in person or digitally/online?
    Thesis defences via Skype (or similar online platforms with a video connection) will be permitted. Given the exceptional situation, students DO NOT need to request permission from the Examination Board to perform the thesis defence digitally/online. Be aware that, in case of a digital/online defence, examiners must be able to see the student clearly and completely.

     

    How can I access databases (Eikon, Datastream, Bloomberg) now that the Polak building is closed?
    Databases that are normally directly accessible to students in the Polak Building (Eikon, Datastream, Bloomberg) may still be accessed by sending an email to the EDSC (edsc@eur.nl).  

    Please make your data requests as specific as possible, in order to facilitate efficiency in processing the many student requests that are currently be made. Rather than sending your request to read: "I would like to have M&A data from the UK", you might rather submit a request of the following kind, including as much detail as possible: "I would like M&A data from the Thomson One Database; specifically on deals from a UK acquirer and a target from anywhere in Europe. The deal should have taken place between 2010 and 2019 and the acquirer should own at least 50% + 1 share after the acquisition. Only include deals with a minimum deal value of 500 million euros. The variables I would like to have are as following; Total Assets before the deal of the acquired, Total Assets before the deal of the target, the industry codes for both acquirer and target, the deal value…, etc."

     

    Whom can I contact if I am experiencing difficulties with qualitative data collection as a result of the campus closure?
    Contact your thesis coordinator and thesis coach if you are experiencing difficulties with qualitative data collection; they can support you in finding alternative solutions.

  • Exchange (incoming)

    I am an incoming exchange student at EUR in the fall semester. Do I need to come to The Netherlands?
    Given the uncertainty around the further impact of COVID-19, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) has decided to offer all compulsory educational activities in the fall semester 2020-2021 remotely. This includes classes (e.g., via webcast and/or video recordings), group work (e.g., the opportunity to meet with fellow students via MS Teams), as well as assessments and exams (e.g., take-home assessments and/or online exams). Some non-compulsory elements (e.g. onboarding activities, kick-off events, guest lectures, career events) will also be offered online. All incoming exchange students at RSM have the guarantee that they can obtain the credits they need in the fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year (September – end of December 2020) remotely. Access to (online) classes will be equal for those of you coming to Rotterdam and those of you who are not coming to Rotterdam. We guarantee that online delivery will meet the same standards as our face-to-face teaching.

    While all essential elements of courses will be available online, we still encourage you to come to campus, if there are no travel restrictions to the Netherlands and if your personal situation permits this. As soon as and as far as possible, we will resume selected activities on campus, although certain restrictions (e.g., physical distancing rules and reduced capacity of facilities) may still apply. Attending activities on campus will, however, not be compulsory, so that students who can’t physically attend may still complete all coursework on time and from wherever they are.

    For regular updates on how RSM and Erasmus University Rotterdam deal with the coronavirus and COVID-19, please visit the RSM Corona website www.rsm.nl/corona as well as the EUR Corona website www.eur.nl/corona.

  • My course involves team assignments. Are these still going forward?

    Team assignments are still going forward, unless otherwise specified by the instructor, and students are still responsible for established deliverables. Please coordinate with your team members via Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Teams, or other online meeting tools.

     

    Will I be able to graduate on time (before summer)?

    All students will have the opportunity to earn the required credits in order to graduate within the regular study period of their programme. Whether you graduate on time of course depends on whether you pass all necessary exams and your thesis.

     

    My home environment is not ideal for study. How should I handle this?

    If you are facing difficulties with (continuing) your studies online due to the closure of the university, please reach out to the study advisors to discuss the situation. The study advisors can guide you and give you advice on how to proceed. You can find their contact information here.

    Please also note that from 2 June 2020, 318 study spaces will be re-opened to students in the university library. If you would like to make use of a study space, please check back on the University Library site closer to the indicated re-opening date to clarify which rules and guidelines apply. Students may now also borrow and return books – contact-free – at the library on weekdays, 12:00-14:00.

     

    I would like extra support (e.g. in the form of advice or counseling) from the university. Who can I turn to?

    Our study advisors and EUR counselors are available to provide you with the support you need. Although, the student advisers' physical office is currently closed, they are available via phone and email.

    You may send short questions to msc.studyadvice@rsm.nl. Consultation by telephone is possible Monday through Friday, 09:30-11:30. For telephone numbers and student advisers on duty see below.

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Menno van der Hoorn: 0104081889

    Iren Galama: 0104081221

    Menno van der Hoorn: 0104081889

     

    Eva Smeding: 0104088898

    Iren Galama: 0104081221

    Menno van der Hoorn: 0104081889

    Eva Smeding: 0104088898

    Iren Galama: 0104081221


    EUR has launched a service for students who feel they need support for their well-being, called Are you OK Out There?: You can find this on MyEUR.

    You may also consult with the EUR university psychologists.