Block 9, 10 & 11

Block 9, 10 & 11

In the first half of the 3rd Bachelor year you are required to create your own customized programme of 30 EC. In order to do so, you can choose from a diverse offering of minors, an internship, an exchange and/or elective courses. Depending on the amount of EC earned for the minor, internship or exchange, you will need to ‘fill up’ to at least 30 EC with elective courses. If you have not followed a minor, an intership or exchange, then you can fill up the total amount of 30 EC with elective courses.

RSM will offer several electives, taking place in block 10 (November-December) and block 11 (January-February). Most of the RSM electives are English taught, with the exception of a few. Next to the RSM electives, you can choose from a language elective, or electives outside RSM at EUR, outside EUR and even abroad.

The electives offered in block 10 will be online this year, allowing you to do them even if you’re not in The Netherlands. The electives in block 11 will be taught on campus. All RSM electives will terminate before the tracks start in block 12 (mid-February).

  • As a Bachelor student at RSM you have the opportunity to conduct an internship to meet 15 or 20 EC of the first half of the 3rd year. An internship can offer you the chance to experience the real business life, to put theories you have learned into practice, and to develop relevant business skills. It will also help you to choose your master and future career.

    The internship should include the research of a practical problem that is carried out at an organisation in the Netherlands or abroad. Within this research, you should apply the theoretical knowledge that you have gained so far, with the emphasis on the practical component of the research.

    • A 15 EC internship must last at least 10 weeks full-time and a report of 20 pages must be handed in.
    • A 20 EC internship must last at least 15 weeks full-time and a report of 25 pages must be handed in.

    Once you have found an internship, the first step would be to register your internship via in order to be assigned an academic coach. Click on "case" (or "zaak" in Dutch), fill out the required fields and submit your internship proposal. Here is a Word version of the Bachelor internship proposal form.

    For information about finding an internship, meeting the specific requirements for receiving credits, and much more, please consult the Bachelor Internship Manual, or the Career Centre website, or the Internship Canvas page “RSM BSc Internship”. For an overview of available internships, please refer to the RSM Career Portal. If you have any questions regarding the internships, please contact the RSM Career Centre

    Please note: You may not receive credits for an internship if you have not successfully passed all of your B1 courses prior to the start of your internship. Only internships that have been registered via before the start date of the internship are eligible for grading.

  • RSM offers bachelor students the opportunity to participate in an exchange programme at one of our valued academic partners worldwide during block 9, 10 and 11 of the 3rd bachelor year (typically from late August until December/January). During an exchange programme students compete, study and work with the best students at mostly top business schools. You can further develop your academic skills and broaden your knowledge by participating in courses other than the ones at RSM.

    The International Office organizes an extensive information session in the fall for Bachelor 1 students, followed by an application deadline in November and the selection procedure takes place in January (during your 2nd bachelor year). More information about this once in a lifetime opportunity can be found via the International Office's website or via the “RSM Bachelor Exchange” SIN-Online and Canvas channel. Subscribe to these channels in order to receive updates and information. You must subscribe/enrol separately for the “RSM Bachelor Exchange” Canvas and SIN-Online channels.

  • RSM bachelor students can take a Minor in block 9, worth 15 EC, either at the EUR or at another university (TU Delft, Leiden University, or others). At the EUR you can choose between a broadening minor or a deepening minor.

    Broadening minors broaden your knowledge. The subjects are in addition to the existing subjects in the curriculum. You can choose broadening minors from RSM, but also from other faculties. The complete range of minors from all EUR faculties can be found at

    Deepening minors are minors where prior knowledge is important, because the subject matter is explored in more depth. Deepening minors can only be taken at your own faculty. RSM offers one deepening minor; the Minor Accounting Skills. This minor is a pre-requisite for post-master education in accounting (i.e., Register Accountant).

    Bedrijfskunde (BA) students can also choose the Educatieve Minor Economie, which offers you the opportunity to become acquainted with teaching. Unlike the other minors, this educational minor comprises 30 EC. Please note that there are additional admission requirements for this minor. There is also a different registration period, from 1 to 15 April 2021.

    Registration minor
    The minor period at the EUR in academic year 2021-2022 runs from Monday 30 August until Friday 5 November 2021, including final exams. Students interested in taking a minor at the EUR in the upcoming academic year will be able to register a maximum of 5 preferences from 3 May until 31 May 2021 via Osiris Student. In the beginning of June a lottery will take place. The lottery will take the order of your preferences into account.

    On the website you can find detailed information about the EUR Minors, including the RSM minors, and information about taking a minor outside of the EUR. The EUR website provides all of the options available to you, explains how to register, provides an overview of accepted Minors per programme, and lists all of the Minors in alphabetical order and also thematically per faculty.

    IMPORTANT: You may only register for a Minor if you have obtained at least 60 EC from the RSM bachelor programme at the time of registration (in May). Students who register for a minor, but do not meet this requirement, will be automatically deregistered by the EUR Minor Coordination.


  • Depending on the amount of EC earned for the minor, internship or exchange, you will need to ‘fill up’ to at least 30 EC with elective courses. If you have not followed a minor, an intership or exchange, then you can fill up the total amount of 30 EC with only elective courses. These electives can be chosen from RSM, outside RSM at the EUR, or outside the EUR and even abroad. Students may also choose a language elective.

    • The electives offered in block 10 will be online this year, allowing you to do them even if you’re not in The Netherlands. The electives in block 11 will be taught on campus. All RSM electives will terminate before the tracks start in block 12 (mid-February).

      Block 10
      During block 10 RSM offers four elective courses. Bachelor 3 students are allowed to only follow one of these RSM electives:

      Registration RSM electives block 10 
      Students are able to register their preferences from 1 June until 30 June via SIN-Online, My Registrations. In the beginning of July a lottery will take place with the help of an allocation tool. The lottery will take the order of your preferences into account. Please note that the elective courses have a maximum capacity per course, meaning there might be a chance that you cannot be placed in any of the elective courses. Therefore we advise you to always have a back-up plan.

      If you are late with registering, please let us know before 15 October (via In case there are any spots left, we will try to place you in an elective course. Please note that we cannot take your preferences into consideration when you registered late.


      Block 11
      During block 11 RSM bachelor students can follow a maximum of two of the following RSM electives:

      • Advanced English Business Communication* (only with English proficiency on C1.1 level)
      • Interim Project (available in Dutch or English for both BA/IBA students)
      • Retail Operations
      • Managing Professional Organizations
      • Consuming AI
      • Corporate Restructuring
      • Business & Politics
      • Household Finance
      • Organisations & Social Movements
      • Organizing for Grand Challenges

      * The elective Advanced English Business Communication is only open to students with English proficiency at a minimum C1.1 level. Proof of English proficiency must be sent before 1 December to

      Registration RSM electives block 11
      Students are able to register their preferences from 1 October until 31 October via SIN-Online, My Registrations. In the beginning of November a lottery will take place. The lottery will take the order of your preferences into account. Please note that the elective courses have a maximum capacity per course, meaning there might be a chance that you cannot be placed in any of the elective courses. Therefore we advise you to always have a back-up plan.

      If you are late with registering, please let us know before 15 December (via In case there are any spots left, we will try to place you in an elective course. Please note that we cannot take your preferences into consideration when you registered late.

      • Making global virtual teams work: How to become a valued collaborator and help your team get the best out of cross-boundary collaborative work

        Short description

        Teamwork has long been a vital skill in the workplace. Today’s teams however are more dynamic and “virtual” than ever and are required to operate across disciplinary, temporal, cultural, linguistic, and geographical boundaries. Organizations increasingly rely on such global virtual teams (GVT’s) to participate in the global marketplace, to leverage talent globally, or to tackle global strategic challenges. 

        Unfortunately, getting global virtual teams to realize this potential is anything but trivial. Communication breakdowns, animosity and conflict across geographical sites, motivational issues, and missed targets are common. Have you mastered the skill of global virtual teamwork? Do you know how to help your team get the best out of its cross-boundary work?

        This course aims to sensitize students to the opportunities and challenges of contemporary teamwork, with a focus on global and virtual teamwork. The course consists of two components. First, you will take part in a global consulting challenge where you and your global virtual team will tackle an ongoing, real-life international business challenge presented by a corporate partner. Second, and concurrently, a series of interactive lectures, including case studies, exercises, and group discussions, will equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical tools to deal with your current (and future) real-life team challenges. Topics focus on the role of geographical distance, language differences, cultural diversity, and virtuality in teamwork effectiveness.

        Learning objectives

        The overarching purpose of this course is to provide students with an experiential and theoretical

        understanding of contemporary teamwork challenges. Specifically, after taking this course, students

        should be able to:

        1. Understand relevant topics, theories, and research on contemporary teamwork, with a focus on global virtual teamwork
        2. Apply these theories and research findings to analyse practical teamwork issues
        3. Use evidence-based, scientific insights to design interventions for enhancing teamwork effectiveness
        4. More confidently and successfully handle personal challenges related to cross-boundary team-based work

        Teaching methods

        This course combines a) experiential learning in real-life global virtual teams with b) theory-based lectures to better analyse and address the challenges that typically arise in contemporary teamwork. Specifically, at the start of the course students are randomly assigned to a global virtual team alongside other students of similar programs across the globe. Over the course of eight weeks they will work to resolve a real-life international business challenge submitted by a multinational company. Team reports are critically evaluated by multiple instructors around the globe and the best teams receive an award for excellence. Alongside this developmental experience, students attend six interactive sessions that introduce relevant topics, theories, and frameworks to make sense of and address ongoing (and future) team challenges that they experience in their cross-boundary collaborative work.

        Thus, throughout the course students go through iterative learning cycles where they 1. experience real-life global virtual team challenges; 2. reflect on these experiences; 3. make theoretical/conceptual sense of them during lectures; and 4. re-engage with their team to experiment with and apply their newly acquired insights.

        Method of examination*

        The method of examination consists of a team and individual component:

        • Team assignments:
          • Team report submitted in view of global virtual teams challenge
          • Peer intervision: Report on coaching conversation and discussion of personal challenges
        • Individual assignments:
          • Four individual post-lecture micro assignments
          • Lecture pre-work: Reading & case portfolio, Canvas quizzes

        Composition final grade*

        Team component(s):

        • Team report – t.b.d.
        • Peer intervision (pass/fail) – t.b.d.

        Individual components:

        • Four individual post-lecture micro assignments – t.b.d.
        • Lecture pre-work (pass/fail) – t.b.d.

        *Subject to change

        Practical information

        Minimum number of participants: 30

        Maximum number of participants: 70

        Contact hours per week: 8,5 hours (3hr lecture session every other week; 7hr/ week GVT simulation)

        Contact details: Dr. Tina Davidson -

      • Going viral. Why some ideas and products spread more successfully than others

        Short description

        This course is designed to understand why certain ideas, products, songs, names, videos,... are more likely to catch on than others. By focusing on aspects such as the structure of a social network, the features and nature of the idea itself, and the chosen viral marketing approach, this course aims to improve our understanding of why certain ideas and behaviors are adopted and shared more successfully throughout a community.

        The course should help explain phenomena such as emotional contagion in social networks, word-of-mouth peer influence, the adoption of solar panels in neighborhoods, the spreading of fake news before elections, the importance of influencers in product adoption, digital piracy and the influence of digital technology on the popularity of cultural products such as books, movies, videogames and TV shows.

        The course will also stimulate students to critically reflect on the societal impact and ethical issues of viral marketing campaigns and social influence.

        Ultimately, the course should help change agents to spread their ideas and products more effectively in a responsible way.

        Learning objectives

        Building on theory from epidemiology, sociology, psychology, and marketing, the main drivers influencing the spreading of ideas and products will be detailed. At the end of this course students should be able to):

        • Recognize and understand why some ideas are more likely to catch on than others
        • Understand the main internal and external factors that contribute to (un)successful idea diffusion
        • Understand how to build viral features into ideas, products and marketing campaigns
        • Critically reflect on the societal and ethical implications of marketing influences on the spreading of ideas
        • Apply the insights gained by creating and developing a viral idea, and pilot testing it in the market place.

        Teaching methods

        1. Lectures & Case discussions

        2. Group assignment. The topic of the group assignment will incorporate the Mission of the School.


        An extensive literature exists, for example:

        Berger, J. (2016). Contagious: Why things catch on. Simon and Schuster. Jonah Berger is Associate Professor of Marketing at Wharton School, and has published a lot on this topic.

        Berger, J., & Packard, G. (2018). Are atypical things more popular? Psychological Science, 29(7), 1178-1184

        Gelper, S. E. C. , R.J.A. van der Lans & G.H. van Bruggen (2020). Competition for Attention in Online Social Networks: Implications for Seeding Strategies. Management Science (in press).

        Vosoughi, S., Roy, D., & Aral, S. (2018). The spread of true and false news online. Science, 359(6380), 1146-1151.

        Method of examination*

        • Written test, open ended questions (60%)
        • Group presentation & video (10%)
        • Group report (30%)

        Composition of final grade*

        • 60% Individual work
        • 40% group work

        *Subject to change

        Practical information

        Minimum number of participants: 50

        Maximum number of participants: 100

        Contact hours per week: t.b.d.

        Contact details: Antonia Krefeld-Schwalb -

      • Short description

        An essential goal of the course is to provide students with a broad overview of the aggregate economy and its impact on businesses. Students will be exposed to theories of economic growth (the “long-run”) and theories of the business cycle (the “short-run”). Learning about Macroeconomics is essential for understanding the functioning of an economy, how economic policies are formulated, how unemployment, inflation, and deflation occur, how national income is determined, but also, more practically, for gaining insights into economic fluctuations and how to control these fluctuations. Ultimately it is about understanding economic development and the nature of the material welfare of countries. In practice, macroeconomic factors have a significant impact on businesses’ profits. For example, if an economy grows, then businesses might need to increase production to keep up with the demand, or if a business is financed through loans, business owners should be prepared for the effect of shifting interest rates such that their business maintains a healthy financial state. Any business owner or strategic decision-maker within a business should be able to identify what and how macroeconomics factors and changes in these factors will impact their activity.

        Although Macroeconomics is a complex topic, the course will be designed such that the students have the chance to simulate managing an economy through business cycles and making monetary and fiscal policy decisions. The use of games is aimed at showing students the impact of (changes in) macroeconomics indicators on an economy’s overall state and businesses. At the same time, the simulations (games) help with conveying complex concepts in a friendly environment.

        Learning objectives

        At the end of the course, students should be able to:

        • Evaluate an economy’s state and recognize the potential for improving the country’s economic growth.
        • Assess different macroeconomic indicators and policies (fiscal and monetary) that countries implement.
        • Assess the impact/potential impact of macroeconomic factors/conditions/decisions on businesses’ profits
        • Compare different economies and assess their level of development.
        • Define and explain macroeconomic concepts.
        • Develop a high-level fiscal policy and recognize potential implications for businesses of implementing such a policy.

        Teaching methods

        Considering that the course is online, a mix of pre-recorded videos (e.g., for key concepts definitions) and interactive discussions regarding current/past important macroeconomic events is preferred. I will use topic-related recorded podcasts, news articles, and simulations (e.g., Econland game - Harvard).

        Method of examination*

        Either: Final exam – open book & Team assignment

        Or: Individual assignment (100% of the grade)

        Composition of final grade*

        Either: Individual Exam 60% + Team Assignment 40%

        Or: Individual assignment (100%)

        *Subject to change


        Practical information

        Minimum number of participants: 1

        Maximum number of participants: 250

        Contact hours per week: 7-10 hrs (not final) 

        Contact details: Alina Andrei -

      • Short description

        Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is the grand challenge of our time. This course gives insight in ‘how the financial system can contribute to sustainable development’.

        The finance transition is about transforming the financial system from operating on financial value only to working with the concept of integrated value, which combines financial, social and environmental value. The concept of integrated value is approached from an academic and practical angle (e.g. incorporating social and environmental value flows in the net present value (NPV) calculation).

        Students apply the integrated value concept in individual and group assignments.

        Learning objectives

        At the end of the course,

        • students will be able to understand the allocational role of finance in society
        • students will be able to explain the concept of integrated value
        • students will be able to apply the integrated value concept
        • students will be able to explain the role of integrated reporting

        Teaching methods

        • Videos introducing and explaining the basic ideas and concepts
        • On-line lectures discussing the videos and the literature
        • Working groups on how to apply the new concept of integrated value
        • Individual and group assignments to apply the integrated value concept

        Method of examination*

        • Exam
        • Individual assignment
        • Group assignment

        Composition of final grade*

        Exam (40%), individual assignment (20%), group assignments (40%)

        *Subject to change


        Practical information

        Minimum number of participants: 50

        Maximum number of participants: 120

        Contact hours per week: 4 hours (lectures / workshops); 1 hour (videos)

        Contact details: Prof. Dirk Schoenmaker -


    • It is possible to follow a course offered by a different faculty as an elective during your bachelor programme. If you wish to do so, there are a number of important steps you need to take and requirements that you must meet:

      • You can take an elective outside RSM at any time during the year, depending on the availability of the course at the specified faculty (so it doen't have to be taken during block 10 or 11). However, keep in mind that the schedules at other faculties may clash with your IBA schedule. It is your own responsiblity to see if there any clashes and to make it work with your IBA obligations.
      • No content overlap is allowed with BA/IBA-courses.
      • Make sure you are allowed to and can participate in the selected elective by registering for the course or contacting the other faculty. The registration process may differ from programme to programme. It is your own responsibility to see if you meet that course’s (and the university’s) requirements.
      • When you know for sure you can participate, you need to ask permission from the RSM-Examination Board via their online request form, and choose the option Elective counting towards curriculum.

      Be sure to include the following information when submit your request:

      • Language of the course
      • Dates of the course
      • The number of ECs of the course
      • A detailed course description

      Please note that elective registration deadlines vary per faculty and that each faculty has its own trimester or semester system.

      Moreover, please consider that throughout this process, several requirements apply.
      See the 
      'Elective space’ page on the Examination Board's website for more information about the general policy of the Examination Board regarding elective courses from another faculty or university.

      More information about following elective courses at EUR can be found in the University Elective Course Guide. Find course descriptions of potential elective courses by filling out the course code in the Course catalogue.

      For other questions about elective options, please contact BSc Programme Management at or contact the Student Advisers.


    • Language courses can be followed at any period during your RSM bachelor studies at the Language & Training Centre (front office located in the ESSC, located in the main hall of the Sanders building). The LTC offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, German (in cooperation with the Goethe Institut), and French (in cooperation with the Alliance Française) at several levels. Each approved language course at LTC lasts 10 weeks (equals 25 in-class hours) and end with a final examination.


      In order to use language courses as an elective - and to be eligible for the 5 EC - there are a number of requirements that apply:

      • You need to successfully complete two levels of the same language at the Language and Training Centre (e.g. Spanish Beginners A1 and Spanish Beginners A2.1).
      • The language courses have mandatory attendance requirements (at least 50 in-class hours in total) for BA/IBA students who take these language courses for credits. Your attendance will be marked each session by the teacher. Failing to meet the attendance requirements means that you will not receive any credits, even if you pass the final exam and receive your certificate.
      • You can only request language elective credits upon completion of all your BA/IBA Bachelor 1 courses. Requests for approval and reimbursement can therefore only be submitted in your second or third BA/IBA bachelor year.


      Procedure for using a language course as an elective

      • You need to enrol for the first language course module of your choice and pay the fee. Please note: in most cases you have to do an intake first! You can find more information about the intake on the LTC website (choose the language of your preference first).
      • After passing the first course module, you have to enrol and pay for the second course. 
      • After passing the second course module, you can submit your language elective request to BSc Programme Management via email ( Make sure you include the following documents:
      • In regard to the reimbursement, RSM will only reimburse the costs of the courses themselves, not the costs for books, examinations, intakes, etc. The reimbursement is capped at the amount of € 458,- which means we ask for a personal contribution of € 100,- (the cost of 2 modules at the LTC amounts to € 558,-), with the exception of French courses taken at Alliance Française and German courses at Goethe Institut, for which you will be reimbursed up to a personal contribution of € 100,- (capped at the amount of € 662,-).
      • In exceptional cases you may be granted permission by the RSM Examination Board to take language courses outside of the LTC. Please seek approval via this link for the language institution and the courses they offer before you sign up. If you take courses outside of the LTC remember that you must take the equivalent of 2 modules of the same language; two courses that both end with a final examination and have in total at least 50 in-class hours. These 50 (or more) in-class hours do not include homework, exam preparations, final exam etc. Please note - in order to receive credits, you must take courses that end with an examination. A certificate of completion is not sufficient!

      In the event that you are permitted to take a course at an approved external institution (e.g. not the LTC), bear in mind that you will only be reimbursed for the amount that a similar course would cost at the LTC (or less, if the course costs are lower than the LTC tariff). If the course cost amounts to or exceeds € 558,- you will still only be reimbursed a maximum of € 458,-. Please be informed that this results in a higher personal contribution (more than € 100,-).

      All approved requests for language credits will be entered into Osiris as PASS (no grade will be registered). Similar to exchange courses, these 5 EC will thus not count towards your final grade point average (GPA). 
      You can only earn a maximum of 5 EC with language elective(s).

      More information
      For information on the language courses please consult the website of the Language & Training Centre. For other questions please contact BSc Programme Management via

      Planning to go on Exchange?
      Students who go on exchange and fulfill 30 EC with their exchange courses will not be permitted to receive language elective credits.