Application process

The application period for the academic year 2019-2020 starts on 10 October 2018. Until then the information on this page is subject to change without prior notice.

As of 1 October 2016 RSM’s Bachelor of International Business Administration (IBA) programme is classified as a Numerus Fixus programme. This means that there are only a limited number of places available in the programme and that the selection should be done according to the guidelines outlined by the Dutch government. You may only apply for two Numerus Fixus programmes in the Netherlands. For the IBA programme these changes mean:

  • Fixed date admission. Applications will be evaluated upon submission. Applicants who submit a complete application in RSM's on-line application form (OLAF) will be added to the IBA ranking. The first 600 candidates  will be offered admission to the programme on 15 April (see "Ranking Applicants 1 April - 14 April" below).  All other eligible applicants will be put on a waiting list.
  • Early deadlines. The ultimate deadline for registering for a numerus fixus programme in the Dutch national student registration system Studielink is 15 January. The Dutch government has determined this deadline and exceptions are not possible.
  • Fixed number of spots in the programme set at 600.

The application process for IBA at RSM is explained below. Click on the sections below for further details.

  • Register for the IBA programme (between 10 October 2018 and 15 January 2019) in the Dutch national student registration system Studielink ( It is important that you submit the enrolment application via Studielink before 15 January at 23:59 CET (Central European Time). 
    Registering in Studielink can sometimes be confusing, especially for international students. To help guide you through the registration process we have created a Studielink registration manual (coming soon).
    Due to maintenance, the Studielink website will be unavailable from 1 to 10 October. You can therefore register as from 10 October.

    Make sure to enter the correct study programme name in Studielink: (Bachelor) International Business Administration (RSM) (in English), not to be confused with the premaster programme in International Business Administration! 

    In order to ensure that we receive your application in good order, please make sure to use your own e-mail address and not the address of a parent, friend or teacher.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: All applicants are required to first register in Studielink. Residents of the Netherlands need a DigiD username and password. If you do not have a DigiD, please make sure that you apply for your DigiD on time as it will take at least five working days for your log-in details to be sent to your home address. ( Therefore, please make sure that you have applied and activated your DigiD well in advance of the application deadline of 15 January deadline!

  • Within 24 hours after successful registration for the IBA programme in Studielink, you will receive an automatically generated message from Rotterdam School of Management with a link to the Online Application Form (OLAF)*. You will log in with your ERNA credentials, which you have also received by email after your Studielink registration.

    The online application form is the final step in the application process. You will be asked to fill in additional information on your educational background and upload the documents listed below. 

    In order to participate in the selection process you must complete the second part of the application and upload your supporting documents before 31 January. After the deadline you can no longer submit your application even if you have already registered in Studielink. Do not wait until the last minute to apply. If you wait until the last minute, you will have no margin for error. If you forget to upload something, your application cannot be evaluated. If you apply early (at least 4 weeks before the deadline), some mistakes can still be corrected.

    Required documents:

    1. Copy of a valid passport or European identity card (EEA nationals only); your passport/ID must be valid up to and including the 1st of May 2019 in order to accept an eventual offer of admission made by RSM.
    2. Curriculum Vitae (resume) OR your answer to the motivation question "What most attracts you to an international business administration programme?"
    3. For applicants who have not yet graduated: Academic transcripts (grade lists**) from your secondary school. This must be your grade list of the penultimate year (i.e. the year before your final year). Provide official grade lists that have been certified (signed and stamped) by your school. A screenshot, excel sheet or self-made Word document with your grades will not be accepted.  We also require a diploma statement (a statement to be filled in by your school counsellor or school representative which includes your expected graduation date, the (exam) subjects and the name of the diploma you will obtain). 
      For applicants who have already graduated: Secondary school diplomafinal academic transcript** and national exam results (if applicable). 
    4. For applicants with certain diplomas we also require a detailed description of mathematics subjects. See the admissions criteria per diploma to see if this applies to you.
    5. Proof of proficiency in English. This can be done in several ways. Check the requirements for your type of diploma. You can submit your application first without the proof of your English proficiency. Applicants who are required to take an English language test must submit the results no later than 1 April
    6. Academic transcript(s) (grade list(s))** of your current or previous higher education studies (e.g. University (of Applied Sciences) or Foundation Year programme), if applicable.

    (*) If you have not received the automatic message within two days, please contact us via the contact form. Please also check your spam/junk folder to make sure that our message has not been filtered out. Your online application form and all supporting documents must be submitted no later than 31 January.
    (**) If the original documents are written in a language other than English, French, Dutch or German you must provide an official translation by a registered sworn translator in one of these languages. Make sure to always send your diploma and/or transcript(s) in the original language along with the translation!

  • All submitted applications received by 31 January will be assessed to determine eligibility for the IBA programme. Applications will be assessed according to the information received by the deadline. 

    After you have submitted your application, the admissions team will start the evaluation process. You will be updated on the status of the evaluation by email notifications. These notifications will also be visible in the notification centre of OLAF.


    The evaluation starts with checking the documents you have submitted in your application.  This is called pre-screening. Within approximately two weeks of submitting your application you will receive an update regarding the documents. If vital information is missing from the application, the evaluation will not continue until you have submitted additional documents. The additional documents must be submitted by 31 January. 


  • All applicants who submitted an application in the online application form OLAF by 31 January will be given a rank number. Rank is determined by three factors: general eligibility, grade point average at the time of application (75%) and your CV OR  answer to the motivation question "What most attracts you to an international business administration programme?" (25%). RSM will submit a list with rank numbers to Studielink on 14 April. 

  • On 15 April all applicants who submitted a complete application in the online application form (OLAF) will receive a rank number via e-mail from Studielink. Applicants with rank number 1 to 600 will also receive a second e-mail from Studielink with an offer for the programme. Applicants with rank number 601 and higher will automatically be put on a waiting list. If someone with an offer for the programme decides to decline their offer, it will be automatically assigned to the next person on the waiting list.

    Check also the additional information regarding the waiting list!

  • Applicants offered admission to the IBA programme (initially or from the waiting list)  have 14 days to accept or decline the offer in Studielink. If you fail to respond to the offer within 14 days, your place will automatically be assigned to the next person on the waiting list! This process is NOT handled by RSM but by the national student registration system Studielink and no exceptions will be made. Once you have declined your offer it cannot be reversed. 
    Check also the additional information regarding the waiting list.

  • If you are selected to participate in the IBA programme and have accepted your offer of admission you will be asked to send certified hardcopies (paper documents) of your secondary school diploma and final transcript to the RSM admissions office no later than 1 August

    While your application can be evaluated based on unofficial digital documents you have uploaded in your application form, eventually the RSM Admissions office needs to check the authenticity of your diploma and your final transcript.

    A certified copy of your final diploma and transcript can be acquired at the institution where you obtained them or at an official notary. Certified means that the document contains the original stamp and signature of your institution (director, course coordinator, registrar) or the official notary. When making your offer unconditional, make sure you send us the original document. Photocopies of a certified copy will not be accepted.

    If you have your official diploma and final transcript, you can also come show the originals at the RSM Admissions Office. Do not send original diplomas by post.