Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions section where you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions in relation to our pre-experience Bachelor and Master programmes.

TOP 5 Frequently Asked Questions for IBA:

How can I apply for IBA?
When can I submit my application for IBA (in OLAF)?
What are the requirements for my diploma?
Can I submit my application first and send the result of my English test and/or mathematics exam later?
I don't meet the mathematics grade requirement. What should I do?

 

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Are RSM degrees internationally recognised?

The degrees conferred by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University: Bachelor of Science (BSc), Master of Science (MSc) and PhD are part of the framework of the so-called Bologna declaration and should therefore be fully recognised by all countries who have signed the declaration. The combination of a recognised degree, triple accreditation, and the strong brand image of the school (which is known all over the globe) has turned out to be a great asset for our graduates, enabling them to acquire good positions in the corporate world and giving them access to graduate programmes of the top tier of business schools all over the world.

Last update:
Thursday, 1 August 2019

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Are there any introduction activities for freshmen students?

A range of introduction activities will be offered in August and September by both the University, the programme and the Erasmus Student Network ESN. The IBA Freshmen Weekend is held during the last week of August.

Last update:
Thursday, 10 September 2020

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Are there any parking facilities for residential students?

View here for information about parking facilities.  

Last update:
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

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Can I accept an offer for another numerus fixus programme in the Netherlands and still stay on the IBA waiting list?

You can accept an offer of admission for another numerus fixus programme in the Netherlands and stay on the waiting list for IBA. However, you have to actively choose this option in Studielink! When accepting the offer for the other programme, Studielink will ask if you want to remain on the waiting list for IBA. You have to answer YES to this question, otherwise you will lose your place on the waiting list.

Last update:
Thursday, 10 September 2020

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Can I apply for multiple scholarships at RSM?

It is not possible to choose for a specific RSM scholarship in OLAF, except for the Entrepreneurial Spirit Scholarship. RSM will decide whether you will get awarded a scholarship and - if so - which one.

Last update:
Thursday, 1 October 2020

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Can I apply with my predicted grades?

RSM does not use predicted grades for the evaluation. Due to the early application deadline, RSM normally uses the grades of the penultimate year (year before your final year) for the evaluation. This allows us to evaluate each applicant based on a full year of grades. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a negative effect on the grades of your penultimate year, for the 2021 admission RSM will use the grades of your penultimate year and the grades obtained in the last year until December. 

Last update:
Thursday, 10 September 2020

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Can I apply without having obtained my diploma?

Yes, you can already apply without your diploma. Due to the early application deadline, RSM normally uses the grades of the penultimate year (year before your final year) for the evaluation. This allows us to evaluate each applicant based on a full year of grades. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a negative effect on the grades of your penultimate year, for the 2021 admission RSM will use the grades of your penultimate year and the grades obtained in the last year until December. 

Last update:
Friday, 11 September 2020

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Can I be exempted from taking an English language test?

You are exempt from taking an English language test if you have been taught in English for at least 2.5 years during your secondary school programme in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa (English Home Language). 

Please note that possessing a passport from an English speaking country without having English language education does not grant exemption from an English language exam. For other diplomas see admissions requirements per diploma. If this does not apply to you, you may prove your English by taking an English language test

Last update:
Thursday, 8 August 2019

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Can I be informed of the selection outcome before 15 April?

IBA is classified as Numerus Fixus programme. This means that the selection should be done according to the guidelines outlined by the Dutch government. All applicants who have submitted a complete application will receive their ranking number on 15 April. We are therefore unable to inform applicants of their ranking number before that date.

Last update:
Thursday, 1 August 2019

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Can I defer my offer of admission to the IBA programme?

Applicants for the Bachelor programme in International Business Administration cannot defer their offer as IBA at RSM is classified as a Numerus Fixus programme. You can therefore only accept or decline the offer.

If you receive an offer of admission but want to start your studies the next entry year, you need to re-apply and participate again in the selection process. An offer cannot be guaranteed because of a new applicant pool. Also, your current enrolment application will be registered as a ‘used selection attempt’ and will count towards the maximum number of times that you can submit an enrolment application for a certain numerus fixus programme in the Netherlands.

Last update:
Friday, 4 September 2020

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Can I follow additional courses at RSM (electives, keuzevakken)?

It's possible to follow a limited selection of additional courses from RSM Bachelor programmes, for example if you are missing courses in your current bachelor curriculum for a master you are interested in.

These courses are only available for students who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor programme from a Dutch research university.

On the general website of the Erasmus University you can find the information and the registration form for elective courses from our Dutch language Bedrifskunde bachelor programme.

If your bachelor is/was taught in English, you can also follow elective courses from our International Business Administration bachelor.

If you have any questions please contact the Bachelor Programme Management via bsc.pm@rsm.nl.

Last update:
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

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Can I follow the IBA programme part-time?

No, the IBA programme at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University is a full-time Bachelor programme. 

Last update:
Thursday, 10 September 2020

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Can I go on exchange to another university during my bachelor?

Yes, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University offers you the chance to study at one of our partner schools abroad in the third year. For many students, this is a valuable opportunity to make contacts and invest in a career abroad. Please visit the website for RSM students going abroad

Last update:
Thursday, 1 August 2019

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Can I pay the handling fee by bank transfer?

If you want to pay the handling fee via a bank transfer, send your proof of payment to the RSM Admissions Office so that we can manually adjust your payment status in OLAF. The bank account details can be found in OLAF in the handling fee section.

We also accept payment via credit card without using PayPal. The transaction costs for these payments is 2,95% with a minimum of 35 cents. This is cheaper than the PayPal-Credit card option, which is 3,9% + 35 cents.

Last update:
Friday, 4 September 2020

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Can I send in my application first and the result of the mathematics exam later?

Yes, you can submit an application first and send in the result of the mathematics exam later. The result of the mathematics exam must be received by the RSM Admissions Office no later than 1 April so plan your exam date accordingly. It is your own responsibility to schedule the exam on time.

A sufficient result of a Mathematics test does not guarantee a spot in the programme. It is simply a tool to make up for any deficiencies in your Mathematics level or grades. 

Last update:
Thursday, 10 September 2020

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Can I send in my application first and the results of my English language test later?

Yes, you can send us your application first and complete your application package later with the results of your English language exam. Indicate the planned exam date on your application form. Applicants who intend to prove their proficiency in the English language by taking an exam are expected to provide us with their score report via the IBA Online Application Form (OLAF) no later than 1 April. Documents submitted after 1 April will not be accepted. 

Avoid disappointment and sign up for a language test on time! Exam centers fill up quickly, particularly during peak testing periods. Keep in mind that it can take several weeks to receive the results of your exam. This means that you should plan to take the exam no later than 1 March.

A sufficient result does not guarantee a spot in the programme. It is simply a tool to make up for any deficiencies in your English level or grades. 

Last update:
Thursday, 10 September 2020

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Can I start the IBA programme in January?

No, the IBA programme at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University starts once a year in September.

 

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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Can I submit my application first and send the result of my English test and/or mathematics exam later?

Yes, you can submit an application first and send in the result of your English language test and/or  mathematics exam later. Both test results must be received by the RSM Admissions Office no later than 1 April so plan your exam date(s) accordingly. It is your own responsibility to schedule the exam(s) on time. 

A sufficient result of a Mathematics test and/or English test does not guarantee a spot in the programme. They are simply tools to make up for any deficiencies in your Mathematics/English level or grades. 

Last update:
Friday, 11 September 2020

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Can I transfer my grades from another university to Rotterdam School of Management?

No, it is not possible to transfer your grades or credits obtained at another university to the IBA programme. All students must formally start in the first year of the programme. Requests for course exemptions are only handled after you're enrolled into the programme and can be submitted at the start of the academic year. We cannot guarantee that your request(s) will be granted as the decision will be made by the RSM Examination Board. 

Last update:
Thursday, 10 September 2020

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Can I upload more than one diploma?

Yes, you can add more than one diploma in each section of the application form (secondary, bachelor and/or master).

Last update:
Thursday, 8 August 2019

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Can RSM verify my TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge results online?

Yes, RSM can check your TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge results online. However, the RSM Admissions Office can only do this if you upload a copy of your score report in your application:

TOEFL: The institutional code of RSM is 0798 and for Erasmus University 7199 (you can use either). If you have not requested for the score report to be sent to RSM, we can still verify the score directly with TOEFL. Note that the scores can only be verified 2 years from the test date. If your test is older than this, please contact us.  

IELTS: In order to verify your IELTS score, RSM needs the code which is written on the bottom right corner of your test report. Always upload your full score report during the application process. 

Cambridge: In order for RSM to verify your Cambridge score, you need to add your Cambridge candidate ID number and secret number to your application with your score report. By sharing this information, you give us permission to verify the result. If you do not have the candidate ID and secret number, you must contact the authorized examination centre where the examination was originally taken. Cambridge tests taken before 2005 can not be verified.

Note: it is sufficient to upload your score report and follow the instructions mentioned above. It is not needed for TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge to send us your English certificate by postal mail. 

Last update:
Monday, 9 September 2019

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