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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How do I upload new supporting documents to my application after I have submitted my application?

To upload additional supporting documents click on the UPDATE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS button in the blue ribbon at the top of your application. It's only possible to upload additional documents to a submitted application if the RSM admissions office has re-opened the document section of your application.  

Last update:
Friday, 25 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 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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What does RSM mean by a 'diploma statement'?

If you have not received your high school diploma at the time of application, you must submit a 'diploma statement'. The purpose of this statement is to clarify which grading system your school uses in order to correctly calculate your GPA. This statement must be filled in by your school counselor or school representative.

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 October 2020

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Do I have to write a motivation letter?

No. As part of the selection process for the IBA programme we ask our applicants to illustrate their drive and suitability for the programme by either uploading their CV OR answering the motivation question "What attracts you to an international business administration programme?It is not possible to choose both, so which one should you choose? To give you some guidance in making your choice, we have created a document to explain both options in more detail and to give you some tips. CV (resume) vs Motivation - How do I choose?

Next to either CV or motivation, RSM also asks applicants to reflect on their suitability for the programme by answering three "reflection" questions. Answers to these questions have no impact on the ranking but are purely meant for self reflection. Your CV or motivation and the reflection questions must be written in English. 

Last update:
Friday, 4 September 2020

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My school does not have a school counsellor

If your school does not have a student/college counsellor, please provide the name of a school representative (e.g. a teacher, dean or principal) whom we can contact in case we need additional information about your education or academic performance.

Last update:
Friday, 11 September 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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Should I add a letter of reference to my application?

Reference (recommendation) letters are not considered for the selection process. Reference letters are always positive so comparing one reference letter to another is not very fruitful and would cost us too much precious time which we need to evaluate the other aspects of the application.

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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What is considered a valid translation of my diplomas and transcripts and where can I get one?

If your original documents are not in English, French, German or Dutch, you can have your official diplomas and transcripts translated at the institution where you obtained your diploma, at your embassy, or at an official translation agency. Please note that you must also send a copy of the original document along with the translation.

 

Last update:
Monday, 10 September 2018

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What is the College Board institute code for Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University?

The College Board institute code for Rotterdam School of Management is 6767

Last update:
Wednesday, 24 July 2019

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What should I write in my curriculum vitae (CV)/resume?

A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume is a concise (usually a chronological) overview of your achievements so far. It contains your personal details, education, qualifications and skills, work experience (if applicable), spoken languages, interests or hobbies and/or extra-curricular activities. The length of your CV should not be more than two pages (one page is preferred). To help you get started and guide you through the process, we have created the document “Tips for writing a good CV” in collaboration with RSM’s Career Services Office.

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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