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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Studielink & Numerus Fixus

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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How can I stay on the waiting list for IBA?

You will remain on the waiting list for the IBA programme as long as you do not withdraw your registration in studielink. If you withdraw your registration for IBA, your rank number will be passed over by Studielink and you will not be offered a place in the programme even if your number is called.

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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I am on the IBA waiting list. What are my chances of getting an offer for the programme?

This is a difficult question to answer and the exact rank number that called from the waiting list will differ per year. In the previous three years numbers in the 900’s were eventually called from the waiting list. We advise you to remain on the IBA waiting list until you are sure that you are no longer interested in accepting an offer even if your number is called from the waiting list. Vacant spots in the programme will be filled between 15 April and 7 August. If you want to be considered for a place you must remain registered in Studielink. Withdrawing your registration in Studielink means that the number will be passed over and given to the next candidate.

Last update:
Thursday, 10 September 2020

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I have declined my offer but have changed my mind. Can I get my offer back?

Once you decline your offer for a Numerus Fixus programme it is no longer possible to get it back. The refused place has immediately and automatically been offered to another student. Therefore, if you're not certain if you want to start your studies at RSM, we recommend that you accept your offer. You can always give your offer back if you decide to study elsewhere. 

Last update:
Thursday, 10 September 2020

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I have improved my grades. Can my rank number be adjusted?

No. Your rank number is fixed and cannot be changed once the results have been published.

Last update:
Thursday, 8 August 2019

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Is the IBA programme a Numerus Fixus programme?

As of 1 October 2016 RSM’s Bachelor of International Business Administration (IBA) programme is classified as 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. For the IBA programme these changes mean:

  • Fixed date admission. Applications will be evaluated upon submission. Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements will be added to the IBA ranking. The first 650 candidates will be offered admission to the programme on 15 April (see "Ranking Applicant 1 April - 14 April"). 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 650.
     
Last update:
Thursday, 12 September 2019

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What is a DigiD?

DigiD is a collective system with which government institutions in the Netherlands can use to verify your identity online and enables you to access the electronic services of an increasing number of government institutions with a single username and password. When you are a resident of the Netherlands, you can only submit an enrolment application if you use DigiD. Make sure to apply for your DigiD on time. If you are not an official resident of the Netherlands you must create an account first.

Keep in mind that it takes approximately five days before your log-in details are sent to your home address. Make sure you have applied for your DigiD and activated it well in advance of the 15 January Studielink deadline. You will not be able to apply for admission after this date.

 

Last update:
Monday, 5 August 2019

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What is the deadline for accepting the place offered?

From the moment that the place is offered, you will have 14 days to accept it. You will receive a reminder from Studielink after 7 days. If you have not accepted the place after 14 days, it will expire and will be automatically offered to another student. 

Last update:
Wednesday, 30 August 2017

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What should I do when my Studielink-account is blocked?

You can contact the Erasmus Student Service Centre and request that they unblock your Studielink-account. Always include your full name and student number.

Last update:
Monday, 10 September 2018

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When will I be informed of the results of my application?

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 650 will also receive a second e-mail from Studielink with an offer for the programme, which must be either accepted or declined in Studielink within 14 days. Failure to respond to your offer within 14 days will automatically result in loss of the spot in the programme.

Applicants with rank number 651 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. IMPORTANT: You will remain on the waiting list for the IBA programme as long as you do not withdraw your registration in Studielink. If you withdraw your registration for IBA, your rank number will be passed over by Studielink and you will not be offered a place in the programme even if your number is called.

Last update:
Thursday, 12 September 2019

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Which e-mail address should I use to register in Studielink?

In order to ensure that we receive your application in good order, make sure to use your own (unique) e-mail address. Avoid using your current school email as this may be blocked once you have graduated from school and we will not be able to contact you, and you might miss important information. Also, try not to use your parents' e-mail, particularly if the e-mail was previously used for another sibling applying to IBA. If you are using an agent to submit your application on your behalf, we strongly recommend that the agent uses your e-mail address. Agents often send applications for multiple students using the same e-mail address for all applicants. Our internal system does not recognise students with the same e-mail address and your application will therefore not be processed properly.

You can change your e-mail address in Studielink but make sure to also notify the RSM Admissions Office via our contact form if your e-mail address changes.

 

Last update:
Friday, 11 September 2020

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When is the deadline?

The registration deadline for the IBA programme in Studielink is 15 January, 2021 at 23:59 CET (Central European Time). The deadline has been set by the Dutch government and is very strict. No exceptions can or will be made.  For futher details view the admissions pages

Last update:
Friday, 11 September 2020

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What is Studielink and how does it work?

Studielink is a national web-based registration database in the Netherlands used for the enrolment of students. Studielink can also be used for organising your registration, payment of tuition fees, signing out and changing your correspondence address. For questions regarding the Studielink application (e.g. logging in, password, how to use Studielink), please contact the Erasmus Student Service Centre.

The first step in the IBA application process is to register in Studielink. 

  1. Access https://www.studielink.nl/ and register before 15th January 2021. When you are a resident of the Netherlands, you can only submit an enrolment application if you use DigiD.  Apply on time for your DigiD as it takes approximately five days to receive your DigiD login details. 
  2. Enter your previous education.
  3. Select Erasmus Universiteit, enter ‘Bachelor International Business Administration (English) (numerus fixus)’, start as ‘first-year’, starting date: '1 September 2021'.
  4. You can ignore the emails asking to send your diploma or a copy of your passport / ID to education institution. Instead you will upload these documents to the RSM Online Application Form (OLAF).

For Numerus Fixus studies such as IBA at RSM, Studielink opens on the 1 October and closes on 15 January at 23:59 CET (Central European Time). This is not the actual application! Only once you have completed the 2nd step of the process, the  RSM Online Application Form (OLAF), you will be considered an applicant. 

Last update:
Wednesday, 16 September 2020

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Why is a registration in Studielink required?

Each applicant must first register for their preferred programme in the Dutch national student registration system - StudielinkThis is not your actual application! After registering for a study programme in Studielink, you must fill in the RSM Online Application Form (OLAF). 

  • A registration in Studielink connects you to the Erasmus University and activates your student account (ERNA) at the Erasmus University
  • After you have been admitted to RSM, you can monitor the status of your enrolment in Studielink and also arrange things such as your tuition fee payment in this system.
Last update:
Wednesday, 7 October 2020

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