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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Admission & Application

When should I submit my application for IBA (in OLAF)?

The admissions season for the BSc International Business Administration programme started on the 1st of October. Due to possible effects of the corona pandemic on the grades of applicants graduating in 2021, we have decided to award points based on:

  • the grades from your penultimate year (the year before your final year)
  • AND the grades you have obtained during the first half of your final year.

We know that you will most likely receive the grades of your fall semester around December or even mid-January. 

We advise you to submit your application only after you have received the grades from the first half of your final year! The final deadline to submit the Online Application Form (OLAF) is 31 January.

You can already start the application process:

1. Register for the programme via Studielink. The deadline for this is the 15th of January! After registering, you will receive your link and log in details to the application form.

2. Start filling in the RSM Online Application Form (OLAF):

  • fill in your personal details and education details
  • write your motivation/CV
  • upload required documents such as your penultimate year grades and the RSM diploma statement form which needs to be filled in and signed by your school. For a list of all the required documents and further instructions, check Step 2. on the admissions pages.

BE AWARE:

Based on the number of applications we received in recent years, we are expecting to receive over 2000 applications and most of them will be submitted close to the deadline. The final ranking must be published to our applicants on the 15th of April. This only gives the admissions office around 8 weeks to evaluate the applicants and finish the ranking!

You can ensure a successful application by following the instructions on our website and OLAF carefully. Really take some time to read all the information and consult your parents or your mentors at your school if needed.

Already graduated from High School?

We advise you to submit your application as soon as possible, because you already have all the grades needed for the evaluation.?

Last update:
Thursday, 15 October 2020

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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Do I need to fill in the study choice check (questionnaire)?

After registration in Studielink you will receive an online study choice check questionnaire. It is not mandatory to fill this in if you are applying to a 'numerus fixus' programme such as International Business Administration (IBA) at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

Last update:
Thursday, 29 November 2018

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How can I apply for IBA?

You can only apply online. No other means are available to apply for our Bachelor programme.The application procedure for International Business Administration (IBA) consists of two parts:

  1. Registration in the Dutch national web-based registration database Studielink which is mandatory for all applicants. Studielink opens on the 1 October 2020 and closes on 15 January 2021 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.
  2. Within 24 hours of a successful registration via Studielink you will receive your log in details (also known as ERNA credentials) and a link to the RSM Online Application Form (OLAF). You must fill in and submit the Online Application Form (OLAF) by the 31st of January. OLAF closes on 31st January 2021 at 23:59 CET (Central European Time). View the application steps on the website. 
Last update:
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

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How many students are admitted per year?

The number of spots for the Bachelor programme in International Business Administration (IBA) for the entry year 2021 is set at 650.

 

Last update:
Friday, 4 September 2020

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How is the ranking determined?

Important characteristics of the IBA programme are its international dimension and high performing students. Admission to the IBA programme is therefore based on:

  1. your academic performance as indicated by your grade point average - 75%
  2. your CV (resume) or motivation - 25%

Prior academic performance is the best predictor of future success in the IBA programme. Therefore, your grade point average (GPA) contributes to 75% of your final score, which is used to determine your rank. Applicants who meet the minimum grade point average (GPA) will be awarded 'selection points'. The higher your grade average, the more 'selection points'  you can earn. Applicants who do not meet the mathematics and/or English requirements will be placed in the lower tiers of the ranking

Last update:
Monday, 13 January 2020

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I am currently studying at another university. Can I complete my bachelor programme at RSM?

If you started your studies elsewhere and you want to complete your bachelor at Rotterdam School of Management, you must apply as a first year student. If you are selected, you formally start in the first year of the programme. Exemption requests for overlapping courses 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:
Friday, 4 September 2020

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Is there a special admission process for refugee students?

No, RSM does not have a special admissions process or criteria for students with refugee status because individual situations can vary widely. Applications from refugees will therefore be assessed on an individual basis. If you have questions regarding your diploma, please contact the RSM admissions office.

The Erasmus University does offer general support for refugees. Please visit the refugee pages for more information.

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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I have already completed a year at another university. Can I start in the second or third year of the IBA programme?

No, the IBA programme does not offer direct admittance to a higher year. All students must formally start in the first year of the programme. It is also not possible to transfer your grades or credits obtained at another university to the IBA 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:
Friday, 11 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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I have not yet obtained my HBO propaedeutics (first year diploma)? Can I still apply?

Yes, you can apply if you have not yet obtained your HBO propaedeutics. Applicants with a conditonal offer must meet the minimum GPA of 7.5 in order to receive an unconditional offer. 

Last update:
Friday, 18 September 2020

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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 are the requirements for my diploma?

On our website you can find an overview the requirements for of a large number of diplomas. Diplomas not listed on our website will be evaluated on an individual basis. When submitting an application, you must include in your application package an academic transcript with a diploma supplement explaining your country's grading system. A proper admissions decision can only be made after you’ve submitted an application.

Last update:
Wednesday, 16 September 2020

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What is an admissions statement and where can I find it?

An admissions statement is an official document which summarizes which programme you've been admitted to, which diploma the admissions is based on and which conditions you need to fulfil before you can be enrolled as a student. As long as the conditions are not fulfilled, your offer remains conditional.

You can download your admissions statement via the Online Application Form (OLAF). In the top menu bar, go to the section called 'OFFER' and download the PDF file.

Last update:
Thursday, 16 April 2020

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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 is the difference between a conditional and unconditional offer

A conditional offer of admission means that you still need to do something before you will be allowed to start your studies at RSM. For the vast majority of our applicants, this means that you need to bring or send either certified hard copies or originals of your diploma(s) and final academic transcript. Once all of the conditions in your offer of admission have been met, your offer will become unconditional and you may officially enroll in the programme.

Many of our applicants ask why we require certified hard copies or originals of their diploma(s) and academic transcripts when we already have digital copies. RSM requires official hard copies because digital documents are easier to forge and are therefore not legal documents.

Last update:
Monday, 13 June 2016

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What is the IB institute code of Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)?

For students with an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, the IBO institute code for Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is 034892.

Last update:
Monday, 5 August 2019

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