Frequently Asked Questions

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Online Application Form (OLAF)

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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How should I enter the name of my school?

Please use the official name of your school, but omit words like "the" at the beginning of the name if applicable. This will help us improve the quality of statistics we keep on schools. 

Example: The American School of Amsterdam should be written as American School of Amsterdam.

Last update:
Monday, 5 August 2019

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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 ERNA?

After applying for a study at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in Studielink, you will receive a mail containing your ERNA credentials (username and password). An ERNA consists of your Student Number+ Initials (for example 12345aj@student.eur.nl) & a password.

With the ERNA credentials, you will have access to the Online Application Form for RSM's BScIBA, premaster and MSc programmes. 

For the duration of your studies at the Erasmus University, the ERNA credentials will also be your access code for ICT facilities, email, wifi etc. 

If you have started the application process in Studielink, but have not received your ERNA details, please inform the Erasmus University ICT Servicedesk: servicedesk@eur.nl

Last update:
Wednesday, 19 February 2020

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I have registered in Studielink but I have not received the message with the link to OLAF, what do I do?

If you have not received the automatic message within two days, please contact the RSM Admissions Office. Also check your spam/junk folder to make sure that our message has not been filtered out. 

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 in International Business Administration.

 

Last update:
Thursday, 10 September 2020

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I have submitted my application but I have not received a confirmation email, did something go wrong?

Within two weeks after you have submitted your application form in OLAF, the RSM Admissions Office will let you know if your application is complete. All messages are visible in the OLAF message center. Bear in mind that we receive a large number of applications towards the application deadline; therefore it may take longer than two weeks before you receive a confirmation e-mail.

Only complete applications will be considered for admission. For this reason we urge that you do not wait until the last minute to submit your application. If you wait until the last minute, you will have no margin for error. If you apply early (at least 4 weeks before the deadline), some mistakes can still be corrected.  

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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Which standardized English test does RSM accept and what are the minimum score requirements?

The minimum required level of English proficiency is a Dutch pre-university (VWO) exam with an unrounded grade of a 7.0. A pre-defined number of foreign diplomas meet this requirement, see the admissions requirements per diploma.

Accepted alternatives, based on official documentation are:

  • TOEFL (Only internet-based exam scores are accepted): minimum overall score 80, minimum subscore 18 (Reading, Listening and Speaking) and 21 for Writing. The online TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition is also accepted. Please note that the ITP TOEFL test is not accepted as it does not test the speaking abilities of the candidate. 
  • IELTS (Only academic exam scores are accepted): minimum overall score 6.5, minimum sub-score 6.0 (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing).
  • Cambridge: B2 First (FCE) or C1 Advanced (CAE)/ C2 Proficiency (CPE) with minimum overall score of 176 and minimum subscores of 170 (reading, listening, writing, speaking) or C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher) with minimum overall score 176 and minimum subscores of 170 (reading, listening, writing, speaking).

Other tests, such as Michigan English or Duolingo are not accepted

The test results of IELTS and TOEFL must not be older than 2 years. All sub-scores must meet the minimum requirements within one exam, meaning that scores of two exams may not be combined to reach sufficient scores from different categories of the exam. 

NOTE: 

  • Applicants who intend to prove their proficiency in the English language by taking an exam are expected to upload their certificate via the IBA Online Application system no later than 1 April. Documents submitted after 1 April will not be accepted.
  • Take into account that test dates at the test centres can fill up quickly, particularly during peak testing periods. Therefore we urge you to register to take the test as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Keep in mind that it can take several weeks to receive the results of your test. This means that you should plan to take the exam no later than 1 March.

Exemption

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). 
  • You have an IB English A Standard Level Certificate with grade 5 or higher or IB English A Higher Level certificate with grade 4 or higher.
    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

Possessing a passport from an English speaking country without having English language education does not grant exemption from an English language exam. 

Last update:
Wednesday, 21 July 2021

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How do I know that I have submitted my application successfully in OLAF?

You will receive a confirmation e-mail after you have submitted your application in OLAF. Within approximately two weeks of submitting your application you will receive an update regarding the documents (this will take longer if you submit your application close to the deadline). 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.

If you submit your application close to the application deadline, we will not be able to check it before the application closes. In that case, it will be assessed using the documents submitted before the deadline. It is therefore of vital importance that you carefully read the instructions provided and submit all necessary documents.

Last update:
Monday, 12 July 2021

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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. If the application deadline has passed, it will no longer be possible to submit additional documents.

Last update:
Monday, 12 July 2021

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Do I have to pay a handling fee?

All applicants who have earned their diploma outside of the Netherlands, pay a handling fee of €100 upon submitting their application. The Online Application Form will automatically determine whether you are required to pay the fee or not. This fee can be paid online using the Erasmus Payment System. This system offers applicants the possibility to pay using either iDEAL (for those with a Dutch bank account) or PayPal (which can be linked to any bank account or credit card worldwide). It is important that applicants complete the payment process as indicated, otherwise the system cannot register the payment. The fee is non-refundable. Applications without successful payment of the fee cannot be submitted and will therefore not be processed. 

We strongly advise you not to submit your application at the last minute! Paying the handeling fee is not always instant. Do not miss the deadline because your payment was not processed on time!

Last update:
Monday, 12 July 2021

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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 as they may need to be examined more closely. When submitting an application, you must include in your application package an academic transcript with a diploma supplement explaining your country's grading system. It is not possible to pre-screen your application by phone or e-mail. A proper admissions decision can only be made after you’ve submitted an application. Please note that all admissions related information for the September 2022 intake will be updated by end September. We therefore recommend that you consult our website again before applying.

Last update:
Tuesday, 20 July 2021

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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 750 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 is set at 750 for the academic year 2022-2023
     
Last update:
Friday, 16 July 2021

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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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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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