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.

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Admission & Application

Can I apply with my predicted grades?

RSM does not make an admissions decision based on predicted grades. If you are still in the final year of high school, RSM 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. 

If you have already graduated, grades of the final year and the exam results will be considered. Additionally, grades of your current or previous higher education studies (e.g. University (of Applied Sciences)) can be used for the assessment. 

 

Last update:
Friday, 16 August 2019

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Can I apply without having obtained my diploma before the application deadline?

Yes, it is possible to apply to the IBA programme in the final year of your secondary school programme. Due to the early application deadline, the majority of applicants do not yet have grades of the final year of study. If you are still in the final year of high school, RSM 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. 

If you have already graduated, grades of the final year and exam results will be considered. Grades of your current or previous higher education studies (e.g. University (of Applied Sciences)) can also be used for the evaluation. 

 

Last update:
Thursday, 1 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.

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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 as there will be 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:
Wednesday, 24 July 2019

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Can I start in the second year 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. Exemption requests for overlapping courses are only dealt with after you have been accepted 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:
Wednesday, 24 July 2019

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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. Exemption requests for overlapping courses are only dealt with after you have been accepted 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:
Wednesday, 24 July 2019

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Do I have to write a motivation letter?

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:
Thursday, 5 September 2019

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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 Studielink (www.studielink.nl) which is mandatory for all applicants. Studielink is a national registration database and not an application system so you cannot upload your documents in Studielink. To help guide you through the registration process we have created the Studielink manual. The deadline to register in Studielink is 15 January (at 23:59 CET (Central European Time).
  2. Within 24 hours after successful registration for the IBA programme in Studielink, you will receive an automatically generated message from Rotterdam School of Management with a link to Online Application Form (OLAF). In OLAF you can upload your supporting documents. The deadline for uploading your documents and submitting your application in OLAF is 31 January (at 23:59 CET (Central European Time). For more information, please visit our website.
Last update:
Thursday, 8 August 2019

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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, 9 September 2019

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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 2020 is set at 650.

 

Last update:
Thursday, 12 September 2019

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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 dealt with after you have been accepted 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:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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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 received my HBO propaedeutics (first year diploma)? Can I still apply?

If your secondary school diploma does not give direct admission to the university and you are in the first year of your HBO study, you must have already completed the first year and have obtained your HBO propaedeutics if you want to apply for the IBA programme. This means that if you are currently in the first year of your HBO study, and you will be done with the first year around the summer, you need to wait until the fall to apply for the programme. You will then be in your second year of your HBO study. 

Last update:
Wednesday, 24 July 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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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.

The Nuffic has created a special online tool to help refugee students navigate the Dutch higher education system.

Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 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 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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When is the deadline?

Applications are accepted as of October. The deadline for registering for the IBA 2020/2021 programme in Studielink is 15 January 2020 at 23:59 CET (Central European Time). We advise you to apply as early as possible to ensure that the process goes smoothly. The deadline has been set by the Dutch government and is very strict. No exceptions can or will be made.

Registration in Studielink alone is insufficient. In order to be considered for the IBA programme you must submit the second part of your application via our Online Application Form (OLAF) no later than 31 January 2020 at 23:59 CET (Central European Time). Do not wait until the last minute to apply.  If you wait until the application deadline to start the application process, you will have no margin for error. If you forget to upload one of the required supporting documents, your application will be rejected. If you apply early (at least 4 weeks before the deadline), some mistakes can still be corrected. Applications will be evaluated upon submission. Please read the admissions pages of our website for information.

Last update:
Thursday, 8 August 2019

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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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Where can I find the requirements for my secondary school diploma?

An overview of a large number of diplomas can be found on the IBA website. Diplomas not listed on our website will be evaluated on an individual basis. Please include in your application package an academic transcript with a diploma supplement explaining your country's grading system if possible. 

Last update:
Thursday, 8 August 2019

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