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 requirements

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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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 you accept SAT or ACT?

We do not consider SAT or ACT.

Last update:
Monday, 10 September 2018

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I do not meet all the admission requirements but I have relevant work experience, can I be admitted?

RSM offers pre-experience programmes. Therefore, work experience cannot be used to compensate for missing admission requirements.

Last update:
Friday, 16 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 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 meant by an English language test is 'optional'?

Secondary education diploma holders who already have the required level of English do not have to take an additional English language test. If your English grade does not fully meet the minimum grade requirement, you can opt to compensate your lower grade by taking an English language test (IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge). If you pass one of these tests with the required scores, you have fulfilled the English language requirement. A pre-defined number of foreign diplomas meet this requirement, see the selection criteria per diploma)

Last update:
Thursday, 8 August 2019

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What is the minimum required Grade Point Average (GPA)?

The minimum required Grade Point Average (GPA) is different per country. The admission requirements per diploma are listed on our website. 

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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Why are grades so important?

The most important factor in the selection process are your grades. Grades earned in secondary school are the most significant predictors of study success at university. Your grades contribute to 75% of possible selection points, which are used to determine your rank. The factor “motivation” is difficult to measure and has little to no predictive value for study success.

Last update:
Thursday, 12 September 2019

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