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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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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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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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.

Last update:
Thursday, 15 August 2019

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Do I need to provide an overview of the mathematics topics?

Occasionally, RSM grants an exemption from the mathematics entrance exam. If you want to be considered for an exemption, you must provide a detailed overview of the mathematics subjects (including the mathematics level, contents and total number of hours per week) taken in the three final years of your secondary education. The overview must be written in English, or accompanied by an official English translation, signed by your mathematics teacher (including contact details: name and email address) and bearing a school stamp. An exemption from the mathematics entrance exam does not guarantee a place in the programme. To check your mathematics level, view the diploma specific requirements.

Last update:
Thursday, 8 August 2019

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How do I upload new supporting documents to my application after I have submitted my application?

It is 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 you need to add something to your application, please send an e-mail to msc.info@rsm.nl (MSc & PM) or bsciba@rsm.nl (IBA) and request that your application be re-opened.

To upload additional supporting documents click on the UPDATE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS button in the blue ribbon at the top of your application.

Last update:
Tuesday, 8 August 2017

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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. 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. 

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 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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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. 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:
Wednesday, 7 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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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 are the minimum required scores for an English language test?

No rights may be derived from this publication. Please note that the RSM Admissions Office ultimately decides if the level and content of your education is sufficient and comparable to the Dutch secondary school system.

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 sub-score 18 (Reading, Listening and Speaking) and 21 for Writing.
  • IELTS (Only academic exam scores are accepted): minimum overall score 6.5, minimum sub-score 6.0 (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing).
  • Cambridge: CAE C1 with a minimum score of C (or minimum overall 176 with minimum 170 for all sub-scores) / CPE C2 with a minimum score of C / BEC Higher: Minimum grade C.

No other exam results will be 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:
Tuesday, 20 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 Support Centre (USC): usc@eur.nl 

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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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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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 do I need to take an English language test?

The IBA programme is taught completely in English.Thus, proficiency in English is important. Most secondary education diploma holders will need to prove their proficiency in English by submitting the official results of either a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Cambridge or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. To see if your secondary school diploma meets our English language criteria see our website.

Last update:
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

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