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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Are there any parking facilities for residential students?

Students living on campus may apply for a parking permit for the duration of their tenancy contract. 

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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Do I need to be able to speak Dutch to study in the Netherlands?

The Dutch are known for their proficiency in the English language and this, combined with the highly international nature of both the campus and the city of Rotterdam ensure that you will manage just fine without any Dutch language skills. Of course it is often very rewarding to be able to speak the language of the country you are living in. Also, if you are looking for a job on the side, or hope to remain in the Netherlands after graduation, speaking Dutch can be a big advantage. The Language &Training Centre (LTC) offers several language courses, including Dutch.

 

Last update:
Thursday, 1 August 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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Does RSM offer services that can help me in finding an internship or a job?

RSM Career Centre provides a broad range of services to students, most of them internship and future career related. The Career Centre staff functions as a liaison between students, the corporate world and the various departments of the business school to help determine and facilitate internships and research opportunities. Career Centre can help students clarify their interests and skills, refine interviewing and curriculum vitae preparation skills, pursue internships and research projects and interact with potential employers. Students are encouraged to make use of some or all services, especially in the year preceding their BSc or MSc graduation.

You can also find information regarding career opportunities in the Netherlands on the website of the Nuffic.

Last update:
Monday, 10 September 2018

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Does the university offer sports facilities?

The  Erasmus Sport Centre has two sports halls, five squash courts, a fitness gym and six open-air tennis courts. You can participate in training sessions and use all facilities in the sports buildings on campus. Sports offered include tennis, squash, rugby, soccer, volleyball, rowing, basketball, boxing and other fitness activities such as pilates, yoga and dancing.

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 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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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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Is there a swimming pool on campus?

No, but there is a swimming pool in the vicinity. Consult Erasmus Sport for other sport facilities.

Last update:
Thursday, 1 August 2019

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What is considered a research university in the Netherlands?

Research universities in the Netherlands (‘universiteiten’ in Dutch) are institutions of tertiary education with a focus towards scientific research in an academic setting. These institutions essentially train students in academic study and the application of knowledge and often do not include (mandatory) work experience. However, many of the programmes do also have a professional component and most graduates actually find work outside the research community.

In order to be eligible for admission to an undergraduate programme at a Dutch research university, like the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, you will need to have at least a high school diploma comparable to a Dutch diploma on VWO-level. Check out RSM’s website for any other admission requirements per programme.

Another type of education in the Netherlands is taught by the universities of applied sciences (in Dutch ‘hogescholen’). These institutions offer programmes that focus on the practical application of arts and sciences. Getting practical work experience through internships is an important part of the professional study programmes. For admission into an undergraduate programme at a university of applied sciences, your high school diploma needs to be similar to a Dutch diploma on HAVO level. An example of a university of applied sciences is Hogeschool Rotterdam.

Last update:
Monday, 9 September 2019

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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 difference between the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Rotterdam School of Management?

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) is one of the schools or faculties that make up the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). The Erasmus University Rotterdam also has schools in economics, medicine, health policy, social sciences, philosophy, history/culture/communication and law.

Rotterdam School of Management and the Erasmus University Rotterdam should not be confused with the neighbouring 'Rotterdam Business School'. Rotterdam Business School is not a research university but a university of applied sciences

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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What is the difference between a research university (WO) and a university of applied sciences (HBO)?

There are two types of higher education in the Netherlands: research-oriented (WO) and profession-oriented (HBO):

Research-oriented education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO) is traditionally offered by research universities, such as Erasmus University which Rotterdam School of Management is a part of.

  • Programmes at research universities focus on theoretical aspects of the field of study.
  • Prepares students for undertaking independent research.
  • Lead to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. At research universities you can also pursue a PhD degree.
  • Fewer contact hours and more course material to study independently.
  • A Bachelor's program at a research university requires the completion of 180 credits (three years of study) and graduates obtain the degree of Bachelor of Arts, of Science, or of Laws (BA/BSc/LLB), depending on the discipline.

Higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, HBO) is offered by universities of applied sciences (hogescholen)

  • Programmes at universities of applied sciences prepare students for particular professions
  • Tend to be more practically-oriented.
  • They lead to either a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  • More contact hours (e.g. lectures / tutorials) during which course material is taught in a classical setting.
  • A Bachelor's degree in the applied arts and sciences requires 240 credits (four years of study); in most cases, graduates obtain a degree indicating the field of study (for example, Bachelor of Engineering, B Eng, or Bachelor of Nursing, B Nursing).

More information on the Dutch higher education system can be found on the Study in Holland website or you can check out this video made by Nuffic. 

Last update:
Monday, 12 August 2019

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Where can I find information about (health) insurance in the Netherlands?

You are by law obliged to be properly insured during your time in the Netherlands. Make sure that you are sufficiently insured for medical expenses. Check if the insurance company in your home country covers the medical costs in the Netherlands and bring an international declaration form or a European Health Insurance Card with you. If your current health insurance does not cover costs made in the Netherlands, you need to get a new or special insurance policy for the duration of your stay. In addition, third-party liability insurance is absolutely essential, and if you will be living in student accommodation it is also a good idea to have fire and furnishings insurance. Erasmus University Rotterdam strongly recommends an AON Insurance

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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Where can I find information on student organisations?

There are many organisations in Rotterdam for both national and international students, such as study associations, student fraternities, cultural organisations, sports organisations, political organisations, international organisations and many, many more. At Rotterdam School of Management you can join the following student organisations.

Last update:
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

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Which languages can you learn at RSM?

During the programme, students can take language electives such as Spanish, French, German, and Chinese, offered by the Language & Training Centre. You can also receive 5 ECTS towards your IBA elective credits upon completion of 2 language courses, which may provide another nice incentive to learn the local language. For more information, please see www.eur.nl/ltc.

Last update:
Thursday, 29 August 2013

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