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.
For current applicants
My final diploma and grade list have been sent to RSM in order to complete my enrolment. I have not heard anything since then. Have my documents been received?
I've been offered admission but my Studielink status still says "Enrolment application submitted". When can I expect this to change?
How does COVID-19 affect education for the 2021-2022 academic year?
For prospective applicants planning to apply for the September 2022 start
What is the application deadline for IBA?
What are the requirements for my diploma?
Can my eligibility be assessed before I offiially apply for admission?
Can I submit my proof of English proficiency and/or Mathematics exam (OMPT-A) result after I have applied?
I am currently studying at another university. Can I complete my bachelor programme at RSM?
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).
- Last update:
- Thursday, 17 September 2020