Information for Parents

Information for Parents

We know that starting undergraduate school is a big step for both young adults and their parents. So we have compiled some useful information about RSM's international reputation, the value of studying International Business Administration (IBA) at RSM, as well as some helpful information about living in the Netherlands to help your son or daughter make the right decision.

If you have any other questions, please fill out our contact form. We will be happy to assist you.

RSM's International Reputation

    • RSM is a leading international business school, #9 in the Financial Times Ranking for European business schools. 
    • RSM is triple-accredited and quality-assured. We are proud to be among the 1 per cent of business schools worldwide with Triple Crown accreditation, and to have held this accreditation consistently for over 20 years.
  • RSM’s partner network comprises more than 100 leading business schools and universities from across the world.

    Just to name a few:

    • Bocconi University School of Economics and Management, Italy
    • HEC Montréal Business School, Canada
    • ESADE Business School, Spain
    • ESSEC Business School, France
    • HEC Paris (HEC School of Management), France
    • London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
    • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics College of Business, China
    • St. Petersburg State University Graduate School of Management, Russia
    • University of Mannheim Business School, Germany
    • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA
    • Warwick Business School, the University of Warwick, UK


    For a full list, please view our institutional partners page.

  • RSM is the business school of the prestigious Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). Founded in 1913, EUR is home to the first Nobel Prize winner in economic sciences, Jan Tinbergen. Today, the university is esteemed worldwide for its medical, economics, law and business segments. EUR is ranked 69th worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings

    Most of RSM's education and research takes place on the university’s Woudestein campus, which is practically a self-contained city with food courts, a grocery store, a bike repair shop and even a hairdresser.

The Value of Studying International Business Administration at RSM

IBA is a three-year Bachelor of Science programme, taught entirely in English. It has a research-oriented approach but is also hands-on, with practical projects and close contact with business. This programme will prepare your son or daughter for all aspects of international business since it covers many functional areas such as sales, operations management, marketing, finance, human resource management, information communications technology (ICT), and strategic management.

The first two years have a fixed curriculum but the third year is flexible. It offers the possibility of an international exchange, internship, or a minor elective during the first half of the third year. In the second half of the third year, your son or daughter can pick one of five study tracks. The third year is also when the student writes his or her bachelor thesis. Please see the IBA curriculum for more information.

  • RSM's mission is to be a force for positive change in the world by helping to educate and prepare students, academics and people in business to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. We have adopted the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a reference framework.

  • International students from more than 80 countries make up 65 per cent of the student population at RSM, giving your son or daughter the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of working in an international environment.

  • RSM is a publicly financed institution and accordingly the IBA annual tuition fee is €9,300 for the academic year 2020-2021. EU/EEA passport holders pay only the statutory fee of €2,143 per academic year. A limited number of scholarship waivers are offered by RSM specifically for non-EEA students, your son or daughter might be eligible for one. Please note that tuition fees are subject to change.

    • RSM has its own dedicated Career Centre which serves current students, and continues to support graduates as they begin their careers in the following ways:
      - Personalised career advice.
      - CV and cover letter workshops.
      Networking with companies from around the world.​​​​​
    • one-year visa after graduation called a zoekjaar (search year) is offered to non-EU students who complete a bachelor or master from a Dutch institution.
    • According to the structure of the higher education system in The Netherlands, most Dutch companies expect students to have a three-year bachelor degree plus a one-year master degree (or a four-year bachelor degree). So around half of our IBA graduates choose to continue their studies at RSM by joining one of our top-ranked master programmesSee below, for a summary of our 2019 MSc Employment Report describing the employability of RSM graduates.

Living in The Netherlands

The Netherlands is among the safest countries in the world, according to the 2018 Global Peace Index, and has a great standard of living. Dutch companies are well-represented (and many lead their industry groups) in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

The weather is moderate, with mild winters and cool summers compared to other parts of the world. The average temperature during winter is 3°C, and in summer, 19°C.

English is the ‘unofficial second language’ of the Netherlands. Almost everyone in Dutch cities speak English. English is commonly spoken in Rotterdam’s council services offices and in the city’s shopping and customer service centres, restaurants, and transportation hubs.

    • Rotterdam is a metropolitan city, a true melting pot with approximately 170 nationalities among its 600,000 inhabitants.
    • It is also a major hub of international trade because it is Europe's largest commercial port.
    • Rotterdam is an easy city to get around with most people living, working or studying within a 20-minute bike ride of RSM’s campus. The city has good connections to the rest of the Netherlands and other European countries; for example, an express train from Rotterdam to Schiphol International Airport is 25 minutes, and a direct train from Rotterdam to Paris takes only 2 hours and 40 minutes.
  • Student housing in the Netherlands is the student’s responsibility. It is not arranged by RSM or Erasmus University, and the university does not own or operate any student accommodation. However, we do reserve a limited number of accommodation places on or close to campus for incoming IBA students. We are here to help, and we have compiled a number of resources to guide you and your son or daughter through their search for somewhere to live in Rotterdam.

    For more information about housing, please visit our housing page.