Are you graduating from high school soon? Do you have a strong academic background, an international drive and the ambition to gain knowledge in the field of international business? If so, then IBA is the programme for you!

Our students choose IBA because:

  • Our business school is internationally accredited & highly ranked
  • The programme is taught entirely in English and includes international exchanges and internships
  • The multicultural student body is filled with ambitious, entrepreneurial and highly motivated students and allows our students to learn how to perform successfully in an international business environment
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Why IBA at RSM?

More about the programme


RSM's International Business Administration (IBA) programme takes a broad approach, yet offers specification as well. You will investigate the functional areas of business (salesoperations management, marketing, finance, strategic management, etc.) during at least two courses on each topic. 

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 year. In the second half of the third year, you can pick one of five specialized study tracks. The third year is also when the student works on a bachelor project. 

For most courses, you will attend plenary lectures and work in small groups, allowing for lively interaction and tailored feedback. Many courses chose a distinctly international approach, both content-wise, but also valuing the diversity that exists within the IBA student population consisting of 60 different nationalities.

Upon successful completion of the IBA you will receive a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.

The first year of the IBA bachelor programme consists of four blocks and provides you with an overview of the main processes in most companies: production, marketing, organisation, finance and information. You will learn about all the relevant dimensions of business administration and management.

You will also learn the communication skills needed to work in multicultural groups in the Professional Development track. And, you will benefit from our student mentor programme, designed to help you get used to student life at Erasmus University Rotterdam.



During the first year, students are introduced to international business through a combination of theoretical and skills-related courses that are the foundation for a career in management.

It can be tough to move from high school to university. That’s why the IBA Professional Development and Mentoring Programme helps you to settle in during your first year. You will also develop professional skills that you’ll need in today’s business world. As a first-year student, you will be guided by a mentor, an experienced and well-trained older student who has undergone arigorous selection process to support you in this role.

Right from the start, IBA students are expected to be able to write a real business plan. Working in groups of four and after meeting with employees from their chosen business, students make an internal and external analysis of the firm’s activities, check its financial position, analyse options and dangers from the outside market and devise a strategic plan to improve the firm’s chances of survival in the market – and even expand its activities. This project requires the ability to work in a team and communicate effectively – these are the skills honed in the Professional Development track. In the past, students have written plans for companies such as Bavaria and Rotterdam The Hague airport.

The binding study advice policy states the minimum number of credits you need in your first year of registration to be able to continue your studies. IBA students need to pass all their first-year courses during their first year to be able to continue into Year 2.

The second year of the IBA programme also consists of four blocks, but courses such as the research project or entrepreneurship will stretch over a longer time. In the Professional Development track your personal skills will be further enhanced.

The increasing importance of contributing to sustainable business is reflected in our course responsible business leadership’. By the end of year two, the fixed part of the programme is completed.

The second year of the IBA programme expands your knowledge and develops your research skills, with courses such as Quantitative Decision Making and Applied Business Methods. A wide array of topics are covered, with courses focusing on everything from strategy to marketing, finance, and cross-cultural management.

If you are prepared for a bigger academic challenge, you should know that Erasmus University Rotterdam offers two English-taught honours programmes on interdisciplinary subjects. They bring students from various programmes together to jointly work on a broad subject.

And, IBA students can also apply for RSM’s undergraduate honours programme on innovative entrepreneurship and a study trip to Silicon Valley. Honours programmes count as extra credit on top of the regular BSc programme.

The Erasmus School of Philosophy offers a unique Double Degree programme for students who wish to obtain a second degree in philosophy. This programme is highly flexible and can efficiently be combined with the International Business Administration programme offered at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. A degree in philosophy is an excellent complement to any other degree. In the current age of uncertainty and rapidly advancing technologies, knowledge of philosophical problems and skills remains relevant. In this programme, you will learn to express arguments clearly and to think critically and creatively.

Any academic business study has its foundations in technology and industry, so a good working knowledge of industry and industrial processes is essential. The IBA programme has formed a partnership with our neighbouring university, Technical University Delft, in which RSM’s IBA students work with students from Delft on an assignment which requires both groups of students to understand each other’s worlds of business and industry. This part of the programme encourages mutual understanding of business and industry, an essential skill for any manager.

In the first half of the 3rd Bachelor year you are required to create your own customized programme of 30 EC. In order to do so, you can choose from a diverse offering of minors, an internship, an exchange and/or elective courses. Depending on the amount of EC earned for the minor, internship or exchange, you will need to ‘fill up’ to at least 30 EC with elective courses. If you have not followed a minor, an intership or exchange, then you can fill up the total amount of 30 EC with elective courses.

In the second half of the 3rd Bachelor year (block 12, 13 and 14) students are required to choose one out of the five available ‘tracks’. A track is a combination of three 5 EC courses and the Bachelor Project, 20 EC in total, on a coherent field within the field of business administration. The Bachelor Project – the successor of the former Bachelor Thesis – clearly belongs to the chosen track and entails a mix of individual and group work. The execution of the Bachelor Project will vary from track to track.

Next to the different tracks, there are still two compulsory courses for all. Advanced Research Methods as a preparation for the Bachelor Project, and Digital Business (5 EC).

RSM students can choose one of the following tracks:

  • Analytical Decision-makers (data, operations)
  • Performance Analysts (finance, accounting)
  • Behavioural Experts (marketing, diversity, behaviour)
  • Global Thinkers (international business, strategy)
  • Business Developers (entrepreneurship, innovation)

  • The third year of the IBA programme offers students a range of options.

    During the first half of the third year, ending 1 February, you need to earn 30 EC in total.

    You can choose:

    1. To do an international exchange at one of RSM’s partner schools, for 20 EC minimum and 30 EC maximum
    2. To conduct an international internship, for 15 EC minimum and 20 EC maximum
    3. To do a minor (mostly broadening, sometimes deepening), of 15 EC, or 30 EC if you choose the one jointly offered with Leiden and Delft University

    If you do not exactly end up with 30 EC, you can take one or more electives – either at RSM or elsewhere.

    The second half of the third year is comprised of 30 EC. Next to the compulsory Advanced research training and the Digital business course, you can choose from five different tracks consisting of three modules, allowing you to follow your interests and deepen your knowledge. You will write a Bachelor thesis which will fall within your chosen track.

For many students, spending an exchange semester abroad at one our partner universities is a valuable opportunity to make an early investment in their future international career, and widen their professional network. Our partner universities are all of high repute and well-ranked. They all have similar accreditations to ours. Students study at the partner university from the end of the summer term until January, and must obtain at least 20 ECTS during the exchange.  Click here for a list of our partner universities.

For students who would like to go on a short-term programme in the summer, we also have agreements with a number of schools in Europe, Asia and the USA for our students to have priority access to their summer programmes.

There is no substitute for real working experience. The IBA programme gives you the opportunity to complete an international internship lasting at least 10 weeks and worth 15 ECTS. Although academic in approach, the international internship gives you in-depth knowledge and practical experience in a company of your choice. Non-Dutch students can do this in the Netherlands or abroad. Dutch students must choose a destination outside of the Netherlands for a truly international experience.

Your IBA programme concludes with your Bachelor thesis. For this, your knowledge from Advanced Research Methods is crucial as it provides you with the research methodology knowledge and training necessary for the Bachelor project. The Bachelor Project is used to measure your ability to present research and opinions – about management of businesses and organisations – in a well-structured, coherent, and academic document. 

You’ll join a group of four students to write your Bachelor Project, which will be based on a theme offered by one of RSM’s departments, and you’ll be closely supervised by an experienced member of academic staff.

Extracurricular Activities & Events

Chicago, New York, Paris, Shanghai – not just a list of international destinations, but places our IBA students have actually visited during their annual IBA Study Trip, organised each year by STAR, RSM’s largest study association. These fascinating destinations are chosen because of their business environment, their universities, and their impressive attractions for international visitors. If you are selected as one of the 40 IBA students to join the trip, you’ll also discover the local shops and party scene!

Erasmus Consultancy Project (ECP), is a research project organized by STAR. Every year, ECP offers companies and non-profit organizations tailor-made research and consultancy services in an emerging market on a non-profit basis. ECP is carried out by approximately 25 carefully selected students at RSM Erasmus University, with the support of two professors. The consultancy adds sustainable value and high quality due to desk and field research which results in well considered decision-making for companies. In previous years, ECP has successfully completed projects in countries such as Mexico, India, Vietnam, Chile, Brazil, South-Korea and Thailand. Check out their website for more information on the Erasmus Consultancy Project.

The International Consultancy Project (ICP) is the most exciting and notable project organized by the Marketing Association EUR. Students are offered the possibility to put theory into practice, by conducting market research while gaining international experience and consultancy experience. Each year, roughly five teams of five student consultants are created. The students will start off with the acquisition of projects, to in this way define the projects that the teams are going to work with themselves. After that, the writing of research proposals and desk research will follow. The project will continue with 3 – 6 weeks of doing field research abroad, and finally pitching the solutions to the company. They will be actively involved in the entire process – from acquiring the projects they will work on, to doing field research abroad, and pitching their ideas to the company. Among previous destinations were Australia, India, China, Vietnam, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, the USA and more.

The official graduation ceremony for students who have completed their BSc IBA studies is held in the fall. IBA graduates reunite for this special occasion, and are joined by friends and family from all over the world. The ceremony is always an enjoyable highlight for students and RSM staff.


Programme name

Bachelor in International Business Administration


Bachelor of Science BSc

Dutch CROHO code


Accreditation in the Netherlands


International accreditations



NVAO certificate on internationalisation, excellent

Language of instruction


Programme length

3 years (36 months)

Required graduation credits

180 EC 

Programme start

September each year, once a year

Programme format

full-time only

Programme offered since


Study abroad





Numerus Fixus

Applications vs. Admissions 

2,644 vs 562 (2021/2022)

Percentage of international students 65%
Number of nationalities 60 (2021/2022)

Admission requirements

  • secondary school grades

  • CV (resume) or motivation question

Application deadline

15 January (registration deadline in Studielink)

31 January (submission deadline Online Application Form)

Tuition fee   

The 2022-2023 tuition fee for the BSc in International Business Administration programme is approximately €10,600. The Dutch government contributes towards this cost for students from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA). These students therefore pay only the statutory fee of €2,209 per year (the fees are subject to change).

Studying at RSM

Student life at RSM is lively, cosmopolitan and multicultural, which is why students from all over the world consider it to be a great place to study. They enjoy the full range of activities associated with RSM and the university, from concerts and sports events to full-scale professional conferences attended by captains of international industry. For more information, check out the information below.

Student Life

Curious about what it’s like to be an RSM student? Watch the video below to discover what a typical day in the life of an RSM student is like.

A day in the life of a RSM student

Student activities

There are lots of ways to get engaged and become a part of the RSM and EUR community. Many students join student associations or study associations to meet new people, participate in social events, network with prospective employers, or put into practice what they learn in the classroom. Fulfilling a leadership role in one of RSM’s numerous clubs, student associations and student-managed conferences will enrich your time at RSM both socially and professionally, while giving you extra credentials to add to your CV. There are both student associations and study associations at EUR:

Student associations are for students from RSM, EUR and other universities. They focus on socialising and networking. In addition to organising social meetings, many of them are also active in reaching out into the community. Most are for Dutch speakers, but there are plenty of international associations. They provide an opportunity for you to get to know lots of other students from different programmes and different backgrounds. For more information about international student associations in Rotterdam visit the student life at EUR website from the Erasmus Student Service Centre.



Study associations are linked to each school or programme. They may have a social element, but primarily provide pre-professional and study activities. The study association for RSM students is STAR. Study associations bridge the gap between theory and practice. They organise activities for all students interested in a specific field of study and can be a great first experience in the professional field that interests you. RSM’s study association, STAR, is the largest student-organised study association in Europe. STAR provides academic support to students, and offers them the opportunity to develop themselves professionally through training or competitions. It supports early career goals by setting up recruitment events with top companies.


With more than 6,500 members and 1,000 overseas members, STAR is the largest study association in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe. There are no language barriers for international students because English and Dutch are both used. STAR gives you unique opportunities to practice turning your ideas into commercial realities through active involvement in numerous committees which organise events such as the International Business Project or STAR Management Week.


RSM’s Student Representation organisation looks after the interests of students by representing them at the faculty and university level. It serves as an intermediary between students and faculty and ensures an exchange of information and feedback between students and programme managers.

Rotterdam is a metropolitan city, a true melting pot with approximately 170 nationalities among its 600,000 inhabitants. In such a diverse setting there are many arts, cultural, musical and entertainment events to participate in. It is also a major hub of international trade because it is Europe's largest commercial port, making it a great city for business students.

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 also 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.

Life on Campus

RSM is located on the Woudestein campus in Rotterdam, which is about a 15-20 minute bike ride from the centre of Rotterdam. RSM shares the Woudestein campus with six other schools at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and is practically a self-contained city with food courts, a grocery store, a bike repair shop and even a hairdresser.  Campus facilities such as the library and sports centre (including tennis courts) are open to all students to enjoy, but don’t take our word for it, check out the virtual tour below and discover our vibrant and bustling campus for yourself.

Virtual Campus Tour

Take a virtual tour

International exchange

Bachelor students can participate in an exchange programme at one of valued academic partners worldwide – there are almost 200 of them. This is a great opportunity take exciting electives at a different institution where you can further develop your personal and professional international experience by immersing yourself in a different environment. What you’ll learn inside and outside of the classroom will be indispensable to your development as an international business leader.

Exchanges at a glance:
  • Every year, RSM’s International Office sends more than 400 bachelor students to renowned business schools all over the world.
  • Most popular schools for exchange semesters include: Marshall Business School, University of Southern California (USA); The National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University (both Singapore).
  • Most popular schools in Europe: Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Italy), ESADE (Spain) and Nova School of Business and Economics (Portugal).

Elective courses

Students from other faculties and Dutch universities can follow a limited selection of additional courses from RSM’s Bachelor in International Business Administration. You can only follow the specific courses listed on the application form.

If you are an EUR-student, you can use this application form.

Students from other universities can follow the steps in this document

After your bachelor

<p>During our studies, we obtained an immense amount of business knowledge that is transferable to work but I think the degree itself is a result of diligence, open-mindedness, being collaborative and supportive. Your degree might help get the job you want but the traits we all developed during our studies are what enable us to succeed.</p>

Leo Machana - BSc IBA Alumnus, Class of 2018

Your bachelor studies at RSM will open doors to a wide range of career paths. You will add to your knowledge in subjects like data science, marketing, consulting or finance, and you will gain new skills in collaborating, presenting and critical thinking. 

International experience embedded within the IBA programme gives you a competitive advantage when it comes to taking the first step in your career. Many of our graduates find positions in multinational firms soon after graduation. Some find a position even before they graduate, thanks to relationships developed during their international internships and other networking experiences throughout their time at RSM.

They join a wide variety of sectors:

When you study at RSM you have access to our dedicated Career Center Career Centre. It offers:  

  • Help with looking for internships, full or part-time jobs in the Career Portal
  • ‘Your Future Career’ online study module, designed to start you thinking about your ideal career and how to get there by finding your motivation and your strengths.
  • Workshops to develop your CV writing, application writing, and interviewing skills
  • Recruitment and career events on campus attended by recruiters from international companies, speed interviews, and career workshops
  • Strengthening the steps towards your career path with mentoring from our 40,000-strong alumni network in the MentorMe platform

Are you a non-EEA student? If you have a diploma or a degree from a Dutch higher education institution you are eligible for a one-year orientation visa called a zoekjaar to help you find a job after you graduate.

A quarter of IBA graduates take a gap year after their studies to travel or to gain more experience through internships, exchanges, board years, or other personal projects. 

Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition fee

The 2022-2023 tuition fee for the BSc in International Business Administration programme is approximately € 10,600. The Dutch government contributes towards this cost for students who hold nationality from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA). These students therefore pay only the statutory fee of € 2,209 per year.

NOTE: These tuition fees are subject to change. Prior to the start of the academic year, tuition fees may be modified by the Dutch government. Erasmus University Rotterdam reserves the right to make changes affecting policies, fees, curricula, or any other matter announced in this publication without further notice.


The number of scholarships is limited and mainly merit based. If a scholarship covers only the tuition fees, be aware that you need to finance your own living expenses (rent, food and insurances) for the duration of your studies.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) offers scholarships to prospective students from non-EEA countries who are not entitled to pay the EEA tuition fee, provided their grades are considered ‘excellent’.

Besides scholarships awarded by RSM, there are also scholarships awarded by the Dutch government or other organisations that are available if you meet certain criteria such as nationality, age, etc We have listed one of them below but we encourage you to use resources such as Grantfinder or the Scholarship Portal to find additional scholarships.

Scholarship tips

  • Contact the Ministry for Higher Education in your home country to see whether there are scholarship options.
  • We have virtual information session covering all you need to know about scholarships and financial aid. Register here.

For students from the Netherlands or the EU/EEA, it may be possible to apply for limited funding towards payment of your tuition fees. Find out whether you meet the nationality and age requirements and read more information about the application process here.

Living costs

You will need a budget each year to cover your living expenses, your study materials and, if applicable, residence permit and health insurance. This is in addition to paying your tuition fee. How much money you will actually need also depends on your life style. The costs for housing, for example, may differ considerably. Also, if you plan to travel during your stay, you will obviously need more money. 

For a reasonable standard of living in the Netherlands, you should have an income of at least €1,000,- per month or € 12,000 per year* (excluding the tuition fee). Further information about the costs of living in the Netherlands and related subjects can be found on this website. Here is an example of monthly expenditures:


Furnished accommodation, including gas and electricity  €   500-900
Medical insurance  €   50
Telephone/internet €   15-25
Food €   200 - 300
Books, recreation, clothing €   200 - 300
Public Transportation €   0 (you can bike everywhere in the city!)
Total €  average 1000 - 1300
Other potential expenses:  
Buying or renting a bike €  100 - 250 (for the full 3 years)
In private residence (not student housing) yearly municipal and water taxes €  100 - 300 (per year)


European Economic Area (EEA)

The European Economic Area (EEA) consists of the member states of the European Union, including Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. See the overview of EEA member states below. Please note: The EEA tuition fee is also applicable for students with Swiss or Surinamese nationality.

Czech Republic
United Kingdom

Admission & Application

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Housing information for full-time RSM students coming to Rotterdam

Although a complete and useful overview of housing information for International Students can be found on the housing pages of the Erasmus University, the information below especially applies to RSM’s first year BScIBA and MSc students coming from abroad. Arranging your stay

As in many major European cities, the demand for reasonably priced housing in Rotterdam is very high. Therefore, make it your number one priority and start searching immediately after being conditionally or unconditionally admitted to our BScIBA or one of the MSc programmes. As campus housing is limited, you may have to look for a room on the private market or seek other alternatives.

The ‘Short Stay Accommodations’ of RSM is run by the housing corporation SSH Student Housing (SSH), specialized in letting furnished accommodation.
For our first year BScIBA and MSc students coming from abroad, we reserve a range of furnished accommodations. Students can only apply for ‘Short Stay Accommodations’ for the first 12 months of their study (it is not possible to rent a room for less than 12 months). After 12 months you have to find accommodation by yourself. The SSH Accommodation is not available for partners or family of the student. 

Available SSH housing/accommodation for BScIBA & MSc students

The SSH has four dorms you can choose from: one on-campus (Hatta Building) and three off-campus, only 15 minutes walking from the university (D'Blaauwe MolenOverhoningen and Erasmus International House). All rooms/apartments are fully fitted and furnished (not self-contained) and located at Struisenburgdwarsstraat in the district of Kralingen, This district offers everything that a student needs: the Erasmus University, little shops and typical student pubs are around the corner. The centre of Rotterdam and the Kralingse Bos are just a stone’s throw away. In most cases you have communal cooking facilities and sanitary fitting. Accommodations can not be visited in advance, but descriptions of the different buildings are available on the SSH website. Please not that rental prices are re-indexed every year.

When am I eligible to register for a room at the SSH ?
You can register for a room once you have been conditionally or unconditionally admitted to the first year BScIBA programme or one of the MSc programmes.

When and how can I register for a room at the SSH?
Mid April 2022 (exact date to be announced). Earlier registrations won't be approved

Go to SHH*  and fill in:
City: Rotterdam
Your educational institution: Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
Type of Resident: EUR Full Year Student (12 months: 15 August 2022 - 14 August 2023) 
NOTE: it's not possible to rent for one semester

When and how can I reserve a room at the SSH?
You can reserve a room and only see all the available rooms once your registration has been approved by the RSM. The approval proces takes place (date 2022 to be announced). 

Important information about approvals:
We know from experience that there are more registrations than the number of available SSH rooms (SSH housing is limited). RSM has approx. 135 rooms available to be divided among MSc and BSc students from EU countries and NON EU countries. A fair distribution will be made under the students. So we kindly ask you to wait patiently for your approval. It could be that your registration cannot be approved because there are no sufficient rooms available, even when you have registered on time. You may still see rooms available on the SSH website, these rooms are meant for other programmes/faculties at the RSM/ Erasmus University. 

Please note that we offer more housing possibilities like:

Xiorregistration and reservation opens (date 2022 to be announced) and ISHR, registration and reservation opens (date 2022 to be announced)

Select and reserve a room      
Log in to My SSH to reserve a room within 7 days*:
* If you have not selected a room within 7 days, your application will be set automatically to “not approved”. After this period you can no longer reserve accommodation via SSH (to give other students also a fair chance to apply for accommodation). 

SSH will handle the whole process – from making a room reservation to payments. For more information about the Terms and Conditions, the Rental Guide and the FAQ’s, please visit the site Any questions can be addressed to:

Staying longer than 1 year?

For students staying in the Netherlands for at least 3 years (BScIBA students), Stadswonen Rotterdam lets over 6,000 good-quality, affordable rooms, studios and flats to students and people starting out on the Rotterdam’s housing market. The (unfurnished) rooms they offer are appointed to a tenant based on the longest registration period. As soon as you’ve registered, you will start building up your registration period (inschrijfduur). And the longer you are registered with Stadswonen, the better your chances are of quickly finding a room, studio or flat. At this moment the registration period to make change of finding a room is average 8 months. You can register as early as 17, so don’t wait too long!

Xior Building is a student building right next to the campus of the RSM/ Erasmus University. This 8th floor building upholds 280 studio apartments with all private bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Registration & Reservation opens on:

RSM is not in charge for the rental of these rooms and is only for students coming from abroad. Your registration for the RSM will be checked by the Real Estate Services Department of the Erasmus University. All your questions can be addressed to 

  • Date 2022 to be announced

The Fizz Cobana In 2019 The FIZZ opened a brand new building on Katendrecht, Rotterdam. Katendrecht is a vibrant part of Rotterdam with a central location. The FIZZ Cobana has a variety of Friends apartments. This unique concept is a great way to share living space of your apartment, but still have all the privacy you want with your own bedroom. As a student of the Erasmus you will have a possibility to live with other Erasmus students in a Friends apartment. It’s a perfect blend of privacy and sociability, whenever you want it.

The Erasmus University has reserved for its International students 44 rooms divided over 20 apartments. 16 of them are for two persons and 4 for three persons. 

Housing Anywhere is a housing platform where people can rent out rooms to international students. It is a global platform where demand & supply of rooms for international students meet each other. Housing Anywhere offers a Secure Booking Service and has a Customer Care Team to help students book a room safely. 

RoomPlaza offers students the possibility to rent a flat with a group of like-minded people. You can apply as an existing group or use your find-a-flat mate tool to form your own. RoomPlaza has a safe booking process with a 100% guarantee of avoiding scams by fake accommodation providers. 

Kamernet is the largest online platform in the Netherlands that is specifically focused on bringing together the supply and demand of housing; such as rooms, studios and apartments. Tenants and landlords can get in touch and roommates can meet a new roommate. Kamernet does not own these homes. Registered users have direct contact with each other.

The Student Hotel – a hotel located in Kralingen Rotterdam which offers fully furnished rooms with a private bathroom, shared or private kitchen, WiFi, flat screen TV. Included in the price is a bike, use of the gym, study rooms, lounges and game rooms, 24-hour reception, laundry room and a restaurant/bar (booked by week, month, 1 or 2 semesters). 

Stadwonen Rotterdam - Stadwonen Rotterdam own 6.000 rooms, furnished and unfurnished.

Rotterdam2stay – especially for students who want to live on their own. Have your own clean bathroom, personal kitchen and appliances. The living space offer comfort and privacy at an attractive price, which becomes even better with housing allowance.

Additional information on the above mentioned housing providers, and many more, are listed on the Erasmus University Housing pages.

Hostels in Rotterdam

Some suggestions:

Boat Hotel – a short stay apartment on a historical ship in the centre of Rotterdam.

King Kong Hostel - a very cool hostel that blends industrial design with 21st century contemporary art. It has a superb location in the beginning of Witte de Wittestraat which is in the heart of Rotterdam’s social scene and all the city’s best bars and restaurants are on your doorstep.

Hostel ROOM Rotterdam – located in Rotterdam’s historic Scheepvaartkwartier, near a beautiful little harbour. There are lots of good places for wining and dining in the area and close to the city’s main park.

Hostel Stayokay – this hostel is located in the city centre of Rotterdam in the striking cube houses. Next to Metro station “Blaak”.

As tenancy agreements are often only provided in Dutch (huurovereenkomst), we recommend you to view the additional information on this topic provided on the Erasmus University website.  There you can also find information on Dutch housing terms, and other information on how to arrange your stay and other useful tips, for example on how not to get scammed.

Housing in Rotterdam

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Immigration & Visa

Important immigration information for NON EU/EEA Full-time BScIBA and MSc students


Depending on your nationality, you might need an Entry Visa and / or Residence Permit for the Netherlands, issued by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).  Students can only apply for an Entry Visa and / or Residence Permit through the RSM/ Erasmus University. Only with a valid Entry Visa and / or Residence Permit you are allowed to study at RSM/ Erasmus University.

Needless to say that RSM/ Erasmus University is not the institution that determines the requirements. The IND is the official governmental body that sets the rules and procedures.

Full-time BScIBA and MSc students who accepted their offer and hold a passport from an EU/EEA country do not need to apply for an Entry Visa and / or Residence Permit.

Full-time BScIBA and MSc students who accepted their conditional or unconditional offer and have a nationality and hold a passport of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, USA or Vatican State. 

Validity Residence Permit 
A Residence Permit is valid for the duration of your study plus three extra months. This means that you do not have to apply for an extension after one year.

Full-time BScIBA and MSc students who accepted their conditional or unconditional offer, have a nationality and hold a passport of one of the countries mentioned in Group III and IV. This procedure also applies to students with a Surinamese nationality.

Note for Chinese students
Obtain a Nuffic Certificate : 
All Chinese students (with the exception of students from Hong Kong, Taiwan and students with a British Overseas Nationality) must register with EP-Nuffic for a ‘Nuffic Certificate’ before their immigration application can be started. The certificate is a document providing an assessment of your English language proficiency and of the authenticity of your educational degrees and diplomas. For more information, see the Nuffic website

Validity Entry Visa
An Entry Visa is valid for 90 days (counted from the day that you pick up your Entry Visa).

Validity Residence Permit 
A Residence Permit is valid for the duration of your study plus three extra months. This means that you do not have to apply for an extension after one year.

NON-EU/EEA students holding a (permanent or temporary) valid Residence Permit (e.g. for study purposes) for another EU/EEA Country no longer need to apply for an Entry Visa for the Netherlands. For these students, the procedure for a Residence Permit application applies. A copy of the EU/EEA-Residence Permit must be uploaded in your application. The Residence Permit must be valid at the time of the application, and still be valid when the student collects his/her Residence Permit in the Netherlands.

NON-EU/EEA students holding already a Residence Permit for the Netherlands (e.g. for study purposes, stay with partner or family, employment), need to apply for Switching InstitutionsChange of Purpose or an Extension of your Residence Permit. Requests can be sent after being completely registered (onwards September 1st) to EUR International Office: or 3 months prior to the expiration of your permit.

Before your immigration application is sent to the IND, you are required to prove that you have sufficient financial means to cover your study (only for the first year of your study

  1. the Tuition Fee (BSc IBA €9,600.-, MSc €18,700.-)
  2. the Immigration Fee (€ 192.-)
  3. the Costs of Living for 12 months (€11,400.-: €950.- for every month of your stay in the Netherlands)

Note: it is not possible to pay your tuition fee in instalments

Your main point of contact for the immigration application at RSM/ Erasmus University is Ms. Joyce Maliepaard.

Once you have a conditional or unconditional offer you receive the ‘Immigration application process’ (from mid March on). The guidelines explains the procedure to successfully process your application. After having received the information you will be registered in student registration system ‘Osiris Zaak’ (‘Osiris Zaak’ opens in  April).

After your registration in 'Osiris Zaak' your main point of contact is EUR Internatinonal Office ( The immigration documents and invoice for the payment of the fees will be sent to you in 5 working days

The deadline for uploading your immigration application documents and your proof of payment in 'Osiris Zaak' is: JUNE 15th.I f this deadline is not feasible for you, please send an email to

Programme highlights

  • International teaching staff

    English-language programme taught by international teaching staff

  • Broad curriculum

    A curriculum with a broad approach and options for differentiation in the third year, covering all functional
    areas of business

  • International atmosphere

    An international perspective in all fields and courses

  • A diverse classroom

    A diverse classroom with team projects to enhance
    cross-cultural skills

  • Multidimensional development

    Specific attention to the development of IT, research, and communication skills

  • Real life experience

    Opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge while working with companies

  • International exchange

    Possibilities for international exchange or internship programme

  • Mentor programme

    The opportunity to be mentored by our alumni 

The diversity and broadness of courses offered within IBA allowed me to explore where my interests lie and keep my options open for the future. Additionally, I felt accepted in and connected to the international environment offered both at the university and in the city of Rotterdam. I can assure you that the student life on offer at EUR will be above and beyond your expectations. From student organisations, internships, side jobs and projects, to sports and parties, I have never found myself bored at home – mind you, that was even during the pandemic.

Ana (second-year International Business Administration student)

Students on campus

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 daughter or son make the right decision.

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