Please select the type of secondary school diploma which is applicable to you and based on which you would like to request admission to the Bachelor International Business Administration of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). To find your diploma, either use the search box or the region selector. 

Please note that you are not automatically granted admission if your diploma is on the list. Diplomas not listed on our website will be evaluated on an individual basis. Admissibility can only be determined after you have submitted a complete application

Applicants who follow more than one education system and do a combined curricula and/or obtain more than one diploma are evaluated according to the requirements of one diploma. 

The current information will be updated for the academic year 2023-2024 by 1 October and is therefore subject to change. Prospective applicants are recommended to check the requirements before they apply. 

Netherlands: VWO Diploma

Diploma name

  • VWO (all profiles)


General requirements

  • Mathematics minimum (unrounded=onafgerond) grade of 7.0 for mathematics A or minimum (unrounded=onafgerond) grade of 6.0 for mathematics B 
  • Applicants who do not meet the mathematics requirement may choose to take the IBA mathematics exam.
  • English minimum (unrounded=onafgerond) grade of 7.0 or IB English International Baccalaureate (IB) English A Higher Level certificate minimum grade 4 or IB English A Standard Level Certificate minimum grade 5. Applicants who do not meet the English language requirement may choose to take the English language test.
  • Applicants who do not meet these requirements will be placed in the lower tiers of the ranking

Selection points

  • Granted for an unrounded Grade Point Average (GPA) (cijfer gemiddelde) of 7.0 or higher

Additional Information

The calculation of your average grade will not include your grade for the "rekentoets". We will use only unrounded (onafgerond) grades. 

Submit an official list of grades signed by your mentor or school representative. A screenshot or self-made Word/excel document with your grades will not be accepted. Make sure that RSM can see from your transcripts how the grades were determined. If your school uses a different grading system or different calculations, this should be clearly indicated otherwise you run the risk that your grades will be interpreted incorrectly.

Are you in the final year of high school? RSM uses the grades of the penultimate year (year before your final year) and the grades you have obtained so far from your final year (until December, or mid-January depending on your school) for the evaluation. These grades are generally referred to as the “examendossier” and include all grades earned in 4, 5 and 6 VWO that will be used to calculate the “schoolexamen” grade. This allows us to evaluate each applicant based on a full year of grades. 

Have you graduated? The average of your school exam (SE) grades and national exam (CE) grades will be used to calculate your GPA. 

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Disclaimer: These requirements are subject to change without prior notice. 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.

Last update:
Friday, 12 August 2022