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Format of our education for the coming academic year 2022-2023

The Dutch government has removed all pandemic-related restrictions in higher education. RSM has therefore decided to return to on-campus education.

Unless the Dutch government issues new pandemic restrictions,

  • the vast majority of classes in all master’s programmes will be taught on campus;
  • individual courses, sessions, or modules may be offered in an online format, but there will be no opportunity to follow a whole educational programme remotely via hybrid sessions, livestreaming, or recordings;
  • examinations will also take place exclusively on campus.

For the most recent information about the IBA program, look at channels such as: SIN online, Canvas and in the course manuals - we will explain how it all works.

For general information about how EUR deals with Corona, please visit the EUR Corona Website.

To connect with others who are starting IBA in September 2022, join the IBA Facebook and WhatsApp groups created specially for you and your soon-to-be classmates.

Accept your offer


Cartoon figure eating breakfast in Rotterdam

You've been selected onto the BScIBA programme at RSM!

You have been accepted onto the BScIBA programme at RSM

You have been selected to participate in the BScIBA programme at RSM starting in September 2022. What happens next? You must confirm your place at RSM. Here’s how.

You will receive two emails from Studielink.

  1. A message telling you your rank
  2. A request to accept or decline your offer of admission. You must respond to this offer of admission within two weeks. If you fail to do so before the deadline, your offer will be revoked and given to the next person on the waiting list. This is an automatic process and cannot be stopped! 

How to accept your offer

Please follow these instructions carefully.

Step 1. Accept your offer in Studielink

Step 2. Log into RSM’s Online Application Form (OLAF) and download your admissions statement. After you have done so you will receive practical information about housing and applying for visas.

IMPORTANT: As soon as you accept your offer in Studielink, your place at RSM’s BScIBA programme is reserved for you.

Changing your mind

If you later decide not to come, it is important that you decline the offer via Studielink as soon as possible so your place can go to someone else. If you don’t want your place at RSM, please don’t prevent another student from coming.


Use the contact form to send us a message.

Make your offer unconditional

While your application can be evaluated based on unofficial digital documents, eventually the RSM needs to check the authenticity of your diploma and your final transcript. This is called making your offer unconditional. This, and any other conditions, are listed in your admissions statement. The certified copies of your diploma and final grade list need to be sent to RSM by 1 August.

Below you can find the detailed instructions as well as specific information for some diplomas:

Generally, the diploma and final transcript (grade list) will suffice to make your offer unconditional.

  • Diploma: In order to verify that you have completed your secondary school programme your admission is based on, RSM needs to see your final diploma.
  • Transcript: In order to check that your grades and the subjects you have submitted during the application process are true, RSM also needs your final transcript (i.e. grade list). 
  • National entrance exam/state exam: For some diplomas a national entrance exam or state exam may be part of the official diploma. In that case you must also provide a certified hardcopy of the exam results/certificate (in the original language and a translation).
  • Translation: If the original documents are written in a language other than English, French, German or Dutch you must provide an official translation by a registered sworn translator in one of these languages. Make sure to always include your diploma and/or transcript(s) in the original language along with the translation! 
    If your school issues the diploma in the original language and in English, you need to send both diplomas.

You must provide either original or certified hardcopies (paper documents) of your secondary school diploma and final transcript (grade list).

A certified hardcopy (a paper document) of your diploma and final transcript can be acquired at the institution where you obtained them or they can be provided by an official notary.

  • Certified means that a photocopy of the original diploma/transcript is stamped and signed by your institution (director, course coordinator, registrar) or the official notary. 
  • Make sure you don't copy the certified documents again, but send us the original certified documents. Photocopies of a certified documents will not be accepted.
  • Photocopies and scans will not be accepted because their authenticity cannot be verified. 

  • By e-mail: RSM accepts digital documents if they are sent by your school representative from an official school emall address directly to the RSM Admissions Office (bsciba@rsm.nl). Request your school to send your diploma and your final grade list as well as translations (if applicable). For some diplomas additional documents (national entrance exam/state exam) are required. The documents are not accepted if they come from your e-mail address. 
  • Online verification: In some cases the RSM Admissions Office can check the authenticity of your diploma from an online database and it is therefore not necessary to send the documents by e-mail. This applies, for instance, to the Dutch VWO diploma and International Baccalaureate. Please consult the specific instructions per diploma. If your school uses an online verification system, please notify the admissions office. RSM is not able to verify documents online if it's required that software is downloaded before the verification.
  • I want to bring my documents to the RSM Admissions Office in person: if it is not possible to have your school send your documents by e-mail, you can bring the original or certified documents to the RSM Admissions Office in person. Our office is located at the Woudestein Campus, on the 5th floor of the Mandeville builiding, room T5-01. We advise you to check out the opening hours listed on our contact pages beforehand.
  • By post
    Only if it is not possible to have your documents sent by e-mail, you can send your documents by post to the following address before 1 August.

    Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
    RSM IBA Admissions Office
    Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
    Mandeville Building, Room T5-01
    3062 PA Rotterdam
    The Netherlands

    Disclaimer: Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University cannot be held responsible for the loss of any documentation during transport or while in storage. Therefore we advise you to send the documents as a tracked delivery and to always send certified copies instead of the original diplomas. Some courier services also require a telephone number. In this case please use the general phone number of RSM: +31 10 408 2222.

    The documents will first be received by the central post room, and will be delivered to the admissions office within 2-3 days.

The verification of the diplomas usually starts around end of June. You will be notified via the Online Application Form once your admissions has been made unconditional. Please keep in mind that we need to check hundreds of diplomas so please be patient and allow approximately 10-14 days for the documents to be processed. You do not need an unconditional offer in order to start the housing or visa process.

Currently your enrolment status in Studielink states: "The educational institution has yet to determine whether your previous education level is sufficient”. Once your offer has been made unconditional, the RSM Admissions Office will confirm your enrolment in Studielink & Osiris. This is usually done later in the summer (in the course of July/August) and in bulk (instead of enrolling each student individually). 

To complete your enrolment, also check that before the 31st of August you have paid the tuition fee & uploaded a photo for your Student ID in Osiris.

RSM will save your diploma for one year. It is your responsibility to pick up these documents from the admissions office, if you want them back. You can pick up your diploma as from October onwards. The admissions office makes scanned copies of all documents for our digital archive and shreds all paper copies that have not been picked up on time.

Here you can find specific information about what documents you need to provide per diploma type.

As VWO diploma holder from the Netherlands, your grades will be verified electronically (via Studielink).

Holders of a VWO diploma obtained outside the Netherlands (Curacao, Aruba, Sint Maarten) must request their school to send certified copies of their diploma and final transcript directly by e-mail to the RSM IBA Admissions Office.

A certified copy of your HBO propedeuse and final transcript is required. If your propedeuse is issued after 1 August, you must present an official statement and transcript from your university of applied sciences. This document should include your expected graduation date and clearly state that you have completed your first year and obtained a minimum of 60 credits. 

Certified copy of your High school diploma and final transcript as well as your official College Board AP score report (signed & stamped by your school)

A certified copy of the diploma and final year transcript are required.

Since the GCE results are only available around mid-August, the (provisional) statement of results can be sent after 1 August but must be received by RSM by 25th August

  • Only the (provisional) GCE results issued by the official awarding bodies (exam boards: Cambridge, AQA, OCR, Pearson, Edexel) are accepted. GCE results issued on the school's letterhead are not accepted. 
  • Request your school to e-mail directly to RSM Admissions Office the following documents:
    • a PDF download of the (provisional) GCE statement of results from the appropriate exam boards, bearing an official stamp & signature from your school. Statements of results printed on your school's letterhead are not valid
    • stamped & signed (I)GCSE certificates and AS certificates (if applicable). 

Note: The Cambridge (i)GCSE, AS and GCE results can be verified online. E-mail the number of the Cambridge Exam Centre, your candidate number (stated on the statement of results or certificates) and date of birth to the RSM Admissions Office.

Both the original documents in Chinese and an English translation are required of:

  • the certified copy of the secondary school diploma (Gaozhong),
  • the 3-year transcript,
  • and the GaoKao score. 

Certified copy of the diploma and the state exam Riigieksamitunnistus are required. All documents must be provided in the original language and with an English translation.

Certified copies of the Baccalauréate and Releve de notes are required.
If you have not yet received your official Baccalauréat, a certified copy of your Releve de notes is sufficient.

A translation of the documents is not required.

Certified copies of the Ijazah Sekolah Menegah Atas (Lulus) and transcript as well as Surat Keterangan Hasil Ujian Nasional (certificate of the exam) are required. Documents must be issued by the Departemen Pendidikan Nasional.

All documents must be provided in the original language and with an English translation.

Request the IBO to send RSM the transcripts electronically. For this you need to authorize RSM to view your results online by providing IBO with the institute code for Rotterdam School of Management: 034892. Please DO NOT use the institute code of the Erasmus University.

Your school can also send a print out of the IB exam results derived from the IBO website, bearing an official signature and school stamp, directly by to RSM Admissions Office. IB results printed on the school's letterhead are not accepted. 

A legalisation of your IB diploma is not required.

Both the original documents in Italian and an English translation are required of certified copies of the Liceo, the Allegato and the Pagella Scolastica of the final year. If the official Liceo is not yet available, please provide:

  • the provisional diploma (diploma number is not filled in) and the Pagella Scolastica of the final school year or
  • if you have not yet received the (provisional) diploma, your school must present an official statement (including name of your diploma, graduation date and the final grade average) issued on behalf of the Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Universita and the Pagella Scolastica of the final school year or
  • a statement from your school that clearly states that you have completed your secondary school education, the name of your diploma, graduation date and the final grade average as well as the Pagella Scolastica of the final school year.

Certified copies of the Świadectwo Dojrzałości (maturity certificate) and Świadectwo Ukończenia Liceum Ogólnokształcącego as well as the transcripts. All documents must be provided in the original language and with an English translation.

Certified copies of the Bachiller/Bachillerato or proof of completion secondary school education, final year transcript and the university entrance exam PAU/EVAU/EBAU. All documents must be provided in the original language and with an English translation

Pay the 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.

In order to start your studies in September, you must arrange the tuition fee payment by 31 August. First you need to indicate your preferred payment method in Studielink:

  • Payment by digital authorisation via a bank account from a country in the SEPA area via Studielink *
  • Payment by bank
  • Payment of tuition fees by another person/institution
  • Payment by Proof of Payment of Tuition Fee” (“Bewijs van Betaald Collegegeld”)
  • Payment at Erasmus Student Service Centre

For more information about the payment methods and tuition fee related matters, please visit the website of the Erasmus Student Service Centre (ESSC)

*If you choose the digital authorisation option, you need to complete the authorisation by the 31st of August, but the money will be withdrawn from your account once the academic year has started.  

After this you can make the payment. If you have a question about your payment, contact the Erasmus Student Service Centre (ESSC)

A different payment procedure applies for NON-EU/EEA students applying for a VISA/ residence permit. You will be informed about the payment process as well as the immigration process by RSM from March onwards. 


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.

*Please note that the SSH Student Housing is fully booked.

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. 

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 www.sshxl.nl/en. Any questions can be addressed to: Rotterdam@sshxl.nl

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!

*Please note that Xior Building is fully booked.

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.

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 rotterdam@xior.nl

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

Looking for housing in Rotterdam? (IBA)

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: immigration@eur.nl 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 (immigration@eur.nl). 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 visabscmsc@rsm.nl

Practical Information

Scroll down for information about medical insurance.

Financial matters
Information on the tuition fee, living costs, opening a bank account etc.


Register at City Hall
As a RSM/Erasmus University student you must register at the Rotterdam City Hall.

Campus Facilities & Services
Find the best cup of coffee, sports facilities and food on the Woudestein campus.

Free train ticket
From Schipol airport to Rotterdam Centraal.

Join the Facebook and WhatsApp groups.
Connect with your peers.

Study Organizations
Enrich your study by joining one of the study associations or clubs.

Medical Insurance Healthcare

You are by law obliged to be properly insured during your time in the Netherlands. Above all things, you should make sure that you are sufficiently insured for medical expenses (including pre-existing conditions). 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 (EUR) strongly recommends the AON insurance for a complete coverage. This company has a long and outstanding history in the field of medical insurances for foreign students. However, you are free to choose your own insurance company.

Below is a list of scheduled webinars for incoming students to learn more about AON insurnace:

The student will choose a time (can also register for both) and will be sent a registration confirmation & agenda invite. After the webinar, students can chat with us or ask questions at www.aonstudentinsurance.com

  • Pre-existing medical conditions;
  • Pre-existing psychological conditions;
  • Medical costs for minimum of € 500.000.

There are no deductibles.

This insurance package is also fully compliant with VISA regulations.

 The AON Flyer can be downloaded here

More information about insurances can be found on the EUR Website

For medical assistance, the usual practice in the Netherlands is for a patient to have an initial consultation with a general practitioner (Dutch: huisarts), before making an appointment with a specialist in a hospital. 

Tip: Before making an appointment, check your insurance policy to inquire which treatments are fully or partial covered by your insurance to avoid unexpected costs afterwards.

Students living in Kralingen

Dr. C.H. Baar-Poort / Dr. F.E.E. van der Does
Noordeinde 97
Tel: + 31 (0)10 412 24 30
Entrance hours: 7.45 - 8.15, or call to make an appointment Huisartsenpraktijk Kralingen

(Dr. T.J. Schenk)
Oudedijk 60U
Tel: + 31 (0)10 452 78 78
Call to make an appointment

Gezondheidscentrum DWL de Esch
Rijnwaterstraat 10
Tel: + 31 (0)10 452 63 63
Stop by the practice in person to register and make an appointment afterwards.

Students living in Rotterdam Zuid

Gezondheidscentrum Afrikaanderwijk
Maashaven Oostzijde 155
Tel: + 31 (0)10 485 41 11
Emergency: + 31 (0)10 485 68 59
Call to make an appointment

Communication archive

Find out what you missed

Just in case you missed any of our mailings about how to prepare for your studies in September, please find them below starting on 15 April.

  1. Welcome to IBA! - 15 April
  2. Join the Facebook and WhatsApp groups - 27 April
  3. It's time to get ready for IBA - 19 May
  4. Kick-off Activities & Practical Tips - 24 June
  5. Join the community - 4 July
  6. How to have a great first year at RSM - 29 July


Academic Calendar

Here are a few key features of the academic year for the BSc International Business Administration programme: 

  • The academic year 2022 - 2023 starts on Friday, 2 September with a kick-off event and classes start on Monday, 5 September.
  • The academic year is divided into four blocks. 

Click here for the IBA Academic Calendar 2022 - 2023 (concept).


RSM's International Business Administration (IBA) programme takes a broad approach, yet offers differentiation as well. You will investigate each functional area of business during at least two courses for each topic. The research-oriented approach is reflected in a track of research courses throughout the entire programme. Your professional development will be stimulated in a similar track. 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.

RSM will offer several electives, taking place in block 10 (November-December) and block 11 (January-February). Most of the RSM electives are English taught, with the exception of a few. Next to the RSM electives, you can choose from a language elective, or electives outside RSM at EUR, outside EUR and even abroad.

The electives offered in block 10 will be online this year, allowing you to do them even if you’re not in The Netherlands. The electives in block 11 will be taught on campus. All RSM electives will terminate before the tracks start in block 12 (mid-February).

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).

The tracks take a broader approach than our Master programmes and let you see for instance that knowledge on human behaviour is relevant for personnel management within companies, but also for marketing. 

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, you must study and train in research methodology. The thesis 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 three students to write your Bachelor thesis, 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.

Successfully completing the thesis means you have mastered sufficient content and research knowledge for RSM to award you with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Administration.

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.

Computer/IT info

Computer configurations

Although we plan on having in-person education in the September 2022, with the ever-evolving covid-19 pandemic, if we should ever need to switch to online education again you need the following minimum computer configuration to participate properly in the program.

Operating system

  • Mac OS X or Mac OS 10.10 or later
  • Windows 7 or higher
  • Linux: Mint 17.1, Ubuntu 12.04, OpenSUSE 13.2 and above

Minimum requirement is Intel i3 or similar (eg AMD Ryzen 3); i5 or higher is recommended, especially if you will be working with video conferencing applications like Zoom.

Work Memory (RAM)
4 GB or more

Disk space
256 Gb or more, SSD is recommended (is faster), but not required.

Video Out

Network connection

  • Wired or wireless 600 kbps is minimum, 1.5 Mbps or more is recommended for video-based online interaction and collaboration (802.11 G)
  • Mobile 3G or 4G

Internet browser
In general, recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari will suffice. Note: Internet Explorer 11 and Edge do not work on all applications. If you run into a problem, try using a different browser first.

Other hardware

  • A webcam, either built into your computer or one that connects via USB
  • Speakers and a microphone, either built-in, USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth

You need a certain minimum configuration on your computer to be able to participate fully. For details, see:

Zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux

Canvas: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10720-67952720329

If you don't have the required configuration, try purchasing it. If you do not have sufficient financial resources for this, you can turn to the Erasmus Trust Fund for financial support: https://www.eur.nl/en/education/practical-matters/financial-matters/scholarships-grants/financial-aid/exceptional-family-circumstances

Introduction Activities


Kick-off IBA B1: Friday, 2 September.

The Official Programme IBA Kick-off is mandatory for all students starting with the IBA programme. During this event you will learn more about the programme, receive your course schedule, booklist, meet your mentor and fellow mentor group members, etc.

One Stop Shop

The International Office EUR organizes the so-called One Stop Shop, which is also taking place on this day. Basically, you can take care of all practical matters right on campus! More information can be found here.

More information about the programme will follow soon.


Sign up for the Eurekaweek 2022 – the official introduction week for all new students of the Erasmus University! Together with a group of around 15 students of your own studies and two guides (senior students), you will explore student life in Rotterdam. In this week, we will show you the campus, you will discover the city of Rotterdam and, above all, you will meet many fellow students. You will also get to know the student, sport, study, multicultural and cultural associations. In short, this is the flying start to your time in Rotterdam.

For all international students the week will start one day earlier on Sunday the 14th of August. This day is especially organized to get acquainted with the Dutch habits and a warm welcome in your new city. Furthermore, you can go island hopping between various convenient organizations and businesses which help you get started with Rotterdam’s student life. For example, you will get the opportunity to arrange health insurance or a bike and to open a student bank account.

The ticket sale for the Eurekaweek 2022 will start on Monday the 2nd of May. More information about this will be soon available.

For more information you can also visit the website of the Eurekaweek or follow the Facebook page and Instagram page for the latest updates.

End of August 2022, ESN-Rotterdam will organize the ESN Introduction Days. These days are focused on meeting over 300 other international students and getting to know Rotterdam. This event will be THREE days filled with great activities to make you familiar with Rotterdam and its amazing student life. The memories you make and the friends you’ll find will stay with you for a lifetime!

ESN Rotterdam also offers this amazing event during the Winter. This event will usually take place at the beginning of January and is intended to help new incoming students!

If you would like to know more, click here.

This weekend is the perfect opportunity to meet new friends and make lots of unforgettable memories. Are you up for some fun to start your student life in the best way?

This event is brought to you by RSM STAR, in collaboration with IBA Programme Management (PM). This event is highly recommended by PM, so why not check it out? Mark your calendars! For more information about this event please click here.

For an overview of all of the welcome activities specially organized for new students at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and also lots of helpful information about student life, university facilities, and life in Rotterdam please check out the Erasmus University Rotterdam’s official welcome page.

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) offers several orientation programmes and highly recommends to participate in all of them. By taking part in these activities you will have the opportunity to meet fellow students, learn to find your way around the campus and get to feel at home in Rotterdam! Please click here to view the Summer Orientation Programmes. 

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