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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University is a force for positive change in the world.

We help, educate and prepare students, academics and people in business to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers.

We do this in our own operations – in research, education and engagement – and in our role as a thought leader in the worlds of business, research and education.

  • We have researched intelligent energy networks to bring sustainable energy a step closer;
  • We have initiated a goal-setting course that increases the engagement of our bachelor students;
  • We have established a mentoring scheme that seeks the best match for mentors and mentees among our alumni network and our students;
  • It’s already in our culture to consider how to make the change happen; it's in our forward thinking I WILL initiative.
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Friday, 13 May 2022

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In the first year you will benefit from our student mentor programme, designed to help you get used to university life in the international setting offered by IBA.Well-trained second-year IBA students will guide a group of roughly 20 first-year students through the first part of the year, through a variety of activities. Student advisers are there to help students with any problems they might encounter as students, both study related and personal.

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Friday, 13 May 2022

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A range of introduction activities will be offered in August and September by both the University, the programme and the Erasmus Student Network ESN. The IBA Freshmen Weekend is held during the last week of August.

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Thursday, 10 September 2020

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There is little difference between the two programmes in terms of content, quality or delivery.

  • IBA is taught in English, BA is taught in Dutch
  • IBA is international, pproximately 60% of IBA students come from outside of the Netherlands
  • IBA has selective admission, BA is open for all qualified applicants
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Tuesday, 20 July 2021

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Accreditation is an official process that a programme must go through in order to obtain a seal of approval. Most national governments have an official accreditation process which ensures that programmes meet specifically defined quality standards. In the Netherlands the national accrediting body is the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). All of the programmes offered by RSM have been accredited by the NVAO.

 

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Monday, 5 August 2019

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During the programme, students can take language electives such as Spanish, French, German, and Chinese, offered by the Language & Training Centre. You can also receive 5 ECTS towards your IBA elective credits upon completion of 2 language courses, which may provide another nice incentive to learn the local language. For more information, please see www.eur.nl/ltc.

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Thursday, 29 August 2013

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Once you graduate from the IBA programme you can continue with your studies by enrolling in a Master’s programme at RSM or another business school, or you can take the first steps in your international career.

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Friday, 13 May 2022

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Rotterdam School of Management offers a limited number of scholarships for excellent applicants from non-EEA countries and EEA countries. Most of the scholarships are so-called partial tuition fee waivers, meaning that we will reduce a part of your tuition fee. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, you can find several available scholarships in our Scholarship Finder.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

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The minimum required Grade Point Average (GPA) to recieve selection points is different per country. The admission requirements per diploma are listed on our website. Applicants with GPA's below the requirement for their diploma will recieve 0 GPA selection points and have little chance at being selected for the programme.

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Friday, 13 May 2022

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Information about the timetable, booklist and other programme related matters will be provided by the IBA Programme Management in the course of August. 

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Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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After the bachelor programme, students are well equipped to start their first job, but many students prefer to continue first with a specialized master programmes to gain qualifications that might help them in a more focused area within business. Still, a small number of students start their careers right after the bachelor. 

The larger multinational firms prefer to hire graduates with a Master degree, sometimes hiring students before they graduate, based on the relationships they have developed during internships and other networking experiences. Once you graduate from the IBA programme you can continue with your studies by enrolling in a Master’s programme at RSM or another business school, or you can take the first steps in your international career.

RSM has its own dedicated Career Centre which serves current students, and continues to support graduates as they begin their careers.

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Friday, 13 May 2022

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The number of spots for the Bachelor programme in International Business Administration (IBA) for the entry year 2022 is set at 750.

 

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Friday, 16 July 2021

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Yes, you have to take care of a house by yourself. 

Although a complete and useful overview of housing information can be found on the housing pages of the Erasmus Universitythis information especially applies to RSM’s first year students coming from abroad.

 

 

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Friday, 13 May 2022

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RSM Career Centre provides a broad range of services to students, most of them internship and future career related. The Career Centre staff functions as a liaison between students, the corporate world and the various departments of the business school to help determine and facilitate internships and research opportunities. Career Centre can help students clarify their interests and skills, refine interviewing and curriculum vitae preparation skills, pursue internships and research projects and interact with potential employers. Students are encouraged to make use of some or all services, especially in the year preceding their BSc or MSc graduation.

You can also find information regarding career opportunities in the Netherlands on the website of the Nuffic.

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Friday, 13 May 2022

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The IBA programme is offered as a truly international programme. The international dimension of IBA can be seen in multiple fields. The main learning outcome of the programme is the competence of or graduates to successfully function as a manager in internationally operating firms:

This goal is achieved in many ways:

  • we teach in English;
  • a considerable number of courses focuses on the international dimension of the area studied;
  • a stay abroad is highly recommended for all of our students, either through an international exchange, an international internship or an international study trip;
  • in many courses, students will need to work in internationally composed teams, enhancing their skills in this field;
  • the IBA programme has a selective admission, to guarantee that sufficient diversity within the student population is created. The programme is proud that each year students from 40 different nationalities start with us;
  • teaching staff is international
  • we value language competence, by facilitating students taking language electives during studies.
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Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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You are by law obliged to be properly insured during your time in the Netherlands. 

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Friday, 20 November 2020

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The academic year officially starts on 1 September. Student receive more information on the exact date and time of the IBA Kick off in July/August.

Last update:
Friday, 11 September 2020

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Looking for temporary accommodation? Please find below an overview of Hostels and Hotels:

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

Hostels in Rotterdam via Booking.com

Some suggestions:

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”.

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Thursday, 28 January 2021

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Although both study programmes are completely taught in English, consist both of international and Dutch students, and various disciplines are treated in both programmes, there are also major differences:

  • IBA focuses on how a company works (what kind of influences economy/politics etc. have on a company), while IBEB takes the more analytical approach and from the perspective of the economics discipline (what kind of influences have companies on the economy).
  • IBEB is more quantitative than IBA therefore has more mathematical based subjects
  • IBA admits approximately 550 students whereas IBEB 250.

If you look at the content of the each programme there will be certain overlaps but as stated the focus of the subject will be different. To better understand your decision it might help to think about what you would like to do after IBA/IBEB. If you would like to continue with more economical subjects IBEB would give you a good foundation. However, if you are more interested in management or businesses directions (e.g. Marketing, Human Resource, Strategy, Finance and Accounting), IBA would give you a more suitable foundation.

To learn about the difference between studying business and economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam in a visual way, please check out our animation-video.

Last update:
Tuesday, 3 September 2019

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You will need a budget each year to cover your rent, 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 approximately €950 per month or €11,400 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.

Last update:
Thursday, 28 January 2021

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Yes, you can already apply before you recieve your diploma. Due to the early application deadline, RSM normally uses the grades of the penultimate year (year before your final year) for the evaluation. This allows us to evaluate each applicant based on a full year of grades. 

As you may have received fewer grades than normal due to the the COVID-19 pandemic, for the 2022 admission RSM will use the grades of your penultimate year and the grades obtained in the last year until December/January. Please note that it is not possible to submit grades after the 31 January deadline.

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Friday, 13 May 2022

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The degrees conferred by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University: Bachelor of Science (BSc), Master of Science (MSc) and PhD are part of the framework of the so-called Bologna declaration and should therefore be fully recognised by all countries who have signed the declaration. The combination of a recognised degree, triple accreditation, and the strong brand image of the school (which is known all over the globe) has turned out to be a great asset for our graduates, enabling them to acquire good positions in the corporate world and giving them access to graduate programmes of the top tier of business schools all over the world.

Last update:
Thursday, 1 August 2019

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