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How do I make my offer unconditional? - Diploma holders from Erasmus University

If your offer of admission is based on a diploma acquired from the Erasmus University, the process of making your offer unconditional is different than for 'external students'. 

You do not have to send hardcopies your diploma or transcript to the RSM MSc Admissions Office, but instead we will verify your diploma via the Osiris system or directly with your faculty.

This can only be done if you have completed all the requirements of your bachelor by the 31st of August, and this has been marked in Osiris. 

Once your diploma has been verified, you will receive a confirmation email from the admissions office. We will also notify you if we have not been able to verify your graduation and the deadline is approaching.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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How do I upload new supporting documents to my application after I have submitted my application?

To upload additional supporting documents click on the UPDATE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS button in the blue ribbon at the top of your application. It's only possible to upload additional documents to a submitted application if the RSM admissions office has re-opened the document section of your application.  

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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How does RSM determine whether my study is considered to be comparable to that obtained at a Dutch research university?

How does RSM determine whether my study is considered to be comparable to that obtained at a Dutch research university?

When evaluating your academic background, it needs to be categorized in one of the two types of higher education offered in the Netherlands: research-oriented (WO) or profession-oriented (HBO).

Sometimes the comparison is very straight forward as the country has a similar binary education system such as Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. Applicants who have a degree from a University of Applied Sciences from one of these countries must first complete a pre-master year before they are eligible for admission to the master.

If you want to get an idea of the equivalent Dutch level of your diploma, you can check the list of common diplomas from your country on the Nuffic website. Nuffic is the central Dutch organization for the evaluation of foreign diplomas awarded in higher education.

For example for Diplomas obtained in India it is concluded that a 3 year bachelor of Commerce is comparable to an Applied Sciences Degree (HBO) in the Netherlands. This means that applicants from India with this diploma are not eligible for RSM master programmes.

India: Honours Bachelor of Commerce

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
Last update:
Monday, 12 August 2019

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How does the Dutch grading and credit system work?

Grading

The Dutch grading system scale ranges from 1 to 10:

8.5 - 10          excellent        
7.5 - 8.4 good
6.5 - 7.4 satisfactory
5.5 - 6.4 sufficient
1.0 - 5.4 fail

Note: The grades 1-3 are hardly ever awarded and 9 and 10 are very rare. 

Credits

Most courses at RSM are worth 3, 6 or 12 EC (European Credits). One credit point represents 25 to 30 hours of study. The workload includes time spent attending lectures or seminars, independent study time, and preparation for and completion of exams. 

To complete a full-time programme, students must complete 60 credits per academic year (30 credits per semester).

Last update:
Thursday, 12 September 2019

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How is ‘selection’ defined in The Netherlands?

In The Netherlands selection criteria for Master’s programmes have been defined by the Ministry of Education as “skills that go above and beyond the final qualifications obtained during the bachelor degree”. These can be personal qualities possessed by the applicant such as motivation, language skills, grade point average or the results of standardized tests. RSM has defined and specified these criteria per MSc programme which are listed under the Admissions tab on our website.

Last update:
Wednesday, 17 July 2019

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How should I fill in the Personal Information section of the online application form?

Sometimes our applicants are a bit confused when filling in the Personal Information section of the online application form. In order to help you out, we have explained the fields on the form below.

Example applicant name: Nicholas Andreas Peter van Zomeren

Family name = your full surname or last name as stated in your passport. In the example above you would list van Zomeren.

Full first names = all of your given names as stated in your passport. In the example case you would enter Nicholas Andreas Peter

First name = Your first name, or the name you would like to be addressed by. Nicholas likes to be called “Nick” so that is what he would enter here.

Current mailing address=  the address you are currently living at.

Permanent address = For some people this address is the same as the current mailing address, for others it is likely your parents address.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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I arrive from abroad. Will someone pick me up?

Erasmus University runs a pick-up service on several dates in August with buddies welcoming you at Schiphol Airport and travelling with you to Rotterdam. They will also assist you with where to get your key, or finding your way to a hostel. Information about the pick-up service can be found here.

Last update:
Friday, 6 September 2019

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I cannot find a language institute in the list to prove my language proficiency when applying for IM/CEMS. What do I need to do?

In a few cases it may happen that you speak a language that you wish to choose as you third language, which cannot be proven by an accredited language institution, simply because these institutions or exams are not available. This means that you cannot use this language for your application. For example, if your secondary or university education was completely taught in Hindi, then you can claim Hindi as your third language. But if you did not have secondary or university education in Hindi, you cannot claim this language as your third language, because there are no accepted methods of proving your level. A passport alone is not proof of proficiency of a language.

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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I do not have a bachelor or undergraduate degree in Business Administration, but I do have a degree from a research university, can I still apply for the Master of Science programmes at RSM?

Yes, students who have a bachelor degree from a research university in a subject other than business administration may apply for our MSc programmes as long as they have taken a sufficient number of required courses during their bachelor programme. The course requirements are different for each MSc programme and are listed in the admission requirements table for each MSc programme.

The Master in Management (English, Full-Time) and the Master in Management (Dutch, Part-Time) programmes are specially designed for students with a bachelor degree in any discipline other than business. 

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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I have dyslexia, are there special arrangements for the GMAT

Please contact the RSM admissions office for additional information.

Last update:
Wednesday, 13 September 2017

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I have submitted my application but I have not received a confirmation email, did something go wrong?

Within two weeks after you have submitted your application form in OLAF, the RSM Admissions Office will let you know if your application is complete. All messages are visible in the OLAF message center. Bear in mind that we receive a large number of applications towards the application deadline; therefore it may take longer than two weeks before you receive a confirmation e-mail.

Only complete applications will be considered for admission. For this reason we urge that you do not wait until the last minute to submit your application. If you wait until the last minute, you will have no margin for error. If you apply early (at least 4 weeks before the deadline), some mistakes can still be corrected.  

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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I meet all the minimum requirements; can I still be rejected for admission?

The MSc International Management/CEMS programme is the only selective master programme, meaning that only the best candidates will be selected for admission. Meeting the minimum admissions criteria does not guarantee a place in this programme.

For all other MSc programmes a rolling admissions process is in place. When you meet the minimum admission requirements, followed the admissions process and adheared to the deadlines, you will be admitted. Please note that for some programmes there is a maximum capacity, meaning that the programme might fill up before the regular application deadline.

 

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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I took a C1 level English course or test as a part of my university studies (in the EU/EEA). Is this accepted as proof of English proficiency?

RSM accepts English course/test results at C1 level (CEFR) taken at any accredited university of applied science or research university within the EU/EEA. All aspects of the language must have been included in the test (reading, writing, listening and speaking skills).

You must be able to provide proof of this in your application. Accepted forms of proof are:

  • a course certificate clearly indicating the the obtained level
  • an official statement, filled in and signed by your university (you can also have your university fill in the RSM provided English Proficiency form)

NOTE: Online tests, such as the OLS (Online Linguistics Support for Erasmus+) or Oxford Online Placement test are not accepted.

The Language & Training Centre (LTC) of Erasmus University, Rotterdam offers intake tests throughout the year, which will determine your current level of proficiency, as well as English courses from September onwards. 

Current RSM BA students are strongly recommended to consider the BA English courses in trimester 7 as this option is (eventually) free of charge.

The accepted RSM courses are:

  • Language course English level C1.1 (BKB1035-C)
  • English business speaking and writing skills (BKB1035-D)
Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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I will not obtain my bachelor degree before the application deadline, how is my GPA calculated?

If you will not obtain your degree before the application deadline because you will graduate later in the year, your GPA will be calculated based on the results included on your transcript at the time of application.

Last update:
Thursday, 23 August 2018

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I'm a current student from another EUR faculty. Am I eligible for the master programmes at RSM?

(International) Economics and Business Economics (Erasmus School of Economics)

Students from the EBE and IBEB programmes are generally speaking eligible for most of the RSM MSc programmes, as the bachelor contains at least 40 EC's of business administration content. The only exception to this is the MSc in Supply Chain Management, as this supply chain / operations is not a standard component in the bachelor. Applicants planning to pursue the MSc in Supply Chain Management are recommended to follow the major in Urban, Port and Transport Economics or take an additional course Supply Chain Management as an elective. 

International Bachelor in Communication (IBCom)

Applicants completing the International Bachelor in Communication and Media at Erasmus University, can continue to selected MSc programmes at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). For 4 out of the 7 MSc programmes listed below*specific courses listed the IBCoM-RSM Matrix are required:

  • MScBA Master in Management
  • MScBA Accounting & Financial Management
  • MScBA Business Analytics & Management
  • MSc in Marketing Management*
  • MSc in Global Business & Sustainability*
  • MSc in Human Resource Management*
  • MSc in Strategic Entrepreneurship*

Erasmus University College (EUC)

Applicants completing their bachelor at Erasmus University College (EU), can continue to MSc programmes at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). For many of the masters, certain tracks and additional courses are required. Specific details are listed in the EUC-RSM matrix.

Other EUR faculties

Students from other EUR faculties are generally eligible for at least one MSc programmes offered by RSM. You can apply for the programme you are most interested in, and if the content of you bachelor is not a direct match, the RSM Admissions Office will try to offer you any possible alternatives. Only students who have studied Law, may not be directly eligible due to the missing research methods and statistics components. 

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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I'm a student from a Dutch university (WO/HBO) and my GPA does not meet the minimum requirements. Can I use the GMAT test to compensate for my insufficient GPA?

No. Students from Research Universities and Universities of Applied Science must meet the GPA requirements. From October 2020 onwards GMAT can no longer be used to compensate for an insufficient GPA. This is due to strict guidelines set by the Dutch government in regards to use of standardized tests in the admissions process. 

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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I've been offered admission but my Studielink status still says "Enrolment application submitted". When can I expect this to change?

Once your offer is unconditional, RSM will confirm your enrolment and the Studielink status will change.

You should check the conditions of your offer in the Online Application Form 'OLAF' under the 'Offers' section. Instructions on how to make your offer unconditional are listed here

If your offer of admission has already been made unconditional, your admission will be confirmed in Studielink, but this process will only start around the end of June. Until then your Studielink status will say "The educational institution has yet to determine whether your previous education level is sufficient”.

Last update:
Friday, 5 June 2020

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If I don't get accepted to IM/CEMS, can I apply for a different programme at RSM?

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements but are not selected for the IM/CEMS programme, will be offered alternative admission to our other MSc programmes. This means you don't need to submit a new application. Instead you'll be given a choise of the available programmes.

Please note that it's only possible to receive an offer of admission to programmes which still have spots available. Some programmes may have reached maximum capacity by the time the CEMS results are available. 

Last update:
Tuesday, 29 September 2020

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Is hotel accommodation available on arrival?

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.  

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.

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.

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

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

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Is it possible for non-EEA nationals to work in the Netherlands after graduation?

Non-EEA nationals who have earned a diploma from a higher education institute in the Netherlands can apply for a special residence permit called the "zoekjaar" or orientation year after completing their studies. The 'Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment' is a residence permit aimed at retaining foreign talent for the Dutch labour market. During this orientation year you are free to work without a work permit. Participants who find a job during this period can change their orientation year into a residence permit for Highly Skilled Migrants under more favourable terms. For the most up-to-date information please visit the Nuffic website

Last update:
Monday, 10 September 2018

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Is it possible to switch Master programmes after accepting an offer of admission?

It is possible to request admission to another MSc programme at RSM until 15 August if the programme still has spots available. You can submit a request using the contact form.

It is not possible to change programmes after this date.

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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