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What is the average age of MSc students?

As RSM's Master programmes are pre-experience programmes, students usually start with the MSc programmes after completion of their undergraduate studies. Therefore, most students are aged between 20 and 26 years old. However, age is not considered during the admissions procedure and thus applicants from all ages are welcome to apply. 

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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What is the deadline for making my offer unconditional?

When receiving your offer, the conditions of your offer will be listed in the admissions statement. These conditions must be filled before the 31st of August. If the conditions can not be filled by the August deadline, your offer of admission will be revoked and you will not be able to start your studies at RSM. This is a strict deadline and no exceptions will be made.

Last update:
Monday, 11 September 2017

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What is the difference between a conditional and unconditional offer

A conditional offer of admission means that you still need to do something before you will be allowed to start your studies at RSM. For the vast majority of our applicants, this means that you need to bring or send either certified hard copies or originals of your diploma(s) and final academic transcript. Once all of the conditions in your offer of admission have been met, your offer will become unconditional and you may officially enroll in the programme.

Many of our applicants ask why we require certified hard copies or originals of their diploma(s) and academic transcripts when we already have digital copies. RSM requires official hard copies because digital documents are easier to forge and are therefore not legal documents.

Last update:
Monday, 13 June 2016

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What is the difference between a research university (WO) and a university of applied sciences (HBO)?

There are two types of higher education in the Netherlands: research-oriented (WO) and profession-oriented (HBO):

Research-oriented education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO) is traditionally offered by research universities, such as Erasmus University which Rotterdam School of Management is a part of.

  • Programmes at research universities focus on theoretical aspects of the field of study.
  • Prepares students for undertaking independent research.
  • Lead to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. At research universities you can also pursue a PhD degree.
  • Fewer contact hours and more course material to study independently.
  • A Bachelor's program at a research university requires the completion of 180 credits (three years of study) and graduates obtain the degree of Bachelor of Arts, of Science, or of Laws (BA/BSc/LLB), depending on the discipline.

Higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, HBO) is offered by universities of applied sciences (hogescholen)

  • Programmes at universities of applied sciences prepare students for particular professions
  • Tend to be more practically-oriented.
  • They lead to either a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  • More contact hours (e.g. lectures / tutorials) during which course material is taught in a classical setting.
  • A Bachelor's degree in the applied arts and sciences requires 240 credits (four years of study); in most cases, graduates obtain a degree indicating the field of study (for example, Bachelor of Engineering, B Eng, or Bachelor of Nursing, B Nursing).

More information on the Dutch higher education system can be found on the Study in Holland website or you can check out this video made by Nuffic. 

Last update:
Thursday, 17 September 2020

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What is the difference between the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Rotterdam School of Management?

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) is one of the schools or faculties that make up the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). The Erasmus University Rotterdam also has schools in economics, medicine, health policy, social sciences, philosophy, history/culture/communication and law.

Rotterdam School of Management and the Erasmus University Rotterdam should not be confused with the neighbouring 'Rotterdam Business School'. Rotterdam Business School is not a research university but a university of applied sciences

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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What is the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)?

The ECTS credit system was developed by the European Commission in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad as part of the Bologna Process.

Each program consists of a certain amount of EC’s that you will need to obtain in order to be able to graduate.

  • One credit represents 28 hours of work.
  • One full year is 60 EC’s; a full Bachelor’s program is 180 EC’s.
  • Each year is divided into courses that you will need to pass; for each separate course you can earn a predetermined amount of EC’s.
  • You can obtain EC’s by meeting the requirements for that specific course, as described by the lecturer. Often this means that you will need to pass an exam, take part in group assignments, or give a presentation.
  • Your final goal is to obtain all EC’s offered in a program; only then can you graduate from the program.
Last update:
Monday, 12 August 2019

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What is the GMAT code for RSM?

You can use any of the following codes to send your GMAT scores to RSM Admissions Office:

Rotterdam School of Management-MSc - Master in International Management/CEMS QK8-CX-52
Rotterdam School of Management-MSc - Master in Management QK8-CX-36
Rotterdam School of Management-MSc - other programs QK8-CX-28
Rotterdam School of Management-MSc - Pre-Masters Programs QK8-CX-08
Last update:
Monday, 12 August 2019

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What is the minimum GPA requirement for students studying in Dutch research or applied sciences universities? What if my GPA is not sufficient?

Students who will or have obtained a bachelor degree from a research university (WO) in the Netherlands must have an unrounded minimum grade point average (GPA) of 7.0. A GPA of 6.95 will be rounded off to a 7.0. A 6.94 will be rounded down to a 6.9.

Students who will or have obtained a bachelor degree a university of applied sciences (HBO) in the Netherlands must have an overall grade point average of 7.5 or higher. A GPA of 7.45 will be rounded off to a 7.5. 

If you have obtained additional grades at a Dutch higher education institution during a second bachelor degree, master programme, or extra minor, these can be added to the GPA calculation (for the benefit of the applicant).

If your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement at the time of application, you can still apply, but the following conditions apply.

  • You must obtain a sufficient GPA before the start of the master (by the 31st of August).
  • If you are applying for a programme that has a maximum capacity, you need to obtain a sufficient GPA before the programme has filled up (which can happen before the regular application deadline). Students who meet the minimum GPA requirement at the time of application are given priority for these programmes.

Additional information for current/ former RSM students is available on the current student pages.

GMAT: It is no longer be possible for applicants with a bachelor/master degree obtained in the Netherlands to compensate for an insufficient GPA with a GMAT test score.

Last update:
Wednesday, 23 September 2020

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What is the mission statement of the University?

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.
Last update:
Wednesday, 22 August 2018

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What is the RSM institutional code for the TOEFL exam?

The institutional code of RSM is 0798 and for Erasmus University 7199 (you can use either). TOEFL exam results can be verified by the admissions office online if you have given Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University permission to access your score. Please do so!

Last update:
Tuesday, 29 August 2017

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What is the tuition fee for EEA students and non-EEA students?

The 2020-2021 tuition fee for the MSc programmes is approximately €18,200 per year. 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 €2,143 per year.

Students who are enrolled in the 18-month MSc International Management/CEMS programme will pay tuition for the months they are enrolled.

For EEA nationals who have already completed a master in the Netherlands (and obtained the diploma) the tuition fee for a 2nd master is €12,000.-

Countries in the European Economic Area:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands (Including Surinam)
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

 

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

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What is the tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year?

The 2021-2022 tuition fee for the MSc programmes is approximately €18,700 per year. 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 €2,168 per year. Please note that tuition fees are subject to change.

Students who are enrolled in the 18-month MSc International Management/CEMS programme will pay tuition for the months they are enrolled. The expected tuition fee for this programme is €28,050 for non-EEA students and €3,252 for EEA students.

For EEA nationals who have already completed a master in the Netherlands (and obtained the diploma) the tuition fee for a 2nd master is €12,000.

Countries in the European Economic Area: - Austria - Hungary - Poland - Belgium - Iceland - Portugal - Bulgaria - Ireland - Romania - Cyprus - Italy - Slovak Republic - Czech Republic - Latvia - Slovenia - Denmark - Liechtenstein - Spain - Estonia - Lithuania - Sweden - Finland - Luxembourg - Switzerland - France - Malta - United Kingdom - Germany - Netherlands - Greece - Norway - Croatia

Last update:
Tuesday, 22 September 2020

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What is the tuition fee for the MSc International Management/CEMS programmes (18 months)?

What is the tuition fee for the premaster programme at RSM?

The tuition fee for both the English and Dutch language premaster programmes at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University for the 2021-2022 academic year is set at €1,048.-. 

Note: Tuition fees indicated 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 prior notice. 

Last update:
Tuesday, 22 September 2020

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What should I do when my Studielink-account is blocked?

You can contact the Erasmus Student Service Centre and request that they unblock your Studielink-account. Always include your full name and student number.

Last update:
Monday, 10 September 2018

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When do I need to accept my offer?

RSM would ideally like to hear your reply to our offer of admission within 2 weeks of receiving the results. You can accept the offer of admission first, and later on if you change your mind you can simply notify RSM by email that you want to decline or defer the offer of admission. There is no deposit you pay when accepting the offer, so there are no repercussions if you change your reply.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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When do I pay the tuition fee?

You can pay the tuition fee after you have registered in Studielink. The tuition fee should be paid before 31st of August. If you do not pay in time, you can not be registered as a student at RSM.

For more information regarding the payment of tuition fees, please visit the website of the Erasmus Student Service Center

A different payment procedure applies for NON-EU students who need to apply for a VISA. The information will be included in the VISA instructions sent by RSM Admissions Office, Joyce Maliepaard.

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

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When does the introduction / kick off of my MSc programme take place?

The introductory programmes are different for each MSc programme and can have different start and end dates. Most programmes hold their introductions during the last week of August. Programme Management will inform you about the important dates by email and on the RSM Welcome pages.

 

Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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When does the new academic year start?

The new academic year will officially start in the week of 1 September (the IM/CEMS programme will start in mid-August). Before the start of the academic year there will be introduction activities (usually in the last week of August). Programme management will inform you about these during the summer and you can find detailed information on the RSM Welcome pages

Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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When will I be informed of the results of my application?

There is a rolling admissions process for most MSc programmes*.This means that complete applications will be reviewed upon receiving them. You will be notified of the outcome within four weeks following the receipt of your completed application (this could increase to 8 weeks close to the application deadlines). If you have not heard the results within this time, don't hesitate to contact us.

*There is no rolling admission process for the MSc International Management/CEMS programme. Applicants will be notified after the application deadlines about the next selection round.

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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Where can I find additional information regarding the Common European Framework (CEF) for Languages?

Information about the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages can be found on the website of the Erasmus University Language & Training Centre (LTC)

Last update:
Wednesday, 22 June 2016

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