The CEMS exchange semester

The CEMS exchange semester

All students in the IM/CEMS programme complete one semester at one of the CEMS partner schools.

During the application process, applicants are asked to indicate their top 12 preference of the CEMS partner school(s) they would like to attend for exchange. The listing is done when filling in the Online Application Form (OLAF). When receiving an offer of admission for the IM/CEMS programme, you will also be informed of the exchange destination and semester you have been allocated. 

Exchange slots per school, however, are limited. This means that students applying for popular destinations may not be selected for their first choice, but instead for their second, third, or other preferred school. Applicants with higher gradest and interview results will have better chances for selection for their preferred destination. Therefore a specific exchange destination should not be your main reason for choosing the IM/CEMS programme.

In addition, the following guidelines will be followed:

  • It's preferred that external (non-RSM) applicants spend the fall semester at RSM, to allow these students to experience student life at RSM and in Rotterdam first, prior to going on exchange. 

  • Exchange is  not possible to the applicants country of origin or the country of undergraduate studies/bachelor programme. 
  • It is not possible to change or negotiate your exchange destinations after the selection.

Information on the CEMS partner schools can be found on

CEMS Partner Schools


Country University name Additional information


The University of Sydney Business School, USYD

> 4 spots available


Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, WUW

< 4 spots available


Université Catholique de Louvain, UCL (Louvain-la-Neuve)

< 4 spots available


Fundaçao Getulio Vargas - EAESP (Sao Paulo)

< 4 spots available


Richard Ivey School of Business (London)

< 4 spots available
Chile Universidad Adolfo Ibanez < 4 spots available


Tsinghua SEM, TSEM (Beijing)

< 4 spots available, (fall semester only, unless the student can speak Chinese. Students with Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwanese nationality are not accepted) 
Czech Republic University of Economics Prague, VSE < 4 spots available


Copenhagen Business School, CBS (Copenhagen)

< 4 spots available
Egypt The American University in Cairo School of Business < 4 spots available


Aalto University School of Economics (Helsinki)

< 4 spots available


HEC Paris, (Jouy-en-Josas)

< 4 spots available


University of Cologne, UoC

< 4 spots available

Hong Kong

Hong Kong School of Science and Technology, HKUST

< 4 spots available, students with Chinese nationality are not accepted)


Corvinus University of Budapest, CUB

< 4 spots available


Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

< 4 spots available, fall semester only


UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business, UCD (Dublin)

< 4 spots available


Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, UB (Milan)

> 4 spots available, students with Italian nationality are not accepted


Keio University (Tokyo)

< 4 spots available, fall semester only

Korea University Business School (KUBS)

< 4 spots available


Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, NHH (Bergen)

< 4 spots available


Warsaw School of Economics, SGH

< 4 spots available


Faculdade de Economia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisbon)

< 4 spots available


Graduate School of Management, St Petersburg State University

< 4 spots available


NUS Business School

< 4 spots available
South Africa University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business 1 spot available


ESADE (Barcelona)

< 4 spots available


Stockholm School of Economics, SSE

> 4 spots available


University of St. Gallen, HSG

< 4 spots available


Koc University, Graduate School of Business (Istanbul)

< 4 spots available


London School of Economics, LSE

< 4 spots available
United States Cornell SC Johnson College of Business 1 spot available