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Do I have to take all 4 parts of the GMAT exam?

The GMAT exam consists of 4 parts: quantitative, verbal, analytical writing assessment and integrated reasoning. RSM does not require you to complete the analytical writing assessment nor the integrated reasoning part as these parts do not contribute to your overall score.

Last update:
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

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Do I need to be able to speak Dutch to study in the Netherlands?

The Dutch are known for their proficiency in the English language and this, combined with the highly international nature of both the campus and the city of Rotterdam ensure that you will manage just fine without any Dutch language skills. Of course it is often very rewarding to be able to speak the language of the country you are living in. Also, if you are looking for a job on the side, or hope to remain in the Netherlands after graduation, speaking Dutch can be a big advantage. The Language &Training Centre (LTC) offers several language courses, including Dutch.

 

Last update:
Thursday, 1 August 2019

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Does Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) offer services that can help me in finding an internship or a job?

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 https://www.hollandalumni.nl/careerinholland/

Last update:
Friday, 13 April 2018

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Does RSM accept mother tongue statements?

It is the official policy of the CEMS organization that mother tongue does not have to be tested, but can be proven with a mother tongue statement. However each CEMS school is empowered to establish and implement its own application requirements, and RSM has determined that mother tongue statements are not sufficient evidence of master of the mother tongue. The mother tongue, as with all other languages indicated in an IM/CEMS application for RSM must also be evidenced on paper in a form that is acceptable to RSM. On the CEMS language requirements page you can find explanations on how to provide the correct documentation for each language.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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Does RSM accept the Online GMAT test?

The Online GMAT test offered during COVID-19 is accepted for the admissions process until further notice.

Last update:
Tuesday, 20 October 2020

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Does RSM have a January intake?

MSc programmes at RSM only start once a year in September. There is not January or February intake.

The application for the new academic year opens in October, the previous year. 

Last update:
Tuesday, 6 August 2019

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Does RSM offer a parttime English taught MSc programme?

No, all MSc programmes at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) are fulltime programmes. RSM does offer a part time programme in Dutch

Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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Does RSM offer GMAT fee waivers?

For the application season 2021 (starting in October 2020) RSM has obtained 10 GMAT fee waivers. These are given to eligible applicants on request and of first come first served basis. Candidates must provide the fee waiver code when they register for their GMAT appointment. In order to apply for the GMAT waiver complete the following steps:

  1. Write a brief motivation statement explaining why you think you should be granted a GMAT waiver.
  2. Upload the motivation statement to the online application form (OLAF) instead of a GMAT score.
  3. Complete and submit your application.
  4. RSM will evaluate your application. If you are eligible for admission, there are still waivers left and there is enough time to take the exam before the application deadline of the programme you are applying to, we will send you a waiver.

 

Last update:
Friday, 2 October 2020

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Does RSM offer online education?

No, RSM does not currently offer MSc programmes online. This option may become available in the future. 

Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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Does RSM/Erasmus University offer English tests?

Regularly scheduled test/course

The Erasmus University Language & Training Centre (LTC) offers intake tests throughout the year, which will determine your current level of proficiency, as well as English courses from September onwards. You can always participate in a Language test at the EUR LTC on their regularly scheduled test dates at your own cost. You can check for the next possible test date on their website. Please note that the ITP TOEFL test offered by the EUR LTC is not accepted as it does not test the speaking abilities of the candidate.

RSM English test (only available to students from Dutch educational institutions; HBO/WO)

RSM together with the LTC also offers English tests free of charge with the following conditions:

Test dates and times: The tests will only be offered on two specific moments of the year:

  • The first test will be given on week 49 (30 november – 4 december 2020)

  • The second test will be given on week 15 (12 – 16 april 2021)

  • You can only take the test once free of charge. It is not possible to re-schedule the test due to illness or any other reason. If you fail to achieve a C1 level result, you can retake the test at your own cost.

  • On both dates the writing part of the test takes place in the morning and the verbal part in the afternoon. Therefore you need to be available throughout the day of the test.

Registering for the test: You can register for the test when applying to RSM and filling in the Online Application Form (OLAF). You must submit your application for the programme of your choice at least three weeks before the date of the test you want to participate in. The RSM Admissions Office will then evaluate your application, and if you meet the other minimum requirements, we will register you for the test with the EUR LTC. 

Results of the test:  After the test you will receive an overview of your results, but you will not receive an official language certificate. RSM will only accept your resutls if the minimum obtained overall level as well as individual components meet the C1 requirement.The test results are only valid for your application for RSM. The results of the 1st test will be availabe by mid January. The results of the 2nd test will be available in the beginning of May. Keep this in mind especially when applying for the programmes with a maximum capacity. 

Personal circumstances: Students with dyslexia or other personal circumstances can request for additional time to take the test. It’s required to notify the LTC by e-mail before the test date about any personal circumstances. In the email you should include your dyslexia statement or any other relevant statements.

 

Last update:
Wednesday, 21 October 2020

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Does the university offer sports facilities?

The  Erasmus Sport Centre has two sports halls, five squash courts, a fitness gym and six open-air tennis courts. You can participate in training sessions and use all facilities in the sports buildings on campus. Sports offered include tennis, squash, rugby, soccer, volleyball, rowing, basketball, boxing and other fitness activities such as pilates, yoga and dancing.

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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How and where can I obtain a certified copy of my diploma and transcripts?

A certified copy of your diploma and transcript can be acquired at the institution where you obtained the diploma or at a notary. Certified means that the photocopy of the original diploma/transcript, needs to be stamped and signed by your institution (director, course coordinator, registrar) or notary. When making your offer unconditional, make sure you send us the original document or certified hard copy. Photocopies and scans will not be accepted because their authenticity cannot be verified.

Last update:
Wednesday, 6 June 2018

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How are ‘admission requirements’ defined in The Netherlands?

In The Netherlands ‘admissions requirements’ for Master’s programmes have been defined by the Ministry of Education as “knowledge and competencies that were obtained during a bachelor degree programme.” For each of our Master programmes, RSM has identified specific knowledge requirements that are necessary for the successful completion of a Master programme at RSM. These requirements, per MSc programme, are listed on our website under the Admissions tab; Bachelor degree and Bachelor course related requirements.

Last update:
Wednesday, 17 July 2019

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How can EEA students get financial aid, like Studiefinanciering?

Studiefinanciering is a Dutch study grant paid by the Dutch Ministry of Education through a governmental organization called DUO. It is a monthly loan for Dutch and other EEA students (passport holder) meant to finance living expenses, such as rent and other daily costs.

For more information on the DUO loan and to find out whether you are eligible, you can consult our Scholarship Finder.

For the application procedure, please visit the DUO website.

Last update:
Thursday, 1 October 2020

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How can I appeal the decision made regarding my application?

After the admissions office has evaluated your application, you will be informed of the decision via the Online Application Form (OLAF). If the decision is negative, you will also be informed of the reasons of the denial.

  1. In case you do not agree with the reasons of the denial, or you think that the admissions office has not considered some of the information you have submitted in your application, you can start an appeal process by first contacting us via the contact form. A member of the admissions office will return your message with further information regarding your denial and any possible solutions.
  2. If after contacting the admissions office you are still not satisfied with the answer that has been given, you can submit an official appeal to the EUR Legal Protection Facility, either by post (room A2-07, Postbus 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam) or online (legal.protection@eur.nl). 
Last update:
Thursday, 16 August 2018

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How can I calculate my GPA?

In many countries official academic transcripts contain a GPA (Grade Point Average) - one calculated per semester, and one calculated over the entire study programme. In some cases a GPA will only be calculated once the programme has been completed. If your transcript does not contain a GPA, the admissions office will calculate one for you. Please note that the Admissions Manager will ultimately determine whether your GPA is sufficient or not. Grades earned on exchange can be included in the GPA calculation if they are translated to the Dutch grading system by your university (only applicable for students coming from Dutch research or applied sciences universities).

The easiest way to calculate your GPA yourself is to use Excel. You can use the example below to make the calculation. In column A you should enter the grades you have earned so far. In column B you need to enter the credits earned for each course. When you have entered all of the grades and credits, you need to put the following formulas into the spreadsheet:

In cell B5 =SUM(B1:B4); In column C =SUM(A1*B1), =SUM(A2*B2) etc; In cell C5 =SUM(C1:C4)/B5 This last answer is your GPA.

  A B C
  Grade Credits Total
1 7 6 42
2 7 6 42
3 8 5 40
4 5 5 25
5   22 6,77272

 

 

Last update:
Friday, 14 February 2020

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How can I contact the RSM MSc admissions office?

You can contact us in several ways, as listed on our contact pages.

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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How can I get in touch with the Career Centre?

Please consult the webpage of the Career Centre

Last update:
Thursday, 10 September 2020

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How can I pay the tuition fee?

Available payment methods for payment of tuition fees are:

  • 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

A different payment procedure applies for NON-EU/EEA students who need to apply for a VISA. The information will be included in the VISA instructions, which will be sent to you after having accepted your offer.


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

Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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How can I prepare for the GMAT?

There are many courses available which help you prepare for the GMAT test. The best way to find them is to google for GMAT  courses near you.

The Erasmus University language and training center (LTC) offers GMAT courses. The training consists of 4 lessons as well as an online training package. For more details check the LTC website.

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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How do I apply for a scholarship?

Rotterdam School of Management offers a limited number of scholarships - mostly partial tuition fee waivers - for excellent applicants from non-EEA countries and EEA countries.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, you can find the available scholarships including the application- and selection criteria in our Scholarship Finder.

In order to apply for an institutional scholarship, please follow the steps below:

1. Register in Studielink for the MSc programme of your choice from 1 October 2020;

2. Continue your application in our Online Application Form (OLAF), after you've received the link per email (within

    24 hours. In OLAF, you will be asked to indicate whether you wish to apply for a scholarship or not. If so, you will      be requested to upload the following supporting documents:

    - A scholarship motivation letter

    - A budget plan 

3. Submit your completed OLAF application before 1 March 2021;

4. Wait for the scholarship decision. The scholarship committee will determine award recipient(s) on 15 April 2021;

4. Accept your scholarship offer within 2 weeks;

5. Start your Visa application before 1 June 2021

 

Last update:
Thursday, 1 October 2020

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How do I find accommodation?

Although a complete and useful overview of housing information for International Students can be found on the housing pages of the Erasmus University. Full-time RSM students coming directly from abroad (first year BScIBA and MSc students) can also consult this webpage.

 

 

Last update:
Friday, 18 September 2020

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