Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Am I required to submit a motivation letter?

No, a motivation letter is not part of the application process. Instead, we ask you to answer four motivation questions in the Online Application Form (OLAF). 

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Thursday, 23 August 2018

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Are RSM degrees internationally recognised?

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.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

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Are the application deadlines also applicable to internal (currently enrolled) RSM students?

Current and former RSM students pursuing a master programme at RSM must register for the master programme in Studielink by the 31st of May and submit their application via the Osiris Aanmeld platform by the 15th of July. For more information check the current student pages.

Students who want to submit an application for the Master International Management/CEMS programme are required to follow the same application procedure as external students. The deadline for the Master International Management/CEMS programme is 31 January.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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Can I apply for more than one MSc programme?

No, you are not allowed to apply for more than one MSc programme. The admissions office will always try to make you an alternative offer of admission for another programme if your application is rejected for the MSc programme you applied for.

Last update:
Tuesday, 28 June 2016

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Can I apply with an institutional TOEFL (ITP) score?

No, the scores from Institutional TOEFL test are not accepted for admission to our MSc programmes. The reason for this is that this type of exam does not test all areas of language sufficiency: reading, writing, speaking and understanding.

Last update:
Wednesday, 22 June 2016

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Can I defer my offer to next year?

It is possible to defer your offer of admission until the next academic year for all MSc and pre-master programmes with the exception of the International Management/CEMS.

If you have already accepted or declined your offer, but due to unforeseen circumstances want to defer your offer, please contact the RSM admissions office.

 

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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Can I get a scholarship?

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

 

Last update:
Thursday, 6 September 2018

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Can I pay my tuition fee in instalments?

If you would like to pay your tuition fee in instalments, you must pay using a bank account in the SEPA area.

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 payment of tuition fees, please visit the website of the Erasmus Student Service Center

Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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Can I pay the handling fee by bank transfer?

If you want to pay the handling fee via a bank transfer, you must provide the RSM Admissions Office with a proof of payment so that we can manually adjust your payment status in OLAF. The bank account details can be found in OLAF in the handling fee section.

We also accept payment via credit card without using PayPal. The transaction costs for these payments is 2,95% with a minimum of 35 cents. This is cheaper than the PayPal-Credit card option, which is 3,9% + 35 cents.

Last update:
Wednesday, 22 August 2018

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Can I send in my application first and the results of my GMAT exam later?

Yes, you can submit your application first and complete your application package later with the results of your GMAT exam, however, please note that the RSM Admissions Office must receive the results of your GMAT exam (and all other applicable exams) no later than the application deadline for the programme you applied for or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first). When filling in the on-line application form, indicate the date you plan to take the exam.

For the MSc International Management/CEMS programme, the GMAT scores must be submitted by the application deadline of 31 January.

Keep in mind that without a complete application - including the results of all standardised tests, you will not be able to receive an offer of admission and no place in the programme will be reserved for you. The RSM Admissions Office can however, assess your academic background and provide you with feedback while waiting for the results of the GMAT.

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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Can I send my English language results after the application deadline?

Proof of your English language proficiency must be available to RSM by the application deadline, or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first). When scheduling a test date keep in mind that it can take several weeks to receive your test score. Plan ahead!

For the MSc International Management/CEMS programme the results must be submitted by the application deadline of 31 January. 

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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Can I start a MSc programme in January?

No, the MSc programmes at RSM only start once a year in September.

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

Last update:
Wednesday, 10 July 2019

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Can I submit my application first and my English proof later?

Yes, you can send us your application first and complete your application package later with proof of your English proficiency. The results must be submitted before the application deadline or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first)! For the MSc International Management/CEMS programme the results must be submitted by the application deadline of 31 January.

If you submit your application without the proof, you will be asked to indicate when you will complete this step (for example when you plan to take your English test).

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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Can I submit my language proof after the deadline?

You must meet the CEMS language and third language requirement by the 31 January application deadline. If you do not meet this requirement by the application deadline then you do not meet the initial admissions requirements and cannot be invited to participate in the 2nd selection round.

When planning a test date, please keep in mind that test centers can get quite busy and do not always have openings. We therefore strongly advise you to register for a test date well in advance and keep in mind that it can take weeks to get the results back.

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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Can I upload more than one diploma?

Yes, you can add more than one diploma in each section of the application form (secondary, bachelor and or master).

Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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Can my eligibility be assessed before I officially apply for admission?

It is our experience that international degree programmes vary greatly from country to country. We are therefore not able to give you accurate advice regarding your academic credentials without a complete application. For this reason, we encourage you to officially apply for admission. You can also assess your eligibility by taking a look at the detailed admission criteria on our website.

Last update:
Monday, 3 September 2018

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Can RSM verify my TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge results online?

Yes, RSM can check your TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge results online. However, the RSM Admissions Office can only do this if you upload a copy of your score report in your application:

TOEFL: The institutional code of RSM is 0798 and for Erasmus University 7199 (you can use either). If you have not requested for the score report to be sent to RSM, we can still verify the score directly with TOEFL. Note that the scores can only be verified 2 years from the test date. If your test is older than this, please contact us.  

IELTS: In order to verify your IELTS score, RSM needs the code which is written on the bottom right corner of your test report. Always upload your full score report during the application process. 

Cambridge: In order for RSM to verify your Cambridge score, you need to add your Cambridge candidate ID number and secret number to your application with your score report. By sharing this information, you give us permission to verify the result. If you do not have the candidate ID and secret number, you must contact the authorized examination centre where the examination was originally taken. Cambridge tests taken before 2005 can not be verified.

Last update:
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

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Can you give me some general information about RSM?

Over the past 40 years, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) has firmly established its reputation as one of Europe’s leading and high ranked business schools through its programme portfolio, services,  academic activities and international & national accreditation by AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA and NVAO. The RSM offers esteemed business programmes at the Bachelor (undergraduate), Master (graduate), MBA and PhD level as well as executive education. Like its host country the Netherlands, one of the world's leading international trading nations, RSM has continued to expand and internationalise, cementing its status as one of Europe’s most international and innovative business schools.

Last update:
Tuesday, 28 June 2016

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Do I have to pay a handling fee?

All applicants who have earned their diploma outside of the Netherlands, pay a handling fee of €100 upon submitting their application. The Online Application Form will automatically determine whether you are required to pay the fee or not. This fee can be paid online using the Erasmus Payment System. This system offers applicants the possibility to pay using either iDEAL (for those with a Dutch bank account) or PayPal (which can be linked to any bank account or credit card worldwide). It is important that applicants complete the payment process as indicated, otherwise the system cannot register the payment. The fee is non-refundable. Applications without successful payment of the fee cannot be submitted and will therefore not be processed.

Last update:
Friday, 31 August 2018

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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:
Tuesday, 28 June 2016

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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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