Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

English requirements

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 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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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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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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How can I prove my proficiency in the English language?

In order to guarantee the required minimum level of  English proficiency, an applicant must be able to show proof of proficiency on at least C1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language - CEFR). English proficiency can be proven in different ways:

> My Secondary- / High School education was taught entirely in English:

  • Your secondary school was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or within the EU/EEA. If it is not mentioned on the diploma, or on the website of the school that the programme was taught completely in the English language, an official statement provided by the school is required.
  • You have an International Baccalaureate (IB) English A Higher Level certificate with grade 4 or higher or IB English A Standard Level Certificate with grade 5 or higher.
  • You have obtained an European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma with a minimum grade of 7.0 for English (language 1 or 2).

> My bachelor degree was taught entirely in English:

Your degree programme was taught completely in the English language (equal to a minimum of 3 years or 180 EC) in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or within the EU/EEA. If it is not mentioned on the diploma, or on the website of the university that the programme is taught completely in the English language, an official statement provided by the university is required.

> My master degree was taught entirely in English: 

Your master degree programme was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or within the EU/EEA. If it is not mentioned on the diploma, or on the website of the university that the programme is taught completely in the English language, an official statement provided by the university is required.

> I took a C1 level course or test as part of my university studies (in the EU/EEA):

RSM accepts English course/test results at C1 level (CEFR) taken at any accredited applied science institute or research university institute within the EU/EEA.

You must be able to provide proof of this in your application. The document must clearly indicate the obtained level. If the course or test was taken as a part of your study, this can also be included in your transcript of records. However the obtained level should still be indicated or additional documentation must be submitted.

If you have only taken a language test, all aspects of the language must have been included (reading, writing, listening and oral skills).

Note: Online tests done without supervision, such as the OLS (Online Linguistics Support for Erasmus+) are not accepted.

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

> I have or will take a standardized test accepted by RSM:

  • IELTS: Academic test minimum overall score of 7.0 and minimum sub scores 6.5 
  • TOEFL (iBT): minimum overall score 94 (100 for MSc IM/CEMS) with minimum sub scores of 22 for reading, listening and speaking and for writing 24. Please note that the ITP TOEFL test offered by the Erasmus University Language & Training Centre (LTC) is not accepted.
  • Cambridge:
    • Cambridge ESOL: Equal to CAE-C/C1 (B for MSc IM/CEMS) Advanced or CPE-C/C2 proficiency
    • Cambridge BEC Higher/C1 Business Higher: Minimum grade C (B for MSc IM/CEMS)

Both overall and sub score requirements must be met! All sub scores must meet the minimum requirements within one exam, meaning that scores of two exams may not be combined to reach sufficient scores from different categories of the exam.

Take into account that test dates at the test centres can fill up quickly, particularly during peak testing periods. Therefore we urge you to register to take the test as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Keep in mind that it can take several weeks to receive the results of your test. This means that you should plan to take the test 4-6 weeks before the application deadline. 

Note that other tests, such as the TOEFL ITP or Michigan English are not accepted

Verification & Validity

Always make sure to upload a copy of your score report in your application.  

TOEFL scores can be verified online. Therefore you should request the tests center to send your score report to RSM. The institutional code of RSM is 0798 and for Erasmus University 7199 (you can use either). Scores are verifiable for 2 years. If your TOEFL results are older than this, please contact the admissions office

IELTS scores are verified online using the TRF code marked on the score report. Scores are verifiable for 5 years.

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. If you do not have the candidate ID and secret number, you must contact the authorized examination centre where the examination was originally taken. Please note that RSM can not verify test scores taken before 2005.

> I want to take a test at the Erasmus University Language & Training Centre (LTC)

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. 

RSM together with the LTC also offers English tests free of charge on two specific dates per year. The exact dates will be communicated on this page by October 2019.

  • This test is only available to students who will obtain a bachelor or master degree at a research - or applied sciences university in the Netherlands
  • The test will only be offered on two specific dates (December and April).
  • In order to participate in one of these tests you first need to submit your application for the programme of your choice.
  • When filling in the Online Application Form (OLAF) you will be able to indicate on which of the two possible dates you want to take the test. Note that your application must be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the test you want to take.
  • 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.
  • It is not possible to re-schedule the test due to illness or any other reason.
  • You can only take the test once. If you fail to achieve a C1 level result, you can retake the test at your own cost.
  • After the test you will receive an overview of your results, but you will not receive an official language certificate.
  • The test results are only valid for your application for RSM.

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.

Last update:
Monday, 1 July 2019

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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 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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