Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions section where you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions in relation to our pre-experience Bachelor and Master programmes.

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Admission Requirements

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 with the following conditions:

  • The test will only be offered on two specific dates: Monday the 2nd of December, 2019 and Tuesday the 14th of April, 2020. You will indicate on which of the two possible dates you want to take the test when filling in the Online Applicaiton Form (OLAF).
  • In order to participate in one of these tests you first need to submit your application for the programme of your choice at least three weeks before the date of the test you want to particiate 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
Tuesday, 20 August 2019

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Who is required to complete the pre-master programme?

Students with a bachelor degree from a Dutch university of Higher Professional Education (Dutch University of Applied Science or HBO) interested in pursuing a Master of Science degree at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) are required to first complete a pre-master year.

The RSM pre-master year aims to deepen your theoretical knowledge and build on the practical oriented knowledge you have required during your bachelor programme. During the pre-master you will enhance your academic skills and participate in courses preparing you for the master programme you choose to follow after the pre-master year.

Last update:
Friday, 26 September 2014

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I have already done a pre-master at a different university. Can I apply to a master programme at RSM?

Students who have completed their pre-master programme at another university or another faculty of the Erasmus University are not eligible for the RSM master programmes. Students with a bachelor degree from a Dutch university of Higher Professional Education (Dutch University of Applied Science or HBO) interested in pursuing a Master of Science degree at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) are required to first complete a pre-master year at RSM.

Last update:
Wednesday, 13 September 2017

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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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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 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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My GMAT score is lower than the minimum requirement set by RSM. Can I still apply?

Applicants who submit a GMAT score which does not meet the minimum requirement of 600 set by RSM will not be considered for admission. You can take the test again, but the new score must be submitted by the application deadline,or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first).

RSM will only consider the highest score obtained. A previous lower score will not have a negative effect on your application.

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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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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I have a diploma from a non-Dutch university of applied sciences, can I apply to one of your MSc programmes?

RSM accepts applicants with a bachelor degree obtained at an accredited University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands (HBO), Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. These students are required to first follow a pre-master year at RSM.

Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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Is there a special admission process for refugee students?

No, RSM does not have a special admissions process or criteria for students with refugee status because individual situations can vary widely. Applications from refugees will therefore be assessed on an individual basis. If you have questions regarding your diploma, please contact the RSM admissions office.

The Erasmus University does offer general support for refugees. Please visit the refugee pages for more information.

The Nuffic has created a special online tool to help refugee students navigate the Dutch higher education system.

Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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