Language of instruction
All courses are conducted entirely in English, the language of international business and international business education.
Courses are denominated in EC (European Credits). 60 EC represent the workload of a full year of study. 1 EC is the equivalent of 28 hours (includes in-class hours, self study, group work writing papers and exam preparation). . A 10 ECTS course has approximately 12 contact hours a week. At RSM, 20 EC (European Credits) is the regular fulltime workload for one trimester; please know that the non-negotiable required minimum workload for exchange students is 15 EC per trimester of which the majority of the EC should be obtained at RSM. We strongly advise students not to take more than 24 EC per trimester as this is already a high workload and experience has taught us that incoming exchange students often underestimate the workload which often is not comparible to the workload at the home university.
If required by the home university, we can accept a maximum of 30 EC per trimester, however, the responsibililty to finish the exchange with passing grades lies with the student and the home university. Please also keep in mind that some universities work with a semester system which differs from our trimester system and therefore the workload should be considered in the correct objective.
The programme includes case-based learning, teamwork and discussions, held in a highly diverse international student body. Classes show a mix of lectures (large number of students), workshops (vary in size, between 16 and 60 students), small team work and private study. Class participation and attendance affect final grades.
Exams are scheduled at the end of each course, preceded by a study week. The assessment of the performance of students varies: written or take-home exams, progress reports, in-class presentations, group performance and essays.
In the Dutch grading system, grades from 1.0 up to 10.0 are used, with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best. In general, grades with one decimal are issued; the lowest passing grade is a 5.5. When rounding off these grades, grades with a 0.4 or lower will be rounded down, and grades with a 0.5 will be rounded up. Students in our exchange programmes receive their transcripts reflecting grades with one decimal.