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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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How do I make my offer unconditional? - Diploma holders from Erasmus University

If your offer of admission is based on a diploma acquired from the Erasmus University, the process of making your offer unconditional is different than for 'external students'. 

You do not have to send hardcopies your diploma or transcript to the RSM MSc Admissions Office, but instead we will verify your diploma via the Osiris system or directly with your faculty.

This can only be done if you have completed all the requirements of your bachelor by the 31st of August, and this has been marked in Osiris. 

Once your diploma has been verified, you will receive a confirmation email from the admissions office. We will also notify you if we have not been able to verify your graduation and the deadline is approaching.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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How do I upload new supporting documents to my application after I have submitted my application?

It is only possible to upload additional documents to a submitted application if the RSM admissions office has re-opened the document section of your application. If you need to add something to your application, please send an e-mail to msc.info@rsm.nl (MSc & PM) or bsciba@rsm.nl (IBA) and request that your application be re-opened.

To upload additional supporting documents click on the UPDATE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS button in the blue ribbon at the top of your application.

Last update:
Tuesday, 8 August 2017

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How does RSM determine whether my study is considered to be comparable to that obtained at a Dutch research university?

How does RSM determine whether my study is considered to be comparable to that obtained at a Dutch research university?

When evaluating your academic background, it needs to be categorized in one of the two types of higher education offered in the Netherlands: research-oriented (WO) or profession-oriented (HBO).

Sometimes the comparison is very straight forward as the country has a similar binary education system such as Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. Applicants who have a degree from a University of Applied Sciences from one of these countries must first complete a pre-master year before they are eligible for admission to the master.

If you want to get an idea of the equivalent Dutch level of your diploma, you can check the list of common diplomas from your country on the Nuffic website. Nuffic is the central Dutch organization for the evaluation of foreign diplomas awarded in higher education.

For example for Diplomas obtained in India it is concluded that a 3 year bachelor of Commerce is comparable to an Applied Sciences Degree (HBO) in the Netherlands. This means that applicants from India with this diploma are not eligible for RSM master programmes.

India: Honours Bachelor of Commerce

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
Last update:
Monday, 12 August 2019

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How does the Dutch grading and credit system work?

Grading

The Dutch grading system scale ranges from 1 to 10:

8.5 - 10          excellent        
7.5 - 8.4 good
6.5 - 7.4 satisfactory
5.5 - 6.4 sufficient
1.0 - 5.4 fail

Note: The grades 1-3 are hardly ever awarded and 9 and 10 are very rare. 

Credits

Most courses at RSM are worth 3, 6 or 12 EC (European Credits). One credit point represents 25 to 30 hours of study. The workload includes time spent attending lectures or seminars, independent study time, and preparation for and completion of exams. 

To complete a full-time programme, students must complete 60 credits per academic year (30 credits per semester).

Last update:
Thursday, 12 September 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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How should I fill in the Personal Information section of the online application form?

Sometimes our applicants are a bit confused when filling in the Personal Information section of the online application form. In order to help you out, we have explained the fields on the form below.

Example applicant name: Nicholas Andreas Peter van Zomeren

Family name = your full surname or last name as stated in your passport. In the example above you would list van Zomeren.

Full first names = all of your given names as stated in your passport. In the example case you would enter Nicholas Andreas Peter

First name = Your first name, or the name you would like to be addressed by. Nicholas likes to be called “Nick” so that is what he would enter here.

Current mailing address=  the address you are currently living at.

Permanent address = For some people this address is the same as the current mailing address, for others it is likely your parents address.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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I arrive from abroad. Will someone pick me up?

Erasmus University runs a pick-up service on several dates in August with buddies welcoming you at Schiphol Airport and travelling with you to Rotterdam. They will also assist you with where to get your key, or finding your way to a hostel. Information about the pick-up service can be found here.

Last update:
Friday, 6 September 2019

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I cannot find a language institute in the list to prove my language proficiency when applying for IM/CEMS. What do I need to do?

In a few cases it may happen that you speak a language that you wish to choose as you third language, which cannot be proven by an accredited language institution, simply because these institutions or exams are not available. This means that you cannot use this language for your application. For example, if your secondary or university education was completely taught in Hindi, then you can claim Hindi as your third language. But if you did not have secondary or university education in Hindi, you cannot claim this language as your third language, because there are no accepted methods of proving your level. A passport alone is not proof of proficiency of a language.

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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I do not have a bachelor or undergraduate degree in Business Administration, but I do have a degree from a research university, can I still apply for the Master of Science programmes at RSM?

Yes, students who have a bachelor degree from a research university in a subject other than business administration may apply for our MSc programmes as long as they have taken a sufficient number of required courses during their bachelor programme. The course requirements are different for each MSc programme and are listed in the admission requirements table for each MSc programme.

Students with a bachelor degree from a research university who do not have a sufficient number of required courses may apply to our Master in Management programme which has been specially designed for students with a bachelor degree in any discipline other than business. 

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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I do not meet all the admission requirements but I have relevant work experience, can I be admitted?

RSM offers pre-experience programmes. Therefore, work experience cannot be used to compensate for missing admission requirements.

Last update:
Friday, 16 August 2019

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I have dyslexia, are there special arrangements for the GMAT

Please contact the RSM admissions office for additional information.

Last update:
Wednesday, 13 September 2017

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I have submitted my application but I have not received a confirmation email, did something go wrong?

Within two weeks after you have submitted your application form in OLAF, the RSM Admissions Office will let you know if your application is complete. Bear in mind that we receive a large number of applications towards the application deadline; therefore it may take longer than two weeks before you receive a confirmation e-mail. Only complete applications will be considered for admission. For this reason we urge that you do not wait until the last minute to submit your application. If you wait until the last minute, you will have no margin for error. If you apply early (at least 4 weeks before the deadline), some mistakes can still be corrected.

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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I meet all the minimum requirements; can I still be rejected for admission?

For the programmes MSc Business Information Management (MScBIM), MSc Finance and Investments (MScFI), MSc Accounting & Financial Management (MScAFM), MSc Business Analytics & Management (MScBAM), MSc Master in Management (MScMIM), MSc International Management/CEMS (MScIM/CEMS) there is a limitation on the number of students.

For the MScBIM, MScFI, MScAFM, MScBAM, and MScMIM programmes a rolling admissions policy is in effect. We will accept qualified applicants on a first come first serve basis without further selection until the programmes are full. To increase your chances of acceptance, we strongly advise you apply to the programme as soon as possible. Please note that only complete applications can be considered for admission.

The MSc International Management/CEMS programme is selective. Only the best candidates will be selected for admission. Meeting the minimum admissions criteria does not guarantee a place in the programme.

For all other programmes there is currently no limitation on the number of students. When you meet the minimum admission requirements, followed the admissions process and adheared to the deadlines, you will be admitted.

 

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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I will not obtain my bachelor degree before the application deadline, how is my GPA calculated?

If you will not obtain your degree before the application deadline because you will graduate later in the year, your GPA will be calculated based on the results included on your transcript at the time of application.

Last update:
Thursday, 23 August 2018

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Is hotel accommodation available on arrival?

Looking for temporary accommodation? Please find below an overview of Hostels and Hotels:

Boat Hotel – a short stay apartment on a historical ship in the centre of Rotterdam.  

King Kong Hostel - a very cool hostel that blends industrial design with 21st century contemporary art. It has a superb location in the beginning of Witte de Wittestraat which is in the heart of Rotterdam’s social scene and all the city’s best bars and restaurants are on your doorstep.

ROOM Rotterdam – located in Rotterdam’s historic Scheepvaartkwartier, near a beautiful little harbour. There are lots of good places for wining and dining in the area and close to the city’s main park.

Stayokay – this hostel is located in the city centre of Rotterdam in the striking cube houses. Next to Metro station “Blaak”.

Last update:
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

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Is it possible for non-EEA nationals to work in the Netherlands after graduation?

Non-EEA nationals who have earned a diploma from a higher education institute in the Netherlands can apply for a special residence permit called the "zoekjaar" or orientation year after completing their studies. The 'Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment' is a residence permit aimed at retaining foreign talent for the Dutch labour market. During this orientation year you are free to work without a work permit. Participants who find a job during this period can change their orientation year into a residence permit for Highly Skilled Migrants under more favourable terms. For the most up-to-date information please visit the Nuffic website

Last update:
Monday, 10 September 2018

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Is it possible to switch Master programmes after accepting an offer of admission?

It is possible to request admission to another MSc programme at RSM until 15 August. You can submit a request using the contact form.

It is not possible to change programmes after this date.

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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Is my GPA sufficient for admission?

Grade point averages can be expressed differently in other education systems. Examples of acceptable GPA's can be found below.

Please provide an academic transcript with a diploma supplement explaining your countries grading system in your application package if possible.

As a rule of thumb, if you are considered to have an above average GPA in your home country, it is likely that RSM will consider your GPA to be sufficient.

Austria: 2.4
Belgium: 14/20, 70% or 2nd class honours
Brazil: 8
Bulgaria: 5
Canada: B+
China: 3.0 or 80%
Denmark: 7
Estonia: 4 or B
Finland: 3
France: 13.5/20
Germany: 2.4
Greece: 7
Hungary: 4
Indonesia: 3 or B
Iran: 14
Ireland: upper second
Italy: 100/110
Latvia: 8
Lithuania: 8
Mexico: 8
Norway: B
Poland: 4
Portugal: 15/20
Romania: 8
Russia: 4
South Africa: 2nd class upper division
South Korea: 3.3 or B
Spain: 7
Sweden: VG (or G if the majority of grades are VG. When using the ECTS scale: C
Switzerland: 5/6 or 7/10
Taiwan: 80
Turkey: 85
UK: 2nd class honours, first division
Ukraine: 9
USA: B+
Vietnam: 7
 


These examples are subject to change without prior notice. Please note that the RSM Admissions Manager will ultimately decide whether a GPA is sufficient or not.

Last update:
Friday, 28 September 2018

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Is Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University accredited and, if yes, which accreditations does it have?

Maintaining excellent quality is vital for Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is therefore proud to be fully accredited nationally and internationally. RSM is one of the very few business schools in the world that is accredited by all three international accreditation organisations for business schools, (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA), referred to as the prestigious triple crown accreditation.

RSM is accredited by:

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International)
  • The European Foundation for Management Development (EQUIS)
  • The Association of MBAs (AMBA)
  • The Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO)
  • The Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science (KNAW)
Last update:
Monday, 5 August 2019

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Is the GMAT test mandatory for all applicants?

For master applicants who will obtain their bachelor diploma from a non-Dutch research university it is mandatory to prove their mastery and ambition with both a sufficient GPA and GMAT test result.

Master applicants who will obtain their bachelor degree at a Dutch research University (WO) only have to meet the GPA requirement of a 7.0 or higher.

Note: Students with a Dutch bachelor degree who do not meet this GPA requirement can still get admission to the academic year 2020-2021 (starting per September 2020) by completing the GMAT test with a score of 600 or higher. From the academic year 2021-2022 (starting per september 2021) onwards, it will no longer be possible for applicants with a Dutch bachelor diploma to compensate for an insufficient GPA with a GMAT test score.

Last update:
Monday, 9 September 2019

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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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