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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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Is there a swimming pool on campus?

No, but there is a swimming pool in the vicinity. Consult Erasmus Sport for other sport facilities.

Last update:
Thursday, 1 August 2019

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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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Should I arrange for accommodation myself?

Housing information for full-time RSM students coming to Rotterdam

Although a complete and useful overview of housing information for International Students can be found on www.housing.eur.nl, this information especially applies to RSM’s first year BScIBA and MSc students coming from abroad.

As in many major European cities, the demand for reasonably priced housing in Rotterdam is very high. Therefore, make it your number one priority and start searching immediately after being conditionally or unconditionally admitted to our BScIBA or one of the MSc programmes. As campus housing is limited, you may have to look for a room on the private market or seek other alternatives. We strongly advise you to start looking at least four to five months months before arrival to avoid stress and disappointment.

SSH Student Housing: ALL SSH ROOMS FOR FULL-TIME MSc STUDENTS AND BScIBA STUDENTS ARE FULLY BOOKED (study year 2018)

The ‘Short Stay Accommodations’ of RSM is run by the housing corporation SSH Student Housing (SSH), specialized in letting furnished accommodation.

For our first year BScIBA and MSc students coming from abroad, we reserve a range of furnished accommodation. Students can only apply for ‘Short Stay Accommodations’; for the first 12 months of their programme. After this period they have to find accommodation by themselves. This accommodation is not available for partners or families of the student.


For more information about the Terms and Conditions, the Rental Guide and the FAQ’s, please visit the site www.sshxl.nl/en Any questions can be addressed to: Rotterdam@sshxl.nl

Available SSH housing/accommodation for BScIBA & MSc students

The SSH has four dorms you can choose from: one on-campus (Hatta Building) and three off-campus, only 15 minutes walking from the university (D'Blaauwe Molen, Overhoningen and Erasmus International House). All rooms/apartments are fully fitted and furnished (not self-contained). In most cases you have communal cooking facilities and sanitary fitting. Accommodations can unfortunately not be visited in advance, but descriptions of the different buildings are available on the SSH website.

Rental prices

The following approximate rental prices are being used:

 

Hatta Building (on campus)      Rental prices: EUR 500 - 650*

D’Blaauwe Molen                      Rental prices: EUR 420 - 450*

Overhoningen                            Rental prices: EUR 470 - 500*

Erasmus International House    Rental prices: EUR 530 - 550*

*Please note that rental prices are re-indexed every year


When am I eligible to apply for housing/accommodation at the SSH?

You can apply for a room once you have been conditionally or unconditionally admitted to the first year BScIBA programme or one of the MSc programmes. Rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. A fair distribution will be made under the EU and NON-EU BScIBA and MSc students.

When and how can I apply for housing/accommodation at the SSH?

You can register from mid April onwards. Earlier registrations will not be approved.

How do I register?

You should register in 3 steps.

Fill in a correct email address, since the communication with SSH will only go through email. You will receive a notification once you have completed your registration. RSM will review your application as soon as possible and approve it if correct. We kindly urge you to await for your approval before contacting RSM or SSH.

What if my registration with SSH is approved?

Log in to My SSH (the online reservation programme) to reserve a room within 7 days*:

City: Rotterdam

Your educational institution: Erasmus University Rotterdam

Select and reserve a room


After your room reservation SSH will send you a confirmation email and will request you to make a down payment within 24 hours of booking the accommodation. The down payment is non-refundable and consists of the reservation fee and a rent payment.


* If you have not selected a room within 7 days, your application will be set automatically to “not approved”. After this you can no longer reserve accommodation via SSH (to give other students also a fair chance to apply for accommodation).

What if my registration with SSH is not approved?

If your registration is not approved, this means that no more rooms are available for your programme. Even though you may still see rooms available on the SSH website, we will not be able to approve your registration. The remaining available rooms are meant for other programmes/faculties at the RSM/ Erasmus University. The SSH does not have a waiting list.

Which other housing/accommodation options do I have?

Xior Building (on campus) On 1 September 2017 Xior Student Housing has opened a brand new Student housing building right next to the campus of the RSM/ Erasmus University. This 8th floor building uphold 280 studio apartments with all private bathroom and kitchen facilities. You can registrate from mid May onwards Sign up here

Housing Anywhere is a housing platform where people can rent out rooms to international students. It is a global platform where demand & supply of rooms for international students meet each other. Housing Anywhere offers a Secure Booking Service and has a Customer Care Team to help students book a room safely. Sign up here

Stadswonen Rotterdam - Stadswonen Rotterdam own 6.000 rooms, furnished and unfurnished.

RoomPlaza offers students the possibility to rent a flat with a group of like-minded people. You can apply as an existing group or use your find-a-flat mate tool to form your own. RoomPlaza has a safe booking process with a 100% guarantee of avoiding scams by fake accommodation providers. Sign up here

Kamernet is the largest online platform in the Netherlands that is specifically focused on bringing together the supply and demand of housing; such as rooms, studios and apartments. Tenants and landlords can get in touch and roommates can meet a new roommate. Kamernet does not own these homes. Registered users have direct contact with each other.

The Student Hotel – a hotel located in Kralingen Rotterdam which offers fully furnished rooms with a private bathroom, shared or private kitchen, WiFi, flat screen TV. Included in the price is a bike, use of the gym, study rooms, lounges and game rooms, 24-hour reception, laundry room and a restaurant/bar (booked by week, month, 1 or 2 semesters). Sign up here

Rotterdam2stay – especially for students who want to live on their own. Have your own clean bathroom, personal kitchen and appliances. The living space offer comfort and privacy at an attractive price, which becomes even better with housing allowance. Sign up here

You could also post a message on your IBA or MSc Facebook Group.

I have not found a room yet / I am waiting until my room becomes available

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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What are the application deadlines for the MSc programmes offered by RSM?

The application deadline for the MSc programmes at RSM are as follows:

MSc International Management/CEMS - 31 January (for all students)

For all other MSc programmes and Premaster programmes - 15th of May (for non-RSM students/graduates)

Please note that our application deadlines are strict and that no exceptions will be made.

Programmes with a limited number of places; MSc Business Information Management and MSc Finance & Investments, generally reach capacity before the application deadline. If you are interested in one of these programmes we strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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What are the minimum required scores for IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge?

If you wish to proof your English proficiency by taking one of the standardized English tests (IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge), we accept the following minimum scores: 

  • IELTS: Academic test minimum overall score of 7.0 and minimum sub scores of 6.5 
  • TOEFL (iBT): minimum overall score of 94 (100 for MSc IM/CEMS) with minimum sub scores of 22 for reading, listening and speaking and for writing 24. 
  • 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)
Last update:
Monday, 9 September 2019

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What can I do if my language level does not meet the CEMS language exit requirements?

Basically, you have two options: either improve your CEMS- or third language and bring it up to the level that is required by CEMS, or learn a new language at beginner’s level. If you go for the second option, it means that you drop your original third language and replace it by the new language. If you consider doing this, choose a language that is challenging and can help you in your future career. For example, for a Western student it is more challenging and more rewarding to learn Eastern languages such as Mandarin or Japanese than another related Western language.

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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What do I need to upload for the verification of my GMAT test score?

GMAT test results can only be verified online. For this you need to give RSM permission to access your score.

  • Request for your score report to be sent to RSM when taking the GMAT test
  • You can also request for this to be done after having taken the test, but GMAT charges extra fees for this.
  • RSM also accepts the unofficial score report which you will receive right after taking the test, as long as you've given RSM permission to access your score. You can upload the unofficial score report as part of your application. 

 

Last update:
Monday, 9 September 2019

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What does the term "pre-experience master" mean?

The term "pre-experience master" means that the MSc programmes at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University have been designed for students who have recently completed their undergraduate studies and have little or no work experience.

Last update:
Monday, 11 September 2017

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What is a Business Communication skill seminar within the CEMS programme?

The Business Communication skill seminar is a compulsory element in the programme.  During this seminar, students learn how to use a variety of techniques to effectively communicate in a business environment. Each school offers Business Communication Seminars in English, with the aim that the students transfer the acquired skills to other languages.

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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What is a GMAT exam?

The General Management Admission Test (GMAT) and is used by business schools worldwide to assess skills deemed necessary for success at the graduate school level. 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.

For more information on exam content and information on how and where to register for the exam, please visit the official GMAT website: www.gmac.com. Preparation materials such as books and software applications are available to help you study for the GMAT exam and can be purchased on-line or in major book stores. RSM strongly advises you to prepare for the GMAT well in advance.

Please note that GMAT scores older than 24 months are no longer considered valid by RSM.

The minimum required score is 600. 

Last update:
Friday, 2 August 2019

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What is a GPA?

GPA stands for Grade Point Average. This average is based on the weighted average of all grades from your bachelor programme. If you have also completed a master's degree, these grades can be added to your bachelor grades and used in the calculation of your GPA when evaluating your application.

Last update:
Friday, 25 January 2019

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What is accreditation?

Accreditation is an official process that a programme must go through in order to obtain a seal of approval. Most national governments have an official accreditation process which ensures that programmes meet specifically defined quality standards. In the Netherlands the national accrediting body is the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). All of the programmes offered by RSM have been accredited by the NVAO.

 

Last update:
Monday, 5 August 2019

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What is considered a research university in the Netherlands?

Research universities in the Netherlands (‘universiteiten’ in Dutch) are institutions of tertiary education with a focus towards scientific research in an academic setting. These institutions essentially train students in academic study and the application of knowledge and often do not include (mandatory) work experience. However, many of the programmes do also have a professional component and most graduates actually find work outside the research community.

In order to be eligible for admission to an undergraduate programme at a Dutch research university, like the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, you will need to have at least a high school diploma comparable to a Dutch diploma on VWO-level. Check out RSM’s website for any other admission requirements per programme.

Another type of education in the Netherlands is taught by the universities of applied sciences (in Dutch ‘hogescholen’). These institutions offer programmes that focus on the practical application of arts and sciences. Getting practical work experience through internships is an important part of the professional study programmes. For admission into an undergraduate programme at a university of applied sciences, your high school diploma needs to be similar to a Dutch diploma on HAVO level. An example of a university of applied sciences is Hogeschool Rotterdam.

Last update:
Monday, 9 September 2019

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What is ERNA?

After applying for a study at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in Studielink, you will receive a mail containing your ERNA credentials (username and password). An ERNA consists of your Student Number+ Initials (for example 12345aj@student.eur.nl) & a password.

With the ERNA credentials, you will have access to the Online Application Form for RSM's BScIBA, premaster and MSc programmes. 

For the duration of your studies at the Erasmus University, the ERNA credentials will also be your access code for ICT facilities, email, wifi etc. 

If you have started the application process in Studielink, but have not received your ERNA details, please inform the Erasmus University Support Centre (USC): usc@eur.nl 

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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What is rolling admission?

There is a rolling admissions process for most MSc programmes*.

This means that applicants can be submitted from 1 October onwards until the application deadline or until the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first).

If your application is complete and you meet the admissions requirements you can get an offer of admission as soon as your application is reviewed. 

Incomplete applications will be evaluated but an official offer is only given once the application is complete. For example if you submit your application before you have sufficient proof of English, your application will be evaluated and but you will only receive an offer if you submit your English proof on time; before the deadline or before the programme is full.

You will be notified of the outcome within four weeks following the receipt of your completed application (this could increase to 8 weeks close to the application deadlines). If you have not heard the results within this time, don't hesitate to contact us.

*There is no rolling admission process for the MSc International Management/CEMS programme. Applicants will be notified after the application deadlines about the next selection round.

Last update:
Monday, 15 July 2019

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What is Studielink and how does it work?

Studielink is a national web-based system in the Netherlands used for the enrolment of students. Studielink is used for student registration, payment of tuition fees and changing your correspondence address. It is the first step of the application process for RSM.

Studielink can be confusing at times, and to help you with the registration we have created a Studielink instruction manual.

After you have registered in Studielink, you will receive a link to the Online Application Form (OLAF) where you can complete your application. 

Last update:
Friday, 28 September 2018

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What is the average age of MSc students?

As RSM's Master programmes are pre-experience programmes, students usually start with the MSc programmes after completion of their undergraduate studies. Therefore, most students are aged between 20 and 26 years old. However, age is not considered during the admissions procedure and thus applicants from all ages are welcome to apply. 

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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What is the deadline for making my offer unconditional?

When receiving your offer, the conditions of your offer will be listed in the admissions statement. These conditions must be filled before the 31st of August. If the conditions can not be filled by the August deadline, your offer of admission will be revoked and you will not be able to start your studies at RSM. This is a strict deadline and no exceptions will be made.

Last update:
Monday, 11 September 2017

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What is the difference between a conditional and unconditional offer

A conditional offer of admission means that you still need to do something before you will be allowed to start your studies at RSM. For the vast majority of our applicants, this means that you need to bring or send either certified hard copies or originals of your diploma(s) and final academic transcript. Once all of the conditions in your offer of admission have been met, your offer will become unconditional and you may officially enroll in the programme.

Many of our applicants ask why we require certified hard copies or originals of their diploma(s) and academic transcripts when we already have digital copies. RSM requires official hard copies because digital documents are easier to forge and are therefore not legal documents.

Last update:
Monday, 13 June 2016

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What is the difference between a research university (WO) and a university of applied sciences (HBO)?

There are two types of higher education in the Netherlands: research-oriented (WO) and profession-oriented (HBO):

Research-oriented education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO) is traditionally offered by research universities, such as Erasmus University which Rotterdam School of Management is a part of.

  • Programmes at research universities focus on theoretical aspects of the field of study.
  • Prepares students for undertaking independent research.
  • Lead to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. At research universities you can also pursue a PhD degree.
  • Fewer contact hours and more course material to study independently.
  • A Bachelor's program at a research university requires the completion of 180 credits (three years of study) and graduates obtain the degree of Bachelor of Arts, of Science, or of Laws (BA/BSc/LLB), depending on the discipline.

Higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, HBO) is offered by universities of applied sciences (hogescholen)

  • Programmes at universities of applied sciences prepare students for particular professions
  • Tend to be more practically-oriented.
  • They lead to either a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  • More contact hours (e.g. lectures / tutorials) during which course material is taught in a classical setting.
  • A Bachelor's degree in the applied arts and sciences requires 240 credits (four years of study); in most cases, graduates obtain a degree indicating the field of study (for example, Bachelor of Engineering, B Eng, or Bachelor of Nursing, B Nursing).

More information on the Dutch higher education system can be found on the Study in Holland website or you can check out this video made by Nuffic. 

Last update:
Monday, 12 August 2019

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What is the difference between the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Rotterdam School of Management?

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) is one of the schools or faculties that make up the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). The Erasmus University Rotterdam also has schools in economics, medicine, health policy, social sciences, philosophy, history/culture/communication and law.

Rotterdam School of Management and the Erasmus University Rotterdam should not be confused with the neighbouring 'Rotterdam Business School'. Rotterdam Business School is not a research university but a university of applied sciences

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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What is the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)?

The ECTS credit system was developed by the European Commission in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad as part of the Bologna Process.

Each program consists of a certain amount of EC’s that you will need to obtain in order to be able to graduate.

  • One credit represents 28 hours of work.
  • One full year is 60 EC’s; a full Bachelor’s program is 180 EC’s.
  • Each year is divided into courses that you will need to pass; for each separate course you can earn a predetermined amount of EC’s.
  • You can obtain EC’s by meeting the requirements for that specific course, as described by the lecturer. Often this means that you will need to pass an exam, take part in group assignments, or give a presentation.
  • Your final goal is to obtain all EC’s offered in a program; only then can you graduate from the program.
Last update:
Monday, 12 August 2019

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What is the GMAT code for RSM?

You can use any of the following codes to send your GMAT scores to RSM Admissions Office:

Rotterdam School of Management-MSc - Master in International Management/CEMS QK8-CX-52
Rotterdam School of Management-MSc - Master in Management QK8-CX-36
Rotterdam School of Management-MSc - other programs QK8-CX-28
Rotterdam School of Management-MSc - Pre-Masters Programs QK8-CX-08
Last update:
Monday, 12 August 2019

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What is the minimum GPA requirement for Dutch diplomas?

Your GPA is sufficient for application if you have (or will have before 31 August)

  • a bachelor degree from a research university (WO) in the Netherlands with an unrounded minimum grade point average (GPA) of 7.0. A GPA of 6.95 will be rounded off to a 7.0. A 6.94 will be rounded down to a 6.9.

OR

  • a bachelor degree from a university of applied sciences (HBO) in the Netherlands and have an overall grade point average of 7.5 or higher. A GPA of 7.45 will be rounded off to a 7.5. A 7.44 will be rounded down to a 7.4.

If you have obtained additional grades at a Dutch higher education institution during a second bachelor degree, master programme, or extra minor, these can be added to the GPA calculation (for the benefit of the applicant).

If your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement at the time of application, you can still apply, but the following conditions apply.

  • You must obtain a sufficient GPA before the start of the master (by the 31st of August).
  • If you are applying for a programme that has a maximum capacity, you need to obtain a sufficient GPA before the programme has filled up (which can happen before the regular application deadline). Students who meet the minimum GPA requirement at the time of application are given priority for these programmes.

Additional information for current/ former RSM students is available on the current student pages.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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