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How does COVID-19 affect admission and education for the 2021-2022 academic year?

COVID-19 and admissions criteria

As a result of the worldwide impact of the Coronavirus, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), has decided to temporarily alter the admission criteria for the MSc and Premaster programmes, for applicants who are currently in their final phase of obtaining a bachelor’s degree. You can find the full details and conditions listed here.

This leniency only applies to the academic year 2021/2022 and does not apply to applicants who already earned their degree.

Studying policy for the academic year 2021-2022

RSM will offer blended learning, starting in September. That means you will study through a combination of online and on-campus activities. The activities will be livestreamed if you can’t join us in person. But you will get more out of your student experience and education if you are on campus. Therefore, we encourage all students to come to Rotterdam in September. You can read more about the policy for the academic year 2021-2022 here

For more updates and resources regarding COVID-19, you can visit this page.

Last update:
Tuesday, 11 May 2021

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My final diploma and grade list have been sent to RSM in order to complete my enrolment. I have not heard anything since then. Have my documents been received?

Your documents have most likely reached our inbox (or office if you have sent them by post). The RSM Admissions Team will only start processing these documents once all applications have been evaluated and all results have been sent. Usually this is around the end of June / early July. 

Once your documents have been processed, you will be notified via the Online Application Form (OLAF) that your offer has been made unconditional. 

Last update:
Friday, 21 May 2021

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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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Where can I get a valid translation of my diplomas and transcripts?

You can have your official diplomas and transcripts translated at the institution where you obtained your diploma, at your embassy, or at an official translation agency. Please note that you must send a copy of the original document along with the translation.

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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How and where can I obtain a certified copy of my diploma and transcripts?

A certified copy of your diploma and transcript can be acquired at the institution where you obtained the diploma or at a notary. Certified means that the photocopy of the original diploma/transcript, needs to be stamped and signed by your institution (director, course coordinator, registrar) or notary. When making your offer unconditional, make sure you send us the original document or certified hard copy. Photocopies and scans will not be accepted because their authenticity cannot be verified.

Last update:
Wednesday, 6 June 2018

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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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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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