Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

IM/CEMS

Can I submit my language proof after the deadline?

You must meet the CEMS language and third language requirement by the 31 January application deadline. If you do not meet this requirement by the application deadline then you do not meet the initial admissions requirements and cannot be invited to participate in the 2nd selection round.

When planning a test date, please keep in mind that test centers can get quite busy and do not always have openings. We therefore strongly advise you to register for a test date well in advance and keep in mind that it can take weeks to get the results back.

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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Can I use my passport to prove my language proficiency?

No, having a passport does not prove proficiency in a language. You must have had at least 3 years of formal education at secondary or university level in a language to prove that you are a native speaker.

Last update:
Monday, 27 June 2016

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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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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.

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Tuesday, 12 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.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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Where can I find additional information regarding the Common European Framework (CEF) for Languages?

Information about the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages can be found on the website of the Erasmus University Language & Training Centre (LTC)

Last update:
Wednesday, 22 June 2016

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Why do I need to prove my native language when applying for IM/CEMS?

The language that people consider as their native language or mother tongue can be spoken at different levels. When you are born and educated in a country where you also speak the same language with your parents and friends, you are typically fluent in both speaking and writing. If you only speak this language at home and never received any formal education in this language however, your language proficiency in writing and/or speaking is probably below the C2 level that is considered as fully fluent.

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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Why are extra languages required for IM/CEMS?

In a multicultural world, speaking several languages is an important asset. It increases the attractiveness of graduates to employers as it demonstrates their international orientation and mindset and enhances their cultural awareness. It also makes the CEMS programme and CEMS graduates distinctive from other international masters. Both CEMS and RSM therefore welcome efforts by students to improve their language skills during their master programme, even if their language skills are already at the minimum required level. 

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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