Online Education during Fall 2020
Online Education during Fall 2020
Given the uncertainty around the further impact of COVID-19, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) has decided to offer all compulsory educational activities in the fall semester 2020-2021 remotely. This includes classes (e.g. via webcast and/or video recordings), group work (e.g. the opportunity to meet with fellow students via MS Teams), as well as assessments and exams (e.g. take-home assessments and/or online exams).
Some non-compulsory elements (e.g. onboarding activities, kick-off events, guest lectures, career events) will also be offered online.
All students enrolled at RSM have the guarantee that they can obtain all credits in the first two blocks of the 2020-2021 academic year (September – end of December 2020) remotely.
Should I come to campus if I can?
While all essential elements of courses will be available online, we still encourage you to come to campus, if there are no travel restrictions to the Netherlands and if your personal situation permits this. As soon as and as far as possible, we will resume selected activities on campus, although certain restrictions (e.g. physical distancing rules and reduced capacity of facilities) may still apply. Attending activities on campus will, however, not be compulsory, so that students who can’t physically attend may still complete all coursework on time and from wherever they are.
Access to (online) classes will be equal for those of you coming to Rotterdam and those of you who are not coming to Rotterdam. We guarantee that online delivery will meet the same standards as our face-to-face teaching. This also implies that your final degree will have the same value as the degrees conferred in earlier years.
Nothing beats the real-life experience, of course, especially in smaller workshops. But we have seen that our students manage very well cooperating in online working groups as well as in class and that they are able to deliver good quality work.
We are ready to deliver and assess remotely. We already did so for the last two blocks of the current academic year, for all our 14 MSc programmes, and we have been successful in this. We have seen that students value webcasting, but also video recordings, which certainly also have advantages. For instance: you can watch the lecture at your own pace and watch more complicated parts again by simply scrolling back.
You will need a certain minimum computer equipment in order to participate in our classes:
- A Windows or Apple computer or notebook with webcam, speaker, and microphone
- Internet connection
If you are planning to purchase new equipment, here are some recommendations.
If you do not possess the necessary IT and internet equipment you are recommended to purchase. If you have insufficient means to do so you can apply for financial support with Erasmus Trustfonds: https://www.eur.nl/en/news-calendar/dossiers/corona#i-dont-have-enough-financial-resources-to-buy-it-facilities-how-can-i-can-i-attend-online-education
For some of our students, online delivery might bring extra challenges. If you experience difficulties due to
- existing conditions like dyslexia or ADD
- have an auditive or visual impairment
- have physical, psychological or mental impairments
- need assistance in planning
- have a home situation that is not ideal for studying,
please contact one of our student advisers.
If you're not planning to come to Rotterdam, don’t need to arrange accommodation for the fall semester. If we, however, are able to return to on-campus teaching from January 2021, you will still need to find a room. We are currently discussing the option of renting apartments for a timeslot of 1 January – 31 August 2021 with housing providers.
Tuition fees will remain the same, no matter whether you decide to spend the first two blocks in Rotterdam or stay in your hometown: €2,143 per year for Dutch and EEA students, €18,200 per year for students from outside the EEA region. If you were granted a scholarship, it will remain valid.
For those of you who don’t come to Rotterdam, there might, however, be other financial advantages:
- You might save on the rent for a room or apartment for the 4 to 5 months of August – December, which could save you anywhere between €1,400 to €2,000.
- Given the fact that many international students travel home for Christmas break, a physical start on campus in January 2021 might save you at least one trip back to your home country.
Please be aware that you are still required to purchase your study materials, e.g. books.
Those of you needing a visa will still need to arrange this, whether you plan to study from Rotterdam as of 1 September or as of 1 January.
Of course, studying at RSM and in an exciting city like Rotterdam entails more than attending classes, and the face-to-face interaction with teachers and fellow students is an important part of the study experience. While all essential elements of courses will be available online until the end of the year, we are all looking forward to post-Corona times.
We hope to be able to resume regular on-campus education as per January 2021. As soon as this is the case, we do expect you to be in Rotterdam, as most classes, assessments, events, and other activities will require your physical presence again.
No matter whether and when travel and distancing restrictions remain in place or will be lifted, we will do everything within our power to ensure that all admitted students will have the opportunity to continue their education and get the chance to graduate from their respective programme without delay.