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  • Locations: Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall Semester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 02/20/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/20/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Exchange
Language(s) of Instruction: English Only Prior Language Study: 0
Language Course Offered: Yes Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.50
Eligible Populations: Junior, Second Semester Sophomore, Senior Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, Independent Living
Academic Highlights: Business Internship Available: No
Program Scholarship: No Service Learning Available: No
Program Advisor: Kaela Conroy
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

  • Direct Enroll in courses at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) alongside local Dutch and international students.  All courses are taught in English.
  • Students may enroll in courses within the Rotterdam School of Management.  Students will not find many Liberal Arts courses as the school of Management will offer mostly courses related to Business Administration. 
  • RSM is one of a select group of schools with Triple Crown accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB, and the Association of MBA’s.
Academic Calendar
  • Fall: End of August to the End of December.  Students can only attend RSM Erasmus during their fall semster.  The spring trimester does not offer enough variety in courses.
  • Orientation: As part of the introduction, the Bachelor Exchange programme organizes so-called IntegrationTrips one week prior to Trimester 1 and in the 1st week of Trimester 2.
Additional Eligibility Requirements
  • Completion of core business courses. 

Academics at RSM Erasmus University

Studying at RSM Erasmus University

There is a truly international and multicultural atmosphere in the International Business Administration classrooms. Students come from all over the world and represent over 80 nationalities. Students have ample opportunity to mix with international students and staff. Students learn to look at business problems from different angles and do research thoroughly and systematically.

What You’ll Learn
Bachelor exchange students can choose courses from the 3-year Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration (BScIBA).   In trimester 1, exchange students can also participate in one minor, which runs for 10 weeks and has a workload of 15 ECTS or 8 Babson credits. The themes of the minors offered at RSM are:

  • Busines
  • Communication and Media
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • Governance and Policy
  • Health Care
  • History
  • Human Resources
  • IT
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Society

Some examples of fall 2011 minors are:

  • Alternative Investments: Beyond Stocks and Bonds
  • China's Business System: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • CSI Rotterdam: Fraud and Forensic Investigation
  • E-Marketing: Marketing Strategies for Future Success
  • Entrepreneurship and new Venture Planning
  • Experiential Learning: Consulting to Social Entrepreneurs
  • Games and Business Behavior: A General Management Perspective
  • Influencing People: Psychology and Practice
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Neuroeconomics: How the Brain Decides
  • Principles of Negotiation
  • Strategy Consulting

Co-Curricular Learning
The International Office works with a buddy system. These buddies are responsible for a well organized arrival of exchange students and make sure they get acquainted with the university, the city of Rotterdam and all practical matters in a short time. At the beginning and throughout our exchange programmes, the International Office organizes an introduction programme including a field trip, workshops, an international cabaret and dinners. Throughout the whole exchange programme social drinks, cultural excursions and parties are organized. Moreover, when studying in Rotterdam as an exchange student, your fellow students will cover over 50 nationalities coming from our network of more than 100 leading business school all over the world.

All coures are taught in English at Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University.

The university’s Language and Training Centre organizes language courses in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Russian and Chinese. Two weeks prior to the start of the exchange programme an Intensive Dutch Course (also called Summer Course Dutch) is organized.

Academic Culture
Students of diverse origins interact comfortably in our programmes, debating, creating and collaborating in a community of equals. Difference not only co-exists, it is an important part of learning: teaching methods are designed to develop students’ ability to connect across diversity and communicate effectively cross-culturally.

Course Load
The fulltime workload is 20 ECTS per trimester, which equals 560 student working hours. The minimum (non-negotiable) workload for Bachelor exchange students is 15 ECTS, the maximum is 30 ECTS.  However, 20 ECTS credits does not meet the minimum Babson credit workload to maintain your full-time student status.  Students must take between 12 and 15 Babson credits, which is closer to 30 ECTS credits during the fall trimester at RSM. Typically students will take 2 - 3 courses and one minor to meet the 12 credit minimum.

Exams are scheduled at the end of each course. The assessment of the performance of students varies: written or take-home exams, progress reports, in-class presentations, group performance and essays.

In the Dutch grading system, grades from 1 up to 10 are used, with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best. In general, grades with one decimal are issued. When rounding off these grades, grades with a 0.4 or lower will be rounded down, and grades with a 0.5 will be rounded up. Students in our exchange programmes receive their transcripts reflecting grades with one decimal.


Life at RSM Erasmus University

Student Life
The International Office is the first meeting point for international exchange students. Students are always welcome for any information and assistance.

ESN-Rotterdam (Erasmus Student Network) covers lots of activities, events and city trips for all international students studying at Erasmus University. Prior to arrival all international students are introduced to ESN by e-mail and invited to join ESN’s activities which are posted on their activity calendar.

Living Arrangements
Accommodation can be pre-arranged with the “Stadswonen” housing agency. This agency provides rooms and apartments in Rotterdam. Most rooms are between €500 and €600 per month depending on location, size, type and facilities. All apartments are fully furnished and located in and near Rotterdam or the university.

Living in Rotterdam

Within easy reach of the continent’s largest markets and with its unique access to continental Europe via the Maas River, Rotterdam has been a hub of international trade and commerce for centuries. This heritage of trade has left its legacy – Rotterdam today is a multicultural city that is home to a host of multinational and local enterprises, and with a growing reputation as an international knowledge centre in areas including supply chain management.

Rotterdam has a reputation in the Netherlands and beyond for its progressive outlook on many areas of urban life, from art, music and architecture (for which it is world-famous), to cinema, dance and theatre. Each year, Rotterdam hosts numerous festivals, concerts and sporting events including the Fortis Marathon, the International Film Festival, the Fast Forward Dance Parade, North Sea Jazz festival, and the exuberant Caribbean Summer Carnival. The nightlife in Rotterdam rivals that of Amsterdam’s, with a hip and creative young scene filling restaurants, bars, cafes and nightclubs. During the summer, the ‘Beach at the Maas’ is a great place to enjoy the sun with relaxing music and food, and a great view on the river and Rotterdam skyline.

The Dutch are known for their acceptance of diversity and their command of foreign languages, English in particular. English is widely spoken in Holland, making life for foreigners particularly easy. Today, more than 160 nationalities live side by side in Rotterdam, a diversity that is reflected in urban life. Travel to and from Rotterdam is also easy and affordable: a major international airport sits close-by and a fast-train to Paris passes directly through Rotterdam’s central station. A 40-minute drive will take you to Amsterdam, a 90-minute drive to Brussels, and a three-hour drive to France or Germany. With all these destinations right on your doorstep, you will find there is plenty to explore during your time in Rotterdam.

Cost of Attendance