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Fast Facts:
Program Type: Outgoing Exchange Subject(s): Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing
Language(s) of Instruction: Dutch, English Language Prerequisite: None
Secondary Application Required: Yes Student Visa Required: Yes
Program Description:
Program Description | Academic Details | Eligibility | Application
Financial Details | Housing | Helpful Links | Contact Past Participants

Program Description


The University
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (or RSM) is the international business school of the Erasmus University Rotterdam located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes taught mostly in English, including MBA, executive education, and PhD programmes, and is particularly well known for its Management programs. 

RSM is ranked as one of the best European business schools, including 10th in the Financial Times meta-ranking and 3rd in Western Europe by Eduniversal. RSM has an acceptance rate of between 20-25 percent (for full degree programs) and is in the 1 percent of business schools worldwide which possess the distinguished Triple Crown Accreditation -- AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. In addition, RSM's programs are accredited by the Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie (NVAO) and is part of the Global Alliance in Management Education (CEMS), a consortium of Europe's leading schools and corporate partners. RSM is also a member of the Partnership in International Management (PIM) network, and hosts a diverse international student body.

Rotterdam is innovative and inspiring. Futuristic architecture, inspired local initiatives such as inner-city canal surfing, a proliferation of art, and a surge of dining and nightlife venues make Rotterdam one of Europe's most exhilarating cities right now. The Netherlands' second-largest metropolis has a diverse, multi-ethnic community, an absorbing maritime tradition centered on Europe's busiest port, and a wealth of top-class museums.

Rotterdam is a veritable open-air gallery of modern, postmodern and contemporary construction. It's a remarkable feat for a city largely razed to the ground by WWII bombers. Rebuilding has continued unabated ever since with ingenuity and vision.

Split by the vast Nieuwe Maas shipping channel, Rotterdam is crossed by a series of tunnels and bridges, notably the dramatic Erasmusbrug - the swooping white cable-stayed bridge dubbed de Zwaan (the Swan). On the north side of the water, the city center is easily strolled.

Rotterdam is one hour from Amsterdam by train and just 30 minutes by train from Antwerp, Belgium. 

Student Life
There's more to business school than courses and case studies. RSM believes quality of life is just as important to your personal growth and professional development.

RSM is a diverse community. Your fellow students come from 40 countries and lend their perspectives from a range of backgrounds. And the program is set in one of the most vibrant and multinational cities in the world. 

As a student at RSM, the whole city of Rotterdam is your stage for personal and professional growth. Get to know our professors--not only are they leading scholars in business, they also work hard to spark new insights every day, in and out of the classroom. After a long week, you may even carry classroom discussions over to one of Rotterdam's many pubs or restaurants.

As Europe's largest port city, Rotterdam is a hub for global commerce and travel. Rotterdam has a personality all its own -- including a progressive community and an active, vibrant culture. From restaurants and museums to music and nightlife, there's always a lot of stuff going on around town. Best of all, the people are great: the Netherlands is often ranked one of the happiest countries in the world.

With a diverse campus community, you have access to an energetic, enriching life beyond the classroom. Capitalize on activities and networking opportunities hosted by the Student Association and other student clubs. On any given day, you might create a presentation, participate in a panel discussion, attend a conference or network with business leaders.

Exchange students at RSM may enjoy:

Participation in Kings Day celebrations
Vising the world-famous Keukenhof flower gardens
Chinese New Year
The International Food Festival
Participating in one of RSM's many student clubs and organizations

The Erasmus Student Network Rotterdam (ESN-Rotterdam) co-operates closely with EUR's International Offices to enhance academic and social experiences for international students in Rotterdam. It organizes a wide range of social activities and weekly international drinks receptions, at which international students can meet. They also offer city trips, sporting activities, musical and cultural events. ESNRotterdam's activities are posted on their Facebook page and on the university's website.

The largest and most professionally run student-led organisation of its kind in Europe, the Study Association RSM (STAR) has more than 6,500 members. It organizes a wide range of events, including the largest on-campus recruitment event in the Netherlands, conferences, special guest lectures, parties and social events. For more information visit

Academic Details 

Academic Calendar
RSM is on a trimester system. Trimester 1 takes place September-December, but exam re-sits take place in July. Trimester 2 and 3 take place January - June, and exam re-sits take place in July. It is recommended that Freeman students study at RSM during the Spring semester (Trimester 2 and Trimester 3).

Students are expected to stay at RSM until they have completed their final exams. If a student does poorly on a final exam, they can re-sit the exam in July in Rotterdam. Students can decide if they want to keep this option available. If so, they will need to plan to be in Rotterdam in July. It is not possible to arrange scheduled exams or re-sits on other dates, times or places, nor to make special arrangements with teaching staff.

Students are not permitted to arrive late for the Exchange Program. All exchange students must attend the compulsory introduction program. In spring it takes place during the first week of Trimester 2.
Ranking and Rigor
#29 in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject. 
Top 51 - 100 bracket in the world for Accounting and Finance - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
The exchange program at RSM is new. No data on level of difficulty compared to courses at Tulane. 

Business Courses
Bachelor exchange students can choose courses from the curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration (BScIBA). For a list of sample course offerings at RSM and their Tulane equivalents, please see the list of Sample Courses Offered.

Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of course offerings, please see the RSM course manual. Course manuals can be found on the Current Students webpage:  
One special course offered by RSM is International Business: The Dutch Way. This course has been specially designed for exchange students to introduce them to the Dutch business environment and its economic and cultural settings. Economic analyses are examined and discussed in the context of European and Dutch cultures. Special attention is given to recent developments in large international companies located in the Netherlands. Students will become familiar with several Dutch companies, each showing a different aspect of doing international business in the Netherlands, and will work on an assignment for each one. There are two types of mandatory assignments in this course; small assignments to prepare for company visits and two large assignments in the form of business challenges, linked to guest lectures from two large Dutch companies. This course is offered in spring only. For this course no books or readers need to be purchased. The only costs involved are around €50 for the organization of the visits (transportation, guides etc.). RSM will inform students on how and when to pay this fee.

Students will receive instructions for registering for courses after they have been admitted to the Exchange Program. Students typically take two classes per trimester for a total of four courses for the Spring semester. 

Academic Culture
The methods of teaching depends on the courses you choose, but in general RSM embraces a style of learning referred to as Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Courses are generally more theoretical than practice-based. Lectures and discussions are common. At RSM there are few homework assignments. Rather, students are expected to be self-disciplined and stay on top of reading assignments. Since there are few homework assignments, some students have the perception that less is required to succeed at RSM, but it is possible to do poorly in a course if a student is not self-directed and/or does not study hard enough. Course grades are typically based almost entirely on the final exam. 

International Business Administration classrooms have a truly international and multicultural atmosphere. Students from all over the world, representing more than 80 nationalities, mix with each other and with international staff. Students learn to look at business problems from different cultural angles and to research thoroughly and systematically. About 60 percent of students at RSM are international students and 40 percent are local dutch students. 

One final examination at the end of the course is a common form of student learning assessment at RSM. Exams may be oral. In the Netherlands, you can "re-sit" an examination if you do not do well when you take the test the first time. Exam re-sits take place in Rotterdam in July. Exams cannot be proctored in the U.S. 
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
RSM follows the Dutch grading scale. More information on the Dutch grading scale can be found on RSM's factsheet (see Helpful Links). A 5.6 is required for a passing grade. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at RSM.



General Eligibility Requirements
Students must be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing and earn a 3.0 GPA two semesters prior to studying abroad. Students must complete their 3010s prior to their semester abroad. 

Students who have been found guilty or who have pleaded guilty to an Honor Code violation within one year prior to submitting an application to study abroad may not study abroad on a Freeman program. Students who are on disciplinary probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Freeman study abroad program. Approvals will be revoked for students who are placed on disciplinary probation or found guilty of an Honor Code violation after being approved to study abroad.


Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Goldring advisor. 

Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation. 

Secondary Application 
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Please see the RSM Factsheet for more information. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline. 

Financial Details

Program Cost
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information. 


RSM Housing
Rotterdam is an ideal location – an international corporate hub at the commercial heart of Europe. There is high demand for short-stay student accommodation. RSM housing is limited. Students should apply the day housing applications open. Information about housing in Rotterdam is on the EUR-website

Independent Housing
Accommodation can be pre-arranged with the housing corporation Stichting Studenten Huisvesting (SSH) which provides rooms and apartments either on campus or in neighborhoods near the university or in the city center. All apartments are fully furnished. SSH uses an on-line booking system, see Incoming students can also use; or

Note: Goldring does not endorse any of the housing listed on the above links. Students are responsible for checking the condition of the property before signing a lease or making a deposit.

Helpful Links

RSM Factsheet
RSM Exchange Student Website
Program Reviews on Abroad101
Visa Information
Rotterdam, Netherlands Tourism Website

Contact Past Participants

The program at RSM is new. Check back for a list of past program participants. 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/12/2018 09/22/2018 TBA TBA