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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Netherlands)

Over the past 40 years, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University has firmly established its reputation as one of Europe’s leading business schools.

RSM offers a distinctive intellectual culture, in which leadership is taught through a combination of intellectual and practical challenge. This distinct approach has helped RSM to establish a portfolio of top-ranked programmes, as well as one of the world’s largest and most prolific management faculties.

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50 Mandeville T5-23 (IM/CEMS Office)
Rotterdam 3062 PA
Phone: +31 10 408 8677
51° 55' 0.5664" N, 4° 31' 24.4956" E
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 CEMS Programme Manager (PM)

Gina Kim

Programme Manager, MSc International Management/CEMS and Double Degree
Phone: +3110 4088677

 CEMS Corporate Relations Manager (CRM)

Frieda Franke

Phone: +31 10 4082003 / 4082010
Fax: + 31 10 4089024

 CEMS Academic Director

Rene Olie

Academic Director
Phone: +31 10 4082001

Target of this fact sheet: Prospective CEMS students applying to MSc+MIM


Contact people for application questions
MSc International Management / CEMS The MSc in International Management/CEMS aims to develop high-quality graduates with a well-developed global mindset, in preparation for an international career in business. Who is this programme for? Talented bachelor graduates from around the globe with an ambition to pursue a great career. No previous professional experience is necessary, but candidates should be high-achieving, socially competent, and real team players. What does this programme offer? This programme is geared toward preparing you for leadership positions in the competitive international labour market. You will gain a thorough knowledge of management of international companies, practical experience through real business projects and international internships, and training in general and specialised management skills; You’ll start your career with the advantage of having learned the real-world skills of presentation, negotiation, conflict management, debating, responsible leadership, team-building and networking. All of this is done through seminars, placements, consultancy projects and case-studies, which take place at RSM and in businesses and classrooms around the world on international exchanges and internships; You will become part of a global network of alumni and corporate partners, very valuable resources in the shaping of your career path; At the end of the programme you will receive two highly ranked qualifications: RSM's MSc in International Management degree as well as the CEMS-Master in Management qualification awarded by CEMS, The Global Alliance in Management Education. RSM is one of the best CEMS schools in the FT ranking: its MSc International Management/CEMS is ranked 5th worldwide and offers an excellent start to an international management career.

 Programme Info

MSc degrees offered in combination with CEMS MIM: 

MSc International Management

Application Requirements: 

1. Eligibility
All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a research university that is comparable in level and content with a Bachelor of (International) Business Administration at RSM. Applicants who possess a university degree from a Dutch university of applied science (HBO) must first complete the RSM pre-master before starting the International Management/CEMS programme (see www.rsm.nl/premaster for more details). Students with a bachelor degree from outside the Netherlands are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of €100.

2. Grade point average
Applicants are expected to have obtained a GPA that is equivalent to at least a 7 out of 10 in the Dutch education system, which is considered to be above average. Grade point averages can be expressed differently in other education systems. Examples of acceptable GPA’s can be found on the RSM website.

Submission of a GMAT score is mandatory for most applicants. Applications without a valid and/or sufficient GMAT score will not be considered for admission to IM/CEMS. For full details, please see the Admissions and Recruitment Office's page on GMAT score requirements for RSM's master programmes: https://www.rsm.nl/admission/

3. Language proficiency
Students must have proven proficiency in two languages in addition to English. Therefore, upon application, students must submit test results for two foreign languages. For more information, please see: https://www.rsm.nl/master/msc-programmes/msc-international-management-ce...

4. Motivation and Suitability
In the online application form (OLAF) you will be asked four questions regarding your motivation. You also have the opportunity to add letters of recommendation, but these are not a required.

5. Curriculum Vitae
A CV of two pages maximum.

Application Deadlines: 

For selection for the 2019-2020 academic year: 31 January 2019

Required Documents: 

* A copy of your passport (the passport must be valid)
* A copy of your secondary education diploma and academic transcript. If the original documents are written in a language other than English, Dutch or German you will need to provide an official translation.
* A copy of your university diploma(s) and academic transcripts/records. If the original documents are written in a language other than English, Dutch or German you will need to provide an official translation. If you indicated on your application form that you have not yet completed your bachelor studies, please send us an official copy of your academic record(s) so far and provide the date you are expected to fulfill all requirements necessary for graduation. Applicants are required to have completed their bachelor programmes before 1 September. If you fail to meet this requirement will not be allowed to start their master's programme.
* A copy of your GMAT exam results. GMAT exam results can be verified online if you have given RSM permission to access your score. The institution code for all programmes is: QK8-CX-28.
* Proof of proficiency in the English Language. RSM will accept test scores from the following examinations: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge; CPE, CAE and BEC . No other English Language tests will be accepted. TOEFL and Cambridge exam results can be verified online if you have given RSM permission to access your score. Please note that we still expect you to send us a copy of the test report as part of your application package. The RSM institutional code for TOEFL is 7199. IELTS test scores can be verified online, based on the test taker number indicated in the score report.
* Applicants for the International Management/CEMS programme will also need to submit proof of proficiency in a two foreign languages, in addition to English.
* Answer the 4 motivation questions in the Online Application Form (OLAF), explaining your reasons for applying to the IM/CEMS programme.
* Your Curriculum Vitae.

Student Selection Dates: 

Selection for academic year 2019-2020
Application submission period: 15 October 2018 - 31 January 2019
Dates of interviews/assessment: 4 March 2019

Language of Instruction: 


Duration and Full-time Workload: 

Standard programme duration: 18 months full-time

Language courses: 

RSM does not offer CEMS-accredited language courses. Students may take non-accredited language courses through Erasmus University Rotterdam's Language and Training Centre: http://www.eur.nl/ltc/

Term Dates for the Master Programme(s): 

Term 1 2018-2019: 3 September - 14 December 2018
Term 2 2018-2019: 28 January - 14 June 2019

Term 1 2019-2020: 2 September - 13 December 2019
Term 2 2019-2020: 27 January - 12 June 2020

 MSc Academic Expenses

Tuition fees, Scholarships: 
Books and materials: 

 Living Expenses

Estimated monthly budget for single students:

Housing (shared)varies, average 600 euros
Transportation1 bicycle (varies, average 100 euros)
Meals & groceriesvaries per person, 300 euros
Miscellaneousvaries per person, 400 euros
Additional Expenses : 

Target of this fact sheet: Enrolled CEMS MIM Students before their term abroad

 Academic Information

Language requirement: 
Language offer: 

Courses offerings may vary per semester, check here for more info: http://www.eur.nl/english/ltc/

Minimum and Maximum Workload requirements: 

Approximately 30 ECTS per term

Exams, Grading and pedagogical principles: 

Course workload & Examinations: A fulltime workload for CEMS students at RSM is 30 ECTS per semester (16-17 weeks), which equals approximately 840 student working hours (slightly more for the spring semester, which is longer and involves the IBP). A 6-ECTS course involves approximately 6-9 contact hours per week. The remainder of the workload is expected to consist of individual study, teamwork, exam preparation time, assignment preparation, etc. Written final exams are scheduled during the official exam week at the end of each course’s block. Some courses may involve a written mid-term exam. Assessment methods for courses vary and may consist of: written or take-home exams, progress reports, in-class presentations, group performance, essays, and other assignments.Class Format & Profile Classes are a mix of (guest) lectures, case studies, interactive projects, papers, student presentations, discussion groups, workshops, and, for some courses, even excursions. Class size normally varies between 30 and 60 students. Class participation and attendance do have an effect on final grades, and are in most cases mandatory. There are several CEMS-exclusive courses, and the free electives offered are courses from the one-year specialised master programmes (such as Finance & Investments, Strategic Management, Marketing Management, etc.). Grading Grades from 1 to 10 are used in the Dutch grading system, with 1 being the lowest (worst) possible result and 10 being the highest (best). In general, grades are issued with one figure to the right of the decimal point. When rounding off these grades, results of 0.4 or lower will be rounded down, and results of 0.5 will be rounded up. Students in our exchange programmes receive their transcripts reflecting grades that have been converted from the Dutch numeric scale (0-10) to the CEMS letter grade scale.

Terms Dates
Academic YearTerm 1Term 2
Terms Dates : Details
Term 1Term 2
Nomination Period :30 April 201930 April 2019
Student Registration Period :TBATBA
Terms Dates details :2 September – 18 October 2019 (Block 1 classes in session), 28 October – 13 December 2019 (Block 2 classes in session)27 January – 6 March 2020 (Block 3 classes in session), 16 March – 24 April 2020 (Block 4 classes in session), 4 May – 12 June 2020 (Block 5 classes in session)
Welcome Day / Orientation weekWednesday 21 August 2019 (on campus)Spring Kick-Off/RGL Seminar: 22–24 January 2020
Block Seminar / Launch EventSunday 25 August - Friday 30 August 2019 (off-campus)Spring Kick-Off/RGL Seminar: 22–24 January 2020
School Vacations / Public HolidaysWinter holiday: 23 December 2018 - 20 January 2020 (* Note that Week 1, 2-3 January 2020 is an exam week and is excluded from the holiday period) Good Friday: Friday, 19 April 2019 (week 16), Easter Monday: 22 April 2019 (week 17), King's Day: Friday 27 April 2019 (week 17), Ascension: Thursday 30 May 2019 (week 22), Whit Monday/Pentecost: 10 June 2019 (week 24)
Exam Period21-25 October 2019 (Block 1 exams), 2-3 January 2020 (Block 1 re-sits), 16-20 December 2019 (Block 2 exams), 9-13 March 2020 (Block 2 re-sits)9-13 March 2020 (Block 3 exams), 28 April - 1May 2020 (Block 3 resits), 28 April - 1 May 2020 (Block 4 exams), 15-19 June 2020 (Block 4 re-sits), 15-19 June 2020 (Block 5 exams), 13-17 July 2020 (Block 5 re-sits)

 Academic Expenses

 Living Expenses

Estimated monthly budget for single students:

Housing (shared)varies, average 600 euros
Transportation1 bicycle (varies, average 100 euros)
Meals & groceriesvaries per person, 300 euros
Miscellaneousvaries per person, 400 euros
Additional Expenses : 

 Services and Facilities

Check out CEMS partner HousingAnywhere in addition to the local offers

Check out CEMS Internship Guide

Information about the city / the country: 

Train: https://www.ns.nl/en

Public transport: https://9292.nl/en/

Target of this Form: Enrolled MSc students applying to MIM at this school