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Rotterdam School of Management

Rotterdam, Netherlands

With its mission to be a force for positive change in the world, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) has firmly established its reputation over almost 50 years as one of Europe’s most international and innovative business schools. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class portfolio of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage people to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers.

LOCATION

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam, Netherlands

USEFUL LINKS

student feedback

workload

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ACADEMICS

  • Carolina (Fall 2021): You have a wide range of classes to pick from (approx. 30). There's basic electives such as International Strategy and Entrepreneurship, but also courses for people interested in Finance, Marketing, Innovation, HR, etc. 

  • André (Spring 2015): Courses were average, but business project was excellent - and auxiliary activities (team coaching etc) were first class.

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WORKLOAD

  • Carolina (Fall 2021): Workload can be high, but super doable, I personally found the 1st semester at Nova worse. I think the content is not hard, but you do usually have a big group project in each one. Pro tip: CEMS Courses are less work that elective courses, and they are worth more credits.   

  • André (Spring 2015): Average - signficantly lighter than Nova

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CITY LIFE

  • Carolina (Fall 2021): Super fun, amazing restaurants, great places to go out if you like bars or if you also like nightclubs. There is always something going on somewhere. 

  • André (Spring 2015): Amazing, full of culture and life. Small city, bike/walk everywhere. Amazing jazz festival in July (North Sea)

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CEMS Life

  • Carolina (Fall 2021): Super active CEMS Club who is always making cool events (Pancake Boats, trips to Paris and Dublin, pubcrawls, Cantus, etc). The cohort was also close. 

  • André (Spring 2015): Tight knit community, did everything together in a gang of 20 or 30 :)

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HOUSing

  • Carolina (Fall 2021): You need to look in advance. In my opinion the best zones to live are Kralingen or the Center. Usually is 550 - 700 euros. I got housing student housing from uni and it was 5 minutes biking from the campus and I paid 450.

  • André (Spring 2015): Average - but way better than Portuguese standards

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PRIce of one beer

  • Carolina (Fall 2021): A beer 0.5l is 5 - 6 euros 

  • André (Spring 2015): Not expensive - pint was 3€ at that time

testimonies

André (Spring 2015)

Do it - best semester of my life

Carolina (Fall 2021)

Workload is doable, Rotterdam is such a fun metropolitan city. The cohort is super close and the CEMS experience there is great. I loved doing my exchange there.