With more than 45 years of experience in business and management education, Rotterdam School of Management is the international business school of Erasmus University Rotterdam. The school is located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and offers a wide range of educational programmes. At Rotterdam School of Management students can study at undergraduate and graduate level. RSM also offers executive education and PhD programmes.Show more
I am currently a first-year bachelor student (International Business Administration) and until now the experience has been disappointing for me. I have classes with over 600 people which means that I don’t have any contact with professors whatsoever. This is hard for me because students are literally just a number and no one cares about your struggles and difficulties. Because of the COVID 19 situation, all of my classes have been online, however, most classes are pre-recorded, so it is basically just looking at a video of a guy talking about theories which can get very boring. The university is not making efforts to understand the hard situation we are going through. Also, most classes are mainly theoretical, which is probably less effective that having classes that talk about real-life situations. The workload is very high which is normal for university but as you only have about 10 hours of class every week, 90 %of the studying you will be working preparing for classes, reading and studying alone, which is not the right fit for me. So far, I would not recommend this university.
The only positive points are that most professors have a lot of knowledge and are interesting. And that it is an extremely international program, so you can meet people from all over the world.View more
The first advantage of studying at RSM is that there is a very large number of internationals, in my program approximately 70% of the student body comes from abroad. Additionally, I feel like the university really allows you to choose the method of studying that you want to pursue. For example, if you like to go to lectures, then you have them almost everyday. However, if you’re more into studying directly from the book, then no need to go to lectures.
Rotterdam itself is such an underrated city. Everyone is biking, there’s a great nightlife and the average age of the city (at least near Kralingen) is super young. However, beware, it’s super hard to find accommodation.
However, I feel that the program i’m studying (International Business Administration) has too many theoretical courses that I cannot really apply in real life. But I have good news, they are tweaking the program to allow for more real-life application.
Overall I would really recommend this university.View more
The courses offered are very interesting, the university is well organized and classes have a really good mix between theoretical and quantitative subjects. Courses I especially liked were Quantitative Decision Making, and Management Accounting.View more
Classes were professionally handled with immense support by the faculties to ensure great environment to study. All the professor that taught my classes are experts in each of their field cope with extensive resources of study materials and opportunities to discuss ans interact with the whole classView more
Rotterdam School of Management surprises students at the moment of the entrance to the school. Unique atmosphere, hearty welcome and international ambience is a perfect combination of school buildings. Related to management programmes, school is specialized especially in business administration. It is a part of Erasmus University and many people from different part of the world prefer this school due to high ranking and quality. After graduation, the school offers the big network to their students for a wonderful start at their career.View more
I studied at Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) from 2010 until 2013 for my Bachelor degree. Generally said, I would recommend the university to any peers considering to go there. The university, especially the business faculty, has some great facilities. The buildings look nice and are well equipped, the cafeteria are big and offer different types of food. RSM manages to get some great professors and alumni to come and speak for the students, which comes along with the high reputation RSM maintains. As an example, one of the guest speakers during my time at Erasmus was the current CEO of Ahold, a great inspirational person to hear from. The general business curriculum with the courses included is in general a great way to start any business career and a good preparation to do a master after, either at Erasmus or any other university. Money value wise, studying at Erasmus is a great bargain, considering its reputation and all mentioned above.
There are ofcourse, as in any university, some downsides to mention. During my time and still now, there is no limit for the number of students who can join in one year. This means, during my first year, over 900 students started the business study. This is ofcourse way too much: Classes are impersonal, people are less concentrated and it is harder to follow the lecture. It has to be said that during the course of the Bachelor, lots of people quit the study meaning the classes decrease in size afterwards. However, the size of the classes is still huge compared to other universities which makes the lecture quite impersonal.
Overall I would recommend Erasmus, and in particular the business department, to everyone looking to start a business career.View more
Erasmus University, and the Rotterdam School of Management in particular, provides many resources for students to learn more about their fields of study. Many professors have great experience and are interesting to listen to. However, the overall organization of my program was not that great as there were cases when classrooms could not fit all the attendees or when grading took months. I felt that the RSM building had better facilities than most of the other schools at Erasmus, however many classes took place in the other buildings as well.View more
Overall my three years experience at RSM was great, incredibly international environment and a greta variety of courses offered. Compared to many other universities the courses are much more practical involving a number of projects with existing companies and cases regarding companies, The university also gives you (in the first trimester of your third year) the opportunity to go on exchange (during which the courses are marked as pass/fail) or complete an internship. I chose to go on exchange and it was such an incredible experience. One downside I found were that at no point you can pick your courses (all the curriculum is fixed) except for during your exchange.View more