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Study Abroad Office

Erasmus University

Area: International Business Exchange
Location: Rotterdam
Country: Netherlands
Term: Spring
Website: Erasmus University Exchange Program

The UofSC exchange program at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University is designed to expose students to Dutch life and culture and international business practices. The program is located in Rotterdam, a diverse city in the southwest of Holland with a population representing more than 160 nationalities. Rotterdam has been a hub of international trade and commerce for centuries and is home to many multinational and local enterprises. Over the past 40 years, Rotterdam School of Management has firmly established its reputation as one of Europe's leading business schools and is included in the 1% of schools worldwide with Triple Crown accreditation. The program at RSM offers a diverse array of courses within the International Business Administration (IBA) program

Category: 1, no foreign language proficiency requirement, all courses taught in English

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: junior standing; International Business major

Students pay in-state tuition/fees to UofSC and housing fees to RSM. RSM suggests the following cost of living estimates for a period of 4 months: €250 for the residence permit, approximately €4,000 for living expenses (includes housing), approximately €160 for health insurance, and approximately €250 for books and materials. Entertainment costs will vary by student.

Students earn a minimum of 15 ECTS and a maximum of 30 ECTS per trimester, which are roughly equivalent to 7.5 and 15 USC credits. Students are also able to take one course in any other department, except for Medicine and Economics. To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

This program does not offer organized excursions, however exchange students at RSM have the opportunity for individual travel.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Study Abroad Office for more details. Additionally, international students in the Netherlands are required by law to have adequate health insurance. Students can purchase insurance from a Dutch provider for approximately 40€ per month or show proof of adequate coverage carried by another policy. 

Accommodation can be pre-arranged with the "Stichting Studentenhuisvesting Rotterdam " housing agency. 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. 

The RSM academic calendar is divided into three Trimesters: Trimester 1 (September to November or December), Trimester 2 (January through March), & Trimester 3 (March through June). IB students will attend RSM during the spring semester (Trimester 2 & 3).

RSM holds an Integration Program for exchange students in the 1st week of Trimester 2 which includes a field trip, workshops, and other activities. Exchange students are also assigned "buddies", local students who will help them get acquainted with the university, the city of Rotterdam and acclimating to their new environment. The Erasmus Student Network offers activities, events, city trips, and also airport pickup service for all international students.

Exchange students who are US citizens do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands but they will need to apply for a residence permit. A residence permit is a document that states your identity, your nationality, and your right to reside in the Netherlands. RSM will help you apply for this permit which costs approximately 250€. 

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