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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No previous study
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Credit Available For: Wharton
Other Eligibility Requirements: Prior Coursework as Required by Subject Type of Program: Semester/Year Study Abroad
Housing Options: Apartment/Off-Campus, University Residence Hall/Apartment Application Deadline: Fall/Year: March 1, Spring: September 20
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

BRM LogoRotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

The Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) offers Penn students a unique opportunity to add a practical international experience to their studies. RSM is part of Erasmus University, which aims to contribute to the progress of science and the development of society. Erasmus University educates its students to become trained academics, emphasizing education on the interface of development and application of knowledge and working from an interdisciplinary approach.
For additional information, visit the Rotterdam School of Management website.
Introduction to RSM
RSM Campus Video
The City of Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a large, modern city located in the Netherlands in northern Europe. It is situated on the banks of the river Nieuwe Maas (‘New Meuse’), one of the channels in the delta formed by the Rhine and the Meuse Rivers. Rotterdam has a relatively young population providing an energetic atmosphere for the 180,000 students in the region. The overall population is approximately 610,000.  In 2014, Rough Guide placed Rotterdam as number eight in its top 10 cities, and Rotterdam has been crowned as the best city in Europe at the Urbanism Awards.

Did you know…?

Rotterdam’s historical harbor, Delfshaven, has canals and a historical vibe that you can enjoy on your time off!



The program at the Rotterdam School of Management is for Wharton students only.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Language Prerequisite: No previous study required.
Additional Course Pre-requisite(s): Prior coursework as required by subject - students should have completed at least 3-4 courses in their intended area of study prior to the semester abroad.


Language of Instruction



While in Rotterdam, students enroll in Master’s level classes and must maintain a full course load while abroad.  A full course load at the Rotterdam School of Management consists of at least 18-20 ECTS per semester (with a maximum of 30 ECTS per semester). The standard course load at RSM consists of the International Consultancy Project, a Dutch language course, and two business courses. 

All students will complete the International Consultancy Project (ICP), a consulting project carried out by a team of international students in the fields of marketing, finance, strategy, management and information management. Students work throughout the semester on the ICP with their teams in addition to taking their regular classes.

RSM - Exchange Program Overview
Rotterdam School of Management Academic Calendar
Course Catalog for Incoming Exchange Students

Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average.  The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.

Grades are reported to Penn on the Dutch scale of 1 to 10 points and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
RSM Grade Penn Grade
10 A
9 A
8 B+
7 B
6 C
5 D
4 (and below) F

Special Features

BRM Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by the Rotterdam School of Management prior to the start of each semester.  More information on RSM’s orientation activities will be sent to students after acceptance to the program.

Language Courses

Students studying at RSM are required to take a 10-week introductory Dutch course during the semester.  The language courses are offered through Erasmus University’s Language Training Center.  More information can be found here.

Buddy Program

RSM exchange students have access to a buddy system, in which they are paired with students to show them around the university and the city, and to help them out with practical matters.BRM Special Features

Student Associations

Penn students studying at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University have access to a wide range of student activities and associations. More information can be found here.


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Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

Students will be required to find private accommodation in Rotterdam and are encouraged to make use of SSH Accommodation.  SSH is a student housing agency that provides furnished rooms and apartments in Rotterdam and close to the RSM campus. Due to the high demand for semester-long housing, especially during the fall semester, RSM strongly advises students to explore additional housing options as well. 

More information regarding other housing options and accommodation in Rotterdam can be found here.

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.

Budget Sheets


Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

Next Steps

For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Rotterdam, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.