UMD: A Globally Connected University

BMGT Exchange: Rotterdam School of Management

Rotterdam, Netherlands
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Rachel McCloud
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
Rotterdam School of Management is a preeminent business school, ranked highly in international rankings for management education. Full accredited, RSM has a wide range of courses, most of which are taught in English by acclaimed international faculty. Its strong connections to the corporate world ensure a practical education for local and international students alike.

Host City
Rotterdam is the hub for multinational companies in the Netherlands. As one of the largest ports in the world, the city is truly global. Rotterdam is well connected to the rest of the Netherlands and indeed the rest of Europe. Lonely Planet recently listed Rotterdam as No. 5 in their top-10 cities in the world. Students will be closely engaged with this cosmopolitan city.

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be a BMGT major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
As an exchange student, you are required to obtain a residence permit. Visit here for more information.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


Rotterdam School of Management offers courses in a range of disciplines. Students are permitted to take courses during the Fall semester (RSM’s Trimester 1) or the Spring semester (RSM’s Trimesters 2 & 3).


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at Rotterdam will be converted as follows:

RSM Credit UMD Credit
1 RSM credit 0.75 UMD credit
6 RSM credits 4 UMD credits

The credit conversion listed above was approved by the UMD Study Abroad Transfer Credit Committee on June 7, 2018.


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

RSM Grade UMD Grade
6 C-

For students who stay at RSM for 4 months for more, housing is available through SSH accommodation, a student housing service in the Netherlands. Most housing options are through shared apartment style accommodations (with individual bedrooms and shared common facilities). Other private options are available.

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Students participating in a BMGT or ENGR exchange program are not charged differential tuition. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
The Student Association offers a variety of different clubs and organizations. From finance and investment club, to charity club, to sustainability club, all students can find a club that suits their personal interests.

Counseling & Health Services

The university provides a list of accredited general practitioners for international students living near Rotterdam School of Management.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2023 09/09/2022 09/15/2022