UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Semester Study Abroad Programs

Netherlands: Rotterdam School of Management

Student Life
  • Overview

    Kenan-Flagler Global Programs (KFBS semester exchanges, KFBS summer programs, and KFBS short-term immersions) are ONLY open to students who have been admitted to the major or minor Undergraduate Business Program. Pre-business students and non-business majors and minors are not eligible to apply to Kenan-Flagler Global Programs. Admission status to the Undergraduate Business Program will be verified for all applicants.

    RSM Erasmus consistently ranks among the top ten business schools in Europe. All courses at RSM are taught in English. As an exchange student, you will enroll in classes in the BSc programme in International Business Administration. The program includes students from over 80 nationalities, 60% of whom have an international background. RSM Erasmus University operates on a trimester system. You are welcome to attend during session 1 in the fall, or trimester 2 or 2 & 3 in the spring.

    *All courses are taught in English.

    Visit the program's website
    View program evaluations from past participants

    Application checklist


    • GPA Requirement: 3.00 
    • Language Prerequisite: None
    • Class during program (min): Junior
    • Language of Instruction: English
    • Non-UNC may apply? No 

    Exchange Options
    • Undergraduate Exchange: Yes Exchange Only 
    • Graduate Exchange: No

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  • Program Terms and Dates

    This program is offered during the following terms: Fall, Spring

    Program dates are generally as follows:
    Fall - Late August to Early December
    ​Spring​ - Early January to Late March
    Spring 2018 dates are January 4 - March 31

    Application Dates

    Fall 2019 Program:

    • ​​Application opens: November 1, 2018
    • Application deadline for Fall 2018: February 21, 2019
    • Notification begins: March 8, 2019
    Spring 2020 Program:
    • Application cycle opens: March 1, 2019
    • Round 1 application deadline for Spring 2019: April 11, 2019
    • Round 1 notifications begin: April 26, 2019
    • Round 2 application deadline for Spring 2019: September 5, 2019
    • Round 2 notifications begin: September 13, 2019

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  • Academics

    Credit information for KFBS students

    Students attending for the first trimester in the fall take business courses and have the option to do one of RSM's innovative minors, whose subjects have included Mergers & Acquisitions, Entrepreneurship, Chinese Business, and Strategy Consulting. More information on the minors can be found here. Students who choose to study at RSM for the spring semester may stay for one or both trimesters and study a combination of business core and elective courses, although students mostly transfer back business elective credit.

    Courses taken at the Rotterdam School of Management will transfer back to UNC Pass/Fail. Achieving a grade of 6 (out of 10) or above will transfer back to UNC as a pass course, which will not affect UNC GPA. Students who receive any grade under 6 will fail the course and an F grade will transfer back to UNC, which will affect their UNC GPA. Though transfer credit for this program is Pass/Fail, future employers and graduate schools will also look at the RSM transcript, so grades are important.

    Students participating on this program will transfer back .6 UNC credits for every 1 ECTS credit (meaning that a 6 credit ECTS course transfers back as 3.5 UNC credits), and students are expected to take at least 20 ECTS credits (worth 12 UNC credits) total during the semester. A student who earns a 6 or more in all courses will receive a total of 12-18 UNC credits for their semester abroad, depending on how many ECTS credits they take (between 20-30 ECTS).

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  • Housing

    The university's Housing Desk does its best to provide furnished accommodation for exchange students, mainly in student houses or private rooms or apartments in the city of Rotterdam. RSM works with the Stadswonen housing agency, and more information on accommodation options can be found here. It is important to note, however, that housing at RSM is not guaranteed.

    Students may also choose to arrange accommodation through a website that connects outgoing RSM study abroad students wanting to sublet their room with international students coming for the fall or spring semester. More information can be found on the HousingAnywhere site.

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  • Student Life

    Rotterdam is a cosmopolitan city, with a population of around 1.4 million. It is located about an hour train ride from Amsterdam, and about an hour train ride from Antwerp. The remarkable transportation infrastructure makes it easy to navigate the city by bike, train, tram, or underground. It is also easy to get around with limited Dutch language skills, as most people speak English. It is a diverse modern city, which is known for it's modern architecture. After being heavily bombed during World War II, the city rebuilt with a very modern twist on buildings and art. Culture abounds, with museums, dance, an international film festival, and a music hall.

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  • Budget

    Here, you will find a list and links to costs related to this program.
    Last cost update: December 2018

    We suggest you create your study abroad budget using this worksheet to help you think about your costs on this program:

    • Populate the figures from the tables below into the left side costs of attendance
    • Input your financial resources on the right

    Your customized budget sheet can help determine your current financial status, and help you understand what additional funding you may need to help make this an affordable program option.

    Cashier Billed Expenses*:

    UNC Tuition and Fees
    Take the amount on the Tuition and Fees line and divide by 2 to get your semester tuition and fees cost

    Fee UG Business major/minor
    Based on major/minor enrollment
      Study Abroad Fee $700

    GeoBlue International Medical Insurance

    *Cashier Billed Expenses are those charges billed directly to your UNC ConnectCarolina account.


    Out of Pocket Estimates**:

    International Airfare

      Meals $1,200
      Immigration Visa/Residence Permit

    Passport Application Renewal
      Course Materials $325
      International Cell Phone Plan $350
      Personal Expenses
                Travel Insurance $400
                Local Transportation $250
                Personal Travel $1,500
                Incidentals (ex. Laundry) $750
                Shopping/Souvenirs $150
                Other Personal Expenses***  
      Total Estimated Expenses: In-State  $16,085
      Total Estimated Expenses: Out-of-State $29,099

    **Out of Pocket Estimates are based on the cost of the program, which is determined by combining the average costs our previous students have spent in each of these categories, along with the costs our partner provides to us as their averages. These estimates are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations, bank fees, and individual variances in costs of living.
    ***Other Expenses: the budget worksheet also has a place for you to input other expenses outside of the out-of-pocket estimates that you may incur, such as attending concerts or sporting events.

    Funding your study abroad program

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  • Accessibility

    Please make an appointment with a Kenan-Flagler Global Programs Advisor via the Intranet if you would like to discuss this program. We work with students who are registered with the Accessibility Office or who may require certain accommodations for study abroad.

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