GUIDELINES FOR WRITING THE STUDENT REPORT Student Report Name of the University: Rotterdam School of Management Exchange semester: Fall 2014 I. PRACTICAL INFORMATION Before leaving Norway - When and how did you receive information from the exchange university, and did you encounter any difficulties? I received all my information via email. I received the tirst welcome mail in march, and the final information mail in july. In this period all the registering for courses etc is taken care of and you will always receive updated on email. So the communication was good and i didn’t experience any difficulties. Travel - How did you travel to your destination? Its easy yo get here. I travelled with plane (SAS) from Oslo to Schipol (Amsterdam). And we could register for a pick up service so when i arrived in Amsterdam i just met up with people from ESN (student organization) and then we drove in busses to Rotterdam (which is about 1 hour) and they stopped in all the different housing locations. I would recommend to use this “pick up service” if its still offered, because then you don’t have to worry about how to get to your housing location (this is if your housing is through SSH, but they stopped at some private residences as well). Housing - Was housing provided by the university? If not, did you receive support from the school? We got information about housing, but it was not provided directly by the university. But its very easy to apply. I used SSH (which is a short stay solution), and simply just reserved a room. With SSH there are different housing opportunities (Hatta building, Casa, Student Hotel, F building etc). I chosed to live in the Hatta building since this is located on campus, and i do not regert that. Costs - Approximately how much per month did you spend on rent, books, food, transportation, and other personal expenses? Rent Books Food Transport Other NOK 4700 NOK 1000* NOK 1500 NOK 3 NOK 30 *All books where bought in the beginning of the semester. So this a “one-time” payment. GUIDELINES FOR WRITING THE STUDENT REPORT Culture and language - Did you have any language problems with the faculty or other students? Lectures are held in English and the books are English as well. So its very easy to communicate with both students and teachers, as long as you speak English. Almost all of my friends were international students so i used English all the time. - How were the possibilities to experience the country and the culture? When living in Rotterdam its easy to experience other cities. There are trains going in all directions and since the Netherlands is a small country, it doesn’t take that long to travel. I visited Amsterdam a couple of times as well as Maastricht. The hauge is also a popular place to visist, as well as Utrecht. But if you really just want to see some dutch culture you can just take your bike (which i highly recommend that you buy) and its only a bike ride away. II. ABOUT THE SCHOOL Please describe: - The school (location, size, study structure, special academic areas etc.) Rotterdam School of Management is a part of Erasmus University Rotterdam and its of course located on campus (Campus woudenstein). Its a very beautiful campus in my view and its much larger than what im used to back in Norway. The campus is located near Kralingse Zoom (metro stop). There are many buildings on campus but its easy to get to know it (it just takes some days). I personally didn’t have that many lectures but you are expected to much “self-study”. The courses has assignments, presentations, tests etc so its important that you always are prepared and don’t fall behind. Course registration - When and how did you register for courses? The preliminary course registration is in mid-May. You will receive there avaialbe coruses much earlier so you have plenty of time to review the courses that you are interested in taking. The approval of coruses is received on email in mid-july. The coruse registration was online, so it was very easy. - When did the add/drop period end? Its different depending on which courses you take. But i would guess late septemebr or mid-october. Academic calendar Arrival date: First day of the semester: Last day of classes: Examination period: *Any special events/holidays: Other: 22. August 3. September 21. November End-October to beginning of December No GUIDELINES FOR WRITING THE STUDENT REPORT Arrival - Describe the introduction week You can attend to something called the ESN introduction days which is for all international students. This i three days where you get to know new students and also get to know Rotterdam better as a city. This the organized through RSM but you will receive information about it and how to register. We alsp had a integration trip which was oranizied through RSM. We spent 3 days at a hostel in Maastricht and you really get to know all your fellow exchange students. The International Office - As an exchange student, did you receive sufficient and relevant information? I didn’t experience any problem. The international office is located in one of the buildings on campus and its easy to access them. You either send an email or just go visit them on campus. Promoting BI and Norway - What kind of activities were you involved in to promote exchange to Norway at your exchange university? I was participating on an Exchange fair at campus. I was basically just promoting my home university for the people who were interested in studying in Norway. Social activities - How was the relationship with native students and that among exchange students? The dutch people are very nice and i didn’t experience any problem among native students. The relationship with the students are usually very good, since everyone wants to get new friends. - Are there any special activities, student organisations, and gatherings for exchange students? You will definetley know ESN (Erasmus Social Network). This organization have a lot of different activities during the whole semester. Some of the activitites are: nightlife, city-trips, food, music, sports etc III. ACADEMICS In the classroom - Describe the teaching style (practical, theoretical, cases/lectures, formal/informal etc.) I find the teaching style very similar in some of the courses (this is: lectures in big auditoriums). But there are also courses with fewer students and these are held in smaller classrooms. And here you are expected to participate actively and its therefore a bit different then what im used to here in Norway. So its important to always pay attention in these type of lectures. - How is the level and workload compared to that at BI? I think the workload is a bit bigger than it is at BI. You have to start with assignments (in my case) from the beginning of the semester. But its not to much, and i really felt that i could attend to whatever i wanted to (activities, events etc) as long as you plan your work according to the time table. GUIDELINES FOR WRITING THE STUDENT REPORT Course materials - Describe the course materials used (books/literature, online articles, Powerpoint, level of course material etc). All the lectures i had were held with powerpoint presentations. The course material are usually these slides, as well as obligatory literature (books). I also had a course which used online articles, which you have to find yourself by for example using Google Scholar. Exam - Was the exam based on the course materials or on the lectures? In my experience the lecture slides came in most handy when studying for exams. Its also important to look at old exams when preparing. Obviously you also have to read the books which are obligatory literature if you want to be well prepared. - How was the course evaluated (include all that apply)? o Final exam (include form: written, oral, home assignment, presentation, etc.) o Mid-term exam o Small assignments and/or papers o Presentations o Group work o Class attendance Library and technology - Describe the facilities You can find places all over campus but mainly there is a huge library which most people use. You can also use your desk at home if thas what you prefer. In the library there are computer rooms, as well as printers etc. You have access to everything here so its a good place to study. Description of courses Please list below all the courses you took while on exchange. Your comments are useful for BI and for future exchange students, include information on the qacadmic level, challenges, relevance to your studies, if the course was practical/theoretical, any enrolment issues, etc. Course code & name BKBMIN009 - Alternative investments: beyond stocks and bonds Master/ Bachelor Bachelor BAB19 - Quantitative Decision Making Bachelor BAB21 - Organizational Theory & Dynamics Bachelor Exam form Prerequisites Approved as Strategy/fin ance Comments 3-hour written ecam (60%), assignments (30%), presentation (10%) 2-hour written exam (one mid term in October, the other half in December) 3-hour MC exam (50%), Final report (50%) None None Elective Second year course 6ETCS None Elective Second year course 6ECTS Minor 15ECTS GUIDELINES FOR WRITING THE STUDENT REPORT On a final note, how will you sum up the exchange experience? - E.g. the experience from an academic, cultural and social point of view, influences to your future career possibilities etc. The 4-5 months spent in Rotterdam as an exchange student is probably on of the best experience in my life. You get to know loads of new people from all over the world and you will quickly discover some cultural differences which is interesting. Rotterdam School of Management is a good European business school and the academic experience from it is a good thing to have. You also the discover that the people you hang out with isn’t always people from your school and class, but the people who lives your student housing building. And in that way you get to know people who are not only studying business but also other students from other faculties. All in all i think my experience down here will influence my future career in a really good way.