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bachelor guide

Year one

for Economics and Business Economics & ibeb students

Academic year 2013-2014

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Fore word Jolien Paalman President Economic Faculty association Rotterdam

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‘As a student of the Erasmus School of Economics a world of opportunities is opening for you’

Dear STUDenT, you are at the start of a new and exciting period in your life. as a student of the erasmus School of economics a world of opportunities is opening for you. In your time as a student you will acquire a broad knowledge and skills that will prepare you for your further career. Being a student also comes with a lot of questions and choices. How can I find a room to live in, where can I buy my books, what does rotterdam have to offer me? Therefore, the economic Faculty association rotterdam (eFr) has prepared this

guide to provide you with a helping hand in your studies. In this guide you can find information on topics ranging from university facilities to an overview of the content of your studies. We hope this guide helps you to meet your ambition during your studies. I wish you all the best during your first year! Jolien Paalman President EFR-Board 2013-2014

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00 Contents 01 Year Calendar


02 First week at EUR


2.1. Getting started ESE Take-off Tutorials Guidance Books Study associations Student associations 2.2 Information access Login portal MyEUR Blackboard Osiris SIN-Online Webmail ESE Newsletter Good to know

03 During Block 1 3.1 Facilities Sports Cultural facilities Personal development EFR Food & Drinks Other facilities



04 Exams


4.1 Exam preparation Registration for exams Where to study? G-building Extra help to pass your exams Calculator


4.2 After Exams Exam results Compensation rules Calculation of weighted average Quitting your studies


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Preparations for the third bachelor year Where to go with your questions?

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Second year jobs Subscription for bachelor 2 during the holidays BSA negative?



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Year calen der 01

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01 Year calender block 1

 September–  october

efr-committee application

 September


1 –  october

block 2

 october – 1 december


1 december – 1 december

cHristmas HolidaYs

 december –  January

block 3

 January – 1 March


 February – 1 March

block 4

 March –  april

easter WeeKend

1 – 1 april


 –  april

block 5

 april – 1 June

KinG’s daY

 april

ascension daY

 May


 –  June


1 – 1 June


1 – 1 July

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2.1 getting started ese take-off


During the first day at university you will participate in the eSe Take-off. This is a day that shows you the university and tells you something about the upcoming period. you are obligated to attend this Take-off, as it is part of your first year. Part of the eSe Take-off is a math test. This test contains questions about the math you are supposed to know from your high school. your time schedule will be announced after the eSe Take-off. This schedule will automatically appear in SIn-online (My Timetable), there is no need to contact the school.

It is recommended to buy your books before the start of every block. It is possible to buy your books at the economic Faculty association rotterdam (eFr). registered members will get a discount on their books.

tutorials During your first and second year you will follow tutorials (lessons in small groups). For these tutorials you are obligated to attend at least 70%. If you do not attend at least 70%, your grades for the exam and resit are not valid. If personal circumstances affect your ability to be present during the tutorials you can contact a study adviser. If your weighted average grade in your first year is 7 or above, you will obtain an exemption for attending your tutorials in your second year.

study associations Study associations are operated by students and they are there to provide services for students. If you become an active Member of a study association, you and your committee will be actively involved in organising career, academic or social events. If you are not an active member you can still benefit from the wide range of activities the association organises, e.g. you can buy your books at a discount and participate in events. The study association for eSe students is the eFr.

student associations During the eUreKa week you probably came in contact with student associations. These associations give you the opportunity to extend your social network and join a committee. Student associations are not related to your studies and consist of students of different schools.

Guidance another part of your first year is the guidance class. you are not allowed to miss any of these classes. During these classes your mentor will help you with your transition from high school to university. If you have any problems or questions, you can always ask your mentor for help. bachelorGuide year one 9

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2.2 Information systems Login portal MyEUR This is a single sign-on access to all information systems ( You can log in with your ERNA ID and password, which were sent to you by post. Your ERNA ID consists of your student ID (six digits), followed by two initials and the suffix @eur. nl, for example The homepage will show you the headers of the last ten SIN-Online messages, Blackboard announcements and official results in Osiris. For access to Blackboard, SINOnline or your webmail box, click on the link at the bottom of the concerning box. Furthermore, you will find useful study related links and the last five messages of your webmail (university mail).

Blackboard This website contains the course contents, such as course announcements, course information, course documents (presentation slides, articles), assignments, discussion boards, etc. The most important windows on the homepage of Blackboard (My Institution tab) are ‘My Announcements’ and ‘My Courses’. At the end of your course some professors publish the grades of your exam here. Note that those are always ‘preliminary’ grades. Only your grades in Osiris count as your final grades.

Osiris Whenever you want to see your final grades or register for written examinations you will use Osiris. In the homepage you click on ‘my results’ to see your official results or on ‘register’ to register for written exams (see requirements 10 bachelorGuide year one

& examinations for more information). Only the grades that are published here will be final and appear on your transcript.

SIN-Online In SIN-Online you can find information about the course guide, your personal timetable, subscription to channels/courses, registration for tutorials, messages, online questionnaires, non-course channels (mentor groups, study associations), attendance registration, preliminary grades, etc. Furthermore, under ‘Staff ESE’ an entire list of all professors teaching at ESE can be found, including their room, phone number and email. If you would like to receive information on your mobile phone about your grades or last-minute cancelations of classes you can click on ‘config/ settings’ and check the box ‘grades & messages via SMS’ and fill out your phone number. On the main page you will find all your active courses. When you are able to register for exams, an ‘exam’ button that directly links to Osiris will appear.

Application for your smartphone In the app-store you can download a SIN-Online app for free. This app allows students easy access to their relevant timetable, messages, folder and grades.

24EUR7 All formal university communication will be sent to your EUR e-mail address. 24EUR7 is the portal for e-mail, but also a digital agenda, data storage and online Word Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote applications. 24EUR7 can be reached through MyEUR. More information can be found on

ESE Newsletter

Good to know

How to address professors and faculty members: p Use university webmail, if possible. p Add a meaningful subject line. p Start your email with “Dear (Professor) Lastname� p Briefly and politely state the reason why you are emailing. p Finish politely and do not forget to include your full name and student number. p Read over your e-mail before sending it.

It is recommended to read this newsletter each month, as it contains useful information. The ESE Newsletter is sent to you via e-mail and can be found on SIN-Online. bachelorGuide year one 11

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3.1 facilities sport

erasmus Sport erasmus Sport provides various sport possibilities. In the S-building you can enjoy different kinds of sports as: boxing, karate, dancing, aerobics, etc. To use the sport facilities you need a valid sports card. you can acquire this card in the S-building or online through the erasmus Sport website. In September, first-year students are allowed to participate in the sports programme free of charge in and around the Woudestein Sports Centre. all additional information about sports and training can be found on:

cultural facilities

Studium Generale & erasmus cultuur Studium Generale & erasmus Cultuur organise lectures, debates , cultural activities and courses and workshops on scientific, social and cultural issues. Furthermore they offer tickets for concerts, theatrical, comedy and dance productions with student discounts.

courses and workshops:

acting p acting (acting, Theatresports) p audiovisual (Indesign, Photoshop, Prezi) p Dance (Classical ballet, Modern dance) p Fine arts (anatomical Drawing and Modelling, Drawing and Painting, Fashion design)

p Music (Guitar Lessons, Pianocard, Sax in the City and others) Student societies: p Studentorchestra MajeUr p erasmus Student Choir p erasmus Dance Society p Symphony orchestra rJSo p Student Theater Society rISK For more information about courses, student societies, performances and lectures, please visit the website: language courses The Language and Training Centre can provide you with expertise for language testing and offers many language courses. The eFr offers discounts for the beginners course in Dutch in the october period. evening classes evening classes start three times a year, in october, January and april. The classes consist of ten group lessons and a final exam. Most of the courses are held on the Woudestein Campus. intensive courses p Dutch (January and august) p english (august) p Spanish (august) on-line courses In addition to the regular study programme, the bachelorGuide year one 13

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Language & Training Centre now also offers the online programme Tell Me More, via which you can independently learn a language. The Language & Training Centre sells licenses with which you can learn one or two languages during a year. For more information about language courses at EUR, check:

Personal Development

EFR With over 4500 members, the EFR is one of the most active and most professional faculty associations in the Netherlands. Becoming a member of the EFR will give you a lot of advantages. You can buy your books for a better price than in the Studystore, and you are able to participate in various activities. As a first year student you can also join a committee. Participation in a committee is great for your personal development and of course for your resume. The application deadlines for committees are September 8 th and in June. If you decide not to become an Active Member you can still benefit from all the activities EFR organises, for instance you get a discount on the EFR-Ski Trip and EFRCity Trip. For more information go to Study Skill courses Besides language courses, the Language and Training Centre offers several study skill courses to develop yourself: p Presenting your thesis p Effective studying 14 bachelorGuide year one

p Teamwork & team-building p Mindmapping p Exam preparation p Planning your study p Conflict management and negotiations p Meeting techniques p Presentations skills p Writing in English p Academic writing p Business writing For more information visit the website: Cum Laude Cum Laude is a special status you achieve if your grades are high enough. Cum Laude: The weighted average of first obtained valid grades is at least 8.25 and the thesis is graded at least 8.0. See page 19 for the calculation of the weighted average. Summa Cum Laude: The weighted average of first obtained valid grades is at least 9.0 and the thesis is graded at least 9.0. Bachelor Honours Class The Bachelor Honours Class is designed by the Erasmus School of Economics to provide an extra challenge in addition to the regular curriculum to excellent students. Participating students follow intense and interactive guest lectures by experts in the fields of science, business and politics concerning various current economic issues. The Honours Class starts in the first bachelor

year and covers two full years. Access to the programme is restricted in order to guarantee exclusivity. The top 10% students over the first two blocks are invited to write a motivation letter and an essay. From these letters and essays, the best students are invited for an interview. Upon successful completion of the programme you earn 12 ECTS and receive a certificate of participation. Furthermore, students who excel during the programme will receive a letter of recommendation from the Dean of the Erasmus School of Economics.

Erasmus Honours Programme (EHP) The Erasmus Honours Programme is a university wide, highly ambitious programme, designed especially for the most talented second year students of the EUR. Distinguished professors from all EUR Schools challenge the EHP students to go beyond the limits of their own discipline. There are two Honours Programmes running simultaneously: the Dutch and the English Honours Programme. The programmes start in January and end in July. You can be a candidate for a place in one of the Erasmus Honours Programmes if you have completed your first bachelor year within one year and if you achieved a (weighted) average score of at least 7.5. For more information regarding participation go to:

a Letter of Recommendation by the Rector Magnificus.

Foods & Drinks

Foodplazas Range: varied selection of sandwiches, hot and cold snacks, other lunch items, drinks and hot meals. p Foodcourt (L-building) p De Etude (H-building) p The Company (T-building) p Erasmus Sport Café (S-building) p Erasmus Pavilion Coffee corners Range: Different flavours of coffee, fresh juices, sandwiches, crisp salads and panini. H-building, V-building, T-building, C-building, L-building Other facilities p De Smitse p Student bar and café in T-building p Starbucks Maria’s Cantina Self service restaurant, J-building – ground floor Grand Café Siena and De Etage are available for group reservations.

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4.1 Exam preparation Registration for exams You can register yourself for exams starting from 35 days in advance until 7 days before the exam. You register by going to SIN-Online. All the way down the page you will be able to see ‘exam’ behind each of your courses. By clicking on the button, you will automatically go to Osiris. Here you can register yourself. If you forget to register for your exam, you have to go to the ESSC in the E-building. There you can subscribe at a costs of € 13.50 per exam. This is possible until 2 working days before the exam. In the two days before the exams you can still subscribe at the Information Desk at H6-02 or through, but then the costs are € 50. It is even possible to subscribe after your exam. On the same day of your exam you have to go to to the Information Desk and register. If the examination ends after opening hours of the Information Desk, registration will be accepted the day after. This service is available at the Information Desk during opening hours. If you wish to acquire this service through the ESE Webshop then this must be done no later than midnight of the same day that the service was available at the Information Desk

Where to study?

University Library If you have trouble concentrating when reading or doing your homework, go study in the library! There are plenty of places in the library to sit and read. There are also computers available to work

on. You can use them by logging in with your ERNAname and password. A list with the currently available computers can be found here: When working on projects with 2 to 5 persons, you can book project rooms. You have to book a room in advance, which can be done here: project_rooms H-Building Another place to study is the H-building where you will find computer rooms on the T-floor. Here, every ESE student can log in to the computers. However, check if the room is not booked for a tutorial or exam during the period you want to work there. G-building Lastly, you can also work in the G-building. On the ground and first floor there are plenty of computers to work on. Here you can see if there are places available: Moreover, you can reserve meeting rooms where you can work with a minimum of three and a maximum of thirteen people. Nearly all of these rooms are equipped with a pc. At the desk at the first floor (G1-39) reservations can be made, up to 30 days bachelorGuide year one 17

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in advance. Reservations can also be made by telephone (010-4082484), or by email (studiezalen@ When you pick up the key, the student cards of all the users of the room must be handed in. It is also possible to borrow a whiteboard, eraser and markers against a deposit of € 10,00.

Extra help to pass your exams

Podcasts Podcasts are available for several courses on the ESE website. students/bachelor_students/webcasts/) and for some courses also on Blackboard. These podcasts can help to pass your exams. Keep in mind though that podcasts do not replace lectures! Studyboost Studyboost offers extra lessons to small groups of students. There are 8 lessons of 1.5 hours, which are offered during the last 5 weeks of the block, twice a week. Studyboosts are usually offered in Dutch, but if enough non-Dutch speaking students apply, an English Studyboost course will be offered. Participation in a Studyboost programme will cost you € 275. Visit for more information. Slimstuderen and SIR Another good way to help prepare for exams is buying summaries of the books and/or lectures.

Slimstuderen offers summaries of your books and SIR of the lectures. Both organisations only offer them in Dutch. The EFR offers discounts on the summaries for members. More information:

Calculator For some of the exams you will need a calculator. There are rules concerning the use of these calculators. These are the only types of calculators you may use: FX-82SX Plus (Casio), FX-82MS (Casio), FX-350MS (Casio), TI-30Xa (Texas Instruments) and TI-30XS Multiview (Texas Instruments). Note: Not for every course you are allowed to use a calculator. The lecturer of the course will inform you whether the use of a calculator is allowed.

4.2 After Exams Exam results The results of your exams can appear in many forms, by sms, on Blackboard, SIN-Online and Osiris. In the end the final grade will always be in Osiris. Grades communicated through other channels are only preliminary. The exam results will normally appear within 3 weeks after your exam.

Compensation rules If you failed a course you might be able to compensate it within its cluster. The courses are divided into three clusters. If your average in the total cluster is higher than a 5.5, and no more than one of the grades is between the 4.5 and 5.5. You will still get your ECTS for the compensated course. For more information: information_for/students/bachelor_students/ compensation/

Calculation of average If you calculate your weighted average you have to take into account the amount of ECTS per course. An 8-ECTS course counts twice as heavy as a 4-ECTS course.

Quitting your studies If you discover that you do not like your studies as much as you thought, you can decide to quit. You can do this any time, but there are some dates to keep in mind. If you quit before the first of October, and cancel your registration in Studielink, the year will not count as a study year. If you quit before the first of February, you do not have to pay back your ‘studiefinanciering’ (study financing). Also you will not get a BSA, either negative or positive. This means that you are allowed to start again with the same study the next academic year. If you decide to quit during the academic year you can also get a refund of your tuition fee. You get a refund of the amount that you did not use. So if you attended 3 months of college, you will get a refund of 7/10 th of the tuition fee. bachelorGuide year one 19

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5. Block 2, 3, 4 preparations for the Binding study advice During your first academic year you are required to acquire all your 60 eCTS to continue studying. The examination Board will issue a provisional advice twice during the first year of enrollment. Some things to be aware of: p If you do not meet your attendance requirement of tutorials you are not allowed to take the exam, which will make it impossible to get 60 eCTS

p In order to go on exchange outside of europe during bachelor 3 you need an average of 7 or higher on the moment of application (see Bachelor 2 Guide for more information)

Where to go with your questions? When you have questions there are several places where you can go to for answers.

where to go?

For what?


everyday questions about your new study environment, study skills or practical matters.

teacHinG assistant

Questions related to your course.

information desK of tHe edUcation serVice centre

almost all questions about the programmes, regulations, or problems related to the eSe.


Questions unrelated to your programme, but related to studying, like administration problems, problems with Studielink, tuition fee, student cards, etc.

stUdY adVisers

advice and guidance regarding your study progress. For instance, compensation rules, study delay, study planning, functional impairment , personal circumstances, etc.

stUdent coUnsellor

Personal situations, like disease, handicap, top-level sports, housing and your financial situation.

UniVersitY psYcHoloGist

resolving problems that inhibit you from focusing on your studies.

asK erasmUs

online database for Frequently asked Questions.

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Mentor Your mentor will be able to help you with questions regarding your first year and regarding your obligations. You can ask him/her anything about your new study environment, study skills or practical matters. Teaching Assistant If you have a question regarding the content of your current course, for example if you do not understand a certain formula or line of reasoning, you can contact your TA (Teaching Assistant, the person who teaches your tutorials). This is usually done via e-mail, or by going to the TA’s office during his/her office hours. The e-mail address and office location/hours are given by the TA at the beginning of the first tutorial and can be found in the course guide for that course on SIN-Online (click on the course under “My Channels” at the homepage of SIN-Online). Education Service Centre (ESC) Students of the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) can turn to the Information Desk with their general 22 bachelorGuide year one

questions about the programmes and rules of ESE. You can reach the Information Desk at H6-02 or via the telephone number +31 (0)10 4081380. If the Information Desk is not able to answer your question, you will be referred to the person or department who can answer your question, for example a Study Adviser. Erasmus Student Service Centre (ESSC) You can contact the ESSC for information that is not related to your study programme, such as information about student administration, registrations, counselling, your legal position as a student and information about financing (insurance, scholarships etc.). For more information go to the website of the ESSC : It is also possible to go to the ESSC itself with your questions. The ESSC is located in the hall of the E-building and is open Mondays to Fridays from 09.30 to 16.00 hours. The ESSC can also be contacted by phone: +31 (0)10 408 2323

Study Advisers For more specific information, you can contact the Study Advisers to get advice about your study programme. The Study Advisers can give you advice and guidance concerning: p The study programme p Compensation regulations p Study planning, study progress and study delay p The Binding Study Advice p Individual arrangements in case of illness, personal circumstances and top sport p Writing a request to the examination board For the contact information and names of the Study Advisers, visit: education/study_advisers/ Student Counsellors (studentendecaan) Student counsellors offer advice, assistance and information regarding: p Personal matters or problems p Student grants and loans p Financial support p Social security p Housing p Assistance in appeal proceedings p Selection of a course of study, scheduling, motivation, sitting of exams, transfer from one course programme to another p Top-level sports p Functional impairment: students who have a functional impairment that impedes their study can contact a student counsellor to help them arrange the necessary facilities/accommodations

short questions, not for making appointments. Appointments can be scheduled by phone on 010 408 2323 or in person via the ESSC. professional/counsellors/ University Psychologists The aim of the university psychologists is to help students resolve problems that inhibit them from focusing on their studies. Scheduling an appointment can be done by phone on +31 (0)10 408 2323 or in person via the Erasmus Student Service Centre professional/psychologists/ Ask Erasmus Ask Erasmus is an online database where a lot of frequently asked questions have been posted and answered. You can also send new questions which will be answered and posted in the database. The link to ask Erasmus is:

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6. Block 5 Second year jobs At the end of the year you can apply for different jobs in your second bachelor year. Student assistant If you liked specific courses and obtained high grades, you can try to become a student assistant. There are two types of student assistants. The first is Teaching Assistant (TA), which are the students that teach the tutorials. The other type is students that help assisting ESE or EUR staff. Becoming a student assistant is a very useful experience and you even get paid for it. Regularly check SIN-Online for openings and the application procedure. Mentor You can apply for a position as mentor. In order to become a mentor it is beneficial to have obtained good grades and to act pro-active. iBuddy Each year the ESE accepts students from all over the world for the IBEB-Programme. You can become an iBuddy to help the freshmen, provide them with correct information, guide them to the right parties, introduce them to all social activities and enhance the international network of the ESE. Application for this programme starts in the beginning of April. Go to for more information. Ambassador Ambassadors are students who provide information about their study programme to

prospective students. Every year 40 Ambassadors of different studies are active within the ESE. As ambassador you will represent the ESE at numerous extension activities and study fairs, both at the EUR and at different locations throughout the country. You can apply for the ambassadorship by filling in the registration form on

Subscription for bachelor 2 during the holidays If you passed your first year and want to continue with your second year, you have to subscribe again via Studielink. This is called re-enrollment (herinschrijving). You can start the registration for your second bachelor year in June and finalise it, however it will only be definitive until you received a positive BSA. Your re-enrollment has to be approved by the university before the first of September. Notice that a delayed subscription or payment of the tuition fee will have negative consequences for your study financing, right on free public transport and you will be blocked in all EUR systems. Late re-enrollments are not accepted. In your second year you will have to subscribe yourself for all courses and tutorials. You will find your courses in the study schedule for bachelor 2. To subscribe for courses you can go to: SIN-Online and click ‘Subscribe’ in the menu on the left.

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once you have registered for your courses you can subscribe for your tutorials via SIn-online as well through clicking on ‘My registrations’ in the menu on the left.

Bsa negative? If you have obtained a negative BSa you cannot continue your studies for three consecutive years. a negative BSa for economie en Bedrijfseconomie implies a negative BSa for Fiscale economie and IBeB, and vice versa. a negative BSa for International Bachelor econometrics and operations research implies a negative BSa for econometrie en operationele research. you can start another bachelor programme, and in order to make the right decision next time you can attend a special workshop: adviesbegeleiding/trainingen/studiekeuze /

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colophon created by: economic Faculty assoction rotterdam

revision and supervision Jeroen Huisman International Officer 49th EFR-Board Marloek Hoogewoud Vice-President & Secretary 50th EFR-Board

design by: Curve Bno, Haarlem; roy Wolfs

special thanks to: Kimberley noot Wietske rowaan aleksandra Stuip Ivo arnold Studyadvisers and all the eSe professors who contributed

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‘Your personal guide to navigate you through the first year of your bachelor’s programme’

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EFR Bachelor Guide B1 2013-2014