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Prior to departure

Familiarise yourself and gather information:

  • ESSC, international contact of your own faculty

Preparation: general practical matters

  • Exchange agreement
    (free movers run through the admissions procedure of the host university; pay attention to level of courses/study, recognition of credits etc.)
  • Programme proposal (if applicable); check in advance whether the courses taken abroad can be incorporated in the Rotterdam study
  • Language fluency (Language & Training Centre)
  • Funding
  • Representative
  • Reimbursement of expenses, grants, loans
  • Student grants and loans, Student Public Transport Pass (if applicable)
  • Housing
    • Subletting
    • Rooms abroad
  • Formalities
    • Visas and work permits
    • Insurance



  • Transport
  • Vacinations
  • Driving license

On return


  • Study report and conversion proposal
  • Erasmus forms (if Erasmus grant received)

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"How about spending a semester in a fascinating country where you learn a new language, meet interesting people and discover a different culture? When I ask students this question, they are enthusiastic and eager to learn more. But often they don’t know where to start or they think it’s unaffordable. I would suggest these students to contact their International Office to explore all the options and guide you through the administrative process.  In the Practical Guide you can read all about ways to finance your exchange.

Then, once you’re at your host university, all you have to think about are the interesting courses you are going to follow and the fun you are going to have with all the other exchange students!" 


Sabaï Doodkorte
Exchange coordinator History and Culture Studies
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication