How to prepare

When you decide to spend a study period at Erasmus University Rotterdam it is important to start preparing your stay well in time. There are many different things a student needs to take care of prior to departure. In the menu on the left you can find information about; housing, finances, visa & health insurance.

Please note that upon arrival a student needs to follow certain administrative procedures as well. For example, students need to take care of their formal enrolment at the university. They also might need to apply for a temporary residence permit, open a bank account, apply for a social fiscal number, and apply for a medical insurance. Once students have taken care of these things, they will gradually start settling in. Erasmus University offers some tips that can accelerate this process, which you can find below.


For a clarifying table with all the important information which will become available on the website you can check out the timeline.


Immigration Procedures

Most international students from outside the EU/EEA studying in the Netherlands for more than 90 days need to apply for an entry visa and/or a Dutch residence permit.



Finding a place to stay while still in your home country can be quite difficult, so we advise you to start your search for accommodation as soon as possible.


Health insurance

When you're studying in the Netherlands you're required to have a health insurance. Find out more about which health insurance suits you best.


Registration at City Hall

All international students must register at the City Hall in the city where you will live during your study at Erasmus University.