Below you can find the frequently asked questions. However, if you still have any questions after reading them, do not hesitate to contact us!
This year, the Eurekaweek will take place between Monday the 19th of August and Thursday the 22nd of August, 2019.
No! The Eurekaweek is the official introduction week of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and has nothing to do with an initiation ("ragging" /"hazing"). You won’t have to do anything you don’t want to!
As a participant, you will be placed in a group with about 12-15 other students from the same study. Two guides, senior students from your study program, will guide you during this week and show you Rotterdam.
Of course! You can always use your own mobile phone. In addition, there is an Service Point that will be present at specific locations during the week. During the day, there is always someone of the Eurekaweek Board present there and the stand can be contacted by phone: 010-4082154 and via the guides.
No, you do not receive ECTS for participating in this week. However, the Eurekaweek is a very useful week, where you can get to know your fellow students, Rotterdam, the University, the associations and the student life much better.
- You are only allowed entrance if you are wearing an official Eurekaweek bracelet or a Eurekaweek visitor bracelet. The Eurekaweek organization will always be allowed to either deny access or remove someone from the event site.
- Before entering the event site, bags will be searched by the security.
- Participants 18 years and older wear a green bracelet. Minors wear a white glow in the dark bracelet.
- Minors are not allowed to drink or order alcoholic drinks. If they are caught, their bracelet will be cut resulting into exclusion from the Eurekaweek.
- All types of drugs (hard- and softdrugs) are strictly forbidden. This includes laughing gas capsules.
Target groups & Participants
The Eurekaweek is meant for everyone who is going to study at the Erasmus University. The participants can be prospective Bachelor, Pre-Master or Master students.
No, it is not compulsory, but it is very much advised to participate, as it a useful and nice way to get acquainted with the city Rotterdam, your fellow students (and potential future friends) and student life.
No, unfortunately it is not possible to participate in the Eurekaweek as a HBO-student, as it is organized by Erasmus University.
No, we attempt to place every participant in groups with students who are in the same year of their study. Furthermore, we'll also try to match you with guides who have followed the same programme, so that they are able to tell you everything about your study.
Definitely! Eurekaweek is much more than just a sightseeing tour of Rotterdam. Besides the city of Rotterdam, we mainly focus on discovering the university/institution, the possibilities available to you during your study time, and getting to know your fellow students.
Yes absolutely! You will get to know lots of nice spots in Rotterdam. We would recommend you to find a place to sleep to make sure that you don't have to take the last metro or train. You'll find more info on sleeping here.
Of course, you are free to do whatever you want: nothing is compulsory during the week. However, it is recommended to take part in as many activities as possible. In this way, you are able to experience the most and have the most fun!
Registration is through our website. The moment we receive your payment, you're automatically enrolled. Registrations open on May 1st.
Het inschrijven gaat via deze website. Zodra de betaling bij ons binnen is, ben je automatisch ingeschreven. De inschrijving is geopend vanaf 1 mei.
It is possible to sign up for the Eurekaweek 2019 till the 9th of August 2019.
Costs & Payment
The costs for participating in the Eurekaweek are €72,50. This includes lunch, evening meals and access to all the events in the program, but excludes overnight accommodation at the Erasmus University. If you want to sleep at the university, we will charge you €97,50. See sleeping for more information.
There are multiple ways to pay for the Eurekaweek. All students can pay with Paypal or credit card and Dutch students can also pay with iDeal. You can indicate your preferred method during your registration.
You can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 1st of August. We'll criticize you're request and after our approval you can contact Paylogic.
If you prefer to, of course this is possible. But you should be aware that the student associations also offer an interesting evening program, which starts at 10/11 pm. If you do not want to miss out on the parties, it is wise to sleep at the university or find another place to stay within the city. For more information about possibilities for sleeping, click here!
You can sleep on the Woudestein campus of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). You can arrange this when you subscribe for the Eurekaweek. However, during the day, the sports center is used for sports activities, which means that you have to leave the center before 10 am.
Please note: Think carefully whether you want to stay overnight at the Erasmus University before you buy a ticket. If you change your mind after you bought a ticket, you’ll have to inform us before the 1st of August in order to get the money for overnight accommodation reimbursed. The reimbursement will take place after the Eurekaweek, meaning that it will take some time before the money is transferred back into your bank account.
If you would like to know what the life in a real student house is like, or if you don’t want to sleep on the campus, you can arrange a place to sleep in one of the student houses of Rotterdam. Sleeping at a student house doesn’t mean you have to become a member of a student association! Click on this link for more information about sleeping at a student house.
If you subscribe for the Eurekaweek, we will offer lunch and dinner everyday. Breakfast will be offered on Tuesday to Friday.
If you want to enjoy a vegetarian meal, inform the kitchen when you arrive at the dinner location.
If you have an allergy or some other dietary restrictions (e.g. no pork, halal, etc.), you should inform us in advance. We will then try to arrange something for you.
The student associations offer very interesting evening and night-time programs. Besides this, they give guided tours of their society during the Open House and they present themselves during various parts of the programme. You will also enjoy diner at the students associations.
No, this is of course your own choice. During the week the student associations will present themselves. It is possible to become a member during the Eurekaweek, after this week this isn’t possible anymore.
No, the introductions of the student associations are the week after Eurekaweek.
Study associations will present themselves on numerous occasions during the week, such as the Campus day. They also cook dinner for students on different evenings during the week.
You definitely aren't obliged to join the study association of your faculty. However, they organise various parties, social drinks, study trips and other activities. This is not only educational and fun, but also a great way to get to know some of your fellow students. Moreover, many study associations provide discount on books and study material.
No, the study associations have their own introduction periods, which are usually in the weekends before or after the Eurekaweek.
Sports clubs & Cultural associations
All sports clubs and cultural associations will present themselves during the Eurekaweek.
What to bring to the Eurekaweek
If you are not a resident of Rotterdam yet and you are sleeping at the university or at one of the students associations, it is useful to bring the following basic items:
- Cash money, ID card, debit card, insurance card
- Charged OV-chipcard (public transportation card) to be able to use public transport. For more information, click here
- Sleeping mattress (when you are sleeping at the university there will be a mattress ready for you).
- Sleeping bag
- Sportswear, for the sports workshops
- Shoes in which you can walk a whole week (and dance of course!)
- Umbrella and/or rain coat (of course the weather will be beautiful, but you never know…)
- Last but not least bring your good mood!