Better education for students, by students

Students-for-Students (S4S) stimulates and facilitates students’ projects which contribute to improving the quality of education for students. S4S is funded by government resources, which are freed up by the abolition of the Dutch basic student grant (“basisbeurs”) and are now transferred directly to the universities to invest in the improvement of education. By enabling students to contribute to the improvement of their education, S4S brings these resources back to the students.

S4S initiatives

S4S has a partnership* with the following initiatives:

The S4S initiatives that currently receive support from us are:

Some inspiring examples of students-for-students projects – so-called “S4S initiatives” – are:

S4S initiatives are extra- or intracurricular educational projects, which are organized by and for students. The goal is to provide students with broadening or deepening knowledge and/or skills, which are not part of their regular curriculum.

*Existing projects with enough track record are offered an S4S partnership. Please contact if you think your project might be eligible.

Our story

The S4S Support Platform of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) originates from an initiative proposal by University Council student member Daniel Sieczkowski and is inspired by Prof. Dr. Gert-Jan Kleinrensink, who has been running a similar and tremendously successful S4S support platform at the Erasmus MC - called the “Genootschap voor Extra-curriculaire Rotterdamse Studentenprojecten (GERS)”- since many years.

  • S4S offers support so that students can set up their S4S initiatives or further develop existing S4S initiatives. The S4S Support Platform can provide the following support:

    1. Advice (for example regarding marketing or organisation of events)
    2. Practical support in kind (rooms for events, facilities, etc.);
    3. Financial support.
  • You are eligible for support if your S4S initiative fulfils the following criteria:

    1. The initiative is educational and of sufficiently high academic quality;
    2. It includes some kind of “test” on what participants have learnt from it;
    3. It differs from existing initiatives;
    4. It benefits students who are no longer eligible for a basic student grant;
    5. It has been set out in a clear and feasible action plan;
    6. The available financial resources will be used in a sensible and economical way.
  • Are you wondering whether your idea is eligible? Or do you have any other questions? Then please contact us at and we’ll be happy to help you!

Read more about the S4S partnerships and initiatives

  • Turing Students Rotterdam is part of the biggest network of student tech communities in the world, who are jointly working to change the educational system through tech. On campus, TSR is building a community of tech-leaders of the future by inspiring students through educational events, coding bootcamps and social activities. TSR enables students from all backgrounds to learn hard skills and start their career in the tech world. Read more

  • Given the rising interest from industries and students in next generation technologies, the Erasmus Tech Community (ETC) was established to raise awareness and educate students in Erasmus University Rotterdam about technology changes taking place. Read more.

  • The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship Students (ECE Students) is the official entrepreneurial association of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and a special project of Europe’s leading entrepreneurial accelerator, The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE). Moreover, ECE Students is the recognized study association of the Erasmus School of Economics’ (ESE) Master Programme; Industrial Dynamics and StrategyRead more.

  • The Research Group analyzes, criticizes and reflects on science in a highly multidisciplinary setting. Read more.

  • Education in Transition strives to transform the current education system in ways which correspond to the needs of future generations. They are a university-wide, student-led organization that advances 21st century skills, systemic change and social responsibility in all disciplines and layers of the university. Read more

  • Erasmus Public Speaking Academy aims to provide students with an opportunity to gradually grow their public speaking confidence via practising in a safe, small-group environment. Read more

  • Since asset management, and investing in general form the pillars of our current society, the Asset Management Study Association (AMSA) aims to increase the presence of the asset management industry at Erasmus University through easy-access educational media products, available to all students from any faculty. Read more.

  • Harp Logo Apollo Music

    Apollo Music recognizes the essence of art in academia. With this project, we shed light on the educative side of music by organizing different symposia and lessons from many guest speakers and professors. Furthermore, we offer a wide and social platform for students to share their passion for music by organising interactive gatherings, concerts and other social and educational events. Read more.

Our team

  • Lennon van Laar

    Project manager Students-for-Students

    Member of the EUR University Council and EUR CBE

  • Kyra Marlene Heidemanns 

    Steering board member of the Community for Learning and Innovation

  • Andreea Butnaru

    Student-assistent Students-for-Students

  • Dr. Pleunie van den Borne 

    Programme secretary Community for Learning and Innovation