Pre Academic Programme

Create a successful start at your bachelor programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam!

The leap from high school to university can feel daunting to many first year students. It is our desire to make sure you start your university degree well-prepared. As a dedicated first-year-student, you certainly want to take every chance offered during your student days. Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) organises the Pre Academic Programme, with the theme "Master Your Future." During this inspiring training period before the start of the academic year, you will learn everything you need to start your studies well-prepared.

The Pre Academic Programme in short

Through a digital course and a concluding campus activity, you encounter a variety of themes which will help you to be a successful student.

  • Learn to study effectively and develop your ability to achieve
  • Develop personal leadership and create success
  • Get to know you fellow students and the academic culture

All in all: a perfect start of your student life at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Through digital lectures, videos, individual assignments, group assigments and two campus days, you will:

  • Develop insight in your ability to achieve and in your personal study strategy
    Curiosity and motivation are essential characteristics to study effectively! What works for you and what doesn't? How does your experience help you to find an effective study routine? Learn how you can study effectively and which characteristics you need for this. Get to know our current students and learn from their tips and tricks. Deepen your concentration and the power of repetition. Together we will form a sufficient basis for your effective studentcareer.
  • Develop personal leadership and create success
    How can you use your personal characteristics to create success? You will gain insight in your own ability to achieve and will receive tools to improve your achievements and to create success. What is it that makes you unique?
  • Get to know your fellow students and the academic culture
    Which characteristics of your study programme are essential in the academic culture? Get to know our culture so that you will feel at home at the university. Get to know fellow students (digitally) and gain experience in networking and collaborating at a high level, which is an essential skill in this dynamic and complex world.

"PAP provides in a kickstart for your studies at EUR. Besides, you will meet a lot of friends before you've even started at your study programme."

"The ideal preparation for the transition from high school to university in terms of social as well as academic skills and challenges. Essentially the more study-oriented counterpart to Eurekaweek - Don't miss it!"

"A perfect combination between fun and learning useful academic skills."


The programme is held from 29 July until 16 August. In the first two weeks, you will attend the course digitally through our online learning environment. In those two weeks, you will meet with your small group of fellow students three times in an online meeting. We conclude the programme with two days on campus (15 and 16 August).

You can register for this free-of-charge programme from May 2024 onwards.

In the first week of July, you will receive additional information to register for the three online group meetings.

Get an impression of this course through the video below.

Pre Academic Programme

At a research university, you are no longer obliged to study. You make your own choices, which is also the case in this course. However, we suggest completing the full course to increase your study success. The individual modules each have their own topic and they make up for a coherent course which tackle all requirements for success.

Your assignments will not be graded. However, we will examine whether you prepared for the group meetings by completing the individual assignments. These assignments are a valuable investment in yourself, since they will increase your chances of study success.

You will not receive credits (ECTS) for participating in this programme. To start well prepared, we recommend taking part. It is a valuable investment in yourself. Also, you will receive a certificate of attendance after completing the course, which is a great boost to your CV. To determine whether you’ll receive this certificate, we examine your effort in this programme through individual and group assignments.

This course is all about personal leadership and the preparation of your student life. We’ll teach you key elements to take your future into your own hands and increase your study success. A small part of this programme is about your specific bachelor programme, and the larger part is about you, with tips and tricks to study successfully.

In this course, personal leadership and a good preparation into your study time at EUR have a main focus. Besides essential study skills and the theory behind an effective study routine, you’ll learn how to deploy your network to create success. You’ll learn which role your own background plays in study success and how to define your own path.

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