Next to your faculty's orientation programme (your faculty will invite you!), the Eureka Week - the official introduction week of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - and ESN's Introduction Days, we also offer orientation activities that will help you settle in as a new international student in Rotterdam with a jump start!
There are multiple activities for which you can sign up.
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) organises a free-of-charge pick-up service from Schiphol Airport Amsterdam at the beginning of every semester. We have our own meeting point at the airport, where you'll be welcomed. Our buses will then drop you off at the Woudestein campus or, if so arranged, at the Erasmus Medical Centre, the Student Hotel, the StayOkay hostel or at your accommodation rented through SSH.
For more information about the Pick-up service, check out the Pick-up service page.
Every summer in August / September, the Language & Training Centre organises the Dutch Language Course.
The main part of the programme is the Dutch crash-course, which is for beginners only with a basic knowledge of the English language. The target level of this course is A1. After finishing this course you will be able to:
- answer and ask simple questions;
- use simple phrases and sentences;
- write a short email;
- understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences.
Would you like to take care of practical matters before classes start? Such as registering at the City Hall and opening a bank account? Then you are in luck! Every year, One Stop Shops* are organised where you will be able to take care of this.
Check all information regarding the One Stops Shops on the One Stop Shops webpage. Register through the form below on this page.
*not applicable to ISS students. You’ll be informed by ISS staff on this matter.
- 22 January (09.00 - 16.00 hrs), location: Tinbergen Building H17-18 en H17-07
- 14 February (09.00 - 12.30 hrs), location: Tinbergen Building H17-10 en H17-18
Every semester new international students are cordially invited to attend the Official Welcome. This year's ceremony will take place on 24 January 2019 at 17.30 hrs (doors are open from 17.00 hrs). The Official Welcome consists of two parts:
- During the formal part of the ceremony, speeches will be held by Rector Magnificus prof. dr. Rutger Engels and the president of ESN-Rotterdam. You will even get to meet Desiderius Erasmus himself! The ceremony will conclude with a fun performance.
- Afterwards, during the informal reception organised by ESN-Rotterdam, you will have the opportunity to meet fellow international students while enjoying good music and Dutch snacks.
The Official Welcome Ceremony is usually happily received by our internationals, and we hope to see you there! Register through the form below on this page.
- Doors open: 17.00 hrs
- Start Ceremony: 17.30 hrs
The EUR Buddy Programme aims to help new students set up their own social network from the day they arrive in Rotterdam. Would you like some help with practicalities or integration? Don't hesitate to request an EUR Buddy!
Your EUR Buddy will help you to start your (student) life in Rotterdam. You could, for example, get assistance with finding supermarkets, doctors, registration at the city hall and many other practical matters. Your EUR Buddy can also help you on a more social level, introducing you to new people and activities organised all over Rotterdam.
Erasmus Student Network
The EUR Buddy Programme is linked to Erasmus Student Network (ESN). ESN creates an international community in Rotterdam of cultures from all over the world and promotes the integration into the Dutch culture.
You can request an EUR Buddy on the EUR Buddy Programme Website.
Are you new in town and do you want to learn more about Dutch culture and Dutch history?
On 13 February we organize a fun lecture in which you can learn more about the Netherlands from PhD candidates Femke Vandenberg and Pieter van den Heede. After the lecture drinks and snacks will be served! Sign up here!
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*Nothing to see? Then we're probably well on our way into the semester and you're hopefully all settled in and enjoying your time. Not the case? Feel free to reach out to us!
These activities are arranged at the beginning of every semester, just upon your first arrival in Rotterdam. When signing up, please keep in mind that you have to sign up for every event individually.