Orientation

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 offer orientation activities that will help you settle in as a new international student in Rotterdam with a jump start!

  • Soon you will be travelling the Netherlands to start your studies in Rotterdam. Due to the current circumstances there is no pick-up service from the airport this year.

    However we are happy to inform you about our alternative on how we can offer the service in a safe and responsible way.Together with ISIC (International student Identity Card) we have arranged a discounted first train ticket from Schiphol Airport Amsterdam to Rotterdam.
    On top of the discount we will subsidize 5 EUR of the ticket price, please register below and you will receive all the information on how to redeem and use your ticket.

    To prepare your travel by public transport you can download the 9292OV app. In this app you can plan your trip from door to door.

    Please do not forget to wear a mouth mask as those are obligatory in public transport!

    • Please register below to make an appointment.

      • Select airport welcome services
      • Please select date: 31-08-2020 time 09:00

      Please note this is a random date/time so that you can make the appointment.
      You will receive a confirmation with instructions how to purchase your train ticket.
      You can choose any date/time of your preference while purchasing your train ticket.

  • The Language & Training Centre of Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a Dutch beginner’s course with a considerable discount to all international students. The course leads to an official CEF-level and a certificate. The Language & Training Centre organises regular and intensive Dutch courses at various levelsDutch courses are offered four times a year (October-December / January-March / April-June / Summer). 

    For more information regarding the schedules, content and rates you can visit their website, or email ltc@eur.nl.

  • Would you like to take care of practical matters before classes start? Such as registering at the City Hall? Then you are in luck! Every year, One Stop Shops* are organised where you will be able to take care of this. The following parties will be present during all this years One Stop Shop: City Hall and Erasmus Student Network (ESN). 

    Please note: before making an appointment for the One Stop Shop, please check if you're going to live in a HVV postal zone. The If you will live there, please do not register for the One Stop Shop. You have to make a separate appointment by choosing Appointment HVV in the tool below. You can only select 09:00 o'clock in the morning. An officer from the municipality will contact you to select a time. Please also read the information below in the Special requirements postal zones tab. 

    *not applicable to ISS students. You’ll be informed by ISS staff on this matter.

    • If you have already booked an appointment at the City Hall but you wish to attend the One Stop Shop, then please cancel your appointment at the City Hall.

      It is no longer possible to pick up your residence permit at the One Stop Shop. Please make an appointment at the IND.

    • For some of the things you can arrange at the One Stop Shop, you'll need personal documents. Please check which documents are required to bring along with you to the One Stop Shop.

       

        • Original and a hard copy of your valid passport or identity card;
        • Completed and undersigned registration form from City Hall;
        • Original and a hard copy of a filled in and undersigned (can be a digital signature as well) tenancy agreement or rental contract (provided by your landlord);
        • Only in case you are subrenting: the original and a hard copy of a filled in and undersigned (can be a digital signature as well) declaration by the main occupant + a copy of his/her ID/Passport. 

        • Please note: additional for German students: If you have a new German ID card (where your sex is not mentioned) you should also bring a birth certificate and/or German passport. 
        • Original and a hard copy of your valid passport;
        • Completed and undersigned registration form from City Hall;
        • Original and a hard copy of a filled in and undersigned (can be a digital signature as well) tenancy agreement or rental contract (provided by your landlord);
        • Only in case you are subrenting: the original and a hard copy of a filled in and undersigned (can be a digital signature as well) declaration by the main occupant + a copy of his/her ID/Passport;
        • Original and a hard copy of your Dutch residence permit and/or the entry visa sticker in your passport;
        • If you are allowed to travel to the Netherlands without an entry sticker in your passport and your Dutch residence permit cannot be picked up yet, you can print the IND approval letter we sent you in Osiris, and bring a hard copy of that to the One Stop Shop instead.
        • Original and a hard copy of your valid passport or identity card;
        • Completed and undersigned registration form from City Hall;
        • Original and a hard copy of a filled in and undersigned (can be a digital signature as well) tenancy agreement or rental contract (provided by your landlord);
        • Only in case you are subrenting: the original and a hard copy of a filled in and undersigned (can be a digital signature as well) declaration by the main occupant;
        • Proof of deregistration from the Municipal Personal Records Database.
    • Some postal zones in Rotterdam require you to submit a permit of residence for municipal registration, also known as HVV.

      If you want to know whether your live in a street or neighbourhood that requires additional documentation, do the postal code check.

      Unfortunately, the One Stop Shops do not allow for registration with HVV. However, the Erasmus University Rotterdam facilitates a special registration session with HVV documentation for Erasmus students at the City Hall. You have to make a separate appointment by choosing Appointment HVV in the tool below. You can only select 09:00 o'clock in the morning. An officer from the municipality will contact you to select a time.

      Dates: 

      • 26 augustus 2020

      • 9 september 2020

      • 16 september 2020

      • 24 september 2020

      • 25 september 2020

      During your City Hall visit, your police clearance and BSN number will be issued. However, make sure to bring all before mentioned required documents to your appointment, plus:

      • The filled out HVV forms (part 1 and part 2);
      • A statement of admission/enrolment from your University.

      Without these, you won’t get registered! 

      Book now through the tool below!

  • Every semester new international students are cordially invited to attend the Official Welcome. 

    For this summer, there is no chosen date yet. Make sure to be part of the upcoming event and stay posted following announcements on our website and social media (Facebook, Instagram)

    During the ceremony, speeches will be held by Rector Magnificus prof. dr. Rutger Engels and the president of ESN-Rotterdam. Next to the official program items, comedian Adam Fields will share his experiences as a British expat in ‘ons kikkerlandje’.  

    After the ceremony, please join us to celebrate the start of your studies abroad with a toast, bite and music in the Erasmus Sport’s Café (free consumptions, end time 20.00).
    If you wish to continue the party, be invited to raise your glass during the ESN Tuesday event @ Beurs afterwards.

    Check out last year's Official Welcome!

    The Official Welcome Ceremony is usually happily received by our internationals, and we hope to see you there! 

    We are currently exploring alternative scenarios on how we can offer the Official Welcome in a safe and responsible way.

  • 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.  

  • Getting around town by bike is the cheapest, healthiest, greenest and most Dutch means of transport. However, to most internationals cycling is far from second nature. International Office EUR offers crash-courses cycling to introduce you to the basic cycling techniques and traffic rules. An experienced teacher guides you through the do’s and don’ts of cycling during a 1 hour group lesson. The aim is to make you ride away into Rotterdam all by yourself.

    • The bicycle lessons will take place on 27 August 2020. 

      Please check the time slots carefully before signing up: 

      Absolute beginners:

      • 10.00-11.00
      • 11.15-12.15

      Some experience:

      • 13.15-14.15
      • 14.30-15.30

      In need of refreshment:

      • 15.45-16.45
    • For the lesson, you do not have to bring your own bike. We will use special tutorial bikes during the courses. To prepare for your crash-course participation, you are only requested to read a guidebook prior your lesson. The literature provides visually supported information on traffic rules in Dutch, English and Arabic. You receive the guidebook together with the confirmation of your registration.

    • You will gather at Zwaan Bikes Campus where tutorial bikes will be standing. An instructor from the Dutch Cyclists' Union provides a small group of 10 students an intensive training of 1 hour. Afterwards, you will return the bikes to Zwaan Bikes for the following group.

      Make sure you attend at the time slot that was communicated in the confirmation email.

      Curious to see how you will be riding away soon? Watch this video to get an idea of what a cycling lesson looks like.

      Book now through the tool below!

  • Do you need to get some final things for your room? Then join us on the bus to Ikea! During this 2 hour shopping trip you'll be able to buy some stuff to finish off your new room. 

    Curious what the event looks like? Check the article in Erasmus Magazine published last summer!

      • Full Tuesday 25th of August 2020 at 9.30 hrs
      • Full Tuesday 25th of August 2020 at 14.00 hrs
         
      • Full Friday 28th of August 2020 at 9.30 hrs 
      • Friday 28th of August 2020 at 14.00 hrs 

      Please do not forget to bring your face mask on the bus!

  • Webinar Navigating housing for first year international students in the Netherlands

    Navigating housing - webinar

    Arriving in Rotterdam: How to find housing?

    Arriving in Rotterdam: How to find housing?

*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

Orientation activities

Check out photos of the Pick up Service, Ikea Service and One Stop Shops!

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