How to prepare

Studying abroad takes a lot of time and preparation. After you handed in your application form, you will still need to arrange a number of issues such as housing, visa and finances. Here you can download a practical guide for studying abroad. You can find more information about preparing for exchange on the following websites:


Tuition fee

All students who go on exchange to a partner university of Erasmus School of Economics stay enrolled as student at Erasmus School of Economics and pay the regular tuition fee to the EUR. You do not have to pay a tuition fee to the partner university. However, a few partner universities charge administrative fees.

Cost of living

An important aspect to consider when preparing your exchange is cost of living. To get an idea of the possible extra costs involved in an exchange period, you can read the students reports of former exchange students. These reports show the budgets of former exchange students. Bear in mind that some countries are more expensive than others. Ensure you compile a proper and realistic budget. For information, check this website (only in Dutch).


The Erasmus+ Grant / The Erasmus Scholarship

Students who are selected for an exchange to a destination within the European Union can apply for the Erasmus+ Grant. The exchange coordinator will nominate you for the grant at the Erasmus Student Service Centre (ESSC). This scholarship offers an extra monthly payment. The amount of your grant depends on the destination of the exchange.

Group 1

Programme Countries with higher living costs
Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom€270,- per month   

Group 2

Programme Countries with medium living costs
Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey€210,- per month

Group 3

Programme Countries with lower living costs
Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.€150,- per month

These amounts can be subject to change. Please note that receipt of the grant is not guaranteed. It is determined per year whether all students will receive the grant and what the amount will be. Therefore, consider the grant as additional funding instead of your main income for your exchange. If students do not obtain at least 12 ECTS during their exchange, the scholarship needs to be paid back. More information about the Erasmus+ Grant can be found here. For questions concerning the Erasmus+ Grant you can contact

The Erasmus School of Economics Scholarship

Students who are selected for an exchange to a destination outside of the European Union (except the above mentioned countries) can qualify for the Erasmus School of Economics Scholarship. The requirements are as following: you have not received an Erasmus School of Economics Scholarship before and you will go on exchange for at least three months. In total, this scholarship is € 500,- and will be paid in two parts. The first part (75%) will be paid before departure. After return the second part (25%) will be paid after you handed in a number of documents (see After return). The exchange coordinator will nominate you for this scholarship.  Please note that receipt of the grant is not guaranteed. It is determined per year whether all students will receive the grant. Therefore, consider the grant as additional funding instead of your main income for your exchange.

The Erasmus School of Economics Additional Scholarship 

Erasmus School of Economics offers an additional scholarship of maximum € 500,- for a few students who are highly motivated and who can prove that they do not have sufficient means to go on exchange. Please notice that the budget for this scholarship is limited, only a few students can receive this scholarship. If you think you might need this extra financial support by Erasmus School of Economics and you can proof that your financial situation is critical, you can send an email to the exchange coordinator. The email address is:

Holland Scholarship Erasmus University

The Holland Scholarship Erasmus University is a scholarship made available by the Dutch Ministry of Education Culture and Science together with Erasmus University Rotterdam. It is meant for excellent students who want to study, do research or an internship outside the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA consists of the EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The scholarship amounts to a one-off payment of € 1,250 and is meant as a contribution towards your study expenses. The most excellent students who are going on exchange outside the EEA will be nominated by the exchange coordinator before April. Students who study within the official time period with no delays will be nominated based on their GPA. Additionally, students must meet the selection criteria as described on this website. If you are nominated for the Holland Scholarship you will not receive the Erasmus School of Economics Scholarship.

Other grants and scholarships

There are also many other grants available. For more information about these grants, see Study abroad (Erasmus University Rotterdam).

Student finance

Students who receive a Dutch student grant (Studiefinanciering in Dutch) and who are listed as living at home can – during their stay abroad – register as living away from home at DUO. You can find more information on the following website DUO.

Reimbursement of your public transport pass (OV)

Students who receive a public transport pass (an OV card) from DUO are entitled to receive money instead of their OV card. To receive timely reimbursement you should submit your request to DUO two months before departure. Request forms are available on DUO's website.


Looking for accommodation abroad

The partner university will send information about housing to the selected students. Many universities will help you to find accommodation. Some universities offer their own housing facilities (for example on a campus).

Subletting your accommodation in the Netherlands

Ask your landlord about the possibilities of subletting your room or accommodation. You can offer your room for sublet for a foreign student, researcher or teacher. There are several websites that you can use for subletting your room, for example Housing Anywhere. The Erasmus Student Network Rotterdam can also help you to get in touch with potential subtenants.

Arrange accommodation for the first night

In some cases, your accommodation might not be available upon your arrival. We thus recommend to make sure you have a place to spend your first night or two and that you know how to get there.

Arranging your visa

You might need a visa to study at the university of your choice. Since visa requirements vary per country and nationality, you need to find out what is required for you. You must arrange your own visa. Usually, the partner universities will provide you with guidelines on how to apply for a visa. More information can also be obtained at the embassy or consulate concerned. You can also check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On this site you can find the addresses of Dutch embassies and consulates abroad as well. Information can also be found at the Studying Abroad website of the EUR.

Insurance and health care


If you are going on exchange, make sure you are properly insured. Requirements differ from country to country. Inquire in advance as to whether or not your insurance policy is valid abroad. Consider supplementary insurance, special statements from your insurance company and third-party liability insurance. You can take out good supplementary insurance via the ESSC, the so-called Insurance Passport for Students (also see StudentsInsured or AON Students Insurance). These forms of insurances are valid internationally, apart from the country of origin. In some countries you are even required to take out a new insurance policy locally. If you are going to study at a university in the United States or Australia, it is often compulsory for you to join their “Health Insurance Plan”. For more information about this, see Health Insurance abroad.

Health care

Check before departure with the GGD/Municipal Health Service, the vaccination clinic of Erasmus MC, the Travel Clinic or at LCR (Dutch) whether you require any specific vaccinations for your travel destination and what you need to know and do to stay healthy in your host country.