Erasmus Lectures
Courses for non-students

Taking courses if you are not a student

Are you a professional in the history, culture or communication industry? Or would you like to take courses after graduation to stay updated about recent developments in your field? Apply for the Erasmus Lectures. In our courses, you can deepen your knowledge, without enrolling for a full-time programme.

Which courses can I do?

View the available courses for the coming academic year and register by filling in the online form.

There are only a limited number of courses open to these external participants. The number of places on each course is also limited and priority is given to regular students. In principle, the courses listed below are open to external participants during the coming academic year.

What knowledge or education is required?

Generally speaking, pre-university education is sufficient, although you must decide for yourself whether you have sufficient (specific) previous education to attend the course of your choice. Some courses are given in English.

When can I follow courses?

The academic year is divided into four blocks. We have specified the block in which the relevant course is given in the course description. Below, you can download the academic calendar of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication.

What does it cost to take a course?

How much the registration costs are, depends on the number of credits assigned to the course (according to the European Credit Transfer System, ECTS). We charge 60 euros for each EC credit, so you would pay 300 euros for a course with 5 credits. This does not include the costs of literature. We also charge a one-off fee of 27.50 euros for registration at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Will I receive a certificate afterwards?

All of our courses ends with a test, which is included in the course price. This test may be in the shape of a report, an essay, a take-home examination, a written examination or a combination of the above. The relevant type of test is specified in the course description, which you can find in the university's online Course Guide.

Would you like to get certified in the field of history, culture and communication? If your test results are satisfactory, the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication will send you a certificate to this effect. If you decide to follow a full study programme later on, the certificates awarded to you may be used as an exemption.

How do I register for a course?

  • Choose one or more courses from the overview. If you need more extensive practical information, please contact the Faculty’s Education Office. If you have any questions relating to the content, please contact the relevant student advisor.

  • Please fill in the online form.

    Don’t forget to include a passport photo and a photocopy of your passport or an extract from the municipal register or the register of births. The Education Office must be in possession of your form before the following dates:

    • 12 Augustus 2020 if you want to take courses in term 1 (Sept-Nov);
    • 14 October 2020 if you want to take courses in term 2 (Nov-Jan);
    • 13 January 2021 if you want to take courses in term 3 (Jan-March);
    • 17 March 2021 if you want to take courses in term 4 (Apr-June).
  • We will inform you if your application has been successful as soon as possible after receipt of your form. If we accept your application, we will send you an invoice as well.

    We will send you your student card and register you at Erasmus University on receipt of your payment.

Can I use the university's facilities?

You can borrow books at the University Library on production of your student card. Some courses make use of Canvas, a digital learning environment used in support of the course. If the course you are following uses Canvas, you should register for this yourself, but you can only do this after you have actually been enrolled at Erasmus University Rotterdam. However, you can register as a ‘guest’ at the Education Office if your enrolment is delayed.

Where can I find timetables?

You will find all the information about lectures and examinations of your course in the university's online Course Guide. Search for your course by title or course code, click on the course  and on the Timetable link in the course description itself. 

Can I cancel or change my registration?

You can change or cancel your course, by writing to the Education Office. You can do this at any time up to the date of the courses' commencement, and the cancellation fee is 50 euros. Once the course has started, you cannot make any more changes and the course fee will not be refunded.