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 catalogue.

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 to register?

  1. Examine the offering through the faculty websites (check out the links in the menu to the side).
  2. Some faculties will require documents (like a letter of consent from the Examination Board and/or a list of marks) for you to be able to apply for the electives. You can find an overview of the required documents on the faculty website (check out the links in the menu to the side).
  3. Sign in to Studielink for the elective course of the faculty with which you want to take the electives. Search in Studielink for ‘Elective course’. 
  4. Once you've completed your enrolment request in Studielink, you'll receive an e-mail through your ERNA account within 24 hours.
  5. After receiving this e-mail, go to OSIRIS student via http://sis.eur.nl/student and sign in with your ERNA account.
  6. Click on 'Case' in OSIRIS, and subsequently hit 'Start a new case'. Select the case 'Requesting elective(s) as a non-EUR student'.
  7. In the case, you can select the electives that you'd like to take, upload any attachments, and finalise the submission of the request.
  8. After submitting your case, your request is assessed by the faculty. Please note: you need to go through all the steps for your request to be processed.
  9. In the meantime, send your Proof of Tuition Fee Payment of your own university to the EUR Student Administration (freepost number 2791, 3300 VB Rotterdam). This will allow you to be exempted from paying tuition fees. (Please note: if you are enrolled as a master student in a funded programme of another institution and want to take up an elective from a bachelor programme with us, you will require an enrolment in a bachelor programme that you've already paid the institutional rate for (you have already achieved your bachelor degree after all). This process can be costly.
  10. Upload your passport photo through the link you received in your email.

When you are admitted to the course of your choice, you will receive a confirmation from the Education Office. This will be send to you after the registration deadline. The Education Office will register you for the course, exam and Canvas.

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 catalogue. 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.