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!
There are multiple activities for which you can sign up at the bottom of this page. Unfortunately, the IKEA shuttle services, the Erasmus Sports tour and the Bicycle lessons are no longer available.
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 levels. Dutch courses are offered four times a year (October-December / January-March / April-June / Summer).
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) organises a free-of-charge Airport welcome services from Schiphol Airport Amsterdam at the beginning of every semester. We have our own meeting point at the airport, where you'll be welcomed. Register for our services in advance to receive free travel vouchers.
For more information about the Airport welcome services, check out the Airport welcome services page
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.
Note: If you signed up for the ESN Intro-days, please do not sign up for the OSS of 14 January yourself via our website! This because all participants of the intro-days are already automatically signed up for an appointment at the OSS (between 09:00-12:00) as part of their introduction program. ESN will further inform you on your visit!
Check all information regarding the One Stops Shops on the One Stop Shops webpage. Moreover, to get informed about Municipal registration on either the One Stop Shop or at City Hall, please check the following video: Arriving in Rotterdam: How to Register at City Hall?.
Register for the One Stop Shops through the form below on this page.
*not applicable to ISS students. You’ll be informed by ISS staff on this matter.
- 14 January 2020, location: Van der Goot Building M2-06 and M2-07
- 11 February 2020, location: Tinbergen Building H8-01 and H8-02
It is no longer possible to pick up your residence permit at the One Stop Shop. Please make an appointment at the IND.
Every semester new international students are cordially invited to attend the Official Welcome. This year's ceremony will take place on 7th of January 2020 at 15.30 hrs (doors are open from 15.00 hrs) at the Aula (campus, Erasmus Building). 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 semester 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.
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: 15.00 hrs
- Start Ceremony: 15.30 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.
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.
For more information about the Bicycle lessons, check out the Bicycle lessons service page.
Note: the next bicycle lessons will be in September 2020.
Do you need to get some final things for your room? On the 30th of August, we organize 2 shuttle services to IKEA for our international students. In two shifts, busses will leave campus Woudestein and take you to the nearest IKEA (Location Barendrecht). You will have 2 hrs. to explore, collect, order or buy preferred items and get the famous ‘Swedish meatballs’. We’ll head back to Rotterdam and drop you off at the Student Hotel, the StayOkay hostel, the Erasmus Medical Centre, your accommodation rented through SSH or at campus Woudestein.
Note: the next Ikea Service will be in September 2020.
The Erasmus Sports Centre, located on campus, offers over 50 sports, available on all levels. Additionally, the Center organizes sport events, tournaments, and internal competitions, personal training and body fit courses run by certified trainers.
Interested? If you want us to arrange a guided Erasmus Sport Tour for you, please fill out the form below!
Note: the next tour will be in September 2020.
You can now sign up for:*
*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.