Orientation

Students walking on campus

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!

International Day Eurekaweek Sunday August 14th

On this day we will host the International Day from 1PM till 4PM!

This event is a warm welcome to all the international participants starting their time at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

You begin this day with everyone in one of the lecture rooms where you will get a presentation on what to expect as an international student in the Netherlands.

Also, you will be put in a group with who you will follow this specific day.

After the opening, you will have the opportunity to ask all your practical questions at the market.

International Day is an extra event for international students who have bought a Eurekaweek ticket. Therefore there is no separate ticket sale everything is included within the Eurekaweek ticket. Tickets can be bought here

Ready, set and go for the International Day at Eurekaweek A picture of a stand during Eurekaweek

In the Netherlands it is highly recommended to travel in public transport using an OV-chipkaart (more info here). Basically, this is your wallet with which you will pay for all your means of transportation, instead of paying too much for separate tickets you simply check-in and out with your card and only pay for the stops travelled. There different types available are:

  • An anonymous card without any discount
  • A personal card, allows you to purchase subscriptions from travel companies, but you need a Dutch debit card and the buying process is written in Dutch

Student Mobility Card (with discount)

Erasmus University collaborates with Student Mobility to provide international students easy access to all forms of transport in the Netherlands. With Student Mobility you are able to receive a customized public transport card (+ an ISIC Student-ID) with special discounts for international students! You can use this card for train, tram, metro and bus.

Next to the card you can also arrange a bike and get your first train ticket from the airport once you arrive in the Netherlands. Sign up or order now and we will inform you in time about the pick-up during the one-stop-shop or (bike) delivery options!

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Flytz knows how stressful your first weeks after your arrival can be: moving to a new place, meeting new people, arranging all practical matters and… getting around in a new city! Flytz bundles all modes of transportation in one simplified app. Users can search for routes, book, and pay for them. In addition to public transport services, shared mobility services such as bike-sharing, car-sharing and e-mopeds are also integrated. In this way, students are not required to download countless different apps and purchase multiple cards to access public transport.

In order to get the most out of Flytz, please sign up for their services through this form. By signing up, Flytz will get in touch with you to ensure you to have a smooth onboarding and you will have the chance to win a coupon worth 10 euros for your first rides!

A girl is using the Flytz app in her mobile phone

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 year’s One Stop Shop: City Hall, Erasmus Student Network (ESN), Aon Insurance, Erasmus Language & Training Centre, Flytz Mobility, ISIC, General Practitioner, and Wellbeing Team.

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

Dates and location

  • Monday 22 august 2022 (9.00-16.00) Location: Erasmus Sport Centre, main entrance.
  • Wednesday 24 august 2022 (9.00-16.00) Location: Erasmus Sport Centre, main entrance.
  • Monday 29 august 2022 (9.00-16.00) Location: Erasmus Sport Centre, main entrance.
  • Tuesday 30 august 2022 (9.00-16.00) Location: Erasmus Sport Centre, main entrance.
  • Wednesday 31 august 2022 (9.00-16.00) Location: Erasmus Sport Centre, main entrance. 

Please scroll down and see “Make an appointment” to sign up for the One Stop Shop

Location of Erasmus Sport Centre

Campus map with Erasmus Sports Centre

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 printed copy of your valid passport or identity card;
  • Completed and undersigned registration form from City Hall;
  • Original and a printed 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 subletting: the original and a printed 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, Belgium, Greek and Italian students: If you have a new ID card (where your sex is not mentioned) you should also bring a birth certificate and/or passport. 

  • Original and a printed copy of your valid passport;
  • Completed and undersigned registration form from City Hall;
  • Original and a printed 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 a tenant: the original and a printed 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 printed 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 printed copy of that to the One Stop Shop instead.

  • Original and a printed copy of your valid passport or identity card;
  • Completed and undersigned registration form from City Hall;
  • Original and a printed 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 a tenant: the original and a printed 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.

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.

Register for the waiting list via the tool below! If you join the waiting list, still prepare and meet at the location provided. If spots become available due to no-shows, you’re in!

The bicycle lessons will take place on Monday 22 August 2022. 

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.

Location of Zwaan Bikes Campus

Map of campus with Polak building

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!

Register for the waiting list via the tool below! If you join the waiting list, still prepare and meet at the location provided. If spots become available due to no-shows, you’re in!

  • Tuesday 23 August 2022 at 9.30 – 12.30 hrs.
  • Tuesday 23 August 2022 at 14.00 – 17.00 hrs.
  • Friday 26 August 2022 at 9.30 – 12.30 hrs.
  • Friday 26 August 2022 at 14.00 – 17.00 hrs.

  • Date: Friday 2 September
  • Time: 13:30
  • Location: T3-16 (Mandeville Building)

Navigating housing - webinar

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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