Timeline of exchange

As an exchange student at ESSB, you will have the possibility to be a part of an exchange programme during the fall semester/ academic year (September – December/September-June) or spring semester (January – June). The application period of the fall semester/academic year will run from April 1 to May 15 and the application period of the spring semester will run from September 1 to September 30.


When I

(Fall semester/academic year)

When II

(Spring semester)



until May


until September


Student & Home University

Selection and nomination by your host university. Ask the international office/exchange coordinator at your home university what needs to be done in order to be nominated as an exchange student in Rotterdam. After we receive the nomination from your university, we will confirm it to you and your home institution and send further instructions regarding application and information about your exchange. This planning is indicative and dependent on the procedures of your university.








Meanwhile, learn more about the preparation for your exchange on the pages for prospective students of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

April 15-May 15

September 1 – 31


Pick courses in cooperation with your home university coordinator. While filling out the online application form you must register for courses you are intending to follow and include the requested information and documents. It is wise to prepare them beforehand.



 Receive ERNA account details after creating an account in the beginning of the application.

May 1-June 1

October 1 – 15

Host UniversityReview applications.



 Send admission emails and confirmations regarding the choice of courses.



 Request the Immigration Desk to contact you with further instruction regarding the immigration procedure (if applicable).


June – August


October - December

StudentOnce you receive the admission letter from Exchange Office ESSB, you are an accepted exchange student. Learn more about your exchange on the pages for Admitted exchange students.





 Respond to the Immigration Desk and return the requested documents as soon as possible (if applicable).

Make a budget plan and arrange an insurance. 


Search for accommodation. Please note that this will take time. We advise you to start your search for a place to stay as soon as possible.


Arrange other practical matters.

September - December/ June

January – June


You will leave for your exchange period abroad. Welcome in Rotterdam and don’t forget to enjoy your exchange!




Make sure to attend the mandatory introduction days organized by Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The university also offers non-mandatory general orientation activities in order to get to know the university and to meet fellow students.