Students & education

On this page you as a student will find all information about education and practical matters in times of corona. The corona situation affects you as a student. We try to help you as much as possible.

Latest updates

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam guarantees that all prospective students and re-enrolling students will be offered a full educational program as of 1 September 2020; on campus if possible, online or blended if necessary. We will also offer all exams, where necessary in an alternative form. Read more
  • Be Smart, be safe; personal responsibility is the starting point for a safe return to campus!
  • The EUR follows the guidelines from the government and the RIVM. The RIVM guidelines apply to the entire campus (1.5m distance and avoid crowds).
    • On this page in MyEUR, you will find more information on the technical side of attending online education and on how to collaborate online with other students. It tells you what software to use, and how you can access this software.

    • Through sEURch, the Databases A-Z or Guides by discipline you can easily access online articles, journals and books from your home. Al you need is your ERNA-account to login when requested.

      You can also install the Library Access browser extension which will automatically check if the sources that you are looking for are available via the Library. More information on off campus access.

    • There are a number of rules in the lecture hall to keep 1.5 meter distance:

      • Fill a room from back to front, sliding as far as possible so that all available seats are filled.
      • Leave a room in an orderly fashion, first the people closest to the door.
      • Leave a room only when there is enough space in the hallway.
      • Postpone the use of the toilet until alternating moments and don't linger.
      • Leave the campus after school or find a suitable place to study.
      • There are fewer study places available than usual, check MyEUR/study for more information.
    • In order to guarantee the 1.5m as well as possible, it is important to follow the walking routes indicated on the campus, the instructions on signs, the ground and from the stewards. You can also take the 1,5m distance into account by for example:

      • Leaving a hall or office space only when there is enough space in the corridor.
      • Using elevators as little as possible (unless this is not possible for health reasons, even if otherwise stated).
      • Trying to minimize the number of movements during the day.
      • Take into account the changing moments of lectures and workgroups.
      • To follow the walking direction during changing moments on the corridors and to leave the corridors soon.
    • Study places can be reserved on campus. This is possible from 24 hours in advance. You can make a reservation via MyEUR. There you will also find more information.

    • All on-campus education, including on-campus exams, is gradually being restarted since 15 June. Most of the educational activities, including on-campus exams, will take place online. We will take maximal efforts to provide online education and will take extra measures to do so. Please also contact your own school's website, as there might be differences in providing (online) education per school and even per programme.

    • Please make arrangements with the supervisor/lecturer. 

    • If the meeting can occur through means of online communication, the meetings with thesis supervisors will go on. Only on-campus meetings with thesis supervisors are cancelled. 

      Also regularly consult the website of your faculty. There may be differences in approach per faculty and even per education program.

    • For Medicine students, the guidelines of the location where they are currently studying or working prevail over the EUR guidelines. View the Erasmus MC guidelines.

    • If you are a student or lecturer and if you want to know more about online proctoring (surveillance of exams from a distance), read the answers to frequently asked questions.

    • Your faculty will contact you about this. You do not have to register again and you will receive a message from your study programme in which way the examination will be offered: remotely, at a later time or that there will be another way of examination (for example a take home exam or an essay).

    • Yes. The starting point remains that a resit is possible for every course. For all first examination moments, whether they have been moved or not, a resit is also planned after the first examination opportunity. This may mean that the previously planned retake time is moved.

    • We are now working very hard to have as many exams as possible take place remotely or in different ways. Otherwise, they will be rescheduled later (in accordance with government guidelines with regard to coronavirus measures). You will receive a message about this from your study programme.

    • This will be decided by exam. For questions about damage, you can contact your teacher / supervisor.

      Also regularly consult the website of your faculty. There may be differences in approach per faculty and even per education program.

    • As a result of the corona measures, some students may be faced with a slight delay in the final phase of their bachelor’s programme. Due to the so-called 'hard cut' between bachelor and master, in principle students can only start their master when they have completed their bachelor's degree. In these special circumstances, the EUR wants to provide solutions for and minimize the study delay of students in the transition from bachelor to (pre-)master.

      EUR master’s programmes will be temporarily enabled to be more lenient towards the ‘hard cut’ rule for students who cannot graduate on the originally planned date due to the corona measures. These students may be allowed to start their EUR master’s programme while concurrently working towards obtaining their final credits in the context of their bachelor’s degree, provided that:

      • they meet the programme-specific conditions for enrolment, and
      • the combination of both study paths is considered feasible, and
      • it can be expected that the bachelor’s degree will be obtained within the given time frame.

      The same applies to students applying to a EUR pre-master’s programme. Please note that all other admission requirements will continue to apply as usual!

      If you are going to study at another university, check the website of that university for more information.

    • For premaster students faced with a slight delay in the final phase of their premaster’s programme due to the corona measures, the EUR wants to provide similar solutions to facilitate a smooth transition to the master’s programme as for students transitioning from bachelor (See the question above: I am a bachelor student...?) to (pre-)master . In short, these students may be allowed to start their EUR master’s programme on the condition that they meet the programme-specific requirements. For specific details that apply to your programme and your specific situation, visit the master’s programme’s website for further information.

      You can find the programme of your choice at

    • If you consider starting your EUR (pre-)master’s programme while simultaneously finishing your bachelor’s programme, please keep in mind that your study programme should be feasible in terms of study load and that it also needs to be practically possible to combine both study paths. Understandably, this may be easier if you are currently enrolled in a EUR bachelor’s programme than if you need to finish a bachelor’s programme at a university abroad. The admission committee will take this into account when considering your application, and if you are admitted, we will do our best to support you in your study endeavors, but you also bear a personal responsibility.

      Please note that the consequences of failing to obtain the bachelor’s degree before the new deadline set by your programme are serious: you will be excluded from further participation in the (pre-)master's programme until the bachelor’s degree has been obtained. Therefore, a decision to start a (pre-)master’s programme in September without a completed bachelor’s degree requires careful consideration. Study advisors can advise in making the right choice.

    • If it turns out that you are not eligible for admission on these grounds, note that some programmes offer additional ways to facilitate a smooth transition between bachelor and (pre-)master for students faced with a slight delay, such as an extra intake moment. Read the information on the master’s programme’s website and reach out to the programme’s contact person to discuss your options.

      You can find the programme of your choice at

    • Because no two programmes are alike, a 'one size fits all' solution is not possible and the conditions for enrolment without a completed bachelor’s degree (or premaster’s programme) may differ per programme. Also, your eligibility for admission on these grounds may depend on factors such as whether you are currently enrolled in Dutch higher education already or at an institution abroad, and other aspects affecting the feasibility of successfully combining a EUR (pre-)master programme with your final bachelor (or premaster) subjects. Specific details that apply to your programme and your specific situation will be communicated through your master’s programme’s website.

      You can find the programme of your choice at

    • Students who are prevented from meeting the requirements of the Binding Study Advice (BSA) for their study programme due to the coronavirus will be given an extension. They will have the opportunity to achieve the BSA standard requirements in the academic year 2020-2021. These changes were announced by the Minister of Education on 19 March, following discussions with the VSNU, the organisation of universities in the Netherlands. 

      Erasmus University Rotterdam is doing everything in its power to ensure that education and examinations continue in the coming period. We will offer additional facilities to limit the impact of the COVID-19 measures on study progress. 

      The Executive Board has discussed the BSA with the Vice-Deans Education and the staff and student participation bodies and has decided the following:

      1. Students who meet the BSA standard for their programme within the 2019-2020 academic year will, of course, receive a positive binding study advice this academic year.
      2. Students who started their studies in the academic year 2019-2020 (without a personal circumstances status) and with regard to whom, based on their study progress and in accordance with the Teaching and Examination Regulations of their programme, it could already be concluded before the coronavirus outbreak in the Netherlands that they would not meet the BSA standard at the end of the academic year 2019-2020, will receive a negative binding study advice as planned.
      3. Students who are prevented from meeting the BSA standard for their programme at the end of the academic year 2019-2020 due to the corona crisis will be given an extension (i.e. the binding study advice will be postponed).   
      4. Students with a postponed advice will still receive a positive binding study advice if they have met the BSA requirements of the first academic year at the end of the academic year 2020-2021.  In addition, students are expected to draw up a study plan in consultation with the study advisor to ensure sufficient study progress will be made in the second year. Furthermore, the regular study guidance rules will apply.
      5. For current second-year students (who started their studies in the academic year 2018-2019) who already received a postponed BSA advice last year, customisation can be offered for assessment by the BSA-Committee/Examination Board of the faculty. Please contact your study advisor about this.

      In accordance with the regulations of our university, an exception may be made, given the exceptional circumstances. And the situation with the coronavirus is indeed an exceptional circumstance. We hope that this decision will provide enough clarity and take away our students' concern. We also hope that, despite the corona crisis, everyone will be able to continue their studies as well as possible.

    • If you get into financial problems because you lost your income, please contact DUO. DUO makes every effort to help students. If, due to the circumstances, you are unable to pay your tuition fees on time, please contact one of the student counselors of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

    • The Ministry of Education (OCW) has announced that everyone who obtains a master's degree in government-funded education between September 2020 and January 2021 will receive a one-off compensation amount of up to 3 months of tuition or tuition fees. See the DUO website for more information.

    • If you experience study delay due to special circumstances, you can request financial support from the Financial Support Fund. In the case of the corona crisis, this concerns students who experience or are expected to experience study delay because they are/have been ill due to the corona virus, or because (they care for) sick relatives. Studying parents who, because of the corona measures, have to combine education with caring for children who are at home and who therefore suffer or are expected to experience a study delay, are also entitled to support from the Financial Support Fund. If you occur study delay due to changes in the educational program that the institution had to make as a result of the government's measures, does not entitle you to receive support from the Financial Support Fund.

    • The basic premise of Erasmus University Rotterdam is that all education continues as much as possible, albeit in an adapted form so that it fits within the government measures that currently apply to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We try to minimize the adverse effects for students, so that there is as little or no study delay as possible. This means that the obligation to pay tuition fee (statutory or institutional) as a student is maintained, as is the direct debit.

    • Have you been fired as a student or do you work fewer hours because of the corona measures? If you are an employee, you may be entitled to unemployment benefit. If not, you may be eligible for the temporary bridging scheme (TOFA). Applications can be submitted up to and including Sunday 26 July 2020.

      For more information, see the website of the Government of the Netherlands.

    • Please contact your study advisor or a student counselor.