First-year students to go on an expedition during Eurekaweek

An expedition to get to know the city, the study programme and each other. 'Your EURban Expedition’ is the theme for this year’s Eurekaweek, the ‘welcome week’ at Erasmus University Rotterdam from Monday 15th until Thursday 18th August, 2016. Around 2900 new students are taking part. This year, a number of new elements have been incorporated into Eurekaweek, such as an introduction to cultural activities as well as special events for new master’s students. 

The Eurekaweek is the annual freshers’ week at Erasmus University; the ideal start to student life. For participants, it’s a chance to explore the city, the study programme and the campus, to get to know people before lectures begin and to find out what you can do and get involved with in addition to your studies. It’s an expedition into unknown territory, hence the theme 'Your EURban Expedition’. This also reflects the close relationship between city and university.

This year, around 2900 new students participate in the Eurekaweek.

New elements
This year, a number of new elements have been incorporated into Eurekaweek. On the Wednesday, 'Broaden Your Horizon' events will be held at various locations in Rotterdam. Students literally have the opportunity to broaden their horizons: follow a hip hop class, relax during a yoga workshop or visit Sparta football club.

In addition, this year a number of special activities are being organised for new master’s students, who have already completed a Bachelor's programme elsewhere. Master's students are an important target group for Erasmus University. A master training will take place during Eurekaweek, which will already start to prepare participants for the process of looking for their first job, with inspiring speeches by professor and former Prime Minister, Jan-Peter Balkenende, and Jeffrey Kwee, Alliance Manager at Capgemini.

Erasmus University is also becoming increasingly international, and, as a result, so is the Eurekaweek. That is evident from a separate opening event for students following programmes taught in English, Dutch language courses for international students and an International Student Welcome Party.


Freshers’ week starts on Monday 15th August with the official opening in the main hall at De Doelen (with Rector Prof. Huibert Pols and Deputy Mayor Hugo de Jonge, among others) and ends on the evening of Thursday 18th August with the famous Night of the Songs in Laurenskerk.

In between, participants will have the chance to explore the city and the campus, and to get to know the various student associations. Each day has a theme, such as the ‘Rotterdam day’ on Monday (including the city & port tour) and the ‘Day at the Campus’ the day after. On Thursday (theme: friendship), the festive activities will be held around the big lake in Kralingen.

Check the full programme.

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