UK students at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Information about studying in the Netherlands

Welcome to the highly-ranked Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), a research university located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Being a student from the UK, you may have some concerns about studying abroad. Here is what Rotterdam and the EUR have to offer you:

Why British students choose the Netherlands and Erasmus University Rotterdam for uni

  1. International experience just an hour’s flight away from London or Manchester – lead an independent lifestyle in Europe without being too far from home
  2. Top ranked undergraduate and graduate programmes completely in English – study at a top research universities without having to learn another language
  3. Graduate without major loans: Affordable EU tuition of 2,000; even post-Brexit a reasonable average of 8,000 euro lower than most English universities
  4. Admissions & requirements welcoming to A-Level (GCSE) students and British undergrads
  5. Dutch culture – bid farewell to traffic jams and say hello to cycling everywhere 
    • Unfortunately, we don’t know what exactly is coming, either. However, we do know that Dutch tuition is famous for being very reasonable, even for non-EU students. European Economic Area (EEA) students, which include non-EU countries such as Norway, pay €2,000 per year; average annual tuition for non-EEA citizens is €7,000. The fee can be paid in one lump or monthly instalments.

    • There are no immediate consequences for students from the UK at EUR in terms of their tuition fees, conditions for their stay or education programmes. Continued collaboration with the UK is in the interest of our universities and of all people in Europe.

    • As EU students, yes, UK students can make use of ‘DUO’ finance, which is a loan, student travel product, and a supplementary grant. Though we are lobbying for support for student mobility in a Brexit decision, we do not know how UK and Dutch student loans will take shape if and when Brexit is implemented. 

EUR scores high on QS Graduate Employability Rankings

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Erasmus University Rotterdam is a top-100 university

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Admission requirements with GCE or UK undergrad diploma

Admission requirements and deadlines vary per programme, it is important to check their individual webpages. In the meantime, this should give you an idea. Note that the Dutch have a system similar to UCAS for university applications. It is called Studielink, and will be, in most cases, your first step in the application process.

BachelorMaster
Valid diploma + programme specific requirements
  • British GCE: min. 3 GCE A-levels + 3 GCSE’s in 6 different subjects, first language – English, Math – GCE A level for some programmes
  • IB: min.30-33 points, English A SL/HL min. 4/English B HL min.4-5/standard level for some programmes, Math – SL min. 5/HL min. 4 for some programmes
Bachelor/undergraduate diploma from accredited British university

Additional criteria vary per programme. For example, most of business and management programmes require GMAT.

Pre-masters might be required

    Motivation letter/Resume

    Motivation statement
    Advanced English language skills
    • Native speaker, IB, GCE diploma or a language test

    Advanced English language skills:

    • Native speaker or a language test (indication: TOEFL 600/250/100 or IELTS 6.5+)
    Student Amin UK
    During the open day, I discovered that everyone spoke a high level of English. I also attended a lecture and it proved that the programme was challenging enough.
    Amin
    Economics student
    Student Monique Ricketts UK
    Studying abroad has made me more independent and I have learnt a lot about different cultures. Having international experience on my resume was definitely an advantage at my job interview!
    Monique
    Cultural Economics & Entrepreneurship graduate

    Seven examples of how Dutch higher education is different to the UK

    While both the Netherlands and the UK offer high quality education and diplomas that are internationally accredited, there are a number of differences.

    In the Netherlands:

    1. An academic year generally lasts from end of August till mid-June
    2. Study terms of 5-6 weeks are followed by exams, the breaks between them are short
    3. Undergraduate programmes are called bachelor, postgraduate – master
    4. Tuition fees are very reasonable
    5. Most Dutch students don’t take a gap year
    6. All bachelor students are subject to Binding Study Advice
    7. Non-EU graduates can apply for a ‘search year’ which gives them freedom to work and network in the country for a year without special permits

    Contact us

    For more information, contact Suzanne Bosman: s.bosman@eshcc.eur.nl