Study in Rotterdam

Introduction to Rotterdam

With a population of over 600,000, Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and the centre of the Rotterdam-The Hague metropolis. It’s famous for its port, one of the biggest in Europe. The River Maas runs through our ‘skyscraper city’ with its innovative architecture. Behind the modern skyline, you’ll find a nice, even ‘cosy’ historic city centre.

Student city

We should be honest with you: students don’t dominate the city streets in Rotterdam. But if you become member of the Erasmus International Student Network (ESN), you won’t mind. ESN organises lots of social programmes, trips, interesting debates and cultural events, on and off campus. With a small party now and then, of course

Did you know this about Rotterdam?

Rotterdam’s slogan is ‘don’t think, act!’ and that’s why Erasmus University is proud to be part of this city, where people develop new and creative ideas every day. Even the New York Times and the Lonely Planet Rough Guide confirm its appeal and energy: last year Rotterdam was ranked one of the world’s ten ‘best places to go to’.

City career perspectives

Rotterdam hosts several multinationals. You’ll be able to get to know your future employer during your studies, by doing an internship for example. A good proficiency of English is required, but we recommend that you learn Dutch as well, in order to increase your chances in the competitive market for talent.

Multicultural city

The inhabitants of Rotterdam have the most diverse backgrounds of all Dutch cities. This melting pot of cultures makes Rotterdam an interesting city where you will soon feel at home. You can feel the international atmosphere on the streets whilst shopping at a Turkish bakery or an Indonesian toko. In Rotterdam, no one is a stranger!

Places to go to in the city

During your stay, you should definitely do (at least one of) the following things: climb the Euromast Tower, take a ride in the Speedo Water Taxi, have lunch with a view in Hotel New York, visit the Architecture Institute and enjoy a good night out in de Witte de With street. Never a dull moment, we’d say!

Discover the hotspots of Rotterdam!