Going to study is a big step for your son or daughter, especially if it’s abroad! In order for you to help them make the best of this experience, we created an overview of the most relevant information.

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Programme information (bachelor & master) Admission Rankings Financial matters Additional costs Jobs Housing EUR & Rotterdam / student life Safety, health and advice Education in the Netherlands

Programme information (bachelor & master)

Erasmus University Rotterdam is unique in her offering of English-taught programmes ranging from International Business Administration to Liberal Arts and Sciences, and beyond. There is plenty to choose from the accredited top quality 11 International Bachelor and over 50 International Master programmes.


A student’s registration to any EUR programme is only complete when they are admitted to it by the university. The admission criteria, application procedures and deadlines differ per study programme and are explained on the individual programme pages.


Using different methods and weighting factors, international university rankings give the possibility to compare Erasmus University Rotterdam with other higher education institutions worldwide. Such rankings can be used to monitor how different institutions are performing in, for example, teaching and researching. We are pleased to show that Erasmus University Rotterdam occupies high positions in a number of global rankings.

Financial matters

Everyone registered for a bachelor or a master programme has to pay a tuition fee. The amount of it depends on the specific programme, personal situation and country of origin: EEA/EU students usually pay the statutory fee and the non-EEA/EU pay the institutional fee.

Due to subsidies from its government, the Netherlands has always had relatively low higher education tuition fees in comparison to other countries. Because of these relatively low tuition fees, providing financial support to students is not common in the Netherlands. However, make sure to check out the different financial aid options.

Additional costs

In addition to the tuition fee, there are other costs that all prospective students should consider for the arrival and duration of their stay in the Netherlands. These include but are not limited to: immigration, housing and costs of living. Making a financial plan beforehand is highly recommended! This will help students avoid unpleasant financial surprises. 

Student jobs

Finding a job next to their studies might be challenging for international students and therefore cannot be relied on to pay their tuition fees. That is not only because of the heavy study-load but also because most vacancies require Dutch language skills and/or permits. See specific information and regulations for international students wishing to work in the Netherlands.


With a few exceptions, students arrange their own housing in the Netherlands. That means a lot of competition, so start looking early! Accommodation can be arranged via student housing companies or directly with landlords via private market. 

EUR & Rotterdam / student life

Rotterdam: the second biggest city in the Netherlands, dynamic, multicultural and very well-connected to the rest of Europe and further destinations. Don’t just take our word for it: Rotterdam is acknowledged as one of the top cities in the world by the likes of The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalLonely Planet and Rough Guides. EUR fits right into the dynamic atmosphere of the city with a unique campus, various student associations and possibilities to engage in sports or cultural activities next to studying! 

Safety, health and advice

We understand that safety and ability to seek help are very important, especially when studying abroad. In general, the Netherlands is a safe country with low crime rates. However, general precaution is advised just like anywhere else. Next to EUR’s campus security services, medical and emergency services offered in Rotterdam, we have on-campus student counsellors who offer support for anything that might bother our students. The Netherlands is also known as a liberal country with toleration policy regarding soft drugs. The use of alcohol or any other drugs is neither promoted nor encouraged at Erasmus University Rotterdam. All students are advised to learn about the associated effects and risks before consuming any substances.

Education in the Netherlands

Just like with food, climate and culture, educational systems differ around the world. For example, at Erasmus University Rotterdam a student’s workload is measured in European Credit Transfer System (ECTS credits) and the Dutch use a ten point grading system (1 bad – 10 outstanding). To ensure timely progress and success rate, all bachelor students receive Binding Study Advice at the end of their first year. Next to this, Erasmus University Rotterdam uses the problem based learning (PBL) method to train students to analyze and solve problems independently. Finally, Dutch law requires our non-EU/EEA students with a residence permit to obtain at least 50% of the required number of ECTS every academic year.