How to prepare
When you decide to spend a study period at Erasmus University Rotterdam it is important to start preparing your stay well in time. There are many different things a student needs to take care of prior to departure. On this page you can find specific information about; housing, finances, visa & health insurance. In addition there is a student handbook available on the website of the International Office of Erasmus University.
Please note that upon arrival a student needs to follow certain administrative procedures as well. For example, students need to take care of their formal enrolment at the university. They also might need to apply for a temporary residence permit, open a bank account, apply for a social fiscal number, and apply for a medical insurance. Once students have taken care of these things, they will gradually start settling in. Erasmus University offers some tips that can accelerate this process, which you can find below.
Please note: The city hall of Rotterdam and ABN bank will be available on campus during the EUREKA university introduction week. More information on which documents to bring when you would like to register can be found on the EUR website of city hall and ABN bank.
Most international students from outside the EU/EEA studying in the Netherlands for more than 90 days need to apply for an entry visa and/or a Dutch residence permit.
Students with a non EU/EEA nationality that have done their previous education in the Netherlands need to follow the procedure for switching institutions concerning their residence permit.
Finances & Tuition fees
Arranging your finances might be one of the most important aspects of preparing your stay in the Netherlands. To be able to make a good cost estimate, it is important to know what expenses and possible incomes to expect.
How to get to Rotterdam
Rotterdam can be accessed in many different ways: by plane, train, car, bus and boat. There are regular flights from all major cities in the neighbouring countries to Rotterdam Airport, and the city itself has an extensive network of buses, trams and metro.
If you want to look up when the education periods start and end, or if you want to know the examination dates, you can take a look at the Academic Calendar for the year that you're going to study.