Next to your faculty's orientation programme (your faculty will invite you!), the Eureka Week - the official introduction week of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - and ESN's Introduction Days, we also offer orientation activities that will help you settle in as a new international student in Rotterdam with a jump start!
There are multiple activities for which you can sign up.
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) organises a free-of-charge Airport welcome services from Schiphol Airport Amsterdam at the beginning of every semester. We have our own meeting point at the airport, where you'll be welcomed. Register for our services in advance to receive free travel vouchers, or save a spot one of our pick- and drop-off up buses.
For more information about the Airport welcome services, check out the Airport welcome services page
The Language & Training Centre organises Dutch Language Courses of c.a. 3 months, twice a year. This academic year, there is only one more course starting in April. Be aware that the deadline for registration is the 19th of March. Before you subscribe, remember to check if you can finish the course that lasts till the 13th of June.
The main part of the programme is the Dutch crash-course, which is for beginners only with a basic knowledge of the English language. The target level of this course is A1. After finishing this course you will be able to:
- answer and ask simple questions;
- use simple phrases and sentences;
- write a short email;
- understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences.
Would you like to take care of practical matters before classes start? Such as registering at the City Hall and opening a bank account? Then you are in luck! Every year, One Stop Shops* are organised where you will be able to take care of this.
Check all information regarding the One Stops Shops on the One Stop Shops webpage. Register through the form below on this page.
*not applicable to ISS students. You’ll be informed by ISS staff on this matter.
- 20 August 2019, location: Polak Building 1-07, 1-08 and 1-10
- 28 August 2019, location: Polak Building 1-20, 1-21 and 1-23
- 29 August 2019, location: Polak Building 1-07, 1-08 and 1-10
- 02 September 2019, location: tbd
- 09 September 2019, location: tbd
- 16 September 2019, location: tbd
- 24 October 2019, location: tbd
It is not yet possible to register for the One Stop Shops. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.
Every semester new international students are cordially invited to attend the Official Welcome. This year's ceremony will take place on 5th of September 2019 at 15.30 hrs (doors are open from 15.00 hrs) at the Aula (campus, Erasmus Building). During the ceremony, speeches will be held by Rector Magnificus prof. dr. Rutger Engels and the president of ESN-Rotterdam. Comedian Greg Shapiro, known from “Netherlands Second”, will perform and we are grateful to host our special guest Desiderius Erasmus.
Afterwards, students are welcomed to celebrate the start of the academic year by joining the on-campus Heart Beat Festival. Free consumption vouchers will be issued
The Official Welcome Ceremony is usually happily received by our internationals, and we hope to see you there! Register through the form below on this page.
- Doors open: 15.00 hrs
- Start Ceremony: 15.30 hrs
The EUR Buddy Programme aims to help new students set up their own social network from the day they arrive in Rotterdam. Would you like some help with practicalities or integration? Don't hesitate to request an EUR Buddy!
Your EUR Buddy will help you to start your (student) life in Rotterdam. You could, for example, get assistance with finding supermarkets, doctors, registration at the city hall and many other practical matters. Your EUR Buddy can also help you on a more social level, introducing you to new people and activities organised all over Rotterdam.
Erasmus Student Network
The EUR Buddy Programme is linked to Erasmus Student Network (ESN). ESN creates an international community in Rotterdam of cultures from all over the world and promotes the integration into the Dutch culture.
You can request an EUR Buddy on the EUR Buddy Programme Website.
Getting around town by bike is the cheapest, healthiest, greenest and most Dutch means of transport. However, to most internationals cycling is far from second nature. International Office EUR offers crash-courses cycling to introduce you to the basic cycling techniques and traffic rules. An experienced teacher guides you through the do’s and don’ts of cycling during a 1 hour group lesson. The aim is to make you ride away into Rotterdam all by yourself.
For more information about the Bicycle lessons, check out the Bicycle lessons service page.
Bicycle lessons Dates:
- 28 August 2019, gathering @ HT-46 (Polak-building, Zwaan Bikes)
- 29 August 2019 gathering @ HT-46 (Polak-building, Zwaan Bikes)
There is no fee for participation, yet spots are limited. It is not yet possible to register for the Bicycle lessons. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.
Do you need to get some final things for your room? On the 30th of August, we organize 2 shuttle services to IKEA for our international students. In two shifts, busses will leave campus Woudestein and take you to the nearest IKEA (Location Barendrecht). You will have 2 hrs. to explore, collect, order or buy preferred items and get the famous ‘Swedish meatballs’. We’ll head back to Rotterdam and drop you off at the Student Hotel, the StayOkay hostel, the Erasmus Medical Centre, your accommodation rented through SSH or at campus Woudestein.
IKEA Service 30 August 2019 timeslots:
- 09.30- 12.30, gathering @ Hatta Building 09.00
- 14.00- 17.00 gathering @ Hatta Building 13.30
There is no fee for participation, but costs of purchases will be yours. You can’t register for this event yet, so please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.
You can now sign up for:*
*Nothing to see? Then we're probably well on our way into the semester and you're hopefully all settled in and enjoying your time. Not the case? Feel free to reach out to us!
These activities are arranged at the beginning of every semester, just upon your first arrival in Rotterdam. When signing up, please keep in mind that you have to sign up for every event individually.