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What you can find on this page

  • Starting your studies: introduction events, academic calendar and more
  • Preparing for your arrival in Rotterdam: medical insurance, bank account, city hall registration, and more
  • Student life: connecting with fellow students, student organizations, the campus, and more

 

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Housing & Immigration

Housing and entry visas & residence permits for non-EEA students.

Arrival

When should you be in Rotterdam?

EUR orientation

Erasmus Univeristy Rotterdam has compiled all of the orientation information you need.

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Prepare for your studies

Introduction events

Mandatory Kick-Off IBA

Thursday, 29 August

The official IBA programme kick-off is mandatory for all students starting with the IBA programme. During this event you will learn more about the programme, receive your course schedule, booklist, meet your mentor and fellow mentor group members, etc.
 

Other recommended introduction events

Get your student life started with the following events. Especially the Eurekaweek is very popular and recommended to all students! 

Eurekaweek is the official introduction week for all new students of the Erasmus University Rotterdam! Together with a group of around 15 students of your own studies and two guides (senior students), you will explore student life in Rotterdam. In this week, we will show you the campus, you will discover the city of Rotterdam and, above all, you will meet many fellow students. You will also get to know the student, sport, study, multicultural and cultural associations. In short, this is the flying start to your time in Rotterdam.

For all international students there is a whole day, on 20 August specially organized to get acquainted with the Dutch habits and a warm welcome to your new city. Furthermore, you can go island hopping between various convenient organizations and businesses which help you get started with Rotterdam’s student life. For example, you will get the opportunity to arrange health insurance or a bike and to open a student bank account.

For more information you can visit the website of the Eurekaweek or follow the Facebook page and Instagram page for the latest updates. Registration opens soon!

On 26 and 27 August, ESN Rotterdam will organize the ESN Introduction Days. These days are focused on meeting over 300 other international students and getting to know Rotterdam. This event will be THREE days filled with great activities to make you familiar with Rotterdam and its amazing student life. The memories you make and the friends you’ll find will stay with you for a lifetime!

ESN Rotterdam also offers the ESN Buddy Programme where you are paired with a fellow current student to exchange knowledge, gain insights about different cultures, and a to meet new people in Rotterdam.

This weekend is the perfect opportunity to meet new friends and make lots of unforgettable memories. Are you up for some fun to start your student life in the best way?

This event is brought to you by the study association RSM STAR, in collaboration with IBA Programme Management (PM). This event is highly recommended by PM, so why not check it out? For more information about this event please click here.

For an overview of all of the welcome activities specially organized for new students at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and also lots of helpful information about student life, university facilities, and life in Rotterdam please check out the Erasmus University Rotterdam’s official welcome page.

For a helpful guide with everything you need to prepare before starting IBA, check out the Arrival & Orientation fact sheet.

Prep programmes

Create a successful start to your bachelor programme!

Below are two programmes for you to complete before the start of your studies to help you prepare for university work and life.

The leap from high school to university can feel daunting to many first year students. It is our desire to make sure you start your university degree well-prepared.

As a dedicated first-year-student, you certainly want to take every chance offered during your student days. Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) organises the Pre Academic Programme, with the theme "Master Your Future." During this inspiring training period before the start of the academic year, you will learn everything you need to start your studies well-prepared.

The Pre Academic Programme in short

Through a digital course and a concluding campus activity, you encounter a variety of themes which will help you to be a successful student.

  • Learn to study effectively and develop your ability to achieve
  • Develop personal leadership and create success
  • Get to know you fellow students and the academic culture

All in all: a perfect start of your student life at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Deadline to register is 1 July!

The Onboarding course contains information and instructions on how to use the different communication platforms, how to check your schedule, how to register for a workshop, the contact details of different departments and much more.

More detailed information and link to the course will follow in August via email from BSc Programme Management (bachelor1@rsm.nl).

Academic calendar

Click here for the IBA Academic Calendar of 2024/25. Please note that this calendar is just to give you a general overview of the blocks and holidays, academic calendar is subject to change.

The start of the academic year is Monday, 2 September but you should be here no later than 28 August in order to participate in the mandatory IBA kick-off on 29 August. Mid-August is even better to ensure you are able to participate in events like Eurekaweek (19-22 August).

 

Learning environments

All the different platforms, applications and websites can be quite intruiging as a new student. Below you will find some links to the most important platforms to help you get started. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page for contact details or consult the FAQ for any questions. 

The most important study environment is MyEUR. From here you can access basically all applications and services such as the library, timetable, Canvas, student mail, OSIRIS, the service desk, and course guides. You can edit the top pane of the page using the green toggle in the bottom-right corner. 

For an overview of the curriculum, please go here. If you want to know which books you might need, please consult the course guides that you can find in Canvas. The course coordinators will indicate what material you need during the first class or through email. So please keep an eye on your inbox

Below we have listed the most important links that you might need now or during the first weeks of your study. 

Timetable

You can access the timetable here once it has been published. Make sure to log in with your ERNAid. 

Canvas

Via Canvas you have access to all your courses, online lectures, study material, and grades.

OSIRIS

Here you find your course registrations and progress. You can also access all of the course guides when they are not on Canvas. 

Computer and IT

Although most classes are in-person, a few of the courses are offered online and you need the following minimum computer configuration to participate properly in the programme.

Operating system

  • Mac OS X or Mac OS 10.10 or later
  • Windows 7 or higher
  • Linux: Mint 17.1, Ubuntu 12.04, OpenSUSE 13.2 and above

Processor or CPU | Minimum requirement is Intel i3 or similar (eg AMD Ryzen 3); i5 or higher is recommended, especially if you will be working with video conferencing applications like Zoom.

Work Memory (RAM) | 4 GB or more

Disk space | 256 Gb or more, SSD is recommended (is faster), but not required.

Video Out | HDMI (useful, not mandatory)

Network connection | Wired or wireless 600 kbps is minimum, 1.5 Mbps or more is recommended for video-based online interaction and collaboration (802.11 G). For mobile: 3G or 4G minimum. 

Internet browser | In general, recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari will suffice. Note: Internet Explorer 11 and Edge do not work on all applications. If you run into a problem, try using a different browser first.

Other hardware | A webcam, either built into your computer or one that connects via USB, and speakers and a microphone, either built-in, USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth.

 

Minimum Configurations for Key Applications

 

If you don't have the required configuration, try purchasing it. If you do not have sufficient financial resources for this, you can turn to the Erasmus Trust Fund for financial support: https://www.eur.nl/en/education/practical-matters/financial-matters/scholarships-grants/financial-aid/exceptional-family-circumstances

Study support

Student advisor team

RSM has a dedicated student adviser team which serves as a point of contact where you can access professional help, advice and guidance during your studies.

Students are free to make a confidential appoinment with the study advisors for any of the circumstances below and more:

  • If you have questions regarding studying in general: study planning, study methods, time-management, taking exams etc.
  • If personal circumstances may affect your study progress (illness, family matters etc.)
  • If you need help in case of specific situations: studying whilst having a professional sports career, studying with a functional impairment, study delays in general, special arrangements for taking exams etc.
  • If you are a prospective student and if you want more information about our programmes.
  • If you need advice about possible exemptions.

Prepare for your arrival to Rotterdam

Below we have listed some of the most important things that you need to do either before or soon after you arrive in the Netherlands. If you're not an international student, just scroll down for information about student life. Make sure to check out the orientation page of EUR where you can find information about the One Stop Shops, an IKEA service, and various helpful webinars

✈️ If you're an international student arriving at Schiphol Airport, you can get one free public transport voucher here✈️

Will you be under 18 during the first year of IBA? There are some extra steps for minors.

  • Pre-arrival: Medical insurance & healthcare

    You are by law obliged to be properly insured during your time in the Netherlands. Also go here for other information regarding health such as contact details of a GP or "huisarts" in Dutch. 

  • Pre-arrival non-EU: Pick up entry visa (MVV)

    After IND’s approval regarding your immigration application, you will receive a letter and a notification with instructions via email about how to contact the appropiate embassy to schedule an appointment to collect your MVV (entry visa) sticker. Once you have obtained your MVV, the EUR International Office will send an email about making an appointment at the IND to collect your residence permit.

  • Post-arrival: Register with City Hall/Municipality

    If you will be in the Netherlands for more than 4 months, you are obliged to register at the municipality in the town or city in which you are living. This how you receive your BSN number (citizen service number) which you will need to open a bank account, get a job or internship, DigiD, etc. The best way to register is via the One-Stop-Shops organized by EUR.

  • Post-arrival: Bank account & financial matters

    Information on the tuition fee, living costs, opening a bank account, and more on the EUR website. Make use of the navigation menu in the right-side pane. Please note that we strongly advise students to bring enough money with you to sustain yourself in the first two months after arrival, while you are setting everything up.

Prepare for your student life

Last but not least on the to-do list to get ready for studies is student life. Nothing might be as important for your mental health as a stable and enjoyable social life during your studies at RSM.

Below are a variety of ways for you to connect with fellow classmates and life on campus.

Do you want to meet like-minded people?

Life-long friendships are formed at a wide range of student associations in Rotterdam. Join an international association, learn more about a specific work area, meet with students from your cohort, join events, or work for a good cause. One of the best ways to live your student life to the fullest is by joining a student association. Click on the button below to find out more.

You don't have to wait until August to meet your new classmates. Check out the Goin app and the STAR study association below to start connecting today!

Instead of WhatsApp groups this year, RSM is working with the app Goin.

Goin' is an app that helps connect you with other incoming students starting in September 2024. You can join different groups based on similar interests, background or programme. Connect with others to create new friendships and share new ideas. Also in the app, you can read onboarding tips to prepare for your arrival and studies as well as stay up-to-date with important events.

To join the enclusive RSM environment in Goin' please email us at bscmsc@rsm.nl.

RSM's study assciation STAR’s mission is to enrich RSM students' life.

This mission is facilitated by the great number of activities that are organized by numerous Bachelor committees and Master Study Clubs. The Active Members form a base which is underpinned with three pillars: Career start support, development and academic support, social Interaction.

You can find ways to connect to your fellow classmates on their website below.

As part of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), RSM students can take full advantage of the EUR Student Wellbeing programme which aims to help students grow and thrive during their time at the university.

Check out what this programme has to offer via the button below; from workshops, events, and courses, to empathetic ears and personalised professional help.

As part of the student wellbeing programme, in the new sustainable Langeveld building there is a social space dedicated for students to relax called The Living Room

 

Did you know that the buildings on our campus where only given names in 2012? Before that, each building only had a letter. That's why Mandeville building is indicated with a T and Theil building with a C.

As the different building names and the non-matching letters can be quite confusing, the Eramus Magazine created a nice map to help you get around the Woudestein Campus. Find out more about the available study spaces, food & drinks, and more by clicking on the button below!

Erasmus Sports has a brand new state-of-the-art facility on campus!

Get active during your stay in Rotterdam by taking a subscription at the Erasmus Sports centre where you can find classes and equipment for over 50 different sports. Students can also join one of the 26 sports associations or clubs.  

Check it out by clicking on the button below. 

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