General Master Kick-Off
In the second half of August there will be a general master (MSc) kick-off event, which you are STRONGLY encouraged to attend. During this event you will learn essential information about the university, such as how to use the various systems critical to students, how to sign up for upcoming courses, the campus facilities, etc.
Master Specific Kick-Offs
It is HIGHLY recommended to also join the programme specific kick-off events which will take place in late August/early September to get to know your fellow classmates, to learn more about the course organisation of your master programme, 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 and two guides 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 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.
Usually around the end of 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 this amazing event during the Winter. This event will usually take place at the beginning of January and is intended to help new incoming students!
If you would like to know more, click here.
For an overview of all of the welcome activities specially organized for new students at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) 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.
EUR offers several orientation programmes and highly recommends to participate in all of them. By taking part in these activities you will have the opportunity to meet fellow students, learn to find your way around the campus and get to feel at home in Rotterdam! Please click here to view the Summer Orientation Programmes.
Student onboarding module
We have developed an online MSc Student Onboarding Module (for reference only, will be updated in March 2024) to provide new and current RSM students with all the essential information you need before you start your MSc programme. The course is composed of 7 steps and each step should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. You can complete the entire module in one go or in several times.
After completion of the Student Onboarding online course you will know everything you need to do before your first course and have a chance to win a prize!
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.
The most important study environment is MyEUR, which connects you to the university's educational information systems. From here you can access 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.
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. No need to worry about things like elective registration or the thesis trajectory at this point.
You can access your academic timetable here once it has been published. Make sure to log in with your ERNA ID.
Via Canvas you have access to all your courses, online lectures, study material, and grades.
SIN-Online is primarily used to communicate important updates from RSM.
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.
- 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
- Zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux
- Canvas: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10720-67952720329
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
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.