Introduction Activities

Introduction Activities


Settling-in Day: 4 September 2017

In order to help you arrange all practicalities before the Official IBA Kick-off and the start of classes, the so-called Settling-In Day is organized. There are no classes or mandatory activities on this day, just so that you settle in your new room, arrange things with the City Hall or the bank. The International Office EUR organizes the so-called One Stop Shop, which is also taking place on this day. Basically, you can take care of all practical matters right on campus! More information can be found here.

The fourth edition of the HeartBeat festival is also taking place on this day. If you like, you can celebrate the start of the academic year in a festive manner!


Official Programme Kick-off: 5 September 2017

The Official Programme IBA Kick-off will take place on Tuesday 5 September 2017 and it 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. 

The programme will start at 9:15 hrs and activities are expected to last until 18:30 hrs. The programme will consist of: 

  • Check-in
  • Presentations 
  • First mentor session and lunch 
  • Outdoor activity in Rotterdam
  • Social drink


Eurekaweek 2017: 21 - 24 August 2017

Do you want to meet students from all faculties at Erasmus University Rotterdam? Are you ready to discover Rotterdam and the university? Then join Eurekaweek 2017 – the official introduction activity for all new students! You will join a group of 10-15 students of your own study, which will be guided by two older students. These week you will be encouraged to discover your new environment, both the city of Rotterdam, its student life and the university.

For all internationals students the week will start at Sunday August 20. This extra day is especially designed to get acquainted with the Dutch habits. Furthermore, you can go island hopping between various convenient organizations and businesses which help you get started with Rotterdam’s student life. You will get the opportunity to arrange a room or a bike, and to open a student bank account, to name a few.

The theme of the Eurekaweek 2017 is ‘All Hands On Deck’. This theme highlights the importance of diversity and inclusivity, and emphasises the mentality of Rotterdam: working hard together. We invite all of you to come aboard and set sail through Rotterdam!

For more information visit the website of the Eurekaweek  or follow the Facebook page for the latest updates! 

ESN Introduction Days 2017: 27 - 29 August 2017

Twice per academic year, ESN Rotterdam organizes introduction days for international students of the different programmes at Erasmus University Rotterdam. ESN makes sure you get to know the best places in the city, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet a lot of the other international students in Rotterdam. 

Please click here to find more detailed information about this event.


STAR IBA Freshmen Weekend 2017: 1 - 3 September 2017

The IBA Freshmen Weekend 2017 will take place in Renesse (Zeeland), close to the beach, between 1 and 3 September 2017.  This amazing weekend on the Dutch coast will provide you with a great opportunity to meet your fellow classmates, second year students, and finish your summer holidays well. The weekend includes a lot of fun activities and of course a bunch of amazing parties! The best part of the weekend? Creating unforgettable memories and friends for a lifetime!

Some general information : 

  • Registration will open mid-June.
  • We will travel together from Erasmus University to Renesse, where tents will be already set up for you. The exact time of departure will be provided in due course.
  • The registration fee for this weekend is €49 and it will cover transportation, accommodation, food and, of course, all the fun activities. Note that you will need to pay for the drinks yourself.

This event is organized by RSM STAR with the support of IBA Programme Management. IBA Programme Management highly recommends students to participate in this introduction activity. Mark your calendar!

For more information about this event please click here.

Welcome & Orientation Programmes: August - September 2017

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.

Erasmus University Rotterdam (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.