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Settling in

Modified on Wed, 09 Nov 2022 at 12:30 PM

You have found housing and about to start your academic life in Rotterdam.  Here's a few tips to find your way around and get settled in. 

Introduction week EUREKA

The EUREKA week is the official introduction week of EUR and is a great way to meet your fellow students, get to know the University and explore the city. The event is organized by the EUREKA-week board which entirely consists students and is not officially related to ESE. For more information on this fun, non-obligatory event please check the EUREKA-week website.  The Eureka week typically takes places in the second half of August. Make sure to register if you want to participate!


Take Off Day

On Take Off Day you will be introduced to the School, your fellow students and the programme. On this day we will also introduce you to our online systems and show you how to register for exams, courses and tutorial groups. The time and place of Take Off Day will be communicated to you at the end of August.


Orientation activities

As a new international student you will have to take care of a few practical matters like opening a Dutch bank account, arranging insurances, finding a doctor (general practitioner) and registering at City Hall. EUR offers orientation activities to help you on your way with this. 

At the One Stop Shops, which take place during a week in August, several parties are invited such as City Hall, Erasmus Student Network, the Student Wellbeing team, Erasmus Training and Language Center, an insurance company, a general practitioner and other services.  You can gather all needed information in one place. 

EUR also gives you a jump start with things you would maybe not expect: from bicycling lessons to information on Dutch culture or even an arranged visit to IKEA to help you furnish your student room! You can find more information on these activities on the orientation activities website. 


Guidance and advice

Being new to EUR and Rotterdam you may come across some personal challenges you need assistance with. The University offers various forms of guidance and advice to support you. Our counsellors are more than willing to help you with any non-study content related matters. Feel free to contact them.  



A special mention for the importance of insurance. Having insurance for healthcare, third party liability and housing is obliged by law when living in the Netherlands. You would not want to pay for unforeseen issues yourself as costs can be high. A good insurance may cover (part of) these sudden costs. More information on insurances can be found on our website. You can also ask for information at the One Stop Shops.


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