WWU Exchange in the Netherlands:
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR):
- Is located in the richly historical city of Rotterdam;
- Is consistently listed amongst the top universities in the world;
- has close ties with the international business community;
- has a student population of around 21,000, out of which about 5,400 are international students
If you want to broaden your horizon, come into contact with different cultures and have a great time in a multi- faceted city, Erasmus University Rotterdam offers specialized non-degree courses combined with a dynamic student life. With exchange relations with some 240 universities in nearly 50 countries worldwide, EUR offers exchange students from around the world the opportunity to enrich their degrees with an international perspective.
EUR has multiple colleges, generally referred to as Faculties or Schools. Students should be aware that Western only has exchange agreements with Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Limited access to coursework offered at other faculties may be possible on a case-by-case basis. Students should also note that these faculties operate autonomously to the extent that they have separate application processes and academic calendars.
Holland, or more formally the Netherlands, is an internationally oriented and innovative country with an economically stable and safe society located in the Gateway to Europe. Home to the largest port in the world, Rotterdam is at the heart of a maze of rivers and artificial waterways that together form the outlet of the rivers Rijn (Rhine) and Maas (Meuse). After devastating damage during World War II, Rotterdam has grown into a vibrant city with a great deal of cultural attractions.
Rotterdam's attractions include most notably the Kunsthal, exhibiting contemporary art, and the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, which has an outstanding art collection including representative works from almost all the most important Dutch painters. Other city highlights include Oude Haven, the city’s oldest harbor, ravaged during World War II but sympathetically redeveloped, and Delfshaven, an antique harbor that managed to survive the bombs intact. Rotterdam also boasts a string of first-rate festivals, including the much-lauded North Sea Jazz Festival and the colorful Summer Carnival.
Academic Program and Courses
Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (ESSB)
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)
- Fall Semester: First week of September – Last week of December (3 blocks – 5 weeks each)
- Spring Semester: First week January – Last week of June/1st week
of July (5 blocks, 5 weeks each)
- Academic calendar in detail
The Education System at EUR
Block system – School of Social and Behavioral Science
- Fall Semester: Early September to Late January (2 terms – 10 and 12 weeks)
- Spring Semester: Early February to Mid-June (2 terms – 10 weeks each)
- History department follows a separate calendar
- Academic Calendar in detail
The academic year at ESSB is divided into eight blocks. Each block is intensively devoted to one course and lasts approximately five weeks. Exchange students spending the months of September until December at our faculty will usually take part in the first three blocks.
As an exception to this, block 1 and 2 are mostly connected. In this period, third-year Dutch students choose their minor. Each minor is a cluster of courses related to a certain topic and equals 15 ECTS. The courses within the minor are interrelated and do not overlap in schedule.
Please click here
for a more detailed overview of the academic calendar.
Erasmus University Rotterdam uses the European Credit Transfer System
. One ECTS credit is the equivalent of 28 hours and includes lectures, reading, and preparation for exams, independent study and the writing of papers. A full-time course load is 30 ECTS for a semester and 60 ECTS for an academic year. The conversion rate from ECTS to quarter credits is .75. (30 ECTS is roughly 22 quarter credits.)
Exams are scheduled at the end of each course, block or semester. The assessment of a student’s progress and performance differs per course. There is usually a written exam, while a presentation and class participation might also part of the grade. At the beginning of the course, the rules of assessment will be explained.
On campus and off campus housing options are available. On Campus, housing is very limited and therefore not guaranteed. Note that it is assigned on a first come, first served basis. Most students arrange for housing through the private market. EUR maintains a webpage
to help you find accommodations. Here are a few things to keep in mind when arranging accommodations:
- The ability of EUR to arrange housing for you exists, but it is very limited.
- Know what to expect
- Students typically share an apartment
- Rent tends to range from 500 – 750 Euros per month. Utilities may or may not be included in rent
- Rotterdam is a big city – in which area do you want to live? Take a look at the map and descriptions of the areas on this page to get a better overview of Rotterdam’s neighborhoods
- Be cautious – just as you would renting a place in Bellingham. Fraud does exist. Check with your EUR coordinator if you have questions or concerns
- Send out as many inquiries as you can
- Before signing anything, read this webpage about Tenancy Agreements to inform yourself about what to look for in a contract. Do you have questions about the contract, your rights as a tenant or the rules and regulations? Feel free to contact the Housing Hotline for advice
- If you cannot find housing before you arrive, it is always possible to stay at an Airbnb or a hostel at first while you continue looking.
Exchange program participants will pay a student fee based on WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. For students studying abroad for three quarters, this fee will be equal to in-state tuition and mandatory fees. Students studying abroad for a single semester will pay a semester rate for tuition, which equates to ½ year of in-state tuition. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.
Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Academic Year 2018): ~$2,750 per quarter
Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Single Semester 2018): ~$3,940
Housing: 500 – 750 euro per month
Meals: 250 – 350 euros per month
Books: ~150 euros
Insurance: 65 euros
Airfare: $1000 - $1,500
The program may allow for time, which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.
How to apply
- Trip to Paris: 35 euros
- Trip to Brussels: 30 euros
- Trip to London: 60 euros
You have to be nominated by Western’s EdAbroad office before you can apply for admission to EUR. In order to be nominated, you must create an EdAbroad application and come in for an interview. There are four items in the EdAbroad application you must complete prior to the interview. Those items are:
- Sign the Read & Sign forms
- Pay the application fee
- Answer the Questionnaire
- Submit a completed Recommendation.
Although not required at this point, it would be helpful if you indicated in the questionnaire which EUR college you wanted to attend. Nomination decisions will be made as soon as possible after all potential candidates have been interviewed. Students will be notified by email about the nomination decision. Note that students will be required to pay a $500 deposit against tuition after accepting the nomination.
- Deadline to submit EdAbroad application material: February 1st
- Deadline for completing EUR online application: May 1st. (Note that the on-campus housing application system opens around mid-April. Students submitting their applications to EUR by April 1 should be able to access the housing portal by the time it opens.)
- Deadline to submit EdAbroad application material: June 1st
- Deadline for completing EUR online application: October 1st
: EdAbroad office submits nomination to EUR
Western students have access to the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the School of History, Media and Communication. Before I submit your nomination to EUR, I will need to know in which of the schools you wish to take the majority of your courses.
: EUR will contact you by email with application instructions.
Students should be prepared to provide the following:
- A list of courses they want to study. It is possible with prior approval for students to take a course outside of the main Faculty to which they applied.
- A scan of your passport
- A scan of your official transcripts
- A letter indicated the date you expect to graduate
: Students applying to the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences may need to demonstrate proficiency in Problem-Based Learning by completing a digital training course. EUR will provide instructions as needed.
: Student received acceptance offer.
EUR will provide you with information regarding all practical matters at this time.
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