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Study in Rotterdam

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Why study in Rotterdam?

Rotterdam is a large port city in the Netherlands. It is a modern and diverse city well-suited to international students. The city holds annual events including marathons and film and musical festivals. For a quieter pace of life the city has many parks and green spaces for relaxing in good weather, as well as a number of libraries to study in.

Getting around the city is predominantly done by bike, meaning you should always be aware of bikes when you are walking around the city. For going further afield, the nearest airports are Rotterdam and Eindhoven, both flying internationally and throughout Europe. Rotterdam is also part of the Eurostar routes, meaning it has great links with London and Paris for students who want to explore other major European cities.

Universities in Rotterdam

Rotterdam's largest university is the Erasmus University Rotterdam, which is home to the biggest student association in the country. The university has a large overseas student population, meaning the international student community in Rotterdam is substantial.

Rotterdam is also home to a specialist art school and three Hogescholen (applied science universities).

What to study in Rotterdam

Universities in Rotterdam offer a wide range of qualifications including bachelor's degrees across a broad selection of subjects, as well as taught and research master's degrees. Specialist business schools within universities exist for MBAs.

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How to study in Rotterdam

Once you've found a university in Rotterdam and program you want study, you will need to apply to the university directly, or through Studielink if applicable.

Universities will assess your qualifications to see if you match the necessary entry requirements for a program, including your English proficiency.

Cost to study in Rotterdam

The cost of living in Rotterdam is comparable to many other European cities, however as a student city it is possible to find students discounts on food, clothing and entertainment. It’s important to remember that most students in the Netherlands live in private accommodation and not university halls, which can increase your costs.

Key facts of Rotterdam

  • 62/38°F Summer/winter temperature
  • 635,000 Population
  • 6 Universities
  • The Netherlands Country