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  • Locations: Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: UMD applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships or Service Learning Available: No
Housing: Apartment, Dormitory Type of Program: Exchange
Program Description:

This program is full for 2019-2020
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Program Highlights

  • Live in The Netherlands second largest city, Rotterdam (also one of the largest port cities in the world)
  • Enroll in one of the world's top universities in an innovative country
  • Rotterdam is one of the most diverse cities in the Netherlands

Program Overview

Rotterdam, one of the largest port cities in the world, offers an international city rich with cultural diversity and events. This modern city has an impressive and ever changing skyline. Known as the “Gateway to Europe” Rotterdam is located on the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta on the north sea and is at the center of a rail, road, air and waterway hub that extends throughout most of mainland Europe. Being a young, dynamic city, Rotterdam is constantly redefining itself so there is always something new to discover. In 2014 both the New York Times and Rough guides identified Rotterdam as a ‘must see city.’

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)—originally started as the Netherlands School of Commerce in 1913, the university has been known as Erasmus University Rotterdam since 1973. EUR currently has an enrollment of over 22,000 students. The university has concentrated its education and research in four areas of expertise: Health, Wealth, Governance, and Culture. The cohesion in these areas is conducive to multidisciplinary collaboration in education and research. EUR strives to achieve academic excellence and is highly ranked among schools in the Netherlands and across the world.

UMD has a direct exchange with the Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication (ESHCC). Students may enroll in courses within this school as well as limited courses within the other schools at EUR. 



Erasmus University Rotterdam uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Four UMD credits are equal to 7.5 ECTS credits. Students should enroll in 30 ECTS credits per term (15 UMD credits). Understand how grades and credits will be converted at UMD by viewing the Erasmus University Rotterdam Grade & Credit Equivalents document.

Erasmus School of History, Culture, & Communication (ESHCC) courses are offered in English for exchange students in the following areas: Arts & Culture, Media & Communication Studies, and History. Applicants will need to select which track they will apply to:

  • History, Arts, & Cultural Studies, or
  • Communication & Media Studies
At least 50% of your course selections must be from the selected track (or “host department”). Early planning and careful selection of courses are important, as there is no add/drop period. See full details about courses on the ESHCC Courses and Study Information website.

Courses can be selected from other departments or EUR schools/faculties (Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Philosophy, Rotterdam School of Management, or Erasmus School of Law). There are enrollment restrictions and academic calendars do vary between EUR schools.

Important Semester Dates (approximate):

Fall Semester

  • beginning of September - beginning of February

Spring Semester

  • mid-February - mid-June

*​Do not book travel until you are accepted by EUR and receive further details. *

Semester Program Costs

Click the links for detailed cost breakdowns for Erasmus University Rotterdam:

Fall 2019 Term Costs
Program Cost: $5,997
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $9,500
Estimate Total Cost: $15,300

Academic Year 2019–20 Costs
Program Cost: $11,700
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $17,070
Estimate Total Cost: $28,620

Spring 2020 Term Costs
Program Cost: $5,997
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $9,500
Estimate Total Cost: $15,300
Compare this program cost to UMD's cost of attendance for an academic year.

If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.

What's included in the program fee?

  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • Entry visa assistance
  • Pick-up service from Schipol Airport
  • On-site orientation
  • On-site staff support
  • Erasmus Student Network Buddie program
  • Foreign transcript issuance
  • Grade posting at UMD
  • Foreign course evaluation at UMD
  • Re-entry support

Financial Aid

Consult with One Stop to see how financial aid can apply to study abroad

  • Receive guidance about all things money related
  • Ask for estimates and budget samples
  • Learn when and how financial aid is disbursed
  • Ask about other scholarship opportunities & loan info


Plan your budget

Download this Study Abroad Budget Planning Form to estimate costs. Create duplicates to compare this program with others. 


Housing in the Netherlands typically consists of individual bedrooms, with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Student housing can be expensive so it pays to do your research and find housing within your budget. Finding housing can be challenging, so you are strongly encouraged to search for it before you arrive. See details about housing at EUR.

A limited number of short-term (12-months or less) pre-arranged housing options by EUR with SSH housing office are available. These placements can be a bit more expensive as the apartments are furnished. 

Travel Documents

  • Get a passport. It takes 6 weeks to receive your passport. Make sure your passport expiration date lasts at least 6 months after your program ends
  • A Dutch student visa is required for participation on the program. (Our office will assist with the resident permit application)
  • Roundtrip airfare should only be purchased after official acceptance from the foreign university 

How to Apply

A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of your online application. Provide the following program info when you apply:

Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: (Fall/Spring/Academic year etc.)
Country: Netherlands
Program Name: Study in Rotterdam, Netherlands – Erasmus University Rotterdam (select your track)

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NOTE: Although applications are received and processed at UMD, Erasmus University Rotterdam will issue final acceptance.

After you apply

  1. You will receive an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
  2. Follow instructions for submitting your checklist items on time
  3. Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your application and monitor the progress of your checklist
  4. Your program coordinator (or short-term program leader) will confirm your acceptance
  5. Once accepted, you must complete a confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
  6. Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed

If you decide to cancel, you must login to the application system and submit a “Cancel Request.” 

UMD Program Contact

Contact Jerolyn Bruns, the Study Abroad Program Coordinator with any questions.

UMD Study Abroad
UMD 138 Kirby Plaza
1208 Kirby Drive
Duluth MN 55812
(218) 726 8764 or (877) 755-4200


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This program is currently not accepting applications.