Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is a large research university located in the buzzing city of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. O’Neill undergraduate students are invited to participate in a semester exchange program with EUR’s honors college, Erasmus University College (EUC). EUC specializes in approaching topical subjects and social issues through an interdisciplinary perspective with an emphasis on active learning. This selective exchange program gives preference to O’Neill honors students, but all O’Neill undergraduates are eligible to apply.
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Learn more about O’Neill undergraduate exchange with Erasmus University College
Students should work with their O’Neill academic advisor to determine which semester will fit best for them to study at EUC. Below are the general timeframes of EUC’s academic calendar. Please use these time frames to help in planning your semester abroad:
Fall Semester (Erasmus “Quad 1” & “Quad 2”): Late August - Mid December
Spring Semester (Erasmus “Quad 3” & “Quad 4”): Late January - Mid June
Erasmus University College courses range in field from the social sciences to economics and business to the humanities. Most classes are small in size and all classes are conducted in English. You will be in class with local Dutch students as well as other international exchange students. In the classroom, active participation and critical inquiry is required as part of the “problem-based learning” (PBL) method of teaching that EUC uses. Students can expect a lively classroom environment where professors encourage engaging with the course material and contributing to discussion.
You can view course offerings from prior semesters as examples of coursework available at EUC as an exchange student. Although course offerings are similar from year to year, all courses are subject to change:
You should prepare to take the equivalent of 15 IU credits during your semester at EUC. Two European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are equal to one IU credit, requiring you to enroll in a minimum of 30 ECTS credits throughout the semester.
You must take 30 ECTS (15 IU credits) during your semester at EUC
If you drop below the required 30 ECTS enrollment while abroad, you will be awarded F grades for the missing credits (ex: if you register for 24 ECTS (12 IU credits), you will be give an F grade for the missing 3 IU credits) as per IU policy. Please maintain required enrollment!
You may apply if you:
- are an admitted O’Neill major or minor
- have at least a 3.2 cumulative and O’Neill GPA; 3.5 GPA preferred
As EUC is an honors college, preference will be given to high achieving O’Neill undergraduate students
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) provides a variety of living options for visiting international exchange students including on-campus and off-campus accommodations. Please review the EUR housing website for more details. This website advises students on the Rotterdam housing market, neighborhoods, pricing, timelines, how to find something on- or off-campus, etc.
Furthermore, EUR has reserved almost 800 furnished rooms with third-party student housing providers SSH and XIOR. In addition, the staff in the International Office at EUR provide valuable housing information to students once selected for the exchange program.
Rotterdam is a large city and the housing rental market is quite competitive. Students are encouraged to start their housing search early. It is important to follow the direction of the host university’s exchange coordinator with regards to housing applications and deadlines.
Semester tuition will cost the same as if you were studying at IU – you will register and pay for 15 credits at your normal IU tuition rate (in-state or out-of-state) through your bursar account. No tuition will be paid to EUC.
In addition to tuition, you will be responsible for covering your own overseas expenses including airfare, food, and housing. Roughly $1,200 dollars a month should cover food, housing, fun, study materials, and incidentals. Your biggest cost variable will be housing.
Merit-based and need-based scholarships are available for students participating in O'Neill exchanges.
O'Neill scholarship application deadlines are the same as the program application deadlines. For spring semester exchanges, the deadline is September 1. For fall semester exchanges, the deadline is February 1.
Information regarding scholarship eligibility, applying, and additional funding available, can be found on the Understanding Your Overseas Financial Aid Options page.
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