Founded in 1913, Erasmus University Rotterdam is currently one the biggest universities of the Netherlands with a student population of 23,000 and a research community of circa 1,400.

Scholars and students in seven faculties and two institutions work on global social challenges in the areas of health, wealth, governance, and culture.

As part of a large global network of academic partnerships, in strategic alliance with Leiden University and Delft University of Technology and in a unique collaboration with city and port, the dynamic city of Rotterdam serves as our laboratory.

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) is a dynamic School of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, which offers five bachelor programmes, eight masters programmes, a research masters programme and a variety of courses in the fields of History, Arts and Culture Studies, and Media & Communication.

Further information on Erasmus University Rotterdam

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The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)

ESHCC’s History Department

Teaching Staff

Dr (Maarten) M.F. van Dijck

Associate Professor Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication at the Department of History

Research Interests

  • Theories and methodologies used in historical and social research
  • Urban history from long-term perspective
  • Evolution of democracy, civil societies and public spheres in the Low Countries
  • The unequal distribution of social resources in the Low Countries

Professor Dr Ben Wubs

Full Professor Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication at the Department of History

Research Interests

  • Multinationals, business systems, transnational economic regions, Dutch-German economic relations,  the transnational fashion industry, and histories of fashion

Professor Dr Hein A.M. Klemann

Professor of Social and Economic History at the Faculty of History and Arts

Research Interests

  • German-Dutch economic relations
  • Position of the Port of Rotterdam, the relation between the port and the German hinterland especially the Ruhr area and Rhine navigation

Dr (Jeroen) JJ Euwe

Assistant Professor Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication at the Department of History

Research Interests

  • Development of the (international) art market and its links to economic developments, cultural policy, and the canonisation of avantgarde art
  • Development of the transnational Rhine Economy
  • Structure analysis using transport flows
  • Financial and business history, and economic policy and international relations

Professor Dr (Paul) PT van de Laar

Full Professor Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication at the Department of History

Research Interests

  • Comparative port city history and migration history
  • Heritage of diversity

Professor Dr Ralf Futselaar

Endowed Professor Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication at the Department of History

Research Interests

  • Social history of war, genocide and medical history
  • Digital text mining and quantitative methods


You will need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Rotterdam. Erasmus University Rotterdam strongly recommends that GLOCAL students should start their housing search early on, because it can be difficult to find a room over the summer holiday. Sometimes outgoing exchange students from EUR are willing to swap rooms with incoming students. This option is also worth checking. Some practical advice is included in the sections below:

Short stay furnished accommodation – international students

The short stay accommodation of the Erasmus University Rotterdam is run by the housing office called SSH. They have four dorms with furnished rooms you can choose from. You can rent one of these rooms for a maximum of one year. Prices for short stay accommodation range between €510 and €590 including services (water, electricity, internet, taxes etc.).

Two dorms are off-campus, only 10 minutes walking distance from the university:

For Full-year students only:

For Full-year and semester students:

Two dorms are on-campus, for both Full-year and semester students:

  • Hatta Building: Private bedroom, shared bathroom/kitchen (3 persons)
  • F-Building: Private bedroom and kitchen, shared bathroom (6 persons)

Looking for a room in the private market

1) Read through the Housing website of the EUR, so you know the ins and outs of finding accommodation;

2) A good help in looking for accommodation, are the sources found on Accommodation Providers;

3) Use social media. Try linking to people that have connections in Rotterdam;

4) If you end up renting a room on the private market, carefully read the section on Legal Aspects to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

5) Make sure you understand your tenancy agreement and the terms of notice. Make any necessary payments in advance, but be aware of landlords who ask you to wire money to a “Money Transfer Agent” (such as Western Union or GWK), because they could be frauds. Money should always be transferred to a Dutch bank account. But rest assured: problems of this kind are rare.

6) Let the landlord know exactly when you will be arriving in Rotterdam and arrange a time for picking up the key.

7) Find out beforehand how to get to your new accommodation from the airport or train station (public transport planner) – you won’t be the first one to get lost on their first day in Rotterdam.

Registering at City Hall/ Municipality

International students who will be living in the Netherlands for more than 4 months are obliged to register at the City Hall in the town in which you are living. After registration, you will receive your citizen service number (BSN-number).

If you prefer to register at the City at another date, please make an appointment through the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Students will then have to bring the following documents:

  • Registration form (see website)

  • Valid Passport or valid identity card

  • A rental contract and a tenancy agreement

  • Dutch residence permit (non-EU/EEA students only)

  • Birth certificate

Cost of living

Click here for information on the cost of living in Rotterdam

Visa information

Everything you need to know about visas and residence permits for study at Erasmus University Rotterdam can be found on the EUR website here.