Getting started

Our experience has shown that a good start is crucial to the successful completion of any PhD project. Therefore, the Graduate School has several services to accommodate to the needs of starting PhD candidates. On this page you will find information about the following topics:

  • Soft landing programme
  • Peer-to-peer programme
  • International student handbook
  • International staff at EUR
  • A beginner's guide to dutch academia 
  • Rotterdam Expat Centre and The Hague International Centre
  • EUR virtual experience

Soft landing programme

Each year, the Graduate School organises a so-called soft landing programme for new PhD candidates. The programme consists of:

  • Matching with a PhD peer (see below)
  • EUR welcome ceremony
  • Rotterdam city tour

For more information and registration, check out the 2019-2020 Soft Landing brochure!

PhD peer-to-peer programme

New PhD candidates can request a PhD peer. A PhD peer is a more experienced PhD candidate who will help you through the first stage of your PhD. For three consecutive months they give you advice about support services, life as a PhD, and much more.

The benefits of having a PhD peer

  • A point of contact for at least three consecutive months
  • Works at the same faculty and is familiar with the specific procedures
  • Is experienced with the opportunities and pitfalls of a doctoral trajectory

Return the favour. Become a PhD peer!
Once you are settled in and have gained some experience, you can also return the favour and register to become a PhD peer. To help you fulfil your role as a peer, we offer:

  • Free workshop in cross cultural awareness and communication
  • A recommendation letter by the Graduate School Dean
  • An annually PhD peer diner with a special guest
  • Annually 25 book coupons will be allotted among the peers

International student handbook

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) has compiled a handbook for international students. The majority of the information also applies to PhD candidates. In the handbook, you will find information on Erasmus University Rotterdam, living in the Netherlands and a whole lot more.

International staff at EUR

EUR also has a webpage dedicated to international staff members. The page includes a checklist with all the information you need before and after your arrival in the Netherlands.

Rotterdam Expat Centre and The Hague International Centre

Rotterdam and The Hague have specific information desks for expats. These offices are one-stop-shops for assistance in anything ranging from registration at the municipality, to healthcare, housing, taxes and much more. The offices offer free, tailor- made information and services to all expats.

Rotterdam Expat Centre

Korte Hoogstraat 31
3011 GK Rotterdam
+31 (0)10 790 01 90

The Hague International Centre

City Hall (Atrium) Spui 70
2511 BT The Hague
+31 (0)70 353 50 43