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Frequently asked questions

When you are coming to the physical day in Rotterdam, make sure to bring the following basic items:

  • Cash money, ID card, debit card, insurance card
  • Charged OV-chipcard (public transportation card) to be able to use public transport.
  • Face mask (this is really important)
  • Shoes in which you can walk the whole day
  • Umbrella and/or rain coat (of course the weather will be beautiful, but you never know…)

For a full checklist download this pdf: Checklist Eurekaweek 2021

This year, the Eurekaweek will take place between Monday the 16th of August and Thursday the 19th of August 2021. In addition, on the 15th of August we organize an extra day specifically and only for international students. 

No! The Eurekaweek is the official introduction week of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and has nothing to do with an initiation (“ragging” /”hazing”). You won’t have to do anything you don’t want to!

Yes, the Eurekaweek will definitely go on! 

Over the past year, the Dutch government has taken several measures to combat the spread of Covid-19. The Eurekaweek will take place in a form that respects these measures. However, it is not yet clear what the measures will be in August. Right now, we are working out different scenarios. There are special Covid-updates our website. Keep an eye on our website for the latest information. 

No, you do not receive ECTS for participating in this week. However, the Eurekaweek is a very useful week, where you can get to know your fellow students, Rotterdam, the University, the associations and the student life much better.

  1. You can only access the locations if you wear an official Eurekaweek wristband or Eurekaweek guest wristband. The Eurekaweek board always reserves the right to deny someone access to the location. 
  2. Before you enter any location, your bag will be checked by the security service.
  3. The legal drinking age in the Netherlands is 18 years, therefore students that are 18+ wear a green wristband. Minors wear a white glow in the dark wristbandduring the week. This way the organization can verify who is allowed to drink.  
  4. Minors are not allowed to drink or smoke. If this does happen, the offender will be removed from the location and he/she will be excluded from further participation in theEurekaweek.
  5. All types of drugs (hard and soft drugs) areprohibited. Nitrous oxide capsules are also included.

As a participant you will be divided into groups with about 12 to 15 fellow students. There are two senior students from your study in each group, who will guide you and show you Rotterdam. These guides receive training in advance for drug & alcohol use awareness, group dynamics, and training in dealing with calamities and conflict. 

No, it is not mandatory, but it is definitely recommended. Apart from all the fun activities in the program, it is also a very convenient way to make new college friends! 

The credit can be used to buy additional consumptions during the week at some of the events. It is linked to your personal account, your personal balance. The remaining credit at the end of your week will be returned to you. At some events you are able to add credit to your balance. By adding credit before the Eurekaweek, you can skip possible queues during the week.

It depends on the rules of the government whether or not we have to keep this distance. If this must be kept, we have a scenario that makes sure that all participants can keep their distance.

Participants who do not follow the rules, can be imposed with different sanctions. In the worst case, participants can be denied participation from the Eurekaweek.


If you notice a situation where the set measures are not followed you can do two things: At all of the locations, crew is available where you can report (presumable) violations. If you don’t see anyone form the Eurekaweek organisation in the vicinity, violations can be reported via eureka@eur.nl or 010 40 82 154.




For now the instructions during August are not clear yet.

Last year the procedure was:

There will be three moments where the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) will ask health questions:

  1. In the email that is sent to all the participants beforehand.
  2. When opening the Eurekaweek-app.
  3. Every morning via the guides of the groups.

Yes, the Eurekaweek will definitely go on! 

Over the past year, the Dutch government has taken several measures to combat the spread of Covid-19. The Eurekaweek will take place in a form that respects these measures. However, it is not yet clear what the measures will be in August. Right now, we are working out different scenarios. There are special Covid-updates our website. Keep an eye on our website for the latest information. 

This will be announced later this year. Keep an eye on our socials @eurekaweek and this website for updates and more information. We expect that the Eurekaweek is going to be offline for at least multiple days.

Note: This is our expectation and we can’t guarantee that this is going to happen.

The Eurekaweek must follow the guidelines set by the government in August.

One of the important pillars of the Eurekaweek is that during the Eurekaweek you will get to meet a lot of new people. We strongly advice you to open up to this amazing opportunity! However, nothing in the Eurekaweek is mandatory, you can (in consultation with your guides) switch groups.

No, we attempt to place every participant in groups with students who are in the same year of their study. Furthermore, we’ll also try to match you with guides who have followed the same program, so that they are able to tell you everything about your study.

Of course! You can always use your own smartphone. In addition, a service team is available all week, both offline and online. During the day, a Eurekaweek board member will always be available through the following number: +31 (0) 10-4082154. In case of an emergency, you can also contact the Eurekaweek board in the evening or at night. 
Our system contains lists with phone numbers of all participants and guides, therefore the Eurekaweek board can reach everyone at every moment and pass on messages from guides to participants, and vice versa. 

The Eurekaweek is meant for everyone who is going to study at the Erasmus University. The participants can be prospective Bachelor, Pre-Master or Master students. 

No, unfortunately it is not possible to participate in the Eurekaweek as a HBO-student, as it is organized by Erasmus University. 

Definitely! Eurekaweek is much more than just a sightseeing tour of Rotterdam. Besides exploring the city of Rotterdam, the Eurekaweek is also a way to meet fellow students, get to know the university and to learn all about the possibilities during your study time.

Yes, for sure! For more information about participating in the Eurekaweek with a functional impairment click here

Registration is through our website. The moment we receive your payment, you’re automatically enrolled. We will inform you as soon as the official ticket sale starts. Until that time, you can pre-register on our pre-registration form: https://eurekaweek.tactile.events/event/eurekaweek-2021—preregister

There are multiple ways to pay for the Eurekaweek. All students can pay with Paypal or credit card and Dutch students can also pay with iDeal. You can indicate your preferred method during your registration. 

  • What precaution measures are taken by Eurekaweek to prevent sexual harassment or sexual violence? Our house rules are clear and known by all students who participate at the Eurekaweek. Extra house rules regarding this matter can be found on the ‘Are You Okay Out There? Platform’ page under Useful for Students.
  • Who do you contact about sexual harassment or violence during the introduction week? Have you experienced sexual harassment or do you see someone’s being harassed? Always contact the crew or the board.
  • Do you need help? At the Sexual Assault Centre you will get specialised help. Call them at 0800-0188 (24/7). Or go to www.centrumseksueelgeweld.nl

No element in the program is mandatory. However, it would be nice if you could let your guides know beforehand.

For a number of participants, there is a place to sleep in the sports hall of the Erasmus University, location Woudestein. You can apply for a place at the moment you are registering or through the website. Please note: the facilities are normally used during the day, which means that you have to leave the facility before 10:30.

This day is not a part of the official program for every student. In other words, the International Day is an extra event for all international students. During this event you will get all the information you need to live and study in the Netherlands and you will have the opportunity to ask all the questions you might have. It will help foreign students to get the most important and practical information in one go. You will also get an introduction to the Dutch language, play typical Dutch games and you will have the chance to meet other International students!

Yes! Depending on the scenario, food will be distributed in different places. In all scenarios, you can count on getting three meals a day from Eurekaweek. 

This year, vegetarian food will be the norm during Eurekaweek! For other preferences like allergies or religion, please let us know in the registration form. We will do our best to take every preference into account.

No, this is of course your own choice. During the week the student associations will present themselves. It is possible to become a member during the Eurekaweek, after this week this isn’t possible anymore.

No, the introductions of the student associations are the week after Eurekaweek.

Student social associations provide activities during the program. As a participant you will be divided into shifts to visit these associations. They also organize an evening program and there is a possibility that you have dinner at one of the student social associations on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

You are not obliged to join the study association of your faculty. However, they organize various parties, social drinks, study trips and other activities. This is not only educational, but also a good way to get to know some of your fellow students and have a lot of fun. Moreover, many study associations provide discount on books and study material. 

The study associations will present themselves during the various activities during the week and you can find information on our online platform and website.  This allows you to gain enough information about your relevant associations.

No, the study associations have their own introduction periods, which are usually in the weekends before or after the Eurekaweek.

The sports associations will introduce themselves during the physical program and you can find information on our platform and our website. This allows you to get to know the different sports associations. The same applies to the cultural associations, they will also attend our activities and you can find more information online.