Not even 500 km away from HSBA, Rotterdam Business School with students from over 30 countries offers an international atmosphere, English-language programmes and a focus on an applied nature.
Have you ever heard of “Ontbijtkoek”? This honey cake with butter on top is a typical Dutch breakfast that you have to try when in the Netherlands. Other essentials include a canal cruise (e.g. in Utrecht, Amsterdam or Leiden), a visit to Keukenhof flower garden in Lisse with its more than 7 million tulip bulbs (only open in April and May!), a trip to the 19 windmills in Kinderdijk-Elshout (UNESCO World Heritage Site) or the cheese markets in Alkmaar, Edam or Gouda. Because of the flat landscape, the best way to discover the country is using the 32,000 km of cycle paths on a typical Dutch bike. On 27 April, Holland celebrates ‘Koningsdag’ (Kings Day) and the whole country turns orange, making a summer semester in Rotterdam a very special experience.
Rotterdam has the third-largest maritime port in Europe and was European City of Culture in 2001. It was “city of architecture” in 2007, is a leading city for industry and commerce and the second-largest city in the Netherlands (with more than 620,000 inhabitants). It is also one of the country’s main cultural cities as well as the birthplace of Robin van Persie and Jeffrey Bruma. This architectural city with a constantly changing skyline is characterised by modernisation. The Splashtours offer a unique way to discover the city: on a special amphibious bus that can travel by road and by water. “Tijdtrap” offers an archaeological journey back in time on an escalator in the “Markthal” market hall and is also worth a visit. De Kuip, probably the nicest football stadium in the Netherlands, is also worth seeing, as is “De Delft” wharf.
Rotterdam Business School belongs to Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. With 30,000 students, the latter is one of the largest universities in the Netherlands. In very modern buildings with advanced technology, RBS prepares students for a career in international business. The international atmosphere is also reflected in the more than 80 partner universities and the exchange students from 30 different countries. It is worth joining RISA (Rotterdam International Student Association), which organises activities for students such as social dinners, parties, international trips and sports events. You can buy a sports card at Erasmus University with which you can use the different sports facilities for tennis, squash, fitness and aerobics classes. In the month of September, you can try out the facilities for free.
While a motor home may be more traditional, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences offers exchange students furnished apartments; we recommend that you make use of this service. You can register at https://www.sshxl.nl/en; accommodation is provided on a first come, first served basis. Depending on the accommodation, prices range from between EUR 350.00 and EUR 450.00 per month. There is also a registration fee of EUR 120.00.