Magellan Magellan


Rotterdam is one of the largest ports in the world, the second largest city and the industrial heart of the Netherlands, and the economic, social and cultural center of the Rhine region.  In addition, Rotterdam is a city of modern architecture, events, leisure, and recreation.  Its international orientation as a port and the regeneration of its city center has made Rotterdam a business city without parallel.


Bachelor Courses in English
Business. Courses taught in English are available in the¬†Business Pressure Cooker program, which focuses on actual business situations utilizing case challenges, some of which involve visits to real companies.¬† As part of a “senior management team”, students are responsible for identifying key challenges facing a company, formulating strategy, and making action plans.¬† The Business¬†Pressure Cooker program is¬†appropriate for students who are in the final year of their bachelor program. Students enroll for a fixed program of 24 ECTS (12 credit hours) as well as 6 ECTS (3 credit hours) of electives.


NOTE: Participation for one semester only; academic year placements not possible.


Master Courses in English
Master-level students are not able to be accepted.


Language Courses
The Business Pressure Cooker program includes an elective course “Elementary Dutch,” which teaches the basics of the Dutch language.


Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences is accredited by NVAO (Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders) and NIBS (Network of International Business Schools).


Exchange Student Application
Once approved for study by Magellan, you will be asked to complete an additional exchange student application.  This application must be completed by November 1 for those attending the spring semester and by May 1 for those attending the fall semester.


All exchange students participate in Introduction Days to learn about the university and the community.  In addition, you will be assigned a Dutch buddy.


Special Certificate
Students who successfully complete all credits during a Business Pressure Cooker will receive a certificate at the end of the semester.


Internships primarily in marketing are possible off-campus with a work permit; however, they can be difficult to find.  When available, placements usually require 32-40 hours per week; credit can be granted by the university for the internship.


Part-time Employment
Not possible


Students with Disabilities
The university has limited capability of accommodating a student with a physical or learning disability.  Shops and services in the community also have limited accessibility.  If you have any questions, please contact the student counselors.


Grades & Transcripts

The university uses a 1-10 point evaluation system, with 6 being the minimum passing exam score.  For additional details on transfer of credits, please refer to the Student Guidebook.


All exchange students will receive a transcript at the conclusion of the semester.


Health Insurance
All students must have adequate health insurance for their time in Rotterdam.  You can purchase a policy if you are not adequately covered. Additional information about international student health insurance in the Netherlands is available.


Approximately 100-200 EUR per semester


US students planning to study in the Netherlands do not need a visa to enter the country.  However, if you remain in the EU longer than 90 days, you MUST obtain a residence permit for the Netherlands (192 EUR).  Students who are in EU countries for 90 days or less are not required to obtain a Netherlands residence permit.  Leisure travel within the EU must be included in the 90-day limit.  If you take classes over a 75-day period, you will only have 15 additional days before and/or after your academic experience for travel within the EU. Non-US citizens should check to see if a visa is required.



Residence Halls.  The university will assist you with arranging a shared room in one of the privately owned residence halls in Rotterdam, or you can search for your own accommodation on the private market.  Residence hall rooms are furnished, but you will need to bring or buy towels, bedding, and utensils.  Regular rent ranges from approximately 430-650 EUR.  You will likely need 700-900 EUR per month to cover housing, food, and personal expenses.  Please refer to the housing information for additional details.


Please note that if you wish to use Student Housing services, you should inform them as early as possible due to the limited number of available apartments.


Students may make meals at home or eat in any of a number of restaurants, cafes, or snack bars located at the university and in the city.



Fly into Rotterdam, or fly to Amsterdam, Brussels, or Paris and then take a direct train to Rotterdam.


For transportation within the city and its surroundings, Rotterdam has tram, bus, and underground metro options.


Rotterdam is a dynamic city bustling with activity.  Attractions, festivals, concerts, theatre performances, and events take place throughout the year in the modern city center.  Rotterdam has a wide range of museums, cafés, restaurants, and other places of entertainment.  Activities are also organized on campus.


There are many shops and shopping centers throughout the city.


The climate is typical of a maritime west coast:¬† unstable but moderate, with mild winters and cool summers.¬† Days with temperatures below 22¬įF or above 86¬įF are unusual.¬† Clouds and wind are common features.¬† The annual rainfall is moderate but unpredictable.