My name is Felicia Graur, and currently, I am doing my Marketing Master at Erasmus School of Economics. Even though I have just started the MSc in September I have managed to form a clear opinion regarding the university and I am more than happy to share it will potential candidates that are looking for a place to start their academic careers.
Therefore, I would like to begin by mentioning the accessibility of information that the university provides to its potential and existing students. In the process of evaluating my master options, the university websites provide a clear and detailed description of the specific requirements and courses within certain masters, accompanied by alumni personal opinions regarding the programme. Personally, this specific aspect played a crucial role that influenced my master programme decision. Additionally, once enrolled within a programme, I got to receive a fair amount of follow-up emails suggesting the next steps needed to be taken in order to continue my transition not only within the university community but also in Rotterdam as a city. On their official website, the university provides guidance when it comes to finding accommodation by conveying specialised websites, that specifically target students; thus the university contributes towards easing the struggle of finding a place to live in Rotterdam.
Although helpful, this abundance of information directed at the new students at times seems overwhelming. In my opinion, I must say that the initial two weeks of September, the start of the academic year, was pretty chaotic for me, given the fact that the university works with more than 2 portals. Therefore, it took me a while to understand how to distinguish the different platforms. However, one should not be worried, as the accommodation period will not last for more than a few weeks. In addition there is always the opportunity to ask your fellow students or professors.
Having mentioned the implication of professors in the academic life of the students, I can state that compared with my previous education, the relationship between teacher-student is a much closer one than previously experienced. I have already had the chance to conversate with my professors not only regarding academic or course-related topics but also relating to potential job opportunities within their field of work. I must say that the conversations were quite inspiring and helped me answer certain personal questions regarding my future career and what could be its optimal starting point.
Finally, I cannot but mention the advanced campus structure, where on a fairly small surface the university has managed to incorporate all that a student might need: helping/service desks, a great number of study spaces, library, sports/activity center, food canteenes/cafes and last but not least a pub. Erasmus University is indeed a small city in itself within the beautiful city of Rotterdam.