The Netherlands (IFMSA-The Netherlands) - Rotterdam
Orthopaedics, Surgery-Plastic Surgery, Surgery-Paediatric, Pathology, Anesthesiology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonology, Radiology
All year except September and December
Student room
Pocket money
You are required to take an MRSA-test 4 weeks prior to the exchange. Furthermore, you are required to come one week earlier for a local MRSA-test.
LEO Rotterdam
scope.rotterdam database

Welcome to the Explore Page of Rotterdam, The Netherlands!

Rotterdam is the place to be for an astonishing medical experience. In 2014, the Erasmus University has been named the Best Medicine-College of all universities in the Netherlands. The Erasmus Medical Centre is a recognized world leader in innovations for health and care.

By choosing Rotterdam for your clerkship, You will be guaranteed an amazing experience.
Rotterdam is a major port city and is located in the province South- Holland. Rotterdam is not “just” a port city, the port of Rotterdam is Europe`s largest and most important, it is even the largest port in the world. With 623.956 residents it is the second largest city in the Netherlands. The most special part of our city is that it contains approximately 176 different national identities! As you can imagine you won’t have any trouble fitting in and you will easily feel at home. Besides being a very modern and pluralistic city, it also has a long history. The name Rotterdam dates back to the thirteenth century and refers to a dam in the Rotte river. The historic town was largely destroyed by German bombing in May 1940. After World War II, Rotterdam was rebuild and is currently high rated on the architectural ladder.

We hope to see you soon!

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The Erasmus Medical Center (EMC) is the hospital affiliated with the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). The hospital is the largest University Medical Center in Europe and the second largest hospital of the Netherlands. The Erasmus MC is the result of the merging in 2002 of Dijkzigt Hospital, Sophia Children’s Hospital and the Daniel Den Hoed-clinic with the Faculty of Medicine And Health of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. If you want to know more about the hospital, you can visit the Erasmus MC website: .

At the beginning of your clerkship you will receive pocket money. This will be around €140,-. You can use the money to explore our city and the rest of the country! As you don’t get any meals served by us, you can indeed use the money for your living expenses during your clerkship in Rotterdam. Our city and hospital are provided with a lot of lovely restaurants you can spend your money on!
When you arrive in our beautiful city Rotterdam you will generally be picked up by a Local Exchange Officer at Rotterdam Central Station (which is also a must see in our city!). Together with the LEO you will travel to your accommodation and get a guided tour from him/her through your “residence” which you will be using for 4-5 weeks. The room you will be staying in belongs to an Erasmus University student, and has been arranged by a LEO before your arrival. Thankfully we have some nice students who are willing to offer their room for our exchange students. We always try our very best to arrange a room that is near the city centre and close to the hospital. However, during the summer time this is not always possible due to the large number of exchange students. The room, of course, is provided with a bed, a matrass and a closet.
The easiest way to travel through our little country is by using public transportation. Especially in a city like Rotterdam it is almost impossible to find a parking spot if you are traveling by car.
There is a wide variety of tickets, cards and subscriptions for public transport in the Netherlands. The OV-chipkaart is the payment method for public transport in the Netherlands. You can charge an amount of money or a travel product on your OV-chipkaart. For nation-wide travel, the train is the best option. For travel information you can check the electronic timetable of the Dutch railways via the internet or .
Tram Rotterdam

In Rotterdam we will provide a social program, including a typical Rotterdam/Dutch dinner and sightseeing tours throughout the city. We will take you to typical Rotterdam landmarks, like the Erasmusbrug and the Euromast.


Erasmuc MC

The Erasmus MC is the hospital affiliated with the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. The hospital is the largest University Medical Center in Europe and the second largest hospital of the Netherlands. The Erasmus MC is the result of the merging in 2002 of Dijkzigt Hospital, Sophia Children’s Hospital and the Daniel Den Hoed-clinic with the Faculty of Medicine And Health of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Inside the Erasmus MC is also a medical library which the students can use for studying.
Erasmus MC


The Erasmusbrug is the bridge that connects the north and south parts of Rotterdam. It is, besides of a landmark of the city, the most important symbol of Rotterdam. The Erasmusbrug was designed by Ben van Erkel and opened in 1996 by Princess Beatrix. It has a length of 802 meter and height of 139 meter. Because of the white slim angled steel pylon, the Erasmusbrug is also known as ‘De Zwaan’ (‘The Swan’).
Erasmus bridge


The Euromast is a 185 meters high observation tower in Rotterdam. It is the tallest tower in the Netherlands which is publicly accessible and recognizable in the skyline of Rotterdam. It is designed by Hugh Maaskant and specially built for the 1960 Floriade (an international exhibition and garden festival). The Euromast has been a listed monument and a member of the World Federation of Great Towers since 2010.


The Markthal (‘market hall’) is the first covered market in the Netherlands and is located near the metro station Blaak. It opened on 1 October 2014 and is a great success. You can try lots of food, buy gifts (mostly edible) and enjoy the beautiful architecture. You can find more information about the Markthal on their website: .



The Kubuswoningen (‘cube-houses’) are yellow cube-shaped houses built in Rotterdam, designed by architect Piet Blom. They are based on the concept of “living as an urban roof”, with the idea of building on piles so the space underneath can remain public. The cubes are tilted with an angle of 45 degrees and rests on hexagon shaped pylons. The Kubuswoningen are located on Overblaak, near the subway station Blaak.


Oude Haven

The Oude Haven is a place with a lot of terraces and other hospitalities near the old harbor of Rotterdam (‘oude’ is Dutch for ‘old’ and ‘haven’ is Dutch for ‘harbor’). In fact, it was the first harbor of Rotterdam. In Oude Haven you can find the Mariniersmuseum (museum about the marines), Het Witte Huis (‘the White House’, which was Europe’s tallest office building for a long time and now contains a Grand Café and bar-restaurant) and the Kubuswoningen (cube-houses).

Diergaarde Blijdorp

Diergaarde Blijdorp is one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlands. The zoo started with a bird garden in 1855, which was a great success, and opened in 1857. It is located in the northwestern part of Rotterdam in Blijdorp, which is easily accessible by public transport.
The zoo is separated into different areas: Asia, Europe, Africa, Rivièrahal, South America, North America and Oceanium. In each area you will find the animals from the original continent. Most of the exotic animals live in wonderful outdoor areas. Diergaarde Blijdorp also has a botanical garden, a big playground and, of course, a gift shop.

Diergaarde blijdorp