Facilities & Activities

NIHES aims to create a stimulating study and research environment. Therefore, we offer various facilities and organise several social activities to make participantion in our programme as successful as possible.


Most courses are given at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam (Erasmus MC) or at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Woudestein Campus), other courses take place in Utrecht or Amsterdam (and sometimes at other locations in the Netherlands). NIHES participants have access to the university library, reading rooms and computer room of the Erasmus MC, as well as the libraries and reading rooms of the participating institutes. Our computer facilities include e-mail, internet, programmes for word processing, databases as well as calculation and statistical programmes.


During the programme, you are required to carry out research and to write a scientific paper under guidance by a personal supervisor. Supervisors are staff members of the institutes and departments participating in NIHES. Our supervisor system effectively helps you to integrate in the relevant research environment and to establish professional and social contacts.


Leading scientists from around the world are regularly invited to give special lectures in the programmes. In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend special seminars and presentations organised by the departments of the NIHES partner institutions.


Each year, during the Graduation Ceremony in August, an award is presented to a NIHES Master student for the best paper (or draft paper) written under the guidance of a NIHES supervisor in the current academic year. The award recipient must be the first author. The award consists of a certificate and € 500. NIHES supervisors and scientific personnel involved in the NIHES programmes nominate one or more students they believe to be eligible for a NIHES Award.


Other than the facilities at Erasmus MC, NIHES students can also make use of the facilities at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) campus. Visit the website. These include: self-service restaurants and cafeterias, language courses and sports facilities.


Throughout the year, various social activities are organised both at institute and at programme level. These activities aim to encourage social and professional contact between students, and stimulate integration between Dutch and international students, faculty and staff. For example: excursions, guest lectures, dinners, drinks, parties, etc.