Five reasons to study at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Posted 19 July 2018

Erasmus University Rotterdam is a world top 100 institution located in Holland’s second largest city.  However, it’s not only the University’s high ranking that attracts ambitious students from all over the world. Life in Rotterdam brings all the culture, art and excitement you would expect from a big, multicultural city. 

1. History and prestige 

Erasmus University Rotterdam has been welcoming students since 1973, although its early history began in 1913 with the Netherlands School of Commerce. The University is world-renowned and ranked 72nd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018. It consistently achieves top rankings, highlighting the quality of teaching, research and student experience you can look forward to.  

2. International campus

Students travel from all over the world to study at Erasmus University Rotterdam, with more than 6,000 international students on campus. This growing global community means you can choose from a range of degrees taught in English. Plus, you can look forward to the interactive Dutch teaching style and modern facilities on this city centre campus.  

3. Excellence in Economics and Business

Erasmus School of Economics and Rotterdam School of Management are world-renowned for research excellence and prestigious degrees. Both Business and Management and Accounting and Finance subjects are ranked number one in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.  

4. Famous alumni 

The University has an active alumni community, with a global network of over 120,000 past students. As a student here, you’ll be surrounded by interesting people, from top researchers to the next generation of economists. Erasmus University Rotterdam notable alumni include:

  • Neelie Kroes – EU Commissioner 
  • Ruud Lubbers – Former prime minister of the Netherlands 
  • Jan Tinbergen –  Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
  • Supachai Panitchpakdi – Director-General of the World Trade Organization and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development
  • Mohammad Hatta – 1st vice-president and prime minister of the Republic of Indonesia
  • Cor Herkströter – Former CEO Shell
  • Hans Wijers – Former CEO Akzo Nobel.

5. Dynamic city location

Rotterdam is an exciting place for students. It is Holland’s second largest city with more than 600,000 inhabitants, offering everything you would expect from a big city. Museums, galleries, architecture are all waiting to be explored. It is also home to the biggest port in Europe, which attracts many multinational companies to this economic hub. This will be excellent inspiration for your future career.

Based in Rotterdam, in the south of Holland, you'll be easily able to explore the rest of Europe. Trains, buses and trams connect you to exciting cities like Amsterdam, The Hague, Paris and Brussels.

Find out about pathways to business-related degrees to help you meet the Erasmus University Rotterdam admission requirements. 

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