Erasmus University Rotterdam

Why choose Erasmus University? 

Erasmus University Rotterdam is a world-class research university. It is globally recognised for high-quality education and research, and it ranks 70th in the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2019. A thriving port and one of Holland's largest and diverse cities, Rotterdam is an exciting home for your university education.

World-leading business and economics programmes

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University is a triple-accredited business School (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA) and Erasmus School of Economics has been producing excellent research for over a century. Business and Economics programmes at Erasmus University Rotterdam are ranked 32nd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

Career opportunities in a dynamic city

A degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam holds excellent career prospects and is widely respected by employers. Internships and exchange programmes give you the chance to gain practical experience in a professional environment, meaning you will have a head start when you graduate. Studying in Holland’s second largest city you will be surrounded by business opportunities and multinational companies, including Unilever, Shell, ING and PwC.   

Your pathway to Erasmus University Rotterdam

Prepare for your degree at Erasmus University Rotterdam with a one-year programme taught at Holland International Study Centre. Once you successfully complete your programme and achieve the required academic grades, you can progress a choice of degrees at Erasmus. You will also need to take an additional IELTS test at the end of your programme. 

Progression degrees
International Study Centre programme Degree Award Overall grade Other requirements
Business and Management International Bachelor Economics & Business Economics (IBEB) BSc 55% (& min 55% in each component worth 40% or more)

AES = 60% & IELTS 6.0, 70% Maths

Business and Management International Business Administration (IBA) BSc 55% (& min 55% in each component worth 40% or more)

AES = 60% & IELTS 6.5, 70% Maths

A limited number of students can progress to the International Business Administration (IBA), a Numerus Fixus programme. Progression is based on scores achieved in three elements (General, English and Maths) and either a CV or motivational letter. Contact us with any questions.

World top 100

Ranked 70th in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

Student story

Beatrice, an Erasmus University student

I decided to do the IBA programme because it offered courses on all aspects of business. I believe it's beneficial to have a well-rounded knowledge on a variety of topics, and learning in an international setting is even better.

Beatrice from the Philippines
Studying International Business Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Student life

Students enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle at Erasmus University Rotterdam, with regular debates, performances and campus events. Social introduction programmes will help you settle in, and the modern fitness centre offers a huge range of sports. Take a 360 tour of the campus.

The University campus is modern with lots of facilities, including:

Library and study areas  Supermarket 
Theatre  Cafés
Sports centre  Food court 
Hairdressers  Bookshop 
Accommodation  Sports bar 

With an energetic atmosphere, Rotterdam is an excellent choice for international students. Set beside the Maas river, the city has modern skyscrapers and a historic centre. There is no shortage of international events here with the annual International Film Festival, Art Festival and sports tournaments.

There's plenty to do in Rotterdam in your spare time:

  • Visit the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen to see Dutch and European art from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.
  • Explore markets, department stores and fashion boutiques.
  • Enjoy charming cafes and artisan bakeries.
  • Feel inspired by galleries, art shops, and exhibitions at the Kunsthal Rotterdam.
  • View the city from 185 metres up - The Euromast is one of the highest towers in Holland.
  • Take a trip around the port with a Spido harbour boat tour.
  • Go to the Westelijk Handelsterrein and sample different cuisines from around the world.
  • Marvel at the abstract Kijk-Kubus (Cube Houses) from the 1970s or the Van Nellefabriek building, featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 
  • Try cycling, kayaking and kitesurfing at‘The Hook of Holland’ where the river opens into the North Sea.
Travelling around
  • Rotterdam-The Hague Airport – fly to more than 40 destinations within Europe and beyond. 
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – the largest international airport in Holland is just 25 minutes from Rotterdam by train.
  • Rail travel is simple and convenient - you can be in the centre of Amsterdam in less than 40 minutes, or Paris in just over 2.5 hours. 

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