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 72nd in the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2021. 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

Erasmus School of Economics has been producing excellent research for over a century. Business and Economics programmes at Erasmus University Rotterdam are ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

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 to your undergraduate degree at Erasmus. You will also need to take an additional IELTS test at the end of your programme. 

Progression degrees
Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade Additional Grade
International Bachelor Economics & Business Economics (IBEB) BSc 55% (min.55% in each component) AES = 60% & IELTS 6.0 70% Maths required

Student life

Students enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle at Erasmus University Rotterdam, with regular debates, performances and campus events. The University's main campus is Woudestein, just 15 minute's bike ride from the city centre. 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. 

Erasmus University Rotterdam location

World top 100

Ranked 72nd in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

Why study business?

Business student at Polark Building Erasmus University Rotterdam
Zyad from Egypt

I would like to work in the business world through consulting or in investment banking, because that's what intrigues me the most. My long term plan is that I would like to use my knowledge in economics to help developing countries like Egypt.

Zyad from Egypt
Studying BSc International Bachelor Economics & Business Economics (IBEB) at Erasmus University Rotterdam

2nd largest city

in Holland is Rotterdam

Take a 360 degree tour of Erasmus University Rotterdam campus

“Manhattan on the Maas”

Study in inspiring Rotterdam
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