Erasmus University Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Erasmus University Rotterdam is an international knowledge workshop for critical thinking and academic training, driven by a strong focus on current social issues. The university concentrates its expertise on issues of management, organisation and policy in the public and private sectors on the one hand, as well as on the field of sickness and health care.
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About Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam is an international knowledge workshop for critical thinking and academic training, driven by a strong focus on current social issues. The university concentrates its expertise on issues of management, organisation and policy in the public and private sectors on the one hand, as well as on the field of sickness and health care. Erasmus University Rotterdam has bundled its education and research in three domains in which the university has a national and international reputation to maintain:

  • Economics and Management;
  • Medicine and Health Sciences;
  • Law, Culture and Society.

The university counts as its core tasks: to generate knowledge from research, to share knowledge in education and to transfer knowledge to the community. Its driving forces are academic curiosity, critical reflection and social engagement.

Accreditations of Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam stands for quality of research and education. The quality of our academic programmes is ensured by various independent accreditation organisations. What follows is a list of organisations that have independently accredited our education, research or in some cases individual programmes...


NVAO is the Netherlands and Flemish Accreditation Organisation an independent accreditation organisation that ensures the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders by means of thorough and continuous programme assessment.


AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education.

Accreditation of research schools

Erasmus University Rotterdam Research Schools are accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences (KNAW). The Academy is entrusted by the government with the accreditation of all Dutch research schools. Research schools must apply for re-accreditation every six years.


The Association of MBAs is internationally recognised as the global standard for all masters of business administration (MBA), doctorates in business administration (DBA) and masters in business and management (MBM) programmes. AMBA currently accredits MBA, DBA and MBM programmes at 145 business schools in 68 countries.

EQUIS - the European Quality Improvement System

EQUIS is the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement, and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration.

VSNU - Code of conduct for Dutch institutions

EUR subscribes to the Code of Conduct for Dutch Institutions. The Code helps ensure, among other things, that international study programmes are accredited by the NVAO. In addition, it calls for international students to receive clear information about the possibilities for study. It is an initiative of institutions, independent education-related organisations, and the Dutch Government.

EAPAA - European Association for Public Administration Accreditation

EAPAA is the European system of quality accreditation for academic degree programmes in public administration, public management and public policy.

Student services, facilities and activities

Erasmus University Rotterdam does its utmost to offer first-class on-campus facilities, student services and extracurricular activities. Students are offered various resources needed to work on their academic and social development which give depth to their studies. We believe that this is an important factor in academic success.

Student services

Alongside excellent facilities for studying, Erasmus University offers students additional support in many different ways to ensure that their time spent studying at the university is as enjoyable and convenient as possible. Services include: enrolment assistance, on student counseling, language support, to name but a few.

Student facilities

Erasmus University Rotterdam aspires to be an excellent and inspiring study and work environment for students. There are a number of facilities like bookstores, restaurants and even a bank that you can find right here on the campus.
Erasmus University Rotterdam encourages its international students to participate in wide variety of extracurricular activities. International students can join in on activities organized by study and sports associations, student fraternities and political/cultural student organisations.

Language training

The department of Student Affairs offers a wide range of courses, workshops, groups and training sessions for students of the Erasmus University Rotterdam throughout the academic year. The courses are supportive and additional to the regular study programme.

Studying with a functional impairment

There may be a variety of special circumstances which can affect your performance at the university or the pace at which you can study. In some cases you may be eligible for help through the facilities and schemes organised by the university.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an international spawning ground for critical academic thinking, driven by a strong focus on current social issues. Our focus is on management, organisation and policy in the public and private sectors, as well as on medicine and health care.

Three Domains

At EUR, education and research fall into three domains, in which the University enjoys international recognition. The cohesion in domains is conducive to multidisciplinary collaboration in education and research: where disciplines meet, knowledge is advanced.

The domains are:

  • Economics and Management
  • Law, Culture and Society
  • Medicine and Health Sciences

These domains are linked to the seven faculties that make up EUR. Research is conducted at research schools and institutes or in faculty research groups.

Rooted in the business community

The history of the university dates back to 1913, when Rotterdam merchants founded the Netherlands School of Commerce, a university of professional trade education. Our founders regarded proper education and development of generations to come the key to ensuring that the port and city would continue to flourish. Today, EUR is a breeding ground for new talent and a magnet for companies that want to recruit high calibre staff.
Ever since its founding, EUR has been improving its education and research which has lead to worldwide renown. The work of Nobel Prize laureate Jan Tinbergen (1903-1994) is just one example.

Rotterdam: academic laboratory

The city of Rotterdam is a modern metropolis that has the largest port in Europe and is home to over 160 nationalities, including 50,000 students, as well as many multinational companies. EUR plays a prominent role by making substantial contributions to Rotterdam and the surrounding region in such areas as healthcare and economic and socio-cultural development of the city Rotterdam and the region as a whole.
The EUR consists of seven faculties:

  • Erasmus School of Economics
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Erasmus School of Law
  • Erasmus MC, University Medical Center
    - Institute of Health Policy & Management
  • Faculty of Philosophy
  • Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
  • Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Student life at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Discover what student life is like in the cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Rotterdam, one of the largest ports, forms an inspiring environment that includes numerous cultural institutions and festivals, sports and other events. Because of it's favourable location as the Gateway to Europe, many European cities, such as Paris, Berlin, London and Brussels, are within a few hours from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Have a look at the Erasmus University Rotterdam campuses with it's excellent study facilities.

Multi-faceted Rotterdam

Rotterdam is different. A vibrant metropolis, whose magnificent skyline is easy to recognize from afar, but which calls for some serious attention and an adventurous spirit when you are actually there. Do you have an adventurous nature or are you an adventurer?
With the largest port in Europe, Rotterdam is one of the most important drivers of the Dutch economy. While throughput operations and industry shift towards the sea, the city centre is blossoming as never before. This heritage of trade has left its legacy Rotterdam today is a multicultural city that is home to a host of multinational and local enterprises, like Unilever, Shell and Mittal Steel.

Attractive Rotterdam

Some four million visitors find their way to the wide variety of top attractions in Rotterdam each year. The city offers something for everyone: those who love the hectic bustle of the city or who want to rise up into the air or who want to look into the eyes of sharks, but also for people who are searching for the peace and beauty of nature. One of Rotterdams main attractions is Diergaarde Blijdorp, the extensive zoo that includes the impressive Oceanium, where visitors can walk through the huge shark tunnel surrounded by sharks and giant tortoises.


Clubbing city of Holland: it is a title that Rotterdam has won for itself by the explosive growth of the number of cafés, restaurants, clubs and discotheques over the last twenty years. Rotterdam is the cradle of house and dance music, a fact that is clear from the very high quality of dance parties and clubs. Famous locations for parties include club Maassilo, and the trendy in-crowd of dance effortlessly gravitates to clubs like Off_Corso and Herr Zimmerman.


Cultural life is vibrant in Rotterdam, which continues to surprise everyone with its new architecture, festivals, sporting events, daring art and culture, trend-setting nightlife and increasing numbers of unique stores. The city also has a broad selection of museums, featuring everything from modern art to historical treasures, from architecture to photography, from historical ships to exotic animals, just about everything you could imagine displayed in a museum in the city.


Rotterdam attracts a great deal of international interest as a city of architecture. A few square kilometers of the city centre offers a complete overview of what the twentieth century has produced in terms of modern architecture. Appealing examples of pre-war architecture include the Van Nelle Factory and the Sonneveld House. The innovative and adventurous period after the war is expressed in structures such as the Erasmus Bridge and the Luxor Theatre.

Sports at EUR

Erasmus University Rotterdam has many sports facilities, including the sports complex at Woudestein, where the most popular sports can be practised. There are various sports clubs where you can keep in shape, together with other students.

The SSVR will help you to establish contact with the various sport associations.

Sportsbuilding Woudestein

EUR offers students the opportunity to practise sports at the Woudestein Sports Centre. Any kind of sport, from aikido to swimming, is offered at a special student rate.

Sports associations

As an Erasmus University student you can join a wide variety of sports associations, often run by fellow students. Whether your passion is fencing, volleyball, squash, fitness or diving, there is bound to be a club that will welcome you as a member. Erasmus University students are entitled to considerable reductions. A wide variety of sports courses are arranged every year.

Erasmus Topsport Centre

The Erasmus Topsport Centre offers athletes study and financial support. The Topsport Centre tries to assist students who pursue an education while working on a sports career. We currently support over 95 professional athletes.

Campus Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam has two campuses, Woudestein and Erasmus MC. Both campuses are located near the center of Rotterdam and are easy to reach using public transport.


Woudestein campus houses the majority of Erasmus Universitys faculties and research schools. There are also excellent study facilities such as the auditorium and the university library, as well as catering facilities, the sports complex and the Erasmus Expo & Congress Centre.

Erasmus MC

Erasmus MC houses the Erasmus University Medical Center. Erasmus MC, situated in the heart of Rotterdam, is the Netherlands' largest and most multi-faceted academic medical center. Because of its height and remarkable design it is a genuine Rotterdam landmark.

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Master's Programmes at Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES)

Institute of Social Studies

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