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Why should I study here at Erasmus University Rotterdam?

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam is a highly ranked, international research university, based in the dynamic and diverse city of Rotterdam.
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam has concentrated its education and research in four areas of expertise, in which the university enjoys international recognition. The cohesion in these areas is conductive to multidisciplinary collaboration in education and research. Where disciplines meet, knowledge is advanced.
  • As part of a large global network of academic partnerships, in strategic alliance with Leiden University and Delft University of Technology and in a unique collaboration with city and port, the dynamic city of Rotterdam serves as our laboratory.
  • The quality of research at Erasmus University, named after Rotterdam-born humanist and theologian Erasmus, is reflected in its consistent top-100 position in most major universities rankings. On the lively, modern campus, students and scholars of more than 100 nationalities are constantly encouraged to develop their talents and meet their ambition.

About Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam has concentrated its education and research in four areas of expertise, in which the university enjoys international recognition. The cohesion in these areas is conductive to multidisciplinary collaboration in education and research. Where disciplines meet, knowledge is advanced.The areas are:

  • Health
  • Wealth
  • Governance
  • Culture
The four areas of expertise are linked to the seven faculties of the EUR. The research grouped in the four areas is conducted at the research schools and institutes or in the faculty research groups.

This domain includes the Erasmus MC/Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Institute of Health Policy and Management (iBMG).

Erasmus MC is the new name for the Rotterdam university medical centre, which is a merger of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the University Hospital Rotterdam (Dijkzigt, Sophia, Daniel den Hoek clinic). This centre for knowledge development, training and care in the field of sickness and health the largest of its kind in Europe is renowned nationally and internationally.

The research combines its internationally acknowledged expertise in the fields of clinical sciences, health sciences and biomedical sciences. The biomedical cluster plays a leading role in the field of genomics (analysis of genes and proteins) and bioinformatics.

The Forensic Molecular Biology department works together with the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI). Major long-term genetic epidemiological studies among the elderly and children are Erasmus Rotterdam Health for the Elderly (ERGO) and Generation R respectively.

The institute of Health Policy and Management (iBMG) forms a bridge between medicine and the health sciences on the one hand and social sciences on the other.


This area includes the Erasmus School of Economics and the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. It has a strong reputation in education as well as research. Its economics programmes and management programmes attract students and postgraduates from all over the world.

The research schools Erasmus Institute for Management (ERIM) and the Tinbergen Institute attract PhD students, research fellows, PostDocs and visiting professors of repute from all corners of the world.

Other joint ventures are the English-language programme International Business Administration, the Erasmus Executive Development programme (EED) and the Erasmus University Centre for Contract Research and Business Support (ERBS).

This area includes the Erasmus School of Law and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The research focuses on the organisation of business and society. This area of expertise has ground in common not only with economics and management, but also with medicine and health sciences.
This area includes the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Philosophy. Primary research is on media, happiness and identity in modern society.


With knowledge as the key concept, Erasmus University Rotterdam concentrates on the three main tasks of a university: to generate knowledge (research), to transfer knowledge (education) and to disseminate knowledge (society).

Erasmus University Rotterdam is an international academic institute for critical thinking and academic training with a keen interest in current social issues. The research conducted at EUR is grouped into four areas of expertise and organised into programmes, is fundamental in nature and has a strong social bias. The nature of the research is interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary.

The four areas of expertise are linked to the universitys seven faculties. The research grouped in the four areas is conducted at the nationally recognised research schools and research institutes or in the faculty research groups. Most of the researchers at Erasmus University Rotterdam collaborate or have contact with international research networks.

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.

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.

Sports building 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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Institute of Social Studies

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Erasmus University Rotterdam!

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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