Top reasons to study here

  • The quality of research at Erasmus University is reflected in its consistent top-100 position in most major universities rankings
  • Students and scholars of more than 100 nationalities are constantly encouraged to develop their talents and meet their ambition.
  • Desiderius Erasmus once said “The world is my home” and that’s what Erasmus University always keeps in mind.

Short Courses

Medicine & Health (25)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (5)
Business & Management (4)
Social Sciences (4)
Engineering & Technology (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Law (1)



Erasmus University Rotterdam has been in existence in its present form since 1973. Its history, however, dates back to 1913, the year in which the Netherlands School of Commerce (Nederlandsche Handels-Hoogeschool, NHH) was founded through private initiative with broad support from the Rotterdam business community.


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.


  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Most of the researchers at Erasmus University Rotterdam collaborate or have contact with international research networks.


Are you an international student and do you like to prepare yourself for the labor market and your future career? If the answers is yes you should definitely join our Career Skills Week from 27 to 30 March. During this week EUR Career Services, offers you a wide range of (mostly free) career skills workshops and corresponding activities. To land a job starts with good preparations. You have to be able to dream the answers to the following key questions before starting your job hunting adventure.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

  • University Psychologists
  • Student Counsellors
  • Career Services
  • Study advisors
  • Study switch
  • Studying with a functional impairment
  • Confidential Counsellor
Student counselling supports students who have questions or problems during their study.

Housing services

Different housing applies for students of Erasmus University College (EUC) and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).

First things first: student housing in the Netherlands is not arranged for you by the university; it is your own responsibility. We know this can be a surprise for some of you! There are reserved spots for about 25% of our yearly incoming internationals. Most arrange housing directly with landlords via the private market. We strongly advise you to start looking at least three months before arrival to avoid stress and disappointment, while our housing team works hard to make it easier for you.

Library services

The University Library has collections on the following topics:

  • Business Administration
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Economics
  • European integration
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Art and culture
  • Communication
  • Law
  • Social sciences
  • Statistics

ICT services

Many locations at the Woudestein campus are provided with facilities which allow portable devices (laptops, notebooks, smartphones, etc.) to access the university network. The places where these facilities are offered are called HotSpots.

Student Life

Campus life

In 2010, the EUR commenced the first phase of Campus under Construction. After 3 years of hard work, Woudestein's vibrant new heart and all other reconstructions were festively opened on 5 September 2013 staging a spectacular show and music festival.

Sports facilities

We facilitate 50 different sports at our locations at the Erasmus University Rotterdam campus, we have 23 sport clubs a the Erasmus Sports Café and we're are open daily!

Student clubs

  • As a student at Erasmus University College you will become a member of the Erasmus University College Student Association (EUCSA). This all-inclusive student association acts as an umbrella organization for a wide range of student run committees, which together offer a great variety of activities and events for their members.
  • Besides partaking in all that is on offer, you will also have the opportunity to join or start a committee yourself. A great way of having fun and providing yourself with some well-appreciated experience in organizing and leading. The Student Association is still young, and many new committees will be created in the years to come.