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Erasmus University Rotterdam



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 is a highly ranked, international research university, based in the dynamic and diverse city of Rotterdam. We integrate academic research with excellent, challenging and inspiring education. We offer a broad range of interesting Bachelor programmes, Master programmes and Executive programmes. Highly motivated and talented students have the possibility to participate in our Honours programmes. You can expect Erasmus University Rotterdam to prepare you for a successful future.


  • Research is one of the key elements in many global rankings. Mostly, the amount of academic publications and the impact of this output is taken into account. Many rankings for example weigh how many highly cited researchers a university has: the academics that belong to the 1% most cited researchers. Read how the research at Erasmus University Rotterdam is being valued in rankings.


The starting point in finding out what you would like to do in the future is YOU! Your future starts now! Studying prepares you for your future career. Thinking about your future career already starts during your first year at university. Thinking and preparing yourself for your career is an ongoing process in every phase of your study at university (and even after!). Important questions to ask in the process of finding out who you are.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
88 -1
87 14
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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80 -8
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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208 -29
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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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.


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 an extensive collection of books and journals on every subject that is taught at the Erasmus University. The library also supports students and staff in various aspects of their education, teaching and research. Moreover, the library is a nice place to meet, work together and study in silence.

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.

Medical services

Safety is a goal we reach together, by avoiding accidents and the consequences of a possible accident. Every user of our campus is also responsible for a safe campus. This is evident in a safety enhancing attitude, safe behaviour and our safety mission.

Student Life

Campus life

The hub of Erasmus University Rotterdam is our Woudestein campus, a convenient 15-minute bike ride from Rotterdam’s city centre, including the sleek new Rotterdam Centraal train station (where you can also catch the tram or metro to EUR.)

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.

Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands

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