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Erasmus School of Economics - Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus School of Economics - Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus School of Economics - Erasmus University Rotterdam


Study at Erasmus School of Economics!

Erasmus School of Economics is one of the world’s leading academic institutions. The school has a long-standing tradition of high-quality education and research. The best Erasmus graduates have made outstanding contributions to science, government, and business.

Based in Rotterdam, the economic and logistics center of Europe, Erasmus School of Economics has provided excellent education and produced excellent research for over a century. Many successful careers have started here. Graduates of Erasmus School of Economics are equipped with the skills needed for success in the business community, government positions, and research all around the world.

The history of the school goes back to the year 1913 when the ‘Nederlandse Handelshoogeschool’ was established by several entrepreneurial Rotterdam businessmen with the aim to bring economics and business to a higher level by way of scientific methods. In 1939, the school changed names and became known as ‘Nederlandse Economische Hogeschool’ (Netherlands School of Economics).

The name change did not mean a change in the practice orientated way of teaching. Education and research remained its primary focus. By 1973, Netherlands School of Economics became Erasmus University Rotterdam, comprising the medical campus Hoboken and the social campus Woudestein. Even in those days, its aim was the establishment of a vigorous and flourishing University with a – nowadays – prominent Erasmus School of Economics, incorporating a wide range of economic expertise as well as keeping strong ties with the regional and international markets.

Erasmus School of Economics is an internationally renowned school that contributes scientific knowledge to future economic issues and aims to answer currently relevant issues of concern to government and firms. The focus of the school is on the creation, the dissemination, and the application of scientific knowledge, all from an economic perspective. Erasmus School of Economics relies on the most recent insights in the discipline. It collaborates with international scientific partners, and it has local footings in business issues relevant to the unique position that the city of Rotterdam has as a hub of transport and industry. The school ensures working conditions that permit innovative scientific progress and puts the academic education at the centre of its activities.

Campus Features

The hub of Erasmus University Rotterdam is our Woudestein campus, a convenient 15-minute bike ride from Rotterdam’s city center, including the sleek new Rotterdam Centraal train station (where you can also catch the tram or metro to EUR.) Outside of class time, students study in the light-filled new Polak building or at our state-of-the-art university library, grab a coffee at the Erasmus Food Plaza, or attend an event at the theatre or Café in de Smitse. The on-campus sports center offers fitness, dance, spinning, squash, and tennis among many other classes.

    Alumni Statistics


    Erasmus School of Economics strives to become the best in its disciplines (economics, econometrics) and seeks to achieve excellence both in its research and teaching. This can be measured by its performance in rankings.

    There are several international university rankings in which the Erasmus School of Economics participates that are considered to be the most influential ones. QS World University Ranking, Times Higher Education Ranking, and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Most of the rankings are focused on research, but some of them have become multi-dimensional in the past few years.

    The above-mentioned influential rankings have determined that there is a demand for a more balanced ranking system that is based on more indicators besides research. Thus, they have adjusted their methodology by incorporating more indicators, which definitely give a more balanced and accurate view of a university.

    QS World University Rankings

    • 2nd in the Netherlands
    • 14th in Europe
    • 44th in the world

    QS Ranking

    QS World University Rankings is one of such multi-faceted rankings, where Erasmus School of Economics scores particularly well when it comes to Economics/Econometrics.

    The research currently considers over 2,000 universities and ranks over 700.

    Why study at Erasmus School of Economics

    Erasmus School of Economics welcomes over 7000 Dutch and international students every academic year and provides world-class education in economic disciplines and econometrics.

    By pursuing its three main principles:

    • Quality first
    • Integration of top research with a top education
    • A prime economic focus on current and future real-world questions

    Erasmus School of Economics will ensure that by 2023, the School will have secured its place as a leading academic brand in economics and econometrics in the world.

    Awards & Accreditations

    2nd best university in the Netherlands

    QS Rankings (2021)

    13th best university in europe

    QS Rankings (2021)

    43rd best university in the world

    QS Rankings (2021)

    Student services & facilities

    • Gym
    • Library
    • Study places
    • Study advisers
    • Student Services

    Erasmus School of Economics is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad Top 10 Europe rankings 2023 badge Top 10 Global rankings 2023 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2022 badge Top 10 Global rankings 2022 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2021 badge

    Program Admission Requirements

    Demonstrate your commitment and readiness to succeed in business school by taking the GMAT exam – the most widely used exam for admissions that measures your critical thinking and reasoning skills.

    Download the GMAT mini quiz to get a flavour of the questions you’ll find in the exam.


    • Rotterdam

      Erasmus School of Economics P.O. Box 1738, 3062PA, Rotterdam

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