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Erasmus University Rotterdam has an excellent education and research program, which is reflected in annual rankings such as Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings. Students appreciate the quality of the lectures, the expertise of our highly qualified staff, and the hands-on experiences and network that help launch their careers. Dutch higher education offers incredible value, due to long-term commitment from the Dutch government to educational accessibility.

At Erasmus University education and research fall into four areas of expertise in which the University enjoys international recognition: health, wealth, governance, and culture. Our multidisciplinary approach is unique because it allows students to look at their field of studies from different angles.

In the Netherlands, bachelor’s programs last three years, and the vast majority of students continue directly to a one-year master’s program. All Erasmus University degrees are accredited and recognized by institutions, universities, and employers around the world. Erasmus University offers 11 English-language bachelor’s programs, all of which lead to one or more master’s programs within our multiple faculties.

An American-style campus in Western Europe
Unlike other strong European universities, where students and academic facilities are spread out, Erasmus University has a warm and welcoming campus. A wide range of facilities and services are available here, from our fully equipped sports center to our Language and Training Center, as well as on-campus housing, a food court and supermarket, a bicycle repair shop, high-tech computer rooms and various places to study, copy shops, a hairdresser, a prayer room, a theater, and several libraries. A doctor and dentist are close by. Our students have everything they need to study safely and conveniently.

Students can join numerous study-related and social activities throughout the year, such as conferences and seminars, study trips, music sessions, lectures, and language courses organized by different student associations at Erasmus University. With Rotterdam being highly international and English being a second language, students can get around easily, making them feel right at home.

Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication
To illustrate Erasmus University’s unique approach to student life and close interaction with its students, you need look no further than the Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication ( The faculty offers three English-language bachelor’s programs:
• Communication and Media (IBCoM)
• Arts and Culture Studies (IBACS)
• History (IBH)

Although the programs are of course different, they share several common traits and exemplify some of Erasmus University’s core values.  

International and comparative curricula
The three bachelor’s programs at the Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication offer an international perspective on Communication and Media, Arts and Culture Studies, and History, highlighting the international and global dimensions of these fields of study.

Our staff originates from all over the world, as do our students. This allows students to experience diverse cultures and learn about different perspectives not just in theory but also in their day-to-day life.

Small-scale, personal, and interactive
Students in our programs are not just a number—they are strongly motivated individuals who know what they want and make these programs run. We highly value the personal aspect in education and therefore organize work groups of 20–25 students who work in small teams. We build up a sense of community from the beginning by organizing introductions for our incoming students and assigning them to a buddy. Each of our programs admits a limited number of highly motivated and talented students, which allows everybody to get to know each other. It also allows students to work together closely with peers who have the same ambitions and attitude.

Balance between academic and practical skills
Erasmus University is an internationally renowned research university. Research skills and orientation, therefore, form the underpinning of our programs in Communication and Media, Arts and Culture Studies, and History.

From the first year onward, students are in direct contact with academic staff, and we strike the right balance with theory and research but also professional practice. We provide students with the comprehensive knowledge and skills they need in order to be successful in the demanding and fast-changing environments they will be working in.

International exchange and internship opportunities
Erasmus University encourages its students to broaden their horizons by studying abroad for a semester. Furthermore, all three Communication and Media, Arts and Culture Studies, and History programs require an internship.

Through the internship, students will experience practical applications of their academic knowledge and skills whilst acquiring extra knowledge, improving their practical skills, and starting to build professional networks early on.

Exchange is an invaluable and unforgettable experience, and many of our students embrace this opportunity. During the third year, students may go on exchange, taking courses at one of our partner universities. Erasmus University has exchange agreements with a wide range of renowned universities all over the world.

Advanced studies and career opportunities
Our students in Communication and Media, Arts and Culture Studies, and History have ample opportunity to explore other fields of study while specializing in their field of interest. Our flexibility allows our students to have their own input in their studies, giving them an advantage in the job market. Many students take a master’s degree, either within Erasmus University or outside.  

Want to make it happen?
If you are interested in what we offer, please check our website for more information about our programs and upcoming events. We look forward to meeting you!



Innovative and vibrant. Those two words best describe the multicultural, ever-evolving city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Europe. Known for its bold architecture and sparkling nightlife, Rotterdam has been recognized by Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, and The New York Times as one of the most attractive cities to visit in the world. Erasmus University Rotterdam is consistently ranked in the top 3% of the world’s best universities, and with its cutting-edge research and high-quality education, Erasmus University offers value for money in a modern and international environment. Located in the center of Western Europe, lively Rotterdam is also an ideal place to start exploring the world.


Type of School: Dutch higher education institution, nonprofit, founded in 1913

Size of campus: 21 academic, residential, and administrative buildings on campus

Number of students: 26,000 students

Number of faculties: A total of 2,600 employees (academic and support staff)

Colleges, programs, and degrees: Bachelor’s and master’s programs at seven faculties: Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication; Erasmus School of Economics; Erasmus School of Law; Rotterdam School of Management; Erasmus MC; Faculty of Social Sciences; Faculty of Philosophy

Geographic diversity: More than 100 different nationalities represented at EUR: 55% European, 29% Asian, 8% African, 4% South American, 3% North American, 1% Oceanian

International Student Services: International students will be assisted with the immigration and housing process. Facilities such as our sports center, library, and food court are available on campus. Each program has student advisors and a dedicated support staff to guide our students through their academic and personal lives. Students can join study-related and social activities throughout the year.

International student budget: (All figures USD)
Tuition Fees*    $    6,800–$13,000
Monthly Accommodation Costs    $     450–$650
Monthly Insurance    $    60
Monthly Expenses (food, drinks, social life, shopping,
public transport)    $    350
Books and Study Materials (per term; may vary by
study program)    $     150
Total    $    7,810–$14,210

* Tuition fees for bachelor’s degree programs differ per faculty but usually range between $6,800–$13,000 USD per year for students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). EEA tuition for all programs is $2,205 USD.

Financial aid: Erasmus University offers scholarships for a limited number of very talented non-EEA students. Furthermore, students can look for a grant on the Netherlands Student Grant Finder (  

Test score requirements: Students whose native language is not English must take an English test (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, or CPE). Most programs also have additional requirements for mathematics. Accepted test scores and requirements differ per program.

Application deadlines and fees: Deadlines are between January 15 and May 1 (2017) but depend on the program. Check our website for specific dates. No application fee applies.