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.

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Scholarships & funding

For students outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), we have a number of scholarships available such as the Erasmus University Holland Scholarship, Philip Hans Franses Scholarship, and Erasmus School of Economics waiver for excellent current ESE bachelor students from non-EEA countries. For more information please visit our website or contact us.

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.

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

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)

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Campus Woudestein is the central point of Erasmus University Rotterdam. You can find everything on campus: sports facilities, restaurants, the university library, study places and of course a lot of lecture halls.

Student lifestyle

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Takudzwa W.

This program is an amazing program that leads to a lot of jobs in the world


The Double Degree Econometrics/Economics is a unique one of a kind program. Getting to combine the analytical skills of Econometrics with the underlying theory of Economics gives you an enormous amount of knowledge. The lessons you follow are from renounced professors that are well-known in the subjects and can answer all your questions. The fac...

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