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Last update on June 08, 2021

If you’re looking to study a degree in the Netherlands, Erasmus University has been in operation since 1913 as the Netherlands School of Commerce.


Total Students Enrolled (2012): 22,367

Overall Ranking (2013)

QS World Rankings: 92 in the world, #4 in the Netherlands

Times Higher Education: #73 in the world, #3 in the Netherlands


Erasmus University was founded in 1913 as the Netherlands School of Commerce. In 1939, the institution’s growth necessitated a name change, and it became the Netherlands School of Economics, eventually adding faculties of Law and Social Sciences, followed by Philosophy, History and Arts, and Business Administration. In 1966, the school expanded with the opening of the Medical Faculty Rotterdam. Finally, in 1973, the medical school merged with the Netherlands School of Economics to become Erasmus University.

Campus and setting

Erasmus University has two campuses, Woudestein and Erasmus MC, which are located near the center of Rotterdam. The Woudestein campus is home to a sports complex, several libraries and various faculties, such as the School of Economics and the School of Law. The other campus, Erasmus MC, is the medical center of the university and is situated in a 110-meters tall building where research, education, as well as patient care take place. The city of Rotterdam, home to over 600,000 people (among them 50,000+ students), is, in fact, the second-largest in the Netherlands. As a major hub of culture, politics as well as commerce, it has many places to eat, dine, and have fun.


Students at Erasmus University focus their studies in one of three fields of expertise: Medicine and Health, Economics and Management and Law, Culture, and Society. Various majors and degrees are available within these concentrations. The school has also four international undergraduate degree options taught entirely in English. For international students, there are also more than 25 master’s degrees taught in English, ranging from Art & Culture Studies to Chinese Economy & Business. The university describes its mission as ‘to cultivate talent and produce knowledge at the academic level to benefit mankind, business and society, internationally, nationally and regionally’.


Admissions standards at the Erasmus University vary for each major, but all programs require a secondary school diploma. There are also varying requirements in concern to Dutch and English language capabilities, some of which require proficiency testing. Non-EU residents also need residency permits, and possibly visas, in order to study at the school.


Tuition for Dutch, EU, EEA, and Surinamese students, studying for a first bachelor’s or master’s degree, is €1,771 for the 2012/2013 school year. International undergrad student fees range from €5,500 to €8,000 a year. Master program fees for international students range from €10,000 to €15,500 and are also dependent on major.

Living expenses

Erasmus University estimates the average student need €870 a month for rent and food. Books, insurance, as well as other fees add to the price of attendance. Foreign students will need to prove they can cover these costs when applying for residence permits. Though both European and international students are permitted to work while studying, restrictions and rules apply. Scholarships and grants may also be available to help students with the cost of study.

Postal address

Erasmus University Rotterdam
P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Visiting addresses

Campus Woudestein
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Erasmus MC – University Medical Centre Rotterdam
Dr. Molewaterplein 50
3015 GE Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +31 (0)10 408 1111
Website: www.eur.nl