Higher education

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Rotterdam hosts various world class institutions for higher level (also called tertiary or third level) education. Whether it’s Economics, Business & Management studies, ICT, Communications & Media or another discipline, you’ll find the right course and institution right here in Rotterdam.

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is a highly ranked, internationally renowned research university. The university offers education and research in the fields of health, wealth, governance and policy, and culture. On the lively, modern campus, students and scholars of more than 100 nationalities are constantly challenged and encouraged to develop their talents and meet their ambition. Erasmus University is ranked #106 in the global Center for World University Rankings (CWUR).
More information: www.eur.nl  

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) is one of Europe’s most international and innovative business schools. This Business School of the Erasmus University Rotterdam offers Bachelor, Master, MBA and PhD programmes as well as Executive education. RSM ranks among the top 1% of schools worldwide with Triple Crown accreditation.
More information: www.rsm.nl

Erasmus Medical Centre (Erasmus MC)

Erasmus Medical Centre (Erasmus MC) is the largest and one of the foremost academic medical centres in the Netherlands. Erasmus MC offers Research Masters, Graduate School and PhD Programs and provides a large number of exchange programs with universities abroad.
More information: www.erasmusmc.nl 

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (RUAS)

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (RUAS) is a dynamic knowledge institute for higher professional education, offering a range of international study programmes at undergraduate (Bachelor) and postgraduate (Master) levels. RUAS also offers special preparation programmes for Bachelor and Master Programmes, as well as accelerated programmes, exchange programmes for students from partner universities, summer courses and tailor-made business courses. All programmes listed are taught in English.
More information: www.rotterdamuas.com


All students from EU countries can study in Rotterdam without having to apply for a visa if they study at an approved institution for more than 3 months and if they can support themselves financially. Students from outside the EU need to apply for a visa. Find more information on: https://ind.nl/en/study.  Foreign students can also apply for a one year ‘orientation visa’ after graduation to look for work.