Do you have a profound interest in the origins and evolvement of economic issues? Are you interested in applying mathematical and statistical techniques to help answer economic questions? Would you like to be able to develop and use your own models to define and explain reality systematically? Are you self-motivated and eager to study with international students? If so, International Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research with mathematics, statistics and economics at its core is the programme for you.
Bachelors in International Economics in Rotterdam in Netherlands. International Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research
Take solving puzzles to the next level
A systematic approach to explain, predict and solve real-life economic and social issues
Do you have a profound interest in the origins and evolvement of economic issues? Are you interested in applying mathematical and statistical techniques to help answer economic questions? Would you like to be able to develop and use your own models to define and explain reality systematically? Are you self-motivated and eager to study with international students?
If so, International Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research with mathematics, statistics and economics at its core is the programme for you. It enables you to take on complex issues like:
How will the price of energy and commodities evolve over the coming years?
How can queue times in hospitals be reduced?
How is advertising in online media best combined with offline media?
How can public transport planning be improved?
Rotterdam, cradle of modern econometrics
Rotterdam breathes industry, logistics, culture, architecture, finance. It’s also the place where modern econometrics saw the light with the acclaimed Econometric Institute, founded in 1956. With this solid foundation, the world within reach and every opportunity to kick-off a great career, where else would you want to study but Erasmus School of Economics?
Rotterdam Econometrics graduates hold the key
Depending on your specialisation, you will be gladly welcomed by international companies and institutions alike:
asset management companies
(marketing research) consultancy firms
multinationals like Unilever or Procter & Gamble
airlines and transport authorities
international organisations like the OECD or IMF
International Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research students come in all shapes and sizes. They do, however, have a couple of things in common: they are focused, persistent, have a knack for mathematics and are systematic in their approach. They also thrive in an international environment and can’t get enough of dealing with complex issues.
Year one: a diverse kick-off in every way
The International Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research programme focuses on the application of mathematical and statistical techniques to answer economic questions. Each academic year is divided into five eight-week blocks with two or three courses per block. Your first year courses include Mathematics, Statistics, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. You will also receive training in computer programming to learn to build and implement mathematical models. Your first experience with operational research will consist of analysing and solving optimization problems by applying these mathematical models.
The small scale teaching approach at Erasmus School of Economics, with tutorial groups smaller than 35 students, allows for the necessary individual attention and intensive guidance. During many of the practical assignments, you will work in groups of around four students.
Years two and three: a topical and practice-oriented approach
During your second year of Econometrics and Operations Research you will focus on more advanced courses in different area like Mathematics, Statistics, Econometrics and Business Economics. You will divide your time equally between theory and practise; in small groups for lectures and assignments.
The third year offers you many choices. First you get to take a minor (elective courses within or outside the field of Economics, like Law or Psychology) or you can choose to study abroad at a partner university. In the second half of the year, you will choose to specialize in one of the following four majors and emerge as a focused graduate:
Your major involves two specialisation courses and a seminar. You will complete your programme with a bachelor thesis.
I remember when we just started learning mathematics in high school. I was one of many who questioned the teacher about the purpose of those abstract figures and symbols. Years later, I became aware of the numerous ways of applying math to economics. After visiting several universities I decided to study Econometrics at Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), and I am really glad I did!
Econometrics is a quite challenging, yet rewarding programme. If you find yourself enjoying mathematics and being interested in economics, this might be the perfect study for you! Furthermore, ESE offers an international program with a thus multicultural classroom. You will meet peers from all over the world and this creates the possibility to get to know different cultures while studying together.
Besides studying, you can engage in many different activities. As Rotterdam is a vibrant city, it offers various ways to create an amazing student life. Besides FAECTOR, the study association for Econometrics students in Rotterdam, there are tons of student associations you can join, ranging from sports to stocks. You will meet people from different environments, perhaps with common interests, and before you know it you will feel at home!
I have been very passionate about mathematics for as long as I remember. It was at the end of my time at high school that I realized that I mostly enjoyed its application in fields such as physics and econometrics. After careful consideration, I chose to study Econometrics and Operations Research due to the diverse nature of the study program, which allows students to pursue careers in countless disciplines involving mathematics. I have no regrets whatsoever.
Throughout my studies, I realized that my greatest interest lays within statistics and probability theory, which reveal surprisingly counter-intuitive results such as the solution of the famous Monty Hall problem. During the first year, I was mostly focused on getting used to university life. I soon noticed, however, that Erasmus University provided numerous ways to develop and challenge myself besides regular studies. It was in my second year that I decided to make use of these opportunities by becoming a Teaching Assistant and joining the Education Committee. I also opted to pursue the Erasmus Honours Programme in order to experience various other disciplines.
I would recommend every student to develop themselves besides their study programme by making full use of all opportunities Erasmus School of Economics offers. Your time at university is not merely about studying, it is about challenging yourself in ways you have never done before. Remember: a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.