International Bachelor Economics and Business Economics
A multitude of global issues for you to tackle
Acquire the analytical, problem-solving and communication skills to successfully address global economic issues
Do international issues relating to economics and business have your attention? Do topics like the development of the Chinese economy appeal to you? Are you highly motivated and eager to study with international students? Then the International Bachelor Economics and Business Economics is your programme of choice. While focusing on global issues you will develop the analytical, problem-solving and communication skills needed to help answer questions like:
- How will changes in unemployment rates affect consumer spending?
- What can be done to prevent a new ‘Eurozone crisis’?
- How will the unequal distribution of wealth affect future economic growth?
- Will Chinese import growth continue to accelerate relative to exports?
Pave your way to success in Rotterdam
Rotterdam is a city with a contagious international vibe and the heart of Dutch economics. Here, you are taught by the best and study with students from all around the world. Students, who enjoy being challenged intellectually, socially and personally. One look at the Rotterdam skyline is all it takes to know that Erasmus School of Economics is where international careers start.
Partly depending on your specialisation subjects, you can have a successful career in fields like:
- tax consultancy
- trade and business
But you also find plenty of Rotterdam economists in more generalist positions at academic levels, for example:
- stock exchange analysts
- tax inspectors
- HR managers
- sales and marketing managers
- scientific journalists
Year one: laying the groundwork
The International Bachelor, Economics and Business Economics programme, concentrates on worldwide issues related to economics and business. Your first year is divided into five blocks of eight weeks. Each block consists of three courses: one economics course, one course in business economics and one or more support course(s) or skills training will be offered.
Subjects range from marketing to mathematics and accounting to organisation and strategy. In separate sessions, led by a student mentor, you will train your skills in studying, presentation, writing and debating
Years two and three: adding breadth and depth to knowledge, skills and experience
Your second year is again structured around three disciplines. You will deepen your knowledge of the subjects introduced in the first year. You will also be introduced to several new subjects like international economics, finance and economics of ageing. Not just in theory: all courses consist of lectures as well as assignments in small-scaled workgroups.
In your third and final year, as they say, the choice is yours. You will pick your major and have the chance to add more breadth to your studies by having electives and choosing a minor. Now is also the time to enrich your experience and undertake an internship or take part in an exchange programme at one of our many partner universities abroad.
Economics and Business Economics
Economics has always been a passion of mine, and after my second gap year from high school, I was ready for a new and exciting journey.
IBEB has allowed me to really look at everyday occurrences in a more rational sense. Frequent reminders of how essential macro and micro-economics are can be found in all parts of day-to-day life. This is what really interests me and what attracted me to this subject.
The past year, I wanted to get more engaged with the international community at the Erasmus University. Therefore, after applying, I attained the position of Vice-President at ESN. It has been a very fulfilling year, organizing events and creating a welcoming environment for international students during their stay in the Netherlands.
My time so far at Erasmus School of Economics has been amazing. I’ve made lifelong friends and tried things I never thought I would. The city of Rotterdam has truly become my home away from home. Its modern architecture and great international vibe truly allow for it to live up to its nickname, “Manhattan on the Maas’’
Lastly, I want to point out that being part of Erasmus School of Economics opens doors for many opportunities. It is up to you to go and grab them!
When deciding on where to continue my studies, I was advised by both my Economics teacher as well as a friend to choose for this programme.
I wanted to do something a bit broader as the field of Economics is quite broad in itself. But I was also looking for a bachelor programme where the courses complete each other. IBEB was exactly that! It incorporates Economics and Business Economics courses very well and they also complete each in a harmonic manner.
Moreover, the study is divided into blocks, so you can focus really well on your subjects each block. This doesn’t mean that it’s easy though; IBEB requires you to plan your studies well because it’s quite intensive. But I think that this skill comes in handy when continuing your studies and in your future career.
Besides the study itself, I also really like Rotterdam; it’s multicultural, has beautiful spots like the Kralingse Plas and offers many career opportunities.
And when you decide to study here, take my advice: besides obviously focussing on your studies you should definitely buy a bike! I can’t live without it anymore and it gets me everywhere from the Hague to Delft and back to Rotterdam!
Cost & Fees
- EEA/EU students 2.006€*
- NON-EEA/EU students 8.900€**
*This is the statutory tuition fee for Dutch students, students from another country within the European Economic Area (EEA), the European Union (EU), Switzerland and Suriname who meet the statutory conditions.
**This is the institutional tuition fee for students for whom the statutory tuition fee does not apply. You have to pay the institutional fee if you:
- don’t have an EU-, EEA, Swiss or Surinamese nationality
- have finished a Dutch programme and want to follow another programme on the same level
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Last updated January 24, 2018