International Bachelor History

A multifaceted approach to history

Why history? You have a passion for history. The past fascinates you. You are also convinced that historical insight helps to understand current social developments in the Netherlands and in the world. Why at Erasmus University? Because Rotterdam is unique in its multifaceted approach to history from different academic disciplines. We focus on economic, social, political and cultural perspectives.


This three-year programme takes a unique approach by focusing on how history shapes present-day societies and international relations. Modern history since the 18th century is at the core of the programme. Globalisation is an important aspect of this modern history, as it stimulates us to trace and reflect upon changes in the economy, society and culture, both within and beyond national borders.

You focus on themes such as the growth of main ports, inequality in the world, popular uses of history (e.g. in video games), trends in the fashion industry and the history of international relations.

Career prospects

People are looking for information to understand social changes: they search for information based on past events but are also looking for new sources to explain themselves and their identity. Specialists who can meaningfully link the past, present and future will become invaluable. Governments, industries and the cultural sector need historians who can identify these links. As a History graduate, you are one of those specialists.

Programme Information

Field of study: History; Global Processes; Contemporary Developments in Historical Perspective; Culture; Economics; Social Science

Key words: History and Multidisciplinary; International Relations; Global History; Business History; Museums; Popular Culture; History Education. Small Scale Programme.

Qualification: Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration: 3 years = 36 months full-time

Course load: 180 ECTS-credits = 60 ECTScredits per year, 1 ECTS = 28 hours

Language of instruction: Fully taught in English

Ranking Erasmus University Rotterdam Times Higher Education ranking #69 Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) #2 in the Netherlands, #91 worldwide

After graduation: Our MA Global History and International Relations is one of the possibilities upon completing the BA. Or you enter the labour market directly with well-developed analytical skills, experience in writing and research.

Erasmus School History

Destination Information

The Netherlands: 17 million inhabitants, 200 different nationalities

Rotterdam: 625,000 inhabitants, 175 different nationalities, 80% speaks English

Erasmus University Rotterdam: 28,047 students, 114 different nationalities

University Life

Facilities: Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a wide range of campus facilities and services ranging from the sports building to the Language & Training Centre, as well as housing, catering facilities, computer rooms, copy shops, a bank, a hairdresser, a prayer room and several libraries. A doctor and dentist are close by.

Activities: Students can join a number of activities throughout the year such as social drinks, study trips, music sessions, lectures and language courses organized by different (student) associations at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Study counseling: In the first year of your programme you will be part of a mentor group guided by second or third year students, thus ensuring a smooth start. You may consult your student advisor if you have any questions about the study programme, your own study planning or personal circumstances relevant to your studies.

Admission and Application

Application deadline: 1 May 2018

Practical Information

Tuition fee:

€2,060 for EEA students, €6,100 for non-EEA students


€500-€600 per month. Both on- and off-campus student housing is offered. Students will be assisted by the university to find suitable housing.

Health Insurance:

It is mandatory by Dutch law to have health insurance (± €65 per month). Additional Costs: Flight(s) and/or travel arrangements, books and materials, personal expenses and spending money are not included in the tuition fee.

Visa/ Residence permit:

A visa and/or residence permit is required for students from outside the EEA. Students will be assisted by the university to get a visa and/or residence permit.

Program taught in:
  • English
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