International Bachelor Economics and Business Economics
"… with a large investment bank. A great experience that definitely added to my personal development."
When I completed the IBEB programme I chose to specialise in finance, going for the master’s programme in Financial Economics. Quite happy to have done so, as it provided me with a solid basic knowledge of financial affairs. It also appears that having some work experience before entering the job market is crucial for succeeding at the job you want. So, I decided I would do an internship during my master’s and preferably abroad, as I did not have any international experience yet and that’s also important! So in summer 2010 I completed an internship in London, with a large investment bank. A great experience that definitely added to my personal development.
On my return to The Netherlands, I finished my masters and started working at a private equity firm. We invest in mid-sized companies for (institutional) investors and we try to add value by improving their (operational) performance. A very challenging and ‘hands-on’ job: I get to analyse companies from an operational, financial and strategic point of view.
Before you ‘commit capital’ as we say in finance, you must understand the true economics of a business. A lot of what I studied at the Erasmus School of Economics is coming back – only this time it’s the real thing. At least, I came prepared: I did business economics in Rotterdam.
"The student years I spent were amazing."
The Erasmus School of Economics and the city of Rotterdam have so much more to offer besides top-quality education. The student years I spent at ESE were truly amazing. I've met people from all over the world, which was a great experience. I became a member of several study associations, which helped me to further develop myself.
The Economics Faculty association Rotterdam, for example, has more than a hundred active members and there's so much going on. I took charge of some things myself there, too! The introductory weekend for IBEB students was something I helped organise for a year; I was an IBEB ambassador in another year, representing the programme and the faculty to prospective students. Then I started working part-time for the university as education marketing student-assistant. And I guess that sparked my interests in marketing and brought me to further apply for the ESE's master programme in Marketing!
As of this year, I have joined a consultancy study association called SECEUR whose members work on projects and provide consulting to real life organisations. So far I've had the chance to sit in on workshops at McKinsey and Accenture: definitely an experience.
The opportunities that the ESE offers allow students to get active, to have fun and to gain practical experience. I think all those things are very important. I would recommend any student to be as active in the extra-curricular activities during their studies.
"I was advised by both my Economics teacher as well as a friend to choose for this programme."
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!
"Studying at a highly-ranked university with stimulating classes and being surrounded by a lot of interesting people from all over the world make my study time at the Erasmus University truly unforgettable."
While choosing my university, I always knew I wanted to study economics and I found it really great that IBEB is also linked with business which makes it more practical than only an Economics degree.
After looking for information on websites, I contacted current students of the course who helped me make my final decision. Now I know it was one of the best decisions I made.
Studying at a highly-ranked university with stimulating classes and being surrounded by a lot of interesting people from all over the world make my study time at the Erasmus University truly unforgettable.
I enjoyed most of my courses here and found International Economics and Finance the most interesting so far, therefore I am hoping to work in a related field when I finish.
Rotterdam is also a great city to study in; modern, vibrant and full of students makes you feel at home really quickly here. If you are ready for new challenges, highly international experience and three exciting years in Rotterdam, you should definitely apply.