International Bachelor Economics and Business Economics
"I chose for Rotterdam because I admired its business-like atmosphere and for the good reputation."
More than a year before graduating from secondary school I already knew I wanted to study economics. I chose for Rotterdam because I admired its business-like atmosphere and for the good reputation of the Erasmus School of Economics.
Why did I choose to study IBEB? I chose IBEB because I thought it would improve my English and for the fact that I would be studying alongside many international students.
Currently I am in the finishing stage of the IBEB programme, and after three years, I can definitely recommend any ambitious student to study IBEB for these reasons. Especially being part of a diverse international classroom turned out to be an amazing experience for me.
Studying with people from different cultures and backgrounds has been very valuable for my personal development. IBEB broadens your scope, and isn’t that what studying is all about?
"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 decided to continue my education at Erasmus University Rotterdam because it offers high quality and it is well-known over the world."
The whole process of studying abroad is a challenge for me. It started when I had to choose which university is the best and could suit me most. I ﬁnally decided to continue my education at Erasmus University Rotterdam because it offers high quality and it is well-known over the world.
I feel lucky and happy being one of the IBEB students. There are a lot of reasons for this. During the programme I met international students from all over the world, I worked together with them in groups, learned how to solve the cases or problems that were given by the teachers and how to cope with these exercises. All of this improved my analytical and practical skills in facing all different types of people and problems, particularly in how to communicate in the international business and economic area.
What I like most of the programme is that you not only learn theories but you can actually put these into practice, which makes you ready to face the real business and economic world. The acquired skills increased my conﬁdence and will be helpful when I start working. I believe that after graduation, especially with my major in International Economics and Business Studies, I will be good prepared and on my way towards a bright future.
"Having compared different international programmes all over the world, it was the only one that met my standards."
Born in Armenia and having lived both there as well as in Ethiopia, we moved to the Netherlands when I was six. When I graduated from secondary school, the obvious choice for a university was Erasmus University Rotterdam. It has an outstanding reputation and manages to live up to it.
Many famous economists and politicians have graduated from Erasmus University Rotterdam. As the world’s most famous port and a multicultural and business-like city, Rotterdam offers an excellent setting for studying international business and economics.
The advantage of being raised bilingually and my interest in economics led me to choose Economics & Business. Having compared different international programmes all over the world, it was the only one that met my standards. The wide range of classes offered, the international environment and opportunity to study abroad made my decision so much easier.
In my third year, I went on an exchange programme to Bocconi, Milan. That was the best decision of my life. Besides the classes and theory, I learnt so much more. The people you meet and the memories you gain are of indescribable value. Although it is hard to live in a country where you know no one and where you do not speak the language, I learned that people are always kind and offer a hand. I would advise everyone to study abroad and take part in the IBEB programme. To ﬁnish in economic terms: the return is much higher than the cost!