International Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research

During your study Bachelor International Bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research

Study Guidance

Studying at a University can be a big difference with what you were used to before. To help students with this big change and to make a good start with the study programme, several methods are developed.


Study Guidance System

During the first year of studies, students participate in the Study Guidance course. This course aims to assist students during the first part of their studies and to provide academic support. In groups of around 15 participants, students are guided by a tutor, a second or third year student. This tutor provides them with practical information and useful study advice.

Individual support

Where needed, students can get advice about how to improve their study results. They can also visit a studyadvisor to talk about their study progress.

Besides that, students receive a letter of the Examination Committee after the first block. In this letter students are advised about the suitability for the study programme, based on the study progress. In January a second advice is provided. At the end of the first academic year, in August, students are issued a Binding Study Advice.

If students do not meet the conditions, and there are no mitigating circumstances, they will receive a negative binding study advice and need to stop their study programme. With all of these methods, the Erasmus School of Economics does its utmost best to prevent students from this.


The academic year starts in the beginning of September and is divided into five blocks of eight weeks each. Per block students focus on two or three courses.

The study load of each programme is specified in credits. An academic year consists of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. Each block consists of 12 ECTS. One credit is the equivalent to 28 hours of study and includes time spent in lectures, tutorials, reading, preparing for tests and writing exams and papers.

With the double programme BSc² Econometrics/Economics, students are required to receive more than 60 credits.

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

Students are expected to get through the first year at once. The BSA is based on this.


The Erasmus School of Economics offers you the opportunity to do an internship in the third year of your bachelor programme. This is an excellent way of acquiring some practical experience and could give you a head start once you are graduated.

Conditions differ per programme, but there are internship opportunities within every programme. During your internship you will apply your academic skills and knowledge in a professional environment. You will be guided academically by the ESE and practically by the company which offers you the placement. 

To get you started, numerous placement opportunities will be published via various channels and there are several organisations and study associations that can help you to find a challenging internship.

Bachelor Honours Class

Erasmus School of Economics offers her best performing and most committed students the opportunity to participate in the Bachelor Honours Class. The programme is designed to provide extra challenge in addition to the regular curriculum. The goal of the programme is to extend economic knowledge and to increase academic skills.

Participating students follow intense and interactive guest lectures by experts in the fields of science, business and politics concerning various current economic issues. They also write and present academic papers.

The Honours Class starts in the first bachelor year and covers two full years. Access to the programme is restricted in order to guarantee exclusivity. Students are selected on their performance in the first two blocks of Bachelor year 1 and on an application interview. Commitment and active participation are primary requirements to complete the programme successfully.

Study associations

One of the character traits that define Rotterdam students is their high level of activity and that they are not afraid to work hard. They are actively involved in all sorts of consulting associations and often have on the side jobs as student assistants to professors or in the administrative division of the faculty. Their contribution keeps the faculty on their toes and allows them to incorporate the students’ opinions.

The character of the students is also represented in the presence of the active faculty and study associations.

Economic Faculty association Rotterdam (EFR)

The Economic Faculty association Rotterdam (EFR), established in 1963 is one of the largest and most active faculty associations in the Netherlands. The EFR unites students of the Erasmus School of Economics and connects theory with practice. The EFR communicates, amongst others, via their own magazine Eclaire, which is published seven times a year and is sent to six thousands students and contacts.

Especially for first year students the EFR organizes an introduction weekend, book sales, excursions and company visits. Other large-scale events that the EFR organizes are:

  • the annual Business Week
  • exchange with other European associations
  • introductory meetings with potential employers
  • a big political debate, during election years in the Netherlands
  • annual edition of the Economic Faculty Almanac

Faculty Association Econometrics & Operations Research (FAECTOR)

The Faculty Association Econometrics & Operations Research (FAECTOR)is the faculty association for aspiring econometricians at the ESE. Since 1966, FAECTOR has been offering large, varied projects and events for Econometrics students in the Netherlands. At this moment, FAECTOR is the biggest study association for Econometrics students in the world! We organise over ten career events per year, besides various other events and activities.

Before the start of the academic year, FAECTOR organises the introduction camp PINKWIN for Dutch first-year Econometrics students and the introduction camp PENGUIN for students that follow the International Econometrics or Bachelor Squared program. During these introduction camps, you will get to know Econometrics students from all study phases, the university and the city of Rotterdam.

Other activities that FAECTOR organises

  • Quantitative Finance Tour (a visit to London to get to know how it feels to be an investment banker)
  • FAECTOR Research Project (for example in Brazil, Canada, South Korea, Singapore and Tokyo)
  • National Econometricians Day
  • Smaller events such as social drinks, company visits, sports tournaments and a discount on study books

Other study associations at the Erasmus School of Economics

Other study associations active within the faculty are:

  • Aeclipse (Economics)
  • ECE (Industrial Dynamics and Strategy)
  • FSR (Financial Economics)
  • Maeur (Marketing)
  • Transito (Transport and Logistics)

Exchange programmes

We wholeheartedly encourage you to study abroad during the third year of your bachelor programme (or the fourth year if studying the Double Degree BSc2 Economics/Econometrics). And with so many international partner universities, you can attend lectures anywhere in the world.

Where would you like to go? The United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Spain or France? Or would you rather study in Japan, Hong Kong, the United States, Canada or Australia? Anything goes. Just outline the courses you intend to take abroad in a study plan beforehand and make sure they can be incorporated into your study programme to help avoid any study delay. And remember to look into available grants and subsidies to cover certain expenses associated with studying abroad!