Mission and values

Erasmus University College is the international undergraduate Liberal Arts & Sciences college of Erasmus University Rotterdam, a prominent international research university that remains young at heart, even though it is over a hundred years old.

Erasmus University dates back to 1913 as an institute well known for its leading economists. Over the past century the university has developed into a broad and outstanding institution serving more than 20,000 bachelor, master, and PhD students. Currently ranked 72 in the Times Higher Education Rankings, the university is well known as a centre of excellence on issues of business and management, organisation and policy, as well as medicine and health care. Erasmus University’s faculties span the scope of business administration, economics, the social sciences, medicine, the humanities, history, arts, and law.

Exactly 100 years after its start, Erasmus University College has become part of the university’s already impressive portfolio. With such a remarkable institution as our foundation, we are able to offer our students the best facilities and curriculum possible. The Rotterdam School of Management and Erasmus School of Economics have largely shaped the course offerings at EUC allowing our program to have a high quality Economics & Business Department through exchange of lecturers and resources between these faculties and EUC. Furthermore, the excellent relationship with the prestigious Erasmus Medical Center facilitates the possibility for our students to follow a medical degree after studying at EUC.

'At Erasmus University College we expect you to use your knowledge, insight and creativity to unravel today’s complex scientific and social issues ensuring your actions are informed and your decisions are taken with ample consideration for the context.’


EUC education aims to help students develop into critical world citizens. We provide students with a broad educational basis in connection with a large skill set that enables them to tackle a variety of situations.


The educational philosophy of liberal education is at the basis of the teaching/learning approach and the curriculum of EUC. Education at EUC goes beyond the traditional liberal arts approach of ‘liberating’ the individual through intellectual engagement. By combining disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary learning with research and communication skills, students develop critical thinking, academic creativity, social abilities, entrepreneurialism, international and intercultural awareness and societal engagement.


EUC is a hub of the Erasmus University where scientists from all disciplines interact, which leads to engaged out-of-the box education and research. Due to its tight connection with society, a substantial part of education at EUC is given in connection with its international and multicultural urban environment. Furthermore, we facilitate our students to spend a semester abroad, so that they can widen their view by actively participating in another academic institution and culture.


The future requires the capability to deal with a changing reality proactively, and to understand what this means for both oneself and others. Thus, with leading we do not mean being dominant, but being influential by living and working on the basis of values. In order to do so, education at EUC is aimed at knowledge and academic skills, but also on ethical reflection and critical thinking.