Large increase in international student numbers

The number of international students at Erasmus University Rotterdam has grown to almost 5,000 this year, a 14% increase. These were the results from the annual census of students as of 1 October. The total number of students grew by 4%, to just over 24,000. ​

On 1 October 2015 there were 24,066 students at Erasmus University, compared to 23,051 at the same time last year. This is the highest number of students ever at the university. Of these, 7,100 were enrolling for the first time. In comparison: in 2014 the number of new students at Erasmus University was 6,777 (+ 5 percent).

The increase in the number of new students is mainly to be found in the master programmes, including programmes such as Economics, Public Administration and Health Sciences. For the bachelor programmes, Econometrics and Economics attracted most new students. The Philosophy programme maintained the same steady growth as in past years.

International students
There were 4,962 international students at Erasmus University on 1 October, as compared to 4,363 on the same date a year ago (+13.7 percent). The figures also show a wide diversity in the nationalities of these students.

Academic year Number of students Number of international students % of international students 2013 22,599 4,185 19% 2014 23,051 4,363 19% 2015 24,066 4,962 21%


Internationalisation remains an important theme for Erasmus University and this not only means attracting international students and researchers, it also includes Dutch students going on exchanges at universities abroad as well as international collaboration with other universities. Within this context Erasmus University has collaboration agreements with 15 Chinese universities.

Total enrolment figures (students can enrol in multiple programmes simultaneously) passed the 25,000 mark for the first time, reaching 26,225. This is a 5-percent increase compared to 2014.

About the 1 October census 
On 1 October annually each Dutch university makes a tally of the number of students and enrolments. The 1 October census is a snapshot taken at a specific moment: the figures may change slightly, because the registration of students is an ongoing process where corrections to past figures may still be applied.

More information

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