Amin Noori

Economics has always been a passion of mine, and after my second gap year from high school, I was ready for a new and exciting journey. IBEB has allowed me to really look at everyday occurrences in a more rational sense. Frequent reminders of how essential macro and micro-economics are, can be found in all parts of day-to-day life. This is what really interests me and what attracted me to this subject. The past year, I wanted to get more engaged with the international community at the Erasmus University. Therefore, after application, I attained the position of Vice-President at ESN. It has been a very fulfilling year, organizing events and creating a welcoming environment for international students during their stay in the Netherlands. My time so far at Erasmus School of Economics has been amazing. I’ve made lifelong friends and tried things I never thought I would. The city of Rotterdam has truly become my home away from home. Its modern architecture and great international vibe truly allow for it to live up to its nickname, “Manhattan on the Maas’’. Lastly, I want to point out that being part of Erasmus School of Economics opens doors for many opportunities. It is up to you to go and grab them!

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Selma Zekaj

Economics is truly all around us, present in every aspect of our lives and it is for this reason I chose to study Economics and Business Economics. You learn everything from what determines the price of goods and services to why the average standards of living vary so widely within and between countries. What convinced me to study in Rotterdam is the international environment that Erasmus University has created. You get used to be surrounded by people with different points of view, so you learn how to adapt and think outside the box. Especially in the field of business this is a truly significant asset. Lectures at Erasmus School of Economics are always interesting. It is not only about explaining plain theory, but also putting your knowledge into practice by using real world examples. This programme has a lot to offer to students who want to further develop themselves by choosing a minor, Honours courses, a semester abroad etc. All these give you an idea of your future desired career path. Fortunately, it is not all studying books and theory. I am really enjoying my time in Rotterdam. This vibrant and modern city has so much to offer. You can go on a shopping spree, enjoy some excellent food and visit a range of attractions in and around the city centre.

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Hrisyana Doytchinova

When deciding on where to continue my studies, I was advised by both my Economics teacher as well as a friend to choose this programme. I wanted to do something a bit broader and so is the field of Economics. 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 other harmoniously. Moreover, the study is divided into blocks, so each block you can focus really well on your subjects. 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!

Mathijs Giltjes

I have chosen to participate in this international programme, because I have completed the International Baccalaureate programme in secondary school. I have also always had great affinity with mathematics and statistics and wanted to continue enhancing my knowledge regarding these particular fields. Rotterdam was an obvious choice for me to go studying, because of its modern city centre and its bustling business life. Amongst my most favourite spots in Rotterdam would certainly be: the park around the Kralingse Plas, Blaak and the river sides near the Willemsbrug and Erasmusbrug. Apart from studying I enjoy hanging out with friends and I work as an Ambassador for IBEB. Initially, I was rather determined regarding my future job: I wanted to become an international criminal lawyer. However, now I am not quite sure what I want to be later in life, because IBEB has awakened my interest in the economic aspects of my studies and a more economics related career could also be in the cards for me.