International Bachelor History

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
This programme takes a unique approach by focusing on how history shapes present-day societies. You focus on modern history and political, cultural, social and economic issues.

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typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track

How do games like Call of Duty perpetuate myths about the war, but also communicate historical content? Why did so many European countries become rich while African countries have remained poor? What is the influence of movies such as Schindler’s List and Inglorious Bastards on our historical thinking? And how is diversity within football teams partly due to the colonial past of the country? These are just some questions you will learn to answer during the International Bachelor History.

In this programme, you will acquire a thorough understanding of how changes and continuities in the past influence our daily lives and learn to explain the crucial connection between past and present. You primarily look at history and historiography through a social, cultural, political and economic lens. This means that you study history more thematically and less based on historical periods – as is usual in other history departments. You focus on themes such as the growth of main ports, inequality in the world, trends in the fashion industry, and the history of international relations. We approach these themes from a long-term perspective, which enables you to establish a link between singular (series of) events and the bigger picture.

Waarom aan de Erasmus?

awardKeuzegids beste opleiding
2020 : 1e plaats
Your History programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam is centered around themes. Focusing on themes lets you keep an eye on the bigger picture. Which teaches you to establish links between historical and contemporary developments and learn not just to understand the past but also the issues facing society today. This is the ideal programme for you if your interest goes beyond history alone, if you are curious, and want to learn how to connect yesterday with today.
Five reasons to choose International Bachelor History at the EUR:

  • History = cramming dates? Not at the EUR, where you study historical themes, rather than specific periods.
  • Thanks to the small groups and the mentor system, you receive personal help with your studies.
  • History at the EUR moves beyond the borders of the Netherlands: we focus on the history of Europe and the world.
  • Studying history in Rotterdam means living in a city with an interesting past and a dynamic present.
  • You will share the class room with students from all over the world - and have the opportunity to spend some time abroad yourself during an exchange.


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afstudeerrichting Social History

This theme focuses on the history of social processes and structures, as well as on daily life and ordinary people.

Once the historical study of social processes and structures, today social history also focuses on daily life and ordinary people. Family, gender, labour, crime, migration, ethnicity, technology and urban spaces are recurrent themes in this established historical discipline. In this focus area, we will concentrate on a broad array of socio-historical topics – from the history of generations to recent debates on the history of global inequality.

afstudeerrichting Economic History

This theme focuses on the history of economics.

Since the Industrial Revolution, economic growth has been substantially higher than population growth. Consequently, for most people, the existential fear that this year's crop will not last until the next, became irrelevant. Growth was so fast that, especially in the Western world, consumption, military expenditures and wars could reach levels never seen before. At the same time, the entire world was drawn into a global economic system; business internationalised and inequality between the rich North and the poor South grew. These topics are central to this focus area.

afstudeerrichting International Relations

This theme focuses on the history of international relations.

Traditionally, the approach to history has always been from the perspective of one nation-state; history of international relations implied diplomats and armies. However, apart from the history of diplomatic relations and power politics, the history of international relations also involves the history of multinational companies, supranational organisations like the UNO or EU, international movements like the youth movement of the 1960s, or 19th century migration from Europe to the USA to find a better future in a faraway country. In this focus area we try to understand and analyse history in such an international context.

afstudeerrichting Cultural History

This theme focuses on the changing meaning of material and immaterial culture.

In its broadest definition, 'culture' refers to the expressions of human life: stories, traditions, monuments, ruins, and other heritage, as well as films, TV series, websites, and apps. Cultural history studies the changing meaning of this material and immaterial culture. In this focus area, we study rituals and symbols of memory communities, diaries and letters, classical works of cultural history, and the history of cultural encounters in the globalising world.


taal van onderwijs100% en
lecture, seminar, tutorial, working group
This programme will acquire a thorough understanding of how changes and continuities in the past influence our daily lives and learn to explain the crucial connection between past and present.
bindend studieadvies
  • propedeuse (alle vakken uit het eerste jaar) in in de eerste 12 maanden
honours-/excellence program History Honours Class

In the second year of the History bachelor programme, the Department offers a select group of students the opportunity to enrol in an Honours Class worth 15 credits.

The sessions organised within the context of the Honours Class are intended for a more in-depth treatment of subjects studied within the regular curriculum. In this programme, students make an intensive review and comparison of a number of selected texts and discuss their insights among themselves and with the lecturer. They round off these textual studies with a written assignment. The selected texts relate to the following three core components of the degree programme: theory, research and practice. Each block focuses on one of these three core components:

Block 2: Liberty and inequality
Block 3: State and Society
Block 4: Beyond State and Society

In the Honours Class, we will also go into how 'thinking about the relationship between state and society' has changed over time. Moreover, the students' intensive interaction with the underlying texts ensures that the programme is cohesive in substantive terms. As such, the Honours Class presents participants with a unique opportunity to gain a more profound understanding of the subject matter. This is only possible to a limited degree during regular lectures, which are attended by a relatively large number of students.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2022
wettelijk tarief : € 2209 (€1105 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 6800
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 6800

1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2023
collegegeld nog niet bekend

toelaatbare profielen
vwo N&Ttoelaatbaar
vwo N&Gtoelaatbaar
vwo E&Mtoelaatbaar
vwo C&Mtoelaatbaar
WO propedeusetoelaatbaar

Non-native speakers of English are required to demonstrate proof of proficiency in English through any of the following:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 100. All subscores should be at least 23.
  • IELTS (International English language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7.0 overall. Subscores should be 6.5 at least.
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): grade B, A
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): grade C, B, A
  • Dutch vwo grade of 7.0 or higher in English (final exam vwo-6)
  • International Baccalaureate with English at Higher or Standard Level.
  • European Baccalaureate with English as first or second language.

Your personal motivation letter must include six items:

  • Personal information: your full name, date of birth, complete postal address, e-mail address and (mobile) phone number;
  • Why you wish to take a bachelor's degree in history;
  • Why you want to enrol in IBHistory (instead of another programme in history);
  • Why you would like to study at Erasmus University Rotterdam;
  • Your international career aspirations;
  • Your international background, including nationality, previous education and international experience.

The letter must be written in English and be no longer than two pages.

estimated monthly costs

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342kamerhuur in Rotterdamrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1210totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


301 studenten volgen deze opleiding
37% daarvan is vrouw
49 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
47% daarvan is vrouw
25922 studenten aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Rotterdam

64957studenten studerend
26950studenten woonachtig   
€ 342gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
27 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête


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International Bachelor History
star Keuzegids beste opleiding 2020  1e
€ 342 gemiddelde kamerhuur
49 eerstejaars
46% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
2/11 Erasmus
star Keuzegids beste opleiding 2020  1e  70
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49 eerstejaars
46% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
3/11 Universiteit Leiden
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
122 eerstejaars
40% vrouw
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100% Nederlandstalig
4/11 RUG
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
175 eerstejaars
46% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
100% Engelstalig
5/11 Radboud Universiteit
Comparative European History
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
6/11 Radboud Universiteit
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
57 eerstejaars
29% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
100% Engelstalig
7/11 UU
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
190 eerstejaars
?% vrouw
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100% Nederlandstalig
8/11 UU
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
75 eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
9/11 Amsterdam UVA
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
69 eerstejaars
55% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
10/11 Amsterdam VU
star Elsevier
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
8 eerstejaars
62% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
50% Nederlandstalig
50% Engelstalig
11/11 Amsterdam VU
History and International Studies
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
8 eerstejaars
62% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

International Bachelor History aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam is beoordeeld door 73 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.2 uit 5.

Na de studie

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The master History of Society at Erasmus University has topped the rankings for best history master in the Netherlands for the last couple of years. We offer two specialisations Applied History and Global History and International Relations.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

In many respects, historians are highly valued in the labor market, particularly in the field of politics, education, journalism, business and government administration. Historians have extensive knowledge of the past, which enables them to identify current issues in global society. They are able to gather information rapidly, assess various digital and printed sources, and compose a coherent argument.
Their historical knowledge and skills are crucial in today's world, but they are also essential for you, as a historian, involved with, for instance, designing historical expositions, teaching, writing articles in newspapers.

The way history functions in society, plays a central role in the International Bachelor History programme. Therefore, in the programme, significant attention is given to current problems and their historical background, in a globalising and digitalising world. Graduates are not only specialists, they are also professionals with a wide social and historical knowledge.

current job market
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€ 1962gemiddeld bruto maandloon
39%kans op een vaste baan
11%kans op een voltijd baan
35%kans op een baan op niveau
24%spreekt van "goede aansluiting arbeidsmarkt"
78%is tevreden over de studiekeuze

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