MSc in Economics and Business - Specialization in International Economics

Erasmus School of Economics - Erasmus University Rotterdam

Program Description

MSc in Economics and Business - Specialization in International Economics

Erasmus School of Economics - Erasmus University Rotterdam

Master of International Economics

Are you ready to conquer the world of International Economics?

Do you see yourself in an international economic and business environment? Do you seek the challenge of a high-level practice-oriented education to realise your ambitions? The International Economics programme presents you with a wide range of topical global economic issues.

In this wide-ranging programme you will explore and analyse the progressive integration of national goods, labour and capital markets and the decline in the national barriers that separated them in the past. You will address the effects the increased interdependence of economies has on governments, firms, their managers and employees. In short, you will be guided to the frontiers of International Economics research in both theory and practice.

Rotterdam: where great minds of all nationalities meet

Rotterdam, port of Europe, is the city to acquire knowledge regarding international economics par excellence. Here at Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), you surround yourself with students from all nationalities who are as ambitious and inquisitive as you are. Here, you are taught by renowned researchers and leaders in business. A perfect combination for a successful global career.


Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) has long been involved in leading developments in teaching, policy and research in international economics and business. This specialisation is designed to continue this tradition. It equips you with the practical and analytical tools to work and excel in the field of international economics, for instance as a:

  • manager
  • consultant
  • policy advisor
  • banker
  • researcher
  • government or international (economic) agency official


The Master’s specialisation consists of core courses, electives, seminars and a Master’s thesis distributed over five blocks of eight weeks each. Core courses and electives help students to get acquainted with a wide range of topics that are essential to international economics and business studies, and provide a solid background for attending the seminars.

Seminars are the most important component of the Master’s specialisation. For these intensive courses, active participation and commitment are prerequisites. Students are expected to present pieces of the literature or case studies, ask questions, express doubts and share their ideas in class discussions.

The last block of the specialisation is devoted to the Master’s thesis. The thesis is written individually under close supervision by one of our staff members.

Lorenz Kohout


In International Trade and Trade Policy we modelled trade flows in computer simulations, providing me with deeper insight into the economic effects of globalization.

I especially liked being able to choose from a wide range of interesting courses, which allowed me to specialize in the field of International Economics that I am most interested in.

Jasper van Schaik


With courses and seminars on topics related to international trade, multinationals and the macroeconomy, the master in International Economics enables you to gather the necessary analytical skills and theoretical knowledge to understand the dynamics and the functioning of rapidly changing global economic and financial markets.

Branimir Zelenkov


The master in International Economics offers a great opportunity for students to deepen the understanding of economic models and the workings of markets while developing highly quantitative and analytical skills.

The multidisciplinary approach in the curriculum and the balance between theory and practice allows for a challenging and fun year of learning.

Cost & Fees

  • €2.060 EEA/EU students*
  • €14.700 NON-EEA/EU students**

*This is the statutory tuition fee for Dutch students, students from another country within the European Economic Area (EEA), the European Union (EU), Switzerland and Suriname who meet the statutory conditions.

**This is the institutional tuition fee for students for whom the statutory tuition fee does not apply. You have to pay the institutional fee if you:

  • don’t have an EU-, EEA, Swiss or Surinamese nationality
  • have finished a Dutch programme and want to follow another programme on the same level
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 28, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
1 year
Full time
2,060 EUR
May 1, 2018
1 August for ESE students
Netherlands - Rotterdam
Start date: Sept. 2018
Application deadline May 1, 2018
1 August for ESE students
End date Request Info
Sept. 2018
Netherlands - Rotterdam
Application deadline May 1, 2018
1 August for ESE students
End date Request Info
EEA/EU students; €14.700 NON-EEA/EU students