IHS, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, is the home of all things urban. They love cities and work passionately for their development. Moreover, University is happy to welcome talented and driven individuals, who want to extend their expertise in the sphere of urban management and development.
The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is an international education, advisory and research centre of Erasmus University Rotterdam, part of the School of Economics (ESE) and the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS).
In 2004, IHS became part of the high-ranking Erasmus University Rotterdam, offering post-graduate education programmes, like the MSc in Urban Management and Development, tailor made courses, short courses and a PhD programme in urban development and governance.
Cities are in a state of unprecedented change. Nowadays, the majority of the population is concentrated in cities and by 2030, urban areas are expected to triple in surface. As urban specialists, they understand that cities are the economic engines of the world, fostering business opportunities, outstanding technological developments, cultural transformations and social, community-fueled innovations.
In the midst of urbanization processes, IHS tries to support local governments and leaders, who need a framework to implement their vision, manage change and find leverage points for sustainable urban development and improvement of urban life quality.
The main specialisations and expertise areas at IHS include: land development, infrastructure, environment and climate change, housing and livelihoods, planning and strategies, competitiveness and resilience.
Living in such a multicultural city like Rotterdam will make your study abroad experience truly enriching. Most people speak English and are happy to help. Besides that, its location makes it very easy to travel to other countries in Europe. Moreover, the country itself has a very good infrastructure, with good connections between main cities and within them. As any other Dutch city, Rotterdam is very bike-friendly, which can make your daily transition quite enjoyable.
Founded mid 13th century, Rotterdam officially became a city in 1340 and it evolved from just a fishermen village into a renowned international centre of trade and industry with 600.000 citizens. After being devastated by bombings at the beginning of World War II, the city was not only rebuilt, but reinvented. A new structure dictated also the new modern identity and the pioneering spirit of the city. "Make it happen" is the vision that supports the growth of this fantastic city, illustrated by the fusion between the port, the city of Rotterdam and the Erasmus University.
The Woudestein campus is located in a green area, in the Eastern part of the city. Home to over 24,000 students, Erasmus University in an ongoing process of developing, building and transforming spaces, in order to create optimum studying conditions. Sustainability is a major focus and a guiding principle, reflected in almost any corner of the campus. You can read more about the construction phases here.
Public spaces are friendly, green and you have access to a very generous Food Plaza and coffee corners. Wi-fi is available throughout the campus and the library space is just perfect for an intense cramming session.
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- accommodation costs (rent)/month €600-650
- approximate living costs/month (utilities costs, transportation and food) €400-450
- health insurance/month €37