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Population
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Colleges offerings programs in English.
33
Bachelor's programs offered in English.
95
Master's programs offered in English.

Top Universities in Rotterdam for International Students

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Why should I study here?

Rotterdam is one of the largest ports in the world and also the second largest city in the Netherlands, and has a lot to offer to visit tourists. Rotterdam, a city with a rich history, has a population of over 600,000 and is densely populated. Whether you’re interested in shopping, architecture, art, or adventurous nightlife, Rotterdam has it all. Rotterdam is located in the province of South Holland. 

Rotterdam is not, perhaps, the first place that you think of when planning a holiday in the Netherlands. But despite being a hub of world trade and commerce, this modern city has much to offer tourists. Since its humble origins as a fishing port when the dam of the Rotter was first built in the 13th century, it has been a center for trade and a hub of the shipping industry. 

But, although its history would point to this, Rotterdam has very little in the way of traditional markets, housing, and commercial areas. Although these areas were largely destroyed by invasion and bombing during the Second World War, the city was rebuilt on a new street plan with wide roads and soaring modern architectural gems. 

Although it is a city built on trade, it still has a good number of interesting parks and spaces for those wishing to gain some peace and quiet. The city also has a good selection of museums and art galleries for those looking for culture. Rotterdam has great nightlife, as you would expect in such a modern city. Near the center, you will find Stadhuisplein has many bars and clubs located nearby, and the “student area” where you can get a great night out without breaking the bank. 

Special Notes

Though Rotterdam does not have the postcard beauty common in the Netherlands, I liked it quite a bit.  It definitely has some edge to it and some grit (which are two things I enjoy in a city but aren't for everyone).  If you are someone who is less comfortable in an urban setting, this might not be a good fit.

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