IHS, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is an education, advisory and research institute which falls under the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural SciencesOpens external and the Erasmus School of EconomicsOpens external. For 60 years, it has been our mission to develop human and institutional capacities, to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in cities.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (6)
Social Sciences (5)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Business & Management (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)



In response to increasing international demand for the experiences of the Bouwcentrum, an international training wing was established in 1958 to provide international education and transfer knowledge and expertise to professionals from developing countries, seeking solutions in housing and construction sectors.


You will learn from highly skilled lecturers and guest lecturers from all over the world, through a unique methodology of real case study analyses, games, class debates and more.


Since 1976, IHS has worked on projects overseas, providing advisory services to an array of stakeholders including governments, organisations and institutions. The institute also works on contracts for local and national government clients. Services in this area include policy-level support, aid in citywide strategic development and participatory processes.

The approach IHS uses to tackle the problems faced in reducing poverty and improving the quality of life in cities is based on the cross-fertilization of three activities: education, advisory services and research.

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Library services

The University Library has an extensive collection of books and journals on every subject that is taught at the Erasmus University. The library also supports students and staff in various aspects of their education, teaching and research. Moreover, the library is a nice place to meet, work together and study in silence.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Campus Woudestein
  • Physiotherapy Campus Woudestein
  • ECE Campus

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