ISS is the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. ISS is one of the oldest and largest centres for the comparative study and research of social, political and economic development and change.
Every year, the ISS is host to hundreds of students, all young and mid-career professionals, participating in its PhD, Masters and Diploma programmes. Over 11.000 students from more than 160 countries have participated in the Institute's programmes. The staff is drawn from around thirty countries from all over the world. The multicultural community at the ISS offers an excellent learning environment both inside and outside the classroom, in which students can gain from each other's' diverse experience.