Student Refugee Programme
Properly preparing for your studies
You have fled from your country to the Netherlands and now it’s time to study at RUAS. As a student in a foreign country, you might face some quite overwhelming issues. To make things easier for you, RUAS will support you before and during your studies.
You have a diploma
If you already obtained a diploma abroad, you can usually enrol in a RUAS study programme. However, the foreign diploma must be the equivalent of the required Dutch diploma and, you must have mastered the Dutch language at an adequate level B2 level. If so, you can take the Dutch as a Second Language Exam. Please click Buitenlands diploma (Foreign diploma) for more information.
You do not have a diploma
The main principle for admission to a bachelor's or associate degree programme at RUAS is that you hold a Dutch or foreign secondary school diploma that is equivalent to a higher general, pre-university or level 4 vocational secondary school diploma. If you do not have a diploma, you can take the 21+ Entrance Examination at RUAS. Please click 21+ zonder diploma (21+ Entrance Examination) for more information.
If you have any questions about the Dutch as a Second Language Exam or the 21+ Entrance Examination, please contact the Refugee Information Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information and support
Support before and during your studies
You can quickly get lost in all the different regulations and procedures. You might also feel the need for some additional guidance, for instance from a coach or a buddy. As a student refugee at RUAS, you can count on two additional facilities, before and during your studies. These facilities are also available to student refugees who have enrolled via the UAF University Assistance Fund.
Before your studies: Refugee Information Desk
The information desk will help you well before the start of your study programme. The information desk will guide and support you throughout the enrolment procedure and help you submit your questions to the appropriate departments or staff.
You can contact the information desk for:
► Introduction meetings preparation support
► The language courses
► Questions about admission support
► The summer school
► Help in the enrolment procedure
Student Refugee Support is a service provided by the RUAS "Studentenwelzijn" coaches located online and the Museumpark (high-rise block: MP.H00.050).
During your studies: Student Refugee Support
Student Refugee Support helps you during your studies. It is a central service point where you will find the support, encouragement and inspiration that you need to successfully complete your study career.
You can contact Student Refugee Support for:
► Buddy projects
► Peer coaching
► Referrals and guidance
► Social and educational events
► Language support
► 6 months before start: Dutch language course
► Do you want to start your studies in September, but you still have to demonstrate that your Dutch is adequate? Or if you want to expand your language skills and prepare for the NT2 exam programme II? If so, take the Dutch language intensive course that prepares you for the Dutch as a Second Language Exam at RUAS. You will be working towards language level B2.
► August: Summer School
► If you want to start your studies in September 2021 but if you still have to demonstrate that your Dutch is adequate, you can enrol in the Dutch Language summer school during July and August. It will allow you to work towards language level B2 within 3 weeks. It will also give you the opportunity to explore the city of Rotterdam with the other students in your group. After summer school, you can transfer to the Dutch language course.
Student welfare offers different workshops to maximize your study career. The workshops are developed to improve your well-being and/or your study skills. For example, we offer workshops on: Motivation, procrastination, Time management, Exam stress, Mindfulness, self-image and more. They are for free and mostly take place at the location Posthumalaan and sometimes online via Teams. Want to know more or sign up?
Take a look at the workshops and register by using the registration button.
If you have any questions or you would like to find out what the Refugee Information Desk or Student Refugee Support service can do for you, please contact us at Statushouders@hr.nl.