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Application procedures

How to apply

In order to enrol for a study programme at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, there are various procedures which you must take into account for different programmes.

Students who want to apply for a Willem de Kooning Academy Bachelor programme, please see the admission information on the Willem de Kooning Academy website. 

For a Master at the Piet Zwart Institute, please see the admission information on the Piet Zwart Institute website.

Bachelor degree programmes

Non-Dutch high school diploma

All students, regardless of nationality, with a non-Dutch high school diploma apply through Studielink. After registering in Studielink you will receive further information about your application from the Centre of International Affairs (CoIA).

Dutch diploma

Students with a Dutch diploma also apply via Studielink. After registering in Studielink you will receive further information about your application from the Student Service Center (SSC).

Non-Dutch diploma

Steps to your enrolment

  1. After you have applied via Studielink a letter with your login details will be sent to you via post.
  2. We also confirm your application by email with a list of required documents that you need to send digitally to our Centre of International Affairs (CoIA) for evaluation.
    Official documents translated into English, German or French original documents.
    1. Required documents can be sent to CoIA by email, but note that the copies of your diploma and final transcripts sent by email are only used to determine if you meet the requirements. For your final registration, original certified photocopies of your diploma and final transcripts are required (see admission requirements).
    2. If at the time of applying you are still in your final year, we can also determine if you are eligible to apply based on your current transcripts plus a statement from your school indicating when and for which diploma you are expected to graduate. 
  3. When your admission has been finalised by CoIA, all students will receive an Admission Set. For non-EU students this admission set includes an invoice, a statement of understanding and visa application documents if necessary. All of these documents must be completed in full, signed and returned to CoIA. EU-students need to authorise Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, via Studielink, to fulfil payment.
  4. Non-EU only: After you have paid the fees as stated on the invoice and we have received the signed documents, CoIA will apply for your student visa (MVV), if necessary. You (or your agent) will be informed when your MVV is ready to be collected at the Dutch consulate or embassy in your country.
  5. After arrival in the Netherlands, we will welcome you to our University of Applied Sciences during the introduction days which takes place before the start of your study programme. During these days CoIA will assist you with your registration at the municipality and your residence permit. If you are going to live outside Rotterdam you have to arrange your registration at the municipality yourself.
Master degree programmes

Steps to your enrolment

  1. To apply for a Master degree programme, please fill in the application form first. After you have filled in the application form, you will receive an email with more information about the required documents that you need to send to our Centre of International Affairs (CoIA).
  2. CoIA will check that your diploma and your level of English meet the requirements for the programme and will contact you for an intake interview. If you do not yet meet the language requirements, CoIA may advise you to take a preparation course.
  3. When your admission has been finalised by CoIA, you will receive an admission set including the following information:
    1. Invoice
    2. Statement of understanding
    3. Visa application documents (if necesarry)
      All of these documents must be completed in full, signed and returned to CoIA.
  4. After you have paid the fees as stated on the invoice and we have received the signed documents, CoIA will apply for your student visa (MVV), if necessary. You (or your agent) will be informed when your MVV is ready to be collected at the Dutch consulate or embassy in your country.
  5. After arrival in the Netherlands, we will welcome you to our University of Applied Sciences during the introduction days which takes place before the start of your study programme (participation in the Introduction week is mandatory). During these days CoIA will assist you with your registration at the municipality and your residence permit. If you are going to live outside Rotterdam you have to arrange your registration at the municipality yourself.
Master's Foundation programme

Master's Foundation Programme

Please fill out the Master online application with the correlating Master of your choice.

Six steps to apply

  1. To apply for a Master Foundation programme, please fill in the application form first. After you have filled in the application form you will receive an email with more information about the required documents that you need to send to our Centre of International Affairs (CoIA). 
  2. CoIA will check that your diploma and your level of English meet the requirements for the programme and will contact you for an intake interview.
  3. When your admission has been finalised by CoIA, you will receive an Admission Set including the following information:
    1. Invoice. 
    2. A statement of understanding
    3. Visa application documents if necessary
      All of these documents must be completed in full, signed and returned to CoIA. 
  4. After you have paid the fees as stated on the invoice and we have received the signed documents, CoIA will apply for your student visa (MVV), if necessary. You (or your agent) will be informed when your MVV is ready to be collected at the Dutch consulate or embassy in your country. 
  5. You then make your own travel arrangements to come to the Netherlands. If you have reserved a room as a Non-EU student in our student residences you should inform CoIA about your date and time of arrival in the Netherlands (your flight details). If you do so, a pick-up service will be provided. 
  6. After arrival in the Netherlands, we will welcome you to our University of Applied Sciences during the introduction days which takes place before the start of your study programme. (participation in the Introduction week is mandatory). During these days CoIA will assist you with your registration at the municipality and your residence permit. If you are going to live outside Rotterdam you have to arrange your registration at the municipality yourself.
Exchange programmes

Depending on the exchange programme, there is a different time window for applying. Please see the exchange programme for the next available application time window for students from partner institutions. 

Five steps to apply

  1. Before you apply, please make sure you have been nominated by your home university. In case you are a student from a non-partner University you can directly start your application online.
  2. After you have been nominated you should fill in the online application form which is available during the application time slot stated below.
  3. After you have completed the online application form you will receive a confirmation email from the Centre of International Affairs (CoIA).
  4. CoIA and the programme coordinators will review your application.
  5. When your application has been approved, CoIA will send you a Letter of Acceptance.

NOTE: Letters of Acceptance will only be sent within 2-4 weeks after the application closing date.

Non-European students: Shortly after your online application you will receive an e-mail from CoIA-Student Support with more information about the visa application procedure. More information about residence permits and visa will be sent to your home university as well before the application period.

Fall semester time slot

You can only apply between 1 April and 1 May if you want to enrol in the Fall semester.

Spring semester time slot

You can only apply between 1 October and 1 November if you want to enrol in the Spring semester. 

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