Student counsellors are available to help you with your study progress, questions about which study programme to choose, regulations, conflicts, student facilities, or personal problems.
Studying with a disability
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences values its students with functional disabilities and has adopted various measures in order to facilitate these students towards a successful completion of their studie. A functional disability can be a motor or sensory disorder, such as dyslexia, RSI (repetitive strain injury), visual or hearing impairment, chronic illnesses, motor impaired or AD(H)D. In addition, there are psychological problems such as concentration problems, fear of failure, autism and depression, which are all functional disabilities.
Based on your personal situation, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences offers various possibilities. For example: separate exam rooms, lenient absent regulations, alternative ways of testing, spreading tests out over time, extra time, enlarged printed tests, resting rooms, etcetera.
When you need a modification or facility services, you can make use of an education agreement. It includes all possibilities that are available for a student with special educational needs. This agreement is part of the privacy regulation, which is why it does not appear on diplomas or grade lists.
Do you want more information about studying with a functional disability? Or do you want to meet students at the school with a functional disability? Then you may contact the Power Platform; this is a platform for students with a disability or chronic illness. The Power Platform regularly organises fun, informative and educational activities. For more information, please e-mail PowerPlatform@hr.nl or check their Facebook page facebook.com/hrpowerplatform.
Help Desk Dyslexia
If you encounter problems during your study as a result of dyslexia, the Help Desk Dyslexia and you will look at what you or your study programme may be able to do to help. In addition, the Help Desk Dyslexia is available for individual support. All students with dyslexia can take the elective Leerroute Dyslexie (dyslexia learning route). For more info please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The school has signed a covenant with the National Expertise Centre Handicap & Study (Only available in Dutch). It states that students at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences with a functional disability will be supported as much as possible during their studies.
Studying as a top athlete
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences strives to facilitate top athletes as much as possible in order to get the maximum out of both their sport and their study.
Do you want to combine your studies with your top sport? If so, we recommend you start by looking at the possibilities within higher education. First, figure out what your ambitions and talents are and then find out which study fits best. Applying at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences must be done before the 1st of May.
Inquire in time about the feasibility and possibilities of combining your sport with your preferred study.
Sports and study
Facilities for top athletes
We can help you to synchronise your study programme with your training and match schedules, for example with:
- Flexible timetables
- Extra exam dates
- Flexible placement periods
- Extra guidance by your study career coach
Expected commitments from top athletes
Of course, in return we ask extra efforts from top athletes:
Before the start of each study period you have to plan the sport and study activities carefully, and discuss it with your coach. Just like regular students, you have to follow electives. If your sport activities make this impossible, there are other ways to get the study points in question.
Application top athlete status
To be able to make use of the mentioned facilities you need to have a top athlete status (according to the NOC*NSF norm, or playing at the highest national level,) You can apply for this status via student counsellor/top athlete coordinator Mr Jan van Westrenen or Jaben Kortland. They will help you get the status confirmation and will refer you to the person in your department with whom you can synchronize sport and studies.
You can obtain different sorts of peer coaching. Peer coaches are students from a higher year who help other students with their studies. They have excellent study results and have participated in the 'peer coaching' training course. Peer coaches have a realistic self-image and a positive attitude.
Peer coaches support you in the problem subjects and help you pass the exams. Another role of the peer coach is that of student mentor: a buddy for first-year students.