Welcome to ROFFARotterdam Open Festivities For All
We are very excited to welcome you to Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (RUAS). To celebrate this, we organise a special intorduction programme for all new international students called: Welcome to ROFFA. Besides the link to our lovely city, ROFFA stands for Rotterdam Open Festivities For All 🥳
We are the Centre of International Affairs and each year we welcome more than 1000 international students, so this is the perfect opportunity for you to meet your fellow students! We believe that, besides the administrative part, the social part plays a very important role.
Our international students receive a personal invitation for these international introduction days. These days take place prior to the general introduction of your programme. During the general introduction days (STARTWEEK) you will get to know your coach, classmates and schedule.
Get to know your new home in the meantime...
The Centre of International Affairs (CoIA) will organise multiple social activities in order for you to get to know the city and other international students better. The kick-off will take place on the 21st of August and it is mandatory to be present. The full introduction programme for the September 2023 intake will be announced mid-summer.
Take a look at how the previous Intro period went.
When do you need to be here?
September 2023 Intake:
The Welcome to ROFFA programme will take place end of August. The Centre of International Affairs of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences organises activities that are for all new international students. The kick-off of the programme will be on the 21st of August and it is mandatory to attend the Welcome to Rotterdam presentation.
Detailed information about the programme and social activities will be e-mailed in mid-July. For more information, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
February 2024 Intake:
The introduction dates for the February intake will be communicated and confirmed at the end of December. The official introduction programme will be sent by e-mail, please take a look at your inbox to find the full overview of the activities.
For more information, you can contact our Intro team: email@example.com
How to get from Schiphol to Rotterdam?
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a bus pick up service. We apologise for this but hope through clear communication and tips we can get you from the airport to your new home of Rotterdam easily!
Take a look at this reel, where our Student Ambassadors show you how to get from Airport Schiphol to Rotterdam Central Station.
How to get to Rotterdam Central Station?
- Buy a train ticket from the yellow machine
- Intercity direct is the fast train and it will get you to Rotterdam in 26 minutes. Make sure to buy the €2,90 supplement as well!
- NS only ticket is the normal train and it will take you about 50 minutes to get to Rotterdam. You don't need to buy the supplement for this journey.
- Take the escalator or lift downstairs
- Board the train either from platform 5 or 6, the correct platform will be visible on the screen.
Useful travel apps
The dutch transportation system is very easy to navigate with these apps: 9292.nl and the NS app.
All students, Bachelor, Master and Exchange who are going to study at our University of Applied Sciences will get a specific invitation for the introduction per programme via e-mail.
During Introduction Week you have the opportunity to join the Rotterdam International Student Association, also known as RISA.
Each year RISA organises lots of activities for both Dutch and international students alike, including social dinners and parties (boat party, beer-pong), international trips, sporting events, guest lectures, sustainability events etc.
Visit the RISA website for the latest news and events.
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If you want to study in the Netherlands, there are a few things you need to arrange beforehand. Please take a look at the sections: municipality, residence permit, tuberculosis test, Dutch bank account.
Need a Dutch mobile phone number?
The Centre of International Affairs has developed two solutions for you if you would like to get a Dutch phone number. You might ask, what's the need of getting a Dutch number? After arriving in the Netherlands, you will notice a Dutch phone number is necessary for a couple of things, such as opening a Dutch bank account and creating your DigiD account, which gives you access to many services offered by the Dutch government. If you are planning to get a (part-time) job in the Netherlands, it will also be important to have a Dutch phone number so that companies and recruiters can easily contact you by phone. Below are two options for the phone number for you:
Pay-as-you-go SIM Cards - Lebara
CoIA has a stock of pay as you go SIM cards from provider Lebara, these SIM cards are located at the CoIA front desk and can be picked up during introduction week or anytime during the year.
Pay Monthly - Expat Mobile
Our Student Association, RISA, in association with CoIA offers international students Expat Mobile. This service has multiple options for students on a pay-monthly basis with also different contract lengths depending on whether you are spending a semester here or more. For more information on Expat Mobile please follow the link: