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Introduction Days

Welcome to our international students

During the international introduction days we welcome our international students at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. The main goal of the programme is to learn more about Rotterdam, the Netherlands, immigration matters, school and each other!


Each year we welcome more than 800 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.

Social activities

More information about the social activities will be sent via e-mail to all admitted students and will be announced on social media. All activites will be published on our event page RUAS Introduction Days #welcometoruas


Invitation introduction

Specific invitation

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.


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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Student Support

If you want to study in the Netherlands, there are a few things you need to arrange beforehand. 

Student support help

When do you need to be here?

The official start date for introduction is Monday 26th August 2019. It is mandatory for you to be here this week, if you do arrive earlier than this, the Centre of international Affairs is arranging activities for you to make sure you have something to do and to meet some new people.

Stay tuned for more information about these activities, they will be posted on our social media pages, emailed to you and also published on the website.

Make sure to click going on our event page to stay up to date with info

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? In the Netherlands you will recieve a BSN number once you have registered here in Rotterdam, this BSN is basically a citizen service number, once you have this you can apply for a DigiID. This will give you access to services offered by thee Dutch Government, more info on this can be found at CoIA. 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:

SIM through Expat Mobile

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