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.
Please be aware the introduction activities for September 2021 will be adapted to the current situation.
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 your classmates better. An overview of the introduction events for the September 2021 intake will be announced via e-mail.
This year, due to the Covid-19 measures our RUAS Introduction Days will look very different. As it currently stands it will be a mix of online informative and social activities so that you can still kick-off your study year in a fun way!
The introduction programme and more information about social activities will be sent to all admitted students via e-mail .
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.
Get to know your new home
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.
When do you need to be here?
September 2021 Intake:
The Introduction Days will take place at the end of August and the beginning of September. The Centre of International Affairs of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, organises activities that are for all new international students.
Detailed information about the programme and (online) social activities will be e-mailed to in August. For more information, you can contact our student support team.
February 2022 Intake:
The official start date for introduction will be confirmed in January. For more information you can contact our admissions team.
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: