I am an International student

    Leaving home to study in a different country, starting higher education, the transition from secondary school. Your life has been turned upside down! Far from family and friends, running a household and getting used to the higher education language level: it can be quite a challenge. Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences will help you.

    Student Welfare advisors offers personal guidance and coaching. We can, for example, link you to a peer-coach. They are hands-on experts who can also help you to feel at home here. We can help with: homesickness, finding your way around higher education, language barriers, and also study-related subjects such as motivation, planning, language and effective study methods. Whatever your question, we will make a plan to help you.


    Vacancy Peer-coach

    We are looking for students in their 2nd year or further to function as a peer-coach for other students. Our hands-on peer-coaches are experts who help other students through their own experiences. You have been where they are, so you know what they need.
    As a peer-coach you function as a contact for your fellow students. Your job is to guide them and make the most of their study experience. You coach them individually and in small groups. You listen to what they need and by knowing this you can plan a meeting to help them. Think about helping with study skills like planning, providing support when they feel lonely and overwhelmed being new in The Netherlands and studying abroad. Besides developing and organizing these activities you also join an intervision meeting with the student welfare advisor.
    We offer you an instructive and challenging job to develop yourself and learn how to coach others. Your contract will be on a 2 hours per week basis. There is an obligatory training (for study credit).
    Got you excited? Contact us by sending your C.V. and motivation letter.

    If you do not wish to be a peer-coach but you could use one yourself: contact us as well.

    Study programme guidance

    You study here at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, but you may have some doubts about the study programme you have chosen. You may have even stopped your studies. What now? What was different from what you expected and which study would suit you?

     We are happy to help you in your search for a new study. Read more about study programme guidance.

    Electives from student welfare 

    -Mindfulness based stress reduction

    -Study, exam and failure stress

    -Studying with dyslexia

    For these electives you have to sign up through student counsellor


    -Time management and study skills (sign up through Osiris code RBSTMS01K)

    -Motivate yourself (sign up through Osiris code RBSMOY01K)

    More information about the electives click here: Electives student welfare - Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (

    Studying with a disability?

    ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Chronic illness, Depression, Impairments. Click here for more information.

    Or contact Paula van Galen

    Rotterdam International Student Association (RISA)

    For fun activities and getting to know other international students from RUAS join RISA!

    Instagram: RISA Rotterdam

    Looking for support?

    No workshop coming up but desperate for help on one of these subjects? Swing by the office or set a meeting by emailing me.
    Need someone to talk to about a different subject like loneliness, other personal problems, problems at home, money or health issues. Please, contact me as well.

    Idea box

    Do you have a great idea for an activity or workshop for international students? Please let me know by sending an email.


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    Do you want to know more about studying in the Netherlands?

    Please visit Student Welfare Advisors at the Museumpark location (MP.H.00.050).

    Your contact person is Linn Sch├Ânherr