The Netherlands has two main types of higher education institutions: universities of applied sciences (hogescholen or hbo for short) and research universities (universiteiten).
Universities of applied sciences, like the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), offer professional programmes in the applied arts and sciences that prepare students for specific careers. Research universities focus on the independent practice of research-oriented work in an academic or professional setting.
Practically oriented research is an important component of the educational programmes offered by AUAS, each of which relates to one or more research disciplines. Their research always addresses a real-world problem from the professional field, and they conduct it in close collaboration with both academics and professionals working in this particular discipline. The close cooperation with the University of Amsterdam is particularly valuable for these purposes.
AUAS programmes offer students a clear perspective of the professional field and the working environment in which their future careers will unfold. Students gain a great deal of their knowledge from practical work, via work placements, projects, research and labs.
AUAS has agreements with various housing corporations in order to provide furnished accommodation to international students for a maximum period of one year. It is a challenge to find suitable accommodation in Amsterdam, therefore it is important to arrange your accommodation as soon as possible.
The HvA Library takes care of the provision of information to students, lecturers and researchers at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. The HvA Library offers books and journals, as well as access to databases, e-books, e-journals, web seminars and multimedia applications.
Everyone granted access to HvAnet must abide by the ICT code of conduct.Violation of one or more of the rules in this code of conduct may result in the user being denied access to HvAnet for a period determined by or on behalf of the Board. This period will be no longer than one year. The period may be extended in the event of repeated violations.
In order to make your stay at the AUAS/HvA as pleasant and productive as possible we offer services to support students' physical and emotional wellbeing.These services include:
The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) is based in The Netherlands, in the city of Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a cosmopolitan city where 175 different nationalities live and work together and where the English language is largely spoken. The city is a hotbed of education and research in all conceivable areas: culture and society, trade, logistics, aviation, shipping, ICT, sports, healthcare, education and much more.
Students from the AUAS/HvA are welcome to join the students' sports club of the University of Amsterdam, which offers many sports facilities.
ISN is a student-run organisation of both the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) and the University of Amsterdam. ISN aims to facilitate the social and cultural integration of international students in Dutch society and in Amsterdam in particular.ISN has a mentor system and organises an introduction period each semester as well as all kinds of other activities throughout the year. They also keep the students informed with the magazine Insiders and a weekly newsletter. ISN Amsterdam is part of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). ESN is an organisation with 339 divisions in 34 countries, which helps students during their study period abroad.
All AUAS/HvA programmes are accredited by the NVAO (Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organisation). AUAS/HvA endorses the Code of Conduct for International students in Dutch Higher Education, which constitutes a pledge of quality for all students.
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