Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

  • 42630 Students
  • Public University
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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. At AUAS we take full advantage of this wealth of opportunities in order to provide the best possible education and produce cutting-edge research.

About Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

The AUAS is actively involved with the University of Amsterdam, one of the oldest and largest research universities in the Netherlands. Our two institutions are governed by a joint Executive Board. Together, the AUAS and UvA offer students a wide range of education pathways.

The business sector needs graduates who have both intercultural and international (work/study) experience. For this reason AUAS ensures that internationalisation is integrally embedded in our educational programmes and the research activities of our schools.

The AUAS trains the professionals of tomorrow. Practical orientated research is an important component of the educational programmes offered by our schools. Our research always addresses a real-life world problem from the professional field, and we conduct the research in close collaboration with both academics and professionals working in the particular discipline. We have a joint Executive Board with the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and our close cooperation with the UvA is particularly valuable for research purposes.

The AUAS consists of seven schools. We have a total of 43,000 students and offer a total of 80 bachelor and master programmes.

We have 250 partner institutes across 50 different countries and contribute to various educational projects such as curriculum development, research projects, student/professor exchanges and work placements within an international working field. This ensures that the education provided by AUAS is truly internationally orientated.

Accreditations of Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences


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.


Health and Wellbeing

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:

  • Medical Service
  • Student Counsellors
  • Psychologists
  • Chaplains

Sport Facilities

Students from the AUAS/HvA are welcome to join the students' sports club of the University of Amsterdam, which offers many sports facilities.

Banking Matters

Your financial affairs will run most smoothly if you open a bank account in the Netherlands and obtain a bankcard. To be able to open a bank account, you need to have an address in the Netherlands. Students from outside the EU must have a sticker in their passport stating they have applied for a residence permit.

Your bankcard, plus a PIN code, will allow you to withdraw cash from cash dispensers. If you wish to open a bank account, you need a special form that you can get at the International Office of your study programme.

Student life at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Amsterdam is a city of many faces. It is a unique historical city with impressive buildings along the ancient canals and world-famous cultural attractions such as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum. But it is also a thriving metropolis that has much more to offer.

Since the 17th century, Amsterdam has been an international centre of finance and trade. Its central location, close to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and the port, makes it the ideal gateway to Europe. It is an attractive place for business to settle, which is why it has drawn many international companies. Amsterdam has excellent connections, through airways, train lines and highways, to other European cities. Brussels, Paris, Madrid and Berlin can be reached within a matter of hours.

Amsterdam: knowledge centre

Amsterdam is an international centre of knowledge. Its wide range of educational organisations, research institutions and academic hospitals attract many highly educated professionals. Amsterdam's economy is growing, mainly due to the increasing number of companies working in the creative sector.

The AUAS/HvA has matched its programme offerings to these developments. In addition, Amsterdam's labour force is multilingual, which is a direct consequence of it's internationally oriented economy and multicultural social fabric. And that is a major advantage for companies whose operations and services span the globe.

Amsterdam is also a junction for Internet and data transfer. The city is investing in high-speed data networks such as Netherlight. Furthermore, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) in the Amsterdam Science Park is one of Europe's largest independent Internet hubs. This cutting-edge infrastructure attracts innovative IT companies, which is not only a catalyst for cooperation between research institutes and high-tech companies, but also leads to innovation.

Working together with or studying at the AUAS/HvA is an opportunity to benefit from a knowledge-intensive, internationally-oriented environment in which everyone is given the chance to make the most of their abilities and ambitions.

Master's Programmes at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

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Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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