AUAS is a young organisation with a rich history, committed to the future and to innovation in Amsterdam and beyond. We have a joint Executive Board with the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and this close cooperation is particularly valuable for research purposes. In 2018 we marked a milestone for the AUAS, celebrating the 25th anniversary of our institution in its current form.
Our university of applied sciences consists of seven faculties. We have a total of 45,460 students and offer 92 Bachelor’s, Master’s and Associate degree programmes. We are one of the biggest employers in the field of higher education, and in Amsterdam, with some 4,066 staff members.
Our research always addresses a real-life world problem from the professional field, conducted in close collaboration with both academics and professionals. Applied research is a crucial component of the many educational programmes we offer. Students work alongside professors in labs and at centres of applied research. AUAS focuses on six priority areas for research: Amsterdam creative industries, entrepreneurship, urban education, urban management, urban technology and urban vitality.
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.
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:
AUAS/HvA is building a unique campus in the city centre: the Amstel campus. The Amstel campus will be a true city campus which unites education within AUAS/HvA. It is a dynamic and stimulating location which brings students, lecturers, staff and local residents closer together. Students will venture into the local neighbourhoods to conduct projects and research, and to make a contribution to society. At the same time, companies and institutions seek to settle in the vicinity of this research and knowledge development centre.
Students from the AUAS/HvA are welcome to join the students' sports club of the University of Amsterdam, which offers many sports facilities.
To get help settling in Amsterdam, you can join the International Student Network (ISN), an organisation run by students of both AUAS/HvA and the University of Amsterdam. It aims to facilitate the social and cultural integration of international students into Dutch society, with a particular focus on Amsterdam
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.