Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) students are immersed in Amsterdam during their studies. This bustling cosmopolitan city, and capital of the Netherlands, is home to people from 181 nations and English is widely spoken. Amsterdam is an international business hub, renowned as a hotbed of education and research in all conceivable areas: culture and society, trade, logistics, aviation, shipping, information technology, sports, healthcare and more.
With the city as their laboratory, our students and lecturers work closely with countless industries, companies and organisations to come up with smart solutions to challenges facing our city.
Our university of applied sciences consists of seven faculties. We have a total of 46,675 students and offer 88 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 3,865 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.
The business sector needs graduates who have both intercultural and international (work/study) experience. We have 250 partner institutes across 50 different countries and contribute to various international educational projects such as curriculum development, research projects, student/lecturer exchanges and work placements. This ensures that the education, and research activities, provided by AUAS are internationally orientated.
AUAS is a founding member of the Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA). This unites six European institutions of applied sciences, which have formed a strategic alliance around the shared themes of applied research, professional education, focus on our students’ future world of work and the professional development of our staff.
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.