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AUAS Summer School 2017

A summer to last your entire career

When you sign up for the AUAS Summer School, you aren't just using your holidays to acquire new skills. You're signing up for the summer of a lifetime. Meet new friends from around the globe; experience the fascinating city of Amsterdam. Challenge yourself and have a great time while doing so. Emerge from the heat as a grown person, with professional and personal additions to your resume that will last your entire career.

Join us!

You are welcome to join the AUAS Summer School in July 2017! All our one-week and two-week courses start 3 July 2017. Summer is approaching soon, so make sure to apply before 19 June 2017.

Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to book student housing through the AUAS. If you need accommodation, we advise you to arrange this yourself either in a hostel or a hotel.

If you would like us to keep you updated, please fill out the interest-form below.

We also invite you to join our AUAS Summer School Facebook-page for updates and meeting fellow-students.

Fascinating city, excellent education

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) is a university with centuries of history in teaching with a focus on the practical applications of acquired theory. Located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we share the international Dutch reputation for excellent education.

We are proud to present the AUAS Summer School, a sun-kissed selection of our finest teachings offered to you in July. Prepare yourself for a first rate educational experience.

Small groups, strong networks

The AUAS' faculties of Applied Social Sciences and Law, Business and Economics, and Sports and Nutrition have ten fascinating academic courses to offer this July (check the summer courses for exact dates). Join a group of 20 to 30 eager students for one or two weeks of intensive classes. With all lectures and workgroups taking place at the Amstelcampus, our teaching facilities at Amsterdam city centre, you are bound to have memorable discussions with your peers from all over the globe - perhaps making friends for life. 

Powerful theory for excellence in practice

Central to the mission of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) is the delivery of hands-on knowledge rather than endless, abstract theory. Whether you're still studying elsewhere but you'd like to broaden your horizon with ingredients outside your regular curriculum, or you're a working professional eager to improve your skill set: the AUAS Summer School promises real, effective additions to your mind.

Proud heritage in international business

To spend a summer living and studying in Amsterdam is to experience one of the most exciting cities in the world - and a global business hub with a history that dates back centuries. Hardly a city in the world features a more culturally diverse population. Ever wondered why so many 'Amsterdammers' speak English? Now you know.

Student life, city life

The AUAS Summer School is a challenge for sure, with Monday to Friday of eye-opening classes. But there is plenty of time and space for a fulfilling social programme and memorable excursions. Our city is beautiful in summer - visit one of the many museums or parks, relax at a restaurant or a bar on a bustling street, where the setting sun on the world-famous canals forms an excellent backdrop to discuss your newfound insights.

The costs for the summer courses are: 

One-week courses

Tuition fee € 400
Discount for students from partner universities and AUAS/HvA students € 25

Two-week courses


Tuition fee (depending on the number of credits. Please check the course information for the actual tuition fee)

€ 600-800
Discount for students from partner universities and AUAS/HvA students € 50

The tuition fee includes:

  • The course and the course material
  • Welcome and farewell drink
  • Goodie bag
  • Certificate

The tuition fee does not include:

  • Housing costs (see Accommodation for options and costs)
  • Meals and drinks ( € 10-20 per day)
  • Social programme
  • Public transport (€ 3-5 per day)

Unfortunately it is no longer possible to book your student housing through the AUAS Summer School. If you need accommodation we advise you to arrange your own.

There are many ways to do so. Either through airBnB, through friends, in youth hostels or hotels, or through international student boards. Please be aware that the summer is a busy time in Amsterdam, so make sure you book well in advance.

Some options:

Youth hostels: (Christian hostel) 


Information for students who have arranged their student housing through AUAS Summer School

Students who have already booked their student housing through the AUAS Summer School housing arrangement, are able to pick up their keys on:

  • Friday 30 June 2017 between 13:00-23:00 at the housing facility.
  • Saturday 1 July 2017 between 20:00-22:00 at Amsterdam Central Station. Location: Starbucks restaurant across from the IAmsterdam store at the "IJ-zijde" of the station (river-side of the station, where the ferry boats are).
  • Sunday 2 July 2017 between 20:00-22:00 at Amsterdam Central Station. Location: Starbucks restaurant across from the IAmsterdam store at the "IJ-zijde" of the station (river-side of the station, where the ferry boats are).

The departure date is Friday 7 July when attending a one-week course*, or Friday 14 July  when attending a two-week course.

*   If you take part in the one week course you are  allowed  to stay in your room for the full two weeks.

Check-in and check-out

Residence assistants of the AUAS Summer School Support Team will be at the accommodations on Friday 30 June to welcome you, and to hand you your key. If you are planning to arrive after 23.00 hours, you are advised to book a hotel for that night. The residence assistants will not be available at that time.

Housing is provided from Friday 30 June 14.00 hours, until 10.00 hours on the last Friday of the course. Unfortunately it is not possible to prolong your stay in the accommodation. If you want to stay in Amsterdam longer, you will have to make other arrangements.

Public transportation

All AUAS housing locations have good access to the Amsterdam public tranportation system (GVB). The cheapest way to get around is to buy a multi-day travel ticket for your stay in Amsterdam (€ 34 for 7 days). GVB's day or multi-day travel ticket provides you with unlimited travel through Amsterdam - day or night - by bus, tram, and metro. It becomes valid when you first check in. More information can be found on the GVB-website.

Some students may need a visa to enter the Netherlands for the AUAS Summer School. Here you can read which countries need a visa to enter; you can also read how to get one.

Do I need a visa?

The Netherlands is a member of the Schengen Agreement. Depending on your nationality and the length of your stay you may need a visa to enter the Schengen agreement area, which includes the Netherlands. Please see the website of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more information. 

You can apply for a Schengen visa at the Dutch mission (embassy or consulate) in the country where you reside or are entitled to reside. In some countries, you may apply for a visa through a third party agency. You can find the addresses and websites of Dutch Embassies and Consulates here.

Applying for a visa is your own responsibility. AUAS Summer School does not offer any further assistance beyond what is described here. 

Letter of Acceptance

A Letter of Acceptance may help you apply for your visa because it proves that we are indeed expecting your arrival. Once you have paid the tuition fee we can send you a Letter of Acceptance by (regular) mail and by email at the same time. We will only send Letters of Acceptance to those students coming in from countries where visa are necessary. Check whether your nationality requires a visa here. You may request a Letter of Acceptance by sending an email to  

Letter of Invitation

The AUAS Summer School does not send Letters of Invitation to participants. However, a Letter of Acceptance can be requested after we have received your payment and it will serve the same purpose.

If you do not get your visa...

If for some reason you do not succeed in arranging a visa, you may cancel your application. Our general conditions include the following refund policy: 

Tuition fee

  • If you cancel more than 2 weeks before the start of the course, you will have to pay 15% of the full tuition fee (excluding housing).
  • If you cancel less than 2 weeks before the start of the course, you will have to pay the full tuition fee.

Housing fee

  • If you cancel less than 4 weeks before the start of the course, you will have to pay the full housing fee. 

Are you ready to sign up for a summer of skills and social enrichment? Then here's what you need to do.

Step 1: Fill out the application form before 1 June 2017 to ensure your spot at AUAS Summer School. This will leave you enough time to obtain a visa (if needed), and a flight ticket.

Step 2: Upload all documentation that the application form requires. Upload a valid ID (a valid passport/residence permit/ID card which shows your full name, place of birth and date of birth). We also ask you to upload a copy of your student identity card. If you don't have a student identity card, you may upload a copy of your professional status.

Step 3: After your application you will receive a confirmation of you application via e-mail. Please make sure that the e-mailaddress you provide us is correct. 

Step 4: We will check your application (ID and student ID). This will take up 3-5 working days. After your application has been approved you will receive an e-mail from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences that contains:

  • An invoice for the tuition fee and housing fee (only for students who have booked their student housing through the AUAS Summer School) with payment instructions.

Step 5: Please transfer your payment within 14 days after receiving the invoice.  

Step 6: After we have received you payment you will get an e-mail with the final proof of enrolment.

"What's in it for me?"

A prime selection of our teachings

  • one-week or two-week challenging academic curriculum
  • highly applicable in practice
  • challenging metropolitan case material
  • acclaimed senior lecturers

Study in vibrant, culturally diverse Amsterdam

  • intense international collaboration
  • central study location at our Amstelcampus
  • history, culture, art and architecture
  • quality social and network events

Other summer courses in Amsterdam

If you'd like to discover other summer courses that will be offered in Amsterdam, you can also take a look at the summer schools of the University of Amsterdam and the VU Amsterdam. It may even be possible to combine courses from the different universities to extend your stay in Amsterdam.

Published by  Communication 14 June 2017

Meet Kevin - AUAS Summer School student of 2016