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This page provides all the information you will need at the start of the academic year.

Your AUAS ID and password grant you access to AUAS ICT facilities. Your AUAS ID can be found in the welcome letter you were sent by email after you enrolled. To activate your AUAS ID, go to id.student.hva.nl. Simply click on the 'Activate account' link and follow the instructions. Have you done that? Log in to your AUAS mailbox. Be sure to regularly check this inbox to ensure you don't miss any important information. Log in at email.hva.nl using your AUAS ID@hva.nl (note the extension @hva.nl) and password.

Have you paid your tuition fees already and taken all further steps required to finalise your enrolment? You cannot start your Master’s programme this September unless you have completed all the required steps. Once you have received your Proof of Enrolment (by email at your AUAS email address), you can be certain that your enrolment has been finalised.

Every student is issued a student ID card. This will allow you to print, borrow books, pay at vending machines, identify yourself for tests, etc. To apply for your student ID card, simply upload your passport-sized photo via https://www.mijnhvapas.nl/site/. (If the page is shown in Dutch, click on the English flag in the bottom left corner.) This will require you to enter your AUAS ID, sent to you by email. You will receive your student ID card at the end of August.

Please note that if you are an international student, your student ID card will not be sent to your home address. It will be ready for you to collect at the Service Point in the Leeuwenburg building. You will be able to activate it (see below) immediately when you collect it.

If your student ID card has been sent to your home address, you will need to activate it (once only) at one of the Service Points in the AUAS buildings. To activate your student ID card you must be able to present a valid proof of identity such as a passport or driving licence. Once you have activated your student ID card you can use it to print, borrow books, pay at vending machines, identify yourself for tests, etc. 

The official introduction for the Master’s programme in Digital Design will be held on Monday, 4 September, which is also the first day of classes. In the first week, we’ll get acquainted and set up the teams for the various projects. We’re working on a few social events to enjoy around the city, to break the ice, explore the neighbourhood and start the year in a fun way. You will receive more information by email, and in person on Monday, 4 September.

The academic year begins on Monday, 4 September. The class schedule (in Dutch rooster, pronounced ‘roaster’, you will hear this term a lot) will be available from this date and during the introduction (also on this date) we will explain how to read the rooster, load money on your student ID card, how to use the printers and library, and lots of other useful bits of information to help you successfully begin your life as a student.

Other fun activities before the academic year starts

Kersvers and the ISN Amsterdam Summer Introduction Week are other options for new students.

Kersvers festival, 31/8 – 1/9 (AUAS centralised introduction)

This event is optional. For more information go to kersvers.org (Dutch only) and then follow the Facebook page for all the programme updates! An English version of the information will be available soon.

  • On Thursday, 31 August you can get to know both the city and the AUAS. In the morning you will get a taste of Amsterdam during various activities at different locations across the city. Then, on the AUAS Amstel campus from 13:00 to 20:00, the Kersvers festival will give you a flavour of student life with a host of information, music and culinary activities, along with DJs, beginning at 17:00.
  • AUAS Kersvers continues in the afternoon of Friday, 1 September with a range of sports, cultural and creative activities. The big AUAS closing party, starting at 22:00, will end the week.  

ISN Amsterdam Summer Introduction Week

This event is optional.

The International Student Network (ISN) Amsterdam (http://www.isn-amsterdam.nl/) is a student-run organisation dedicated to helping international students studying at the University of Amsterdam (UvA: Universiteit van Amsterdam) and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) make the most of their stay in the Netherlands. They organise various events throughout the year. ISN Amsterdam organises a Summer Introduction Week, which will take place from 22–25 August 2017. You’ll find more info about the programme and the costs involved on the website and their Facebook page.

The first meetup of the Master in Digital Design will be organized in the spaces of the master at the Leeuwenburg, on September 14, from 17.00 to 20.00.

More information will soon follow.

There are no specific requirements for students in terms of hardware and software: you will simply need a laptop (PC, Mac) that runs the design tools you are already comfortable with. New tools will be introduced during the year, and will be discussed in class, case by case.

In case you are shopping for a new computer, note that Surfspot offers discounts for students and some free software. You can login to Surfspot via this link with your AUAS ID. 

At www.mijnhva.nl you can find the A-Z list (top right corner of the page) for students, full of practical information about your programme, including about such things as ICT, facilities and regulations. 

 

All AUAS students can obtain fast and secure access to the internet via the ‘hva’ or ‘eduroam’ network which, in turn, allows access to all information systems. To access the network you will be required to complete a number of steps a single time. Once you have done that you will always connect automatically at all AUAS locations. 

In the Study Guide for your degree programme you will find important information about your curriculum, including the programme structure, practical information and the projects for the year.

The Master’s programme in Digital Design is based in:
Room B1.20
Leeuwenburg (LWB)
Weesperzijde 190
1097 DZ Amsterdam
020 595 1111

For directions and more information about the Leeuwenburg building, please visit the Locations page.

Follow the Master’s programme in Digital Design on Facebook. Other channels will be opened soon.

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The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) assists international students in finding accommodation in Amsterdam. You can find more information on finding accommodation on the Housing page.

To help you get settled in Amsterdam you can join the International Student Network (ISN). 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.

Published by  Communication 25 July 2017