Amsterdam School of International Business

Parent’s guide for studying abroad

It can be stressful seeing your child prepare to move abroad. You might have concerns about health and safety issues or maybe you would like to know how the university can support your child in his or her studies. There are plenty of things to worry about. But this page can put your mind at ease, and can help you make sure that you and your child are doing everything right.

Amsterdam is a safe city

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Amsterdam is ranked as one of the top 5 safest cities amongst 50 leading capital cities, making it one of the safest cities to study.

Of course it is still a capital city welcoming milions of visitors every year so the business school always urges its students to take care of their belongings and each other. You know when your bike is stolen you are fully integrated in Dutch culture.

At AMSIB we offer our students a Triangle of Support. Every first- and second-year student is assigned a mentor at the beginning of their academic year. Mentors are the first point of contact in the programme and serve as a guide, role model, and coach. The mentor also provides general and specific information regarding the school, policies, procedures, and so on. They are the first point of the Triangle of Support.

The study advisor forms the second point of the Triangle of Support. They assist students with concerns about their studies and with programme-specific questions.

The third point in the Triangle of Support is the student counsellor. The student counsellor advises and assists any student facing special, personal, or financial circumstances that may be affecting their study progress.

Personal health

One of the many great things about living and studing in the Netherlands is the excellent standard of Dutch healthcare, rated as one of the best in Europe. Plus, almost all the doctors speak excellent English, making healthcare in the Netherlands very accessible to expats.

For most cases the Dutch government support students in the costs for health insurance.

Financing your children's higher education sometimes can be a challenge. For EU students higher education in the Netherlands is subsidised by the Dutch government. For Non-EU students AMSIB has scholarships to support you with your tuition fees and daily living expenses.

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and as many major cities living expenses can be higher than smaller cities. Most of our students are supported by their parents or have a part time job next to studying. We do recommend students to focus on their study as much as possible, especially in the first year.

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Published by  Amsterdam School of International Business 3 September 2019