Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Conditions for international mobility in second semester 2020/21

14 Oct 2020 14:12 | Communication

The AUAS has taken decisions concerning the international mobility of students and employees in the second semester of the academic year 2020-2021. These decisions pertain to three types of international mobility: degree-seeking students, exchanges and internships/work placements.

Please see an explanation of the possibilities and restrictions below.

Degree-seeking students

Incoming mobility for students doing a degree (Bachelor’s and Master’s) is possible under certain conditions in the second semester of 2020-2021. The countries of origin must be colour-coded either green or yellow. The education must meet the regular quality standards and the student must be fully admissible. Finally, there are a number of rules pertaining to security, legality and the safeguarding of risks concerning the student’s visa application, insurance and accommodation in Amsterdam. In the event that degree-seeking students are unable to travel to the Netherlands, or if on-campus education is not possible, the degree programme will arrange alternative education.

Exchange students

Exchanges will not be offered to outgoing (AUAS) students in the second semester of the 2020-2021 academic year. This also applies to (short) outgoing group trips or study-related travel. Both EU and non-EU countries are included in this ban. Exchange students who have stayed in the Netherlands since the onset of the corona crisis need permission from their dean to continue their studies at the AUAS during the second semester 2020-2021.

The AUAS can only welcome incoming international exchange students from its European partners (EU, EEA countries and the UK) in the second semester of 2020-2021. These students can travel to AUAS when these countries, regions or cities of origin are color-coded green or yellow and if the students have permission from the partner institution.

Degree programmes will take their own decisions concerning whether their own international (AUAS) minors will go ahead. They will also look for suitable substitutes for those students who are unable to do an international minor at the AUAS.


International internships

International internships that are mandatory in the degree programme and for which there are no reasonable local alternatives are the only internships that may go ahead in the second semester.
The conditions are as follows:

  • Guidelines from the government, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), and the country’s 'colour code' (only green and yellow are allowed);
  • The country is deemed safe by the government, the degree programme and the student;
  • In consultation with the degree programme, the student draws up an academic plan that guarantees their safety, sufficient insurance coverage and the quality-level of the education;
  • The academic plan is approved by the dean.


Checklist for outgoing students

In consultation with the degree programme, all outgoing students are required to sign a statement containing a checklist.

This checklist intends to ensure that the student properly assesses the risks and is aware of the possible consequences of going abroad. It also provides an extra incentive for students to sufficiently arrange practical matters.

Clarity and goodwill scheme

Via this decision, the Executive Board aims to provide clarity to students, degree programmes and the rest of the AUAS organisation. Student safety is at the heart of this decision, as well as the quality of the learning/student experience, the reciprocity of exchanges and the possibilities for tailor-made education at our programmes. A goodwill scheme is available for students. The faculty dean for the degree programme in question will take a decision on these cases. The decision tree for students provides an overview of the necessary information for submitting an application to participate in international mobility. Download the form (see below), which can be sent along with the application.

Decision tree

The coronavirus FAQ will be updated in due course to reflect this information.