Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Information for parents

When your child decides to study abroad they are signing up for a life-changing experience. This is a very exciting time for the whole family. It also requires considerable advance preparation and can raise concerns for parents.

At the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), we understand that you have plenty of questions. You might have concerns about your child’s health and safety. Perhaps you would like to know what kind of support your child will receive during their studies. The frequently asked questions below are intended to help you rest assured that both you, and your child, are prepared for this big step.

Frequently asked questions

About AUAS

The Netherlands has both universities of applied sciences (hogescholen) and research universities (universiteiten). Research universities focus on the independent practice of research-oriented work in an academic or professional setting.

Universities of applied sciences, such as the AUAS, offer professional programmes in the applied arts and sciences that prepare students for specific careers. Practical work experience through internships, and hands-on field projects are an important part of the study programmes.

AUAS students are immersed in Amsterdam during their studies. Home to people from 181 different nations, English is widely spoken in this international business hub. Amsterdam is renowned as a hotbed of education and research in all conceivable areas: culture and society, trade, logistics, aviation, shipping, information technology, sports, healthcare and much more. With the city as their classroom, AUAS students 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. In 2018, we had a total of 45,460 students and offered 92 Bachelor’s, Master’s and Associate degree programmes, many of which are available in English.

Find out more about the Dutch education system.

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences offers a variety of Bachelor's, Master's and Exchange programmes in English. Overviews are available for your review and comparison below. Each programme page offers detailed information on the study load, career opportunities, admission criteria and application process.

Campus tours

Parents are welcome at AUAS online open days, which are held regularly throughout the year.

You can also visit our programme pages to see what our specific programmes can offer you remotely.


Enrolment requirements vary based on the particular programme and the nationality of the prospective student. Comprehensive information on the general enrolment process is available for you to review and to help determine your child’s situation.

It’s important to check whether the programme your child is interested in has additional admission requirements or specific deadlines. Some studies are subject to enrolment quotas, which means that places are limited. Please review the information on the selection process for more information on these programmes.

Visa and residence permits

Residence permits and visas are usually required by (non-European) international students and should be arranged in advance.

The Pathfinder tool provides a complete overview relevant to your child’s situation. This includes information on visas, residence permits, insurance and taxes. Additional information on topics related to immigration is also available.


Yes. Everyone residing in the Netherlands is legally required to have health insurance. Depending on your country of origin, you may be covered by your existing healthcare programme in your home country during your stay in the Netherlands. Please use the Pathfinder tool to find information about insurance tailored to your child’s situation.

Financial matters

In the Netherlands there are two types of tuition fees, statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. The tuition fees page explains this and also includes a tuition calculator to assist you.

Please also check the specific programme page for (potential) additional costs related to your child’s study of choice.

International students at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) may be eligible for a number of scholarships. These include the Amsterdam Talent Scholarship and the Holland Scholarship. The Study in Holland Grantfinder search engine provides a complete overview of all scholarships available for students studying in the Netherlands.

Students living and studying in the Netherlands generally spend between € 900 and € 1,200 per month. This covers rent, food, insurance, transport and other expenses. Some students manage to spend less, but this depends on one’s lifestyle. A more detailed overview of expected costs is available to help you estimate your child’s expenses.


Amsterdam is one of the most popular university cities in the Netherlands, so the demand for reasonably priced accommodation is very high. The AUAS has agreements with various housing corporations and does its utmost to help international students find furnished accommodation, for a maximum period of one year.

To increase your child’s chances of securing a room, please apply for accommodation as early as possible. The AUAS will assist you as best as we can, but we cannot guarantee housing availability for all international students.

Students, and their parents, can also arrange accommodation themselves on the private market. Please read the information and advice on finding a room on your own.

Please note that everyone living in the Netherlands for longer than four months must register with their local municipality as a resident. This can be arranged upon arrival.

Health and safety

Yes. The city was ranked the safest city in Europe, and fourth safest in the world in the 2019 Safe Cities Index , which ranks 60 cities around the world. Studies also show that students view Amsterdam as a safe place to live. Some 94% of students polled in the pan-European 'International Student Barometer' said they were satisfied with safety in the city.

Although Amsterdam is the biggest city in the Netherlands, it’s cosy and compact. Your child will enjoy the quality of life here, which includes a vibrant bicycle culture. It’s wise however to take precautions against ‘petty crime’ in any city. Students should always lock their bicycles properly and keep an eye on their belongings, particularly in the city centre.

The AUAS has a range of support services available for your child.

Each AUAS faculty has its own International Office. These teams are generally the first point of contact for international student support. Our staff members can help students by providing information, advice and assistance regarding studying, interning and training abroad.

In the event that your child falls ill, they can contact our doctors or psychologists, who hold open office hours for students and are also available by appointment.

Student counsellors can also offer support by providing a listening ear, as well as information, advice and guidance to assist students with their studies or personal circumstances. Counsellors can be consulted for a range of topics, including study stress, study choice and financial issues, for example.

Other questions?

If your question is not included here, please visit the Practical Matters page. This includes comprehensive information for parents and students about living in Amsterdam and studying at the AUAS. You can also contact our Student Information office.

Published by  Communication 20 January 2021