Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

International Business full-time

This page provides all the practical information needed at the start of the academic year, as well as information about where to turn to with questions.

1. Complete your enrolment

To be able to complete your degree programme successfully, it is important that you prepare well when choosing a programme and choose a programme that is right for you. The Study Check will enable you and the degree programme to assess whether you have chosen the right programme for you.

Furthermore, the Study Check is a compulsory part of the enrolment procedure for the first year of each full-time programme and must be taken by prospective students with a Dutch preparatory education.

More information about the Study Check

Have you paid your tuition fees and made all further steps required to finalise your enrolment? You cannot start your degree programme this September unless you have completed all the required steps. Once a proof of enrolment has been sent to your AUAS email address, you can be sure that your enrolment has been finalised. If you have enrolled for several programmes, please withdraw your other enrolment requests via Studielink.

View the step-by-step enrolment procedure

2. Make sure to prepare properly

Every day's study begins with MyAUAS (the AUAS digital learning platform). Log in with your AUAS ID and find your timetable, info on your courses, your grades and any messages from your lecturers. If a lecturer will be absent, you will be notified via MyAUAS. You will also find an A-Z list of practical information for your programme, including such things as ICT, facilities, regulations and supervision. 
Check out the instructional videos.

The course catalogue for your degree programme contains important information about the curriculum: the programme structure, your courses and the options available. 


Reading list

Information about the reading list, software, laptop and other study materials is available on the Studystore page of International Business.


As a AUAS student you can get Office 365 ProPlus for free. This will give you access to the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. You can install the software on a maximum of 5 mobile devices and 5 laptops/fixed computers (Windows and Apple). Go to and use your AUAS ID and password to log in.

SURFspot offers great discounts on many other software products and hardware such as laptops and smart phones.  

Laptop requirements 

Students studying at AMSIB need to be in possesion of a laptop that is able to logon to CITRIX. All you need to have to enter CITRIX is access to the internet and one of the main web browsers. CITRIX gives students remote access to the HvA software environment that contains Microsoft Office, SAP and other programmes. Through CITRIX students can also access their student drive.

At AMSIB most lessons that involve IT will take place in the Innovation Lab. The innovation lab is outfitted with screens with a VGA connector. This means students at AMSIB need to be in possession of a laptop with either a VGA port or a convertor cable (e.g. HDMI to VGA or DisplayPort to VGA).

Students need to bring their own laptops to the lessons that contain the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) tag in the schedule. Language settings should be set to English for AMSIB students.

Every student is issued with a student ID card. These can be used for printing, borrowing books and payment at vending machines. To apply for your student ID card, simply upload your passport photo via This will require you to enter your AUAS ID, which has been sent to you by email. You will receive your student ID card at the end of August.

If you apply for your student ID card before 9 August, it will be sent to your correspondence address in the week of 18 – 22 August (the week before the AUAS induction week). If you apply for your student ID card between 9 August and 13 September, it will be sent to you within two working weeks.

Once you have received your student ID card, you will need to activate it (once only) at one of the service desks in the AUAS buildings. Please bring along a valid ID.

Please note that if you do not live in the Netherlands, your student ID card will not be sent to your home address. It will be ready for you to collect from one of the service desks. You can find the location of your service desk in the A-Z list under ‘Service Points and Customer Service Desks’.  

The group lists will be communicated by 19 August 2018 to those who have paid the tuition fee. Then you will be able to check your timetable at You can link your timetable to calendar applications such as Outlook, Google Calendar, iCalendar or the calendar application on your mobile phone.

Classes start on 2 September. The introduction week will take place from 26 until 30 August. Go to the AUAS academic calendar to find out how the academic year is structured and when the holiday periods are scheduled.

If you have a disability or chronic illness, this might affect your study progress. In many cases, this entitles you to special facilities, such as additional time on tests or a customised chair.

If you have dyslexia, you can request additional time on tests online. You will need your AUAS ID for this. For more information, go to studying with a disability or chronic illness and read the section on dyslexia.

If you have a different disability or a chronic disease, or if you need additional facilities, please contact the student counsellor for your programme.

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.

Project-based assignments, homework and examinations: completing a degree programme at a university of applied sciences requires knowledge, skills and perseverance. If your parents/guardians did not attend higher education, Tune In might be helpful for you. During this three-day programme, you will learn all the ins and outs of studying at AUAS. 

Explore higher professional education (HBO) through interactive workshops, an escape room challenge and networking lunches on 19, 20 and 21 August. The topics covered will include acquiring HBO-level skills, collaborating in project groups, planning, seeking information and assistance, and networking. Senior students will also share their experiences with studying at the HBO level. While participation is entirely free of charge, availability is limited. For more information or to sign up, go to Please note that the programme is entirely in Dutch. 

3. Your first days at the AUAS

In order to get acquainted with the school, staff and your fellow classmates, from Tuesday, 27 August until Friday 30 August AMSIB will be holding introduction days. The week includes a mandatory school Orientation Day, a day trip to the Fort Island in IJmuiden along with various activities around Amsterdam.

Download this letter with all relevant information regarding the introduction week. 

We recommend that you block this entire week off in your agenda, so you can start your first school year off right!


Tuesday 27 August : Mandatory Orientation Day at the Wibautbuilding

During the Orientation Day, you will meet your mentor and get to know the ins and outs of your new study programme. On this day, more information will be available for international students who require assistance with practical matters such as opening a bank account. The exact programme details will be communicated to all students in het week of 19 August.

Please note that participation is mandatory for all new students and it is free of charge.

Wednesday 28 August: Class Introduction Day

Join the Introduction Day where you will meet your future classmates and some lecturers in an interactive, fun way on the beautiful Fort Island (location IJmuiden). This will make your first weeks more comfortable since you will be acquainted with most of the people in your class. Join the fun and get a good head start on your study year!

Want to know more?

Thursday 30 and  Friday 31 August: AUAS Introduction

Common activities for all AUAS students are planned on Thursday, 30 and Friday, 31 August.

For more information about these activities, you can access the English-language AUAS introduction page.

The fun continues!

For the first time in AMSIB history, we will be having weekly information sessions and activities taking place during the first four weeks of your study programme. More information will follow in August.

Go for a higher chance of academic success

By attending the introduction programme, you ensure a great start to your first school year and a higher chance of academic success.

Start of the Academic Year

The lectures start on Monday 2 September 2019 at the Fraijlemaborg building
We look forward to seeing you on the 27th of August!

During all stages of your degree programme, you will receive help in achieving your goals. This student coaching begins the moment you start studying and includes:

  • Advice on your study progress
  • Career development counselling
  • Guidance concerning personal and professional development

Counselling and guidance are provided by your lecturers, a personal mentor and a peer coach. Would you like to know more about student coaching at AUAS? Watch this video on student coaching.

Are you an international student, or looking for a network with international students? ACE Society is the society for you! With social activities such as a boat party on King’s Day, ‘DoMiBo’ (Thursday afternoon drinks) and much more, you will get to learn your fellow students pretty quickly. It is not all about the fun, ACE Society will help you develop several business skills as well with workshops.   

ACE Society strives for organizing events from students for students, on both academic and social grounds. We want to be an active body to create a lively environment around the university outside the classroom. Join us and let’s build the AMSIB community together. Come meet us at the AMSIB introduction or check out our Instagram.

Want to join us? Check out the ACE Society website.

The Newbie Guide provides you with all sorts of practical information regarding your studies at the AUAS. Download the Newbie Guide (PDF) and find out how you can check your grades, find your timetable, use MyAUAS etc. 

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.

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

4. Contact, location and social media

The Fraijlemaborg building will closed for renovation work from Monday, 17 June until Friday, 30 August. The Fraijlemaborg building will reopen for business on the first day that lectures will take place next academic year, on Monday, 2 September.
From 2 September 2019 onwards: go to the 4th floor of the Fraijlemaborg building

After the summer break, all of the degree programme departments and the lecturers of AMSIB (which includes your degree programme) will relocate permanently to the 4th floor of the Fraijlemaborg building. All of your degree programme's teaching activities will also take place on the 4th floor.

Other relevant news

In the winter of 2019-2020 and in the summer of 2020, renovation work will also be taking place. We will be temporarily moving to the Nicolaes Tulphuis building twice in connection with this renovation work, which will be:

  • 20 December 2019 – 3 February 2020
  • Summer 2020 (exact dates TBA)
  • The annual timetable for 2019-2020 will be adjusted so that all teaching activities will have been concluded before the Christmas break.

Before renovation work takes place next winter, you will receive further information on this and its consequences for you.

If you have any questions, please contact the AUAS using one of the following channels:

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Location International Business full-time

Published by  Communication 12 August 2019