Hogeschool van Amsterdam

International Business full-time

Due to the corona measures, the start of your studies this September will be different than in previous years. We will keep you informed about the latest developments here, including practical information and where you can turn if you have questions.

What will my education look like when I start studying at the AUAS in September?

The AUAS - like all other universities of applied sciences - adheres to the government’s corona measures and the guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. At the moment - May - no education is possible in AUAS buildings. Everything is now online. We hope - and expect - that more will be possible at the start of the new academic year. But we will have to wait and see whether that really is the case.

At the start of the new academic year, we will be able to make limited use of our buildings; everyone has to take into account keeping 1.5 metres of distance. This entails major restrictions in, for example, public transport, at the entrances to our buildings, in the lifts and stairwells, in the classrooms, and so on. We make sure that we use the limited space available for educational activities that can really only take place on location. The rest is done online. Incidentally, when teaching in our buildings, we will give priority to education for our starting students.

In the beginning, count on a lot of online education and occasionally studying on location. Hopefully we will be able to do more in class later on. In any case, we will make sure that you feel welcome from the start, that you can find your way around and that you receive good guidance within your programme at the AUAS. We are excited for you to come study at the AUAS and want to help you as much as possible.

You will receive more information on how your education will take place, before the start of your programme.

We are 100% online in the first semester and have students attending classes from all over the world in various time zones. Therefore, we need to know where you will be in semester one, so that we can allocate you to the most appropriate class possible.

To do this, we ask you to fill in this one minute form before midnight of 9 August 2020.

Your class allocation will be communicated to you before the start of your introduction week. Each class will be assigned a mentor and a number of students, and of course your class timetable.

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. The study check is offered online this year.

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

You can find all information about the reading list, software, laptop and other study materials on the Study Store 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 hva.nl/downloadoffice 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 receives a Student ID card. This card allows you to print, borrow books and pay at vending machines. To apply for your Student ID card, simply upload your passport photo via www.mijnhvapas.nl. You will need your AUAS ID and password, which you have received by email.
Your card will be sent to your home address if you upload your passport photo before 14 September. If you do this after 14 September, you will receive a message notifying you about when and where you can pick up your card.

If you receive your Student ID card via post, you must activate it at a service desk in one of the AUAS buildings. Please bring a valid identity document with you.

Please note: Do you live outside of the Netherlands? If so, you can pick up your Student ID card at an AUAS service desk. It will not be mailed to your home address.

The group lists will be communicated at 17 August 2020 to those who have paid the tuition fee.

As of 23 August you will be able to check your timetable at https://rooster.hva.nl. 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 Monday 31 August. The introduction week will take place from 24 until 28 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 that takes place from 19 until 21 August, 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. 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 www.hva.nl/tune-in. 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 Monday, 24 August until Thusday 27 August AMSIB will be holding introduction days. The week includes a mandatory ONLINE Orientation Day, an offline meet and greet and an online group assigment.

Download this letter with all relevant information regarding your introduction week

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


Monday 24 August : Mandatory Orientation Day ONLINE

During this mandatory online orientation day, you will meet your mentor and fellow classmates, as well as receive a very important introduction to the facilities available to you as a student. The final programme and your class allocation will be communicated via email in August before this day.

Please note that online participation is mandatory for all new students.

Tuesday 25 August and Wednesday 26 August

For the students who are in the Netherlands this week, you are welcome to join us for an in-person meet and greet in Amsterdam. You will have a chance to meet your future classmates and some of your lecturers over a drink and interactive games. You will be invited to one of the two days and the programme is two hours (either in the morning or the afternoon). More information to follow in August. Please note: the required social distancing measures will be followed.

Thursday 27 August

Did you know that team work and group projects is a large component of your degree? On this day you will get a taste of what it is like to work in teams and solve problems ONLINE.
In the morning, you will start with a team assignment working on a case directed by Mirjam van Laarhoven who works for Philips as a Circular Economy Design Strategist, and in the afternoon you will be a detective and try to solve the mystery of Peter – who suddenly went missing.

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.

The AMSIB Culture and Excellence (ACE) society is the student society of the International Business course of the Amsterdam School of International Business (AMSIB). Our goals are to create a community, increase student engagement and to improve the mental health of students. Throughout the academic year we plan on engaging students with content on our social media accounts with content relating to study tips, comedy, culture course information and much more. We also plan to support students with advice when it comes to their various needs, we do not promise to always have solutions, but we do promise to always listen.

In the past academic years, we also organised events to bring students together, such as meet and greets, movie nights, bowling nights, board game night, BBQ’S, Kings day parties and etc. While we currently are unsure of what the future will bring, we will strive to at least have small get togethers for students to get to know each other. Whether it be online or face to face. We very much look forward to meeting all the new students and members and we wish you a very happy year studying.

If you would like to know more about us feel free to visit our ACE Society website.

Or check out our Facebook page and Instagram.

If you ever want to send us an email, please feel free to email info@acesociety.nl.

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 Business Campus (Fraijlemaborg building) will closed for renovation work from Monday, 15 June until Friday, 21 August.

The Business Campus will reopen for business on Monday, 24 August. The first day of lectures will take place on Monday, 31 August.

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

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Location International Business full-time

Gepubliceerd door  Afdeling Communicatie 27 juli 2020