Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

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The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) is based in The Netherlands, in the city of Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a cosmopolitan city where 180 different nationalities live and work together and where English is often the language of communication. The city is a hotbed of education and research in all conceivable areas: culture and society, trade, logistics, aviation, shipping, ICT, sport, healthcare, education and much more. The AUAS takes full advantage of this wealth of opportunities in order to provide the best possible education and produce cutting-edge research.


For the AUAS, Amsterdam is not just part of our name, it’s part of our identity. The city of Amsterdam and the AUAS are intertwined in many ways, and the city truly is our classroom. A cosmopolitan city, Amsterdam is a key centre for education and research in all conceivable areas: culture and society, trade, fashion, logistics, aviation, shipping, ICT, sports, healthcare and much more. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of this wealth of opportunities and the AUAS collaborates closely with countless Amsterdam-based businesses, institutions and organisations. The business sector needs graduates who have both intercultural and international (work/study) experience. For this reason AUAS ensures that internationalisation is integrally embedded in our educational programmes and the research activities of our schools.

The AUAS trains the professionals of tomorrow. Practical orientated research is an important component of the educational programmes offered by our faculties. Our research always addresses a real-life world problem from the professional field, and we conduct the research in close collaboration with both academics and professionals working in the particular disciplines.

The AUAS consists of seven faculties:

  • Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries
  • Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Health
  • Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Law
  • Faculty of Sports and Nutrition
  • Faculty of Technology

We have a total of 45,460 students and offer 92 Bachelor's, Master's and Associate degree programmes. The AUAS employs 4,066 staff members. We have 250 partner institutions across 50 different countries and contribute to various educational projects such as curriculum development, research projects, student/professor exchanges and work placements within an international working field. This ensures that the education provided by AUAS is truly internationally orientated.

Bachelor’s programmes at Dutch universities of applied sciences generally have a duration of four years (240 ECTS credits) and focus on developing the necessary skills for a professional career. Our international website provides an overview of all programmes offered in English at the AUAS. We offer 6 Bachelor's programmes and 5 Master's programmes in English for degree-seeking international students.

All seven faculties of the AUAS offer exchange programmes for students, which can span one or more semesters. Students from our partner universities are welcome to take international minors or selected courses at the AUAS, depending on the faculty. Our website provides an overview of all exchange programmes at the AUAS. All seven schools offer one or more minors in English. The complete list can be found on our website:

Research at the AUAS is rooted in professional practice. This practical, scientific research has a number of different functions, including the development of knowledge and the application of that knowledge in professional practice and society. Knowledge developed at the AUAS also provides valuable input for our degree programmes.

The goal of the research is both improvement and innovation of professional practice. The research produced is of high quality, and the research structure and methodology satisfy all necessary criteria with regard to diligence, reliability, controllability, impartiality and independence.

Professors (in Dutch 'lectors') play an important role in research development and policy. As part of the research programmes, professors work together with lecturers, students and external researchers to operationalise research within the discipline in question. AUAS has about 60 professors spread across its seven faculties. We also have nearly 390 staff involved in research (excluding professors), close to 80 PhD students and hundreds of bachelor students participating in AUAS research. In total, more than 2,600 staff members at the AUAS are involved in teaching and research.

*All figures are based on the AUAS Annual Report 2018

Published by  Education and Research 10 May 2021