Office of International Programs
Thank you for your interest in our study abroad programs! The goal of this page is to help you better understand the Amsterdam study abroad exchange program and highlight distinguishing features that might interest you as a parent. More detailed and updated information will be given to your son or daughter in information sessions, academic reviews, workshops, and predeparture orientations. Once you read this information, we strongly encourage you to speak with your son/daughter who might be able to fill in some of the gaps. Please know all information is given to the students and we ask students to share this with you.
Sending students abroad is a partnership with students, parents and program officials. We realize that you will have questions and if our website or your son/daughter cannot answer those questions, we will be happy to discuss the study abroad process and program information with you. Keep in mind that due to the FERPA Federal Regulation, we will not be able to discuss specific information regarding your son/daughter; however, if your son/daughter is willing to sign a waiver form indicating the specific information to be shared with you, we will be happy to discuss specific matters regarding your son/daughter.
We hope you find this information helpful in assisting your son/daughter to accomplish his or her goal of learning, living, and serving abroad. We look forward to working with you and your son/daughter.
About Amsterdam and International Business School at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS)
What makes Amsterdam so attractive is the picturesque buildings and the intimacy of the streets, canals and squares which create an atmosphere that visitors find charming. The city has the highest museum density in the world and is home to cultural highlights such as the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Hermitage Amsterdam, and the Rijksmuseum with Rembrandt’s world-famous Nightwatch. Other well-known places of interest in Amsterdam are the Jewish Historical Museum and the Rembrandt House. The best way to get around Amsterdam is on a bike and with the population of bikes that outnumber the citizens there is always a bike available to ride.
The school (AUAS) offers specially designed international programs which are taught in English. As a result, nearly one third of the institute's international students come from all over Europe, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Africa, Australia, and Asia to complete their international business studies. Students must take more classes (7-10) to equate to a U.S. load, but students with majors in marketing, international business, and finance have an easy time fulfilling business school requirements.
Travel to Amsterdam
Students make their own arrangements for travel to Amsterdam. We strongly suggest that students use a travel agent, as they may provide more assistance should events alter itineraries at the last moment. Loyola University Maryland uses Frosch Travel International in Baltimore, Maryland. Alice Wilcox (of Frosch) handles all of Loyola’s arrangements, and may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 410-433-9300.
Students fly into Schiphol Airport (AMS), Amsterdam. After arriving at Schiphol Airport, AUAS will provide pick-up service on designated days to transport students to the dorm, which is located about 30 minutes away.
Please make sure your son/daughter is at least three hours early to the airport for proper check-in and to go through security. Students should carry with them: their passport with visa, money, ATM card, credit card, any prescription drugs they might need, and clothes in case their luggage gets delayed.
Loyola University students who have a U.S. passport will start the process to get a residence permit (study visa) while they are in the United States and complete it after they arrive in Amsterdam. The price of the residence permit changes every year. Currently, the cost of the residence permit is 307 Euros.
In order for Loyola students to study in the Netherlands, they are required to provide prove that they have sufficient financial means. The Proof of Financial Means is a requirement set by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND). Each year the IND sets a monthly required amount. Students who come to study at AUAS for one semester need to show that they have sufficient financial resources for a period of seven months. Loyola University Maryland cannot alter any decision made by the Dutch government.
There are three ways for students to prove their financial means, either;
- An original bank letter or bank statement for an account held jointly or solely in the student’s name (must meet certain requirement set by the immigration department)
- An original bank letter or bank statement Sponsor (must meet certain requirements set by the immigration department)
- Through a transfer of the stated amount directly to the Amsterdam’s bank account provided by the Immigration department. This amount will be refunded to the student after they arrive to the Netherlands minus the cost of the Residence permit.
It is very important that your son/daughter check the airline website to make sure that their luggage complies with weight restrictions and the number of bags flown for free. International flights are very strict about luggage size and weight and it is something that can change without ample warning, so checking the website periodically is highly suggested.
Loyola University Maryland relies on the professional student office at AUAS (HVA). The Inbound Office at AUAS holds an exchange student orientation at the beginning of each semester. AUAS requires medical insurance for all exchange students; if a student’s home insurance is not be valid abroad, the student may speak with the director of the program at Loyola University Maryland about options of study abroad insurance.
Housing in Amsterdam
AUAS has agreements with various housing corporations in order to provide furnished accommodation to international students for a maximum period of one year. It is a challenge to find suitable accommodation in Amsterdam, therefore it is important to arrange your accommodation as soon as possible. Please note that individual students cannot apply for AUAS rooms themselves, but must be put forward by their AUAS school.
Until Fall 2015, our students were housed only in Fraijlemaborg, the Student Resident Hall located in Amsterdam Zuid-Oost (South East) next to the AUAS/HVA school of Economics and Management building. Starting in the Fall 2015, our students can also be housed in the Daalwijk Building (through the DUWO Housing Corporation) or other students residences with very similar facilities located on or very near campus.
Fraijlemaborg Student Resident Hall opened in 2011 and has a total of 170 beds. This apartment houses international students, three resident assistants (RA’s) and a caretaker. Students pay rent to the housing corporation De Key: http://www.dekey.nl/ik-wil-huren/short-stay-facilities/
There are 2 types of rooms available-
- Single rooms with private facilities (=own bedroom, own kitchen, bathroom, toilet) ± € 500/month- price subject to change.
- Single rooms with shared facilities (= own bedroom, student shares kitchen, bathroom, toilet with 1, 2 or 3 other students) ± € 380-450 / month
All rooms are completely furnished and have internet connection. There is a bicycle storage and laundry facilities in the basement of the building and a common room on the ground floor.
Fraijlemaborg building is close to train/metro station Biljmer Arena and metro stration Strandvliet. It is also close to a shopping center “Amsterdamse Poort” with supermarkets, bank, resturants etc. For entertainment you can visit the Amsterdam Arena home to the Amsterdam soccer club Ajax and where major concerts take place. In the Heineken Music Hall, you can visit other popular concerts. For cinema entertainment you can go to the largest cinema complex in Amsterdam, Pathé Cinema, with an IMAX screen.
The train or metro can take you to the center of Amsterdam within 15 minutes. Riding a bike, it will take about 30-45 minutes to get to the center of the city. You may also take your bicycle with you on the metro.
The newly renovated Daalwijk building is located near the School of Economics and Management, the Bijlmer railway / metro station and a large shopping / entertainment area. The front side of the building has been built exclusively for students and has a separate entrance, bicycle storage, and a launderette. Most of the student rooms, 150 of the 232, will be offered to international students of the AUAS and specifically to those who will be studying at the School of Economics and Management and School of Health Professions. The other student rooms in this apartment block are inhabited by Dutch students. Daalwijk will be assisted by the 3 Resident Assistants (RA's) of Fraijlemaborg.
The Daalwijk apartment building has 2-, 3- and 4-room apartments. The living room, kitchen and bathroom are shared with one to three other residents. All rooms are furnished and have their own internet connection. There is a television in the communal kitchens. These facilities are included in the rent, as well as heating, electricity and water. Daalwijk is easily accessible by train or metro and from the centre of Amsterdam it is about 30-45 minutes by bike. You may also take your bicycle with you on the metro.
Students pay rent to housing corporation DUWO.
Mixed Floors and RA's
Most international student rooms are situated on floors with only international students. However, some are located on floors where the majority of tenants are Dutch. Here you will have the opportunity to make Dutch friends, and a first-hand introduction to Dutch culture and the Dutch language. When reserving a room on such a floor, you will be expected to comply with existing house rules. Although many Dutch students speak English well, the main language on these mixed floors will be Dutch. If you would like to live with Dutch students on one floor, please contact the international office of your AUAS school.
Resident Assistants (RA’s) are Dutch students who live with the international students in a number of buildings. They can help with all kinds of questions about the building, your room or your housemates. Also, the RA’s organise drinks and activities.
Although the housing corporations do their best to meet students’ reservation preferences, they cannot guarantee that everyone’s preferences are met.
The AUAS has agreements with housing corporations De Key, DUWO and Ymere in order to provide furnished accommodation to international students for a maximum period of one year. The AUAS cannot guarantee housing but we will do our utmost to help you.
Criteria for Acceptance
For the Loyola study abroad exchange program in Amsterdam, students must have a minimum of 2.75 CQPA to apply. They should apply to Loyola’s Office of International Programs by Wednesday after Thanksgiving break of their sophomore year in order to be considered for fall or spring semester spots in their junior year. Disciplinary records from the school’s Office of Student Life are taken into consideration when reviewing applications. Students with the highest CQPA will be awarded spots as long as they meet the other criteria. Students should mark down second and third choices in the event that the Office of International Programs cannot offer them a spot in the Amsterdam Exchange Program. There are usually five available spots for each semester.
- All grades, credits and courses transfer back to Loyola University Maryland.
- Loyola financial aid can be used towards the exchange program
- Housing and board are cheaper than in the United States.
Money and Banking
Students have an option to open a bank account in Amsterdam. This is required for the students that choose the wire deposit as a way to prove their financial means. Other students can keep using their U.S. bank account, which they will still have access to through the ATMs in Amsterdam. Students should check with their bank to make sure that their debit/credit card will work overseas, and find out what fees are associated with using the account internationally. Students in the past have recommended withdrawing the maximum allowed from ATMs while in Amsterdam and keeping their cash in their bedrooms, only taking the amount that they need each time they leave home. This will save on ATM fees. Students will be able to withdraw money from any ATM.
Credit/Debit cards are not as widely accepted in Amsterdam as they are in the United States. People tend to use cash more frequently for small and large purchases or open a credit card that has PIN number. Students are also given a AUAS ID card, which can purchase goods and services on campus when money is allocated to the ID cards.
Euro is the currency used in all transactions.
Expenses While Abroad
The living costs students incur will depend on their lifestyle. A student typically needs between 900 and 1,200 Euros per month to cover rent, food, insurance, transportation, and other expenses. Some students manage to spend less, but this of course depends on their own lifestyle and travel preferences.
Odds and Ends
Amsterdam is well known for its thriving business community, museums, architecture, food, rich culture, and history. Parents should be aware that Amsterdam is also known for its coffee shops (marijuana smoke houses) and red light district (prostitution). Parents should have a conversation with their son/daughter about these last two issues. Although both are legal in Amsterdam, Loyola University Maryland believes that the two put students who visit them in unhealthy and potentially dangerous situations. As such, any student found engaging in either could be removed from the program, and classes and any payments would be forfeited.