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Logo of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam
Logo of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam

The Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences (HvA), or Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, is a large institute for higher professional education in the Netherlands, established in 1993. The HvA mainly offers bachelor's degree programmes, but also has a number of (professional) master's degree programmes. For students from the HvA's international partner institutes it is possible to study at the HvA as an exchange student.

The HvA offers eighty courses of study, spread across locations in Amsterdam. The university maintains ties with the University of Amsterdam.[3] The HvA's 2,300 employees serve more than 40,000 students.

An important way of learning is via work placements. All students at the HvA have a practical work period in order to get on-the-job experience in the field of their study. Such a work placement can be at a company or organisation in the Netherlands or abroad. Most of the teaching at the HvA is organised in modules, which are given in four periods of ten weeks or in two semesters.[4]


The HvA has 90 college programmes divided and grouped into seven 'domains' (faculties).

23 of these programmes are accredited by the NVAO. Besides full-time programmes, the college also has some part-time courses.

Programs classified into Domain:

Exercise, Sports and Nutrition

  • Physical education
  • Sport, Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

Economics and Management

  • Accountancy
  • Business Informatics
  • Commercial Economy
  • Business Economics for Future Entrepreneurs
  • Communications
  • Financial Services Management
  • Fiscal Economics
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Management (English)
  • International Business and Languages (English and International)
  • International Business and Management Studies (international and English)
  • Logistics and Economics
  • Management, Economics and Law
  • Management in Health Care and Social Services
  • Small Business and Retail Management
  • Sports Marketing
  • Trade Management Asia (English)


  • Nursing
  • Social Psychiatric Nurse
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Exercise
  • European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (international and English)
  • European School of Physiotherapy (international and English)
  • Master Evidence Based Practice

Social Work and Law

  • Social Work and Community Services
  • Cultural and Social Education
  • Social Educational Care Work
  • Legal Studies
  • Social Legal Studies
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Management

Digital Media and Creative Industry

  • Fashion & Branding (also in English version)
  • Fashion and Design (also in English version)
  • Fashion & Management (in English version)
  • Informatics
  • Computer Science
  • Information Engineering
  • Communication & Multimedia Design
  • Media, Information and Communication
  • Game Development

Education and Parenting

  • Higher Education Executive training
  • PABO
  • Pedagogy
  • International Degree in English and Education (international and English)
  • Geography Teacher
  • Biology Teacher
  • Architecture Teacher
  • Building Technology Teacher
  • Consumption Technology Teacher
  • Economics Teacher
  • Electrical teacher
  • English teacher
  • French Teacher
  • History Teacher
  • Teacher Health and Welfare
  • Teacher Grafimedia
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Teacher Mechanical Engineering
  • Automotive Technology Teacher
  • Teacher Physics-Chemistry
  • Dutch teacher
  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher Technology
  • Mechanical Teacher
  • Mathematics Teacher
  • Master Teacher of Economics
  • Master English Teacher
  • French Master Teacher
  • Master Teacher History
  • Dutch Master Teacher
  • Master Mathematics Teacher
  • Primary Teacher


  • Aviation Studies
  • Aviation Logistics
  • Business Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Structural Business (Property Studies)
  • Business Logistics
  • Civil Engineering
  • E-technology
  • Engineering, Design and Innovation
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Human Logistics
  • Maritime Officer
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology
  • Product Design
  • Industrial Engineering
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