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Amsterdam School of International Business

Parent’s guide for studying abroad

It can be stressful seeing your child prepare for a 3 or 4 year international degree programme in Amsterdam. You might have concerns about health and safety issues or maybe you would like to investigate what the university offers to support your child in his or her studies. There are plenty of things to worry about. But this page can put your mind at ease, and can help you make sure that you and your student are doing everything right.

Amsterdam is a safe city

A report from the Economict Intelligence Unit ranked Amsterdam in the top 5 safest cities amongst 50 leading capital cities making it one of the safest cities to study. Of course it is still a capital city welcoming milion of visitors every year so the business school always urges its students to take care of their belongings and each other. You know when your bike is stolen you are fully integrated in Dutch culture. 

Triangle of Support

Every first- and second-year student is assigned a mentor at the beginning of the academic year. The mentors are faculty members in the first year of the programme. They are the student’s first line of support and serves as a guide, role model, and coach. The mentor also provides general and specific information regarding the School, policies, procedures, and so on. 

The study advisor forms the second line of support, assisting the student with concerns about their studies and with programme-specific questions. 

The third line of support is the student counsellor, who is trained specifically for this job. The student counsellor advises and assists any student facing special, personal, or financial circumstances that may be affecting their study progress. 

Personal health

One of the many great things about living and studing in the Netherlands is the excellent standard of Dutch healthcare, rated as one of the best in Europe. The Netherlands tops the list of 34 nations in the 2012 Euro Health Consumer Index (the ‘industry standard’ of modern healthcare) and spends 11.9 percent of GDP on health, second only to the United States. Plus, almost all the doctors speak excellent English, making healthcare in the Netherlands very accessible to expats.

For most cases the Dutch government support students in the costs for health insurance.


Financing your children's higher education sometimes can be a challenge. For EU students higher education in the Netherlands is subsidised by the Dutch government. For Non-
EU students AMSIB offers several scholarships to help pay for tuition fees and daily living expenses. 

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and as many major cities living expenses can be higher than smaller cities. Most of our students are supported by their parents or have a small part time job besides studying. We do recommend students to focus on their study as much as possible, especially in the first year. 

Published by  Amsterdam School of International Business 26 March 2018