Hogeschool van Amsterdam:  School of Economics and Management

HvA:  Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

University Overview

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The Hogeschool van Amsterdam School of Economics and Management (HvA), was founded in 1867 and prides itself on a highly respected history of educating first-rate business professionals. Its new educational complex is located in the southern part of Amsterdam. HvA has more than 40,000 students and 300 faculty members, with 14,000 of those students studying in the school of Economics and Management, making it one of the largest schools of its kind in the Netherlands.  Students can choose from a wide variety of business courses taught in English.

City Overview

Amsterdam is an exciting city that seeks to preserve its history while becoming modern and progressive. Its winding streets, tall shuttered buildings, streetcars, and busy canals makes it a vibrant and diverse city to explore.  Located at the heart of continental Europe, Amsterdam will prove an exciting launching point for further European travel and home to many different peoples and cultures.

Program Highlights

  • With prior approval, course work will fulfill business major requirements.

  • The business-related subjects are taught in weekly blocks of two hours each. Apart from attending lectures, students are expected to spend a considerable amount of time on preparation for classes and exams. Exchange students are advised to compose programs of no more than 20 contact hours weekly (8-10 courses), which is considered an appropriate and manageable workload.

  • Basic Dutch language courses available as part of the exchange.HES

  • Free orientation before classes start; includes information on residence permit procedures, the distribution of timetables, a meeting with the Country Coordinator, tours and social events.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester:  Late August to late December

Spring Semester:  Late January to early July

Academic Year:  Late August to early July

Academic Focus

  • This program is geared toward Global Business Management students, however other Business students may apply with the permission of their department chair or academic advisor.
  • Teaching is very practical and experiential in nature.  Many courses will require extensive outside research, group projects/presentations, and written assignments. 
  • Flexibility in terms of course scheduling will be key.  Some courses may be offered for 8 weeks, others for 12, others for the full 16 week semester.

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  • Class Level:  Upper-division status (completion of 60 units)
  • GPA of 2.75 or above and good academic standing to departure. 
  • Prerequisites:  Some courses will require previous course work.  All Business majors should already have completed their Pre-Core course work at CSUSM before enrolling at HvA.


15 semester units.  Typically this will be between 6-10 classes/semester.  Enrollment in 5 ECT unit courses or a combination of 5 ECT + 3 ECT unit courses is strongly recommended to attempt meeting the 4 unit CSUSM Business requirements.  Taking a 5 ECT unit course alone may clear a course requirement, but you may find yourself deficient in units.  Discuss your options with your Option Chair well before applying.


Private apartments within an easy commute of campus.  Various options are available on the HvA Housing page.  Early application is encouraged.

Estimated Expense

  • Students pay their normal State University Fee to CSU San Marcos, currently $3,532/semester.  No tuition or fees due at HvA.
  • No on-campus residence. Apartments $600-900 per month, depending on type of accommodation
  • Health Insurance: $47/month.
  • Visa Fees: 300 Euro, roughly $400
  • Cost of meals and personal expenses will vary, but average $500 per month.
  • Sample 2013-14 Budget

Application Deadlines

For Fall Semester Study:  March 15

For Spring Semester Study:  October 1

How to Apply

1. Visit the HvA School of Economics and Business website to learn about the university.  For life in and around Amsterdam, visit a good tourism site such as www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting.

2. Consult with the CSUSM Study Abroad Advisor in Craven Hall 3200 to determine if you are eligible for this program.

3. Obtan course descriptions from the online course book for HvA.

4. Consult with a faculty advisor in the College of Business Administration to determine if the HvA Amsterdam courses will count toward your major. If so, complete a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form.  Please note that many of the courses taken at HvA are worth 5 ECT units, or 3 CSUSM units.  A combination of courses could be used to fulfill CSU business requirements or courses might be cleared for the requirement but you will still be deficient in units.  Please clearly plan for this with the College of Business.

5. Order an official transcript from CSUSM and any other college from which you have taken a semester or more in classes (even if you have already transferred credit to CSUSM).  Please pick your transcripts up in person and deliver them to Craven 3200.  Keep in mind that transcripts are now taking 7-10 business days to process.  Plan accordingly.

6. Read about student acommodations. Fill out the accommodation form well before the deadline indicated as housing nearest campus fills up quickly.

7. Complete the HvA Application materials found online.  Please note that you will apply for a residence permit later on, not an MVV visa (please ignore those forms).  Please submit only complete applications to the Study Abroad Advisor in Craven 3200.

8. Submit a photcopy of your passport along with your medical disclosure form, personal conduct agreement, air travel release form, and proof of travel medical insurance to the Study Abroad Advisor.

9. Attend the pre-departure orientation and consult with the Study Abroad Advisor as necessary regarding th student residence permit process after acceptance.