Going abroad


Contact Avans immediately in case of an emergency abroad?

Every year, Avans students and staff members are involved in various incidents abroad. The outbreak of potentially fatal viral infectious diseases, earthquakes, personal accidents, theft of money or passports and violent unrest are just some examples. It is vital that you and Avans are able to be in contact in these situations.

Mandatory registration of details

Avans University of Applied Sciences wants to be able to contact you immediately to assist you in the event of an incident abroad. This is only possible if we have your exact travel and contact details. This information is crucial for us to be able to act quickly and effectively.

Every student traveling abroad for a period of study, a work placement or a graduation assignment is required to enter their travel details in Osiris before departure. Please log onto Osiris and submit your details under “Stay abroad – Contact Information”.

Update your details

Your details may change during your stay abroad. You may for example get a phone with a local number or a new address. Always update your details in the database immediately.

Also register with the ministry of Foreign Affairs

Be sure to also register your details with the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs if you plan to go abroad for a longer period of time. The ministry will keep you updated on the security conditions in the area where you are located. As this information is only available in Dutch, you can also opt to register with your own government.

How to get in touch in case of an emergency

If you get into a life-threatening situation abroad, such as a serious illness or personal accident, always immediately contact both your insurance company’s emergency assistance service and the Avans International Office.

Emergency assistance service

If a disaster or emergency such as an earthquake occurs, make sure to also phone +31 20 - 592 92 92. This will put you in touch with the emergency assistance service that is the Dutch nationwide coordinator in case of disasters and emergencies for that particular year: ANWB Alarmcentrale, Allianz Global Assistance, SOS International or Eurocross Assistance.

International Office

You can reach the Avans International Office on +31 88 525 80 01. If this line is unavailable, please call the study abroad emergency number: +31 76 532 09 72.

Always report loss or theft of personal items to the local police.

Take out proper insurance

Make sure you have suffience coverage before traveling abroad. Details about this are available from the insurance page.

Read the regulations

The Regulations on trips and stays abroad apply to all students who are abroad to study, train or graduate. Be sure to read this document carefully.

Important preparations before departrure

We have made an overview especially for you of some important preparations before departure. This contains tips for well-prepared travel, such as: important telephone numbers, your insurance, online registration (in osiris), money matters and general information. Make sure you read this carefully so that you are well prepared to go abroad!

More information

For more information, please contact Avans’s International Office by sending an email to internationaloffice@avans.nl or calling +31 88 525 80 01. Alternatively, you can visit the Student Information Desk.

Last updated on 23 April 2020.
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