Admission and application
For international students there are three options to study at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture:
1. As a Master’s student (4 years)
International students are welcome to apply for the 4-year master’s course, provided that they are qualified and meet the requirements. The selection procedure takes place on the basis of motivation and the portfolio. If needed, the candidate will be invited for an (telephone) interview. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of competency in the English language.
Application procedure for the Master’s program
2. As an Exchange student (1 or 2 semesters)
Exchange students are students from schools that have either an ‘Erasmus’, or an ‘EMiLA’ exchange agreement with the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (applicants have to be nominated by their home institution). Admission not only depends on a bilateral Erasmus agreement between the schools, but also on the suitability of the student. The selection procedure takes place on the basis of motivation and the portfolio. Upon admission no tuition will be charged. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of competency in the English language.
3. As a Guest student, or ‘free mover’ (1 or 2 semesters)
The master’s courses are offered in English and therefore open to guest students (also called 'free movers'). These students may take part in the program for one or two semesters, provided that their level matches the required standard (at least a relevant bachelor degree). The selection procedure takes place on the basis of motivation and the portfolio. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of competency in the English language.
Application procedure for Guest students
IMPORTANT: Work in practice for Non-EEA Students
Contrary to guest - and exchange students, Master’s students are obliged to gain practice experience which yields up to 50% of the study credits. In general: Dutch law does not allow students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to work in the Netherlands in a regular employment. The Academy of Architecture is an exception to this rule. A limited number of non-EEA students is permitted to have a regular employment in the Netherlands for a maximum of 20 hours per week under a number of strict conditions. But only if the students are enrolled as four-year Master students, and have the approval of the Academy of Architecture.