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.

Admission requirements 
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. 

Application procedure for Exchange students

3. As a Guest student, or ‘free mover’ (1 or 2 semesters) 
The master’s courses are offered in Dutch and 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.

There are three ways to be admitted to the selection procedure, in which the admissibility of a prospective student is assessed:

1. The prospective student has a degree from a relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s programme.

2. The prospective student has a foreign degree that is comparable to one of the (relevant) Dutch prior qualifications.

3. Anyone who does not meet these criteria, but believe they are eligible through a combination of prior education and long-term relevant work experience, may be admitted in a number of cases on the basis of an admission assessment. The committee for this assessment consists of the head of department and the study adviser. Prospective students are requested in this case to contact the study adviser for an exploratory interview, in which the discussion of a portfolio will be one of the components.

It is the case for all disciplines that it must be possible for EP-Nuffic (the expertise and service centre for internationalisation in Dutch education) to check foreign prior qualifications against the admission requirements.

A selection procedure forms part of the admissions process. Selection will take place on the basis of a registration form, the portfolio, the motivation and an overview of the courses from the main subject supplemented, if necessary, with an interview at the Academy of Architecture or a Skype interview (prospective students from abroad).

An important part of the admissions process is be able to show a portfolio: a clearly laid out, ordered combination of the research and design work of the prospective student. The Master’s programmes in Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape Architecture are offered in English and Dutch. The language of instruction for all lecture series is English. The other course components will be offered bilingually. Students are expected to have a command of the English language at senior general secondary education/pre-university education level (Dutch havo/vwo) or a similar level in accordance with TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

A condition for enrolment at the Academy of Architecture is that the student works in the professional practice, or intends to start working in the professional practice, at a workplace that is relevant to the study programme.

1) Enrolment in Studielink

To apply for the Master’s program you need to enroll in Studielink first, via www.studielink.nl. This is the official Dutch registration website for higher education.

If you officially live in the Netherlands (i.e. you are registered in a Dutch municipality) you are required to use DigiD to log in to Studielink. (DigiD is a personal code that gives you access to Dutch government websites.)

If you do not, or do not yet, live in the Netherlands, then you cannot use DigiD and you are required to log in with a Studielink username and password. You will have to make an account. Click on Apply for username and password. Then follow the steps to register.

  • Directions for ‘step 3’ of enrollment in Studielink:
  • In step 3: ‘My study programs’, you select the study program for which you want to apply
  • First, check the radio button for the academic year
  • Next, at ‘Institution of higher education’, you check the radio button called: ‘University of Applied Sciences’
  • Then, at ‘Type of study program’, you check the radio button ‘Master's or other follow-up study program’
  • Thereafter, at ‘Starts in the first year’, you check the radio button ‘Yes’. In the box ‘Educational Institution’ you select ‘Amsterdam University of the Arts’
  • In the box ‘Study program name (institution)’ you select either ‘Master of Architecture’, or ‘Master of Landscape architecture’, or ‘Master of Urbanism’
  • Starting date is in any case September 1st

In some cases, applying in Studielink with an iCloud-acount (@mac.com, @icloud.com of @me.com) leads to problems with receiving emails from the Amsterdam University of the Arts. We recommend that you register in Studielink with an email account that is not connected to Apple.

2) Applying for Amsterdam Academy of Architecture

After completion of your enrollment  in Studielink you will receive an automated e-mail from the AHK (Amsterdam School of the Arts, of which we are a faculty) with information on the application procedure. This e-mail contains an application form, information on the application procedure, your personal application number, and a link to your personal upload page where you can upload the requested documents.

The following documents must be uploaded in PDF / JPEG format in your personal upload page:

  • Application form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Internet link to your portfolio
  • Passport photograph
  • Copy of passport or identity card
  • Copy of diplomas and transcripts
  • Proof of mastery of the English language

The Master’s programs Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape Architecture are bilingual and are offered both in Dutch and in English. Students need to have sufficient control of the English language, equivalent with level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) See: https://www.efset.org/english-score/cefr/.

Applicants are required to provide proof of their level of English. The form in which they do so is unrestricted. For example: English test results, an English Bachelor’s degree or another document proving the level of English of the applicant.


Tuition fees for 2018-2019

  • The tuition fees for EEA, Swiss and Surinam 4-year master students in 2018-2019 is € 2.125 per year.
  • The tuition fees for non-EEA 4-year master students in 2018-2019 is € 8.465 per year.
  • The tuition fees for guest students or free movers (European and non-European) is € 4.232,50 per semester.

More information about tuition fees

When is the application deadline?
The deadline for international applications is April 1st.

I applied for a Master’s programme, when will I receive the results of the application procedure?
We aim to make the result known around June 1.

I want more general information on student affairs, visa, etc, where can I find this information
Please take a look at the following websites:

Main website Amsterdam Academy of Architecture: www.academyofarchitecture.nl

Main website Amsterdam University of the Arts: www.ahk.nl/en

For all student affairs / practical matters, see: www.ahk.nl/en/facilities/student-affairs/

Visa procedure: www.ahk.nl/en/prospective-students/visa-procedures/ 

Tuition fees 2019-2020: www.ahk.nl/en/facilities/student-affairs/financial-matters/tuition-fees/ 

NUFFIC – diploma recognition: www.nuffic.nl/en/diploma-recognition/diploma-recognition

Student Health Insurance in The Netherlands: www.studenten-zorgverzekeringen.nl/en/healthcare-insurance.html

Does the Academy of Architecture assist in finding housing?
The Academy of Architecture does not assist in finding housing. Some options and tips can be found on the website of the Amsterdam University of the Arts: www.ahk.nl/en/facilities/student-affairs/housing/

I am a non-EEA national, can I obtain a working permit for the Netherlands?
In general: Dutch law does not allow students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to work 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.

Is it obligatory to work during the Master’s programs at the Academy of Architecture?
Yes, the Master’s programs are based on a concurrent education model, which means professional experience is gained simultaneously with the study. Students have to work at least 20 hours a week in a work environment that is relevant to their study program.

My portfolio cannot be digitized because of its shape. What can I do?
In any case you will have to upload a digital portfolio that shows your design talent and design experience. Create one if you do not have a digital portfolio yet. If a candidate wants to submit a physical copy then that’s possible only to supplement the mandatory digital portfolio. In that case, first contact avb-studiesecretariaat@ahk.nl.

When is the application deadline?
The deadline for international applications is April 1st.

I applied for a Master’s programme, when will I receive the results of the application procedure?
We aim to make the result known around June 1.

How can I upload my portfolio online for the application procedure?
The portfolio should be available online through a link, you can copy this link in the Application form you will receive after enrolment in Studielink. There are several ways to share documents in the cloud with others. You will find the instruction for two regularly used applications below. However, you can also share your portfolio with us through other means. Make sure you portfolio is available online for at least two months after sending in your application.

Google drive
If you already possess a Google account, you do not have to create a new account. You can use Google Drive via drive.google.com. Log in with your Google-account details.
1. To add a new document, click “New”.
2. Subsequently, you can upload a new document.
3. When the document has been uploaded, click on the document with the right mouse button and choose “Retrieve link”.
4. Copy the link that appears into the Application form.

Dropbox
Dropbox is a free software programme through which you can share folders with other users. Register and log in via www.dropbox.com.

1. Go to the Dropbox folder on your computer. Click with the right mouse button on the document you want to share and select Dropbox -> Get link…
2. The link to the document is now on your clipboard.
3. Press Paste (ctrl + V) to paste the link in the Application form.
4. Tip: you can also use Dropbox online or through the Dropbox App.

Do you still have questions about the application procedure? Do not hesitate, but contact our secretariat, they can help you. You can mail to avb-secetariaat@ahk.nl or call 020 531 8218.

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