Admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree

To get admitted to one of the Master’s programs at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, students need to have a relevant Bachelor’s degree in the same field of study. Foreign programs that make a student admissible to the Master’s program are:

For Architecture:
- Bachelor in Architecture or comparable 

For Urbanism:
- Bachelor in Urbanism or Urbanism Design and Planning or comparable
- Master of Architecture, Urbanism or Urban Planning or comparable

For Landscape Architecture:
- Bachelor in Landscape Architecture or comparable
- Master of Architecture or Urbanism or comparable

Foreign degree certificates

In some cases foreign degree certificates may have to be evaluated by EP-Nuffic (the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education). EP-Nuffic is the central point of contact in the Netherlands for the evaluation of foreign diplomas awarded for higher education. If necessary, the Academy of Architecture will request this evaluation at EP-Nuffic. The applicant needs to take no action here.

Applicants who do not qualify may consider a preparatory course. For more information on the courses offered by the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, click here.

If you want to know – before applying – if your bachelor degree, or any other comparable educational training, is eligible for our master’s course, then you can send a copy of relevant diploma’s and grades lists to and we will let you know.

Level of English 
Furthermore, all students need to have sufficient proficiency of the English language.The Master's programs in Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape Architecture are offered in both English and Dutch. The lecture series are exclusively in English.

Students, therefore, are expected to master English at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or equivalent. See:
The language level must be proven with the result of an English language test (TOEFL, IELTS), or a grades list showing that sufficient English training has been obtained, or another document from which it is indisputable to conclude that the command of English is at the required level.

Nationals of a majority English-speaking country, or applicants who have successfully completed an academic qualification of at least three years’ duration which was taught in a majority English-speaking country, are exempted from this language requirement.

Especially for 4-year master students it is highly recommended to obtain a minimum control of the Dutch language as well. The Academy of Architecture does not offer language courses.