Exchange programme

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie has an international network of foreign art academies with which it has agreed bilateral exchange contracts. Students from these academies can apply to do an exchange for a maximum of one semester at one of our educational departments, so long as they meet the conditions that are outlined at the bottom of this page.

The academic year is divided into two semesters. The autumn semester runs from 1 September to 31 December, and the spring semester runs from 1 January to 31 August.


The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is affiliated with the Erasmus programme. If your academy is also affiliated with the Erasmus programme, you may be eligible for an Erasmus scholarship. Please contact your academy’s exchange coordinator for more information about this.


The academy has a limited number of rooms available for exchange students. If you are admitted for an exchange semester at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, it is possible to make a reservation via the International Office to rent a room. You can also search for a room yourself.


During your exchange, you continue to be registered at your home institution and pay tuition fees there. You do not pay any tuition fees to the institution that is hosting the exchange. However, you should allow for the cost of accommodation, maintenance and additional study costs, such as excursions.

Admission procedure

To assess your suitability for our exchange programme, you need to upload your portfolio using our portfolio machine. Next to a selection of your visual work, you will need to fill in your personal details using the online portfolio machine and also upload the necessary documents there.

NOTE: the login request form will become available again in March 2017!

For sending login request for our portfolio machine: 1 April 2017.
For submitting your portfolio, autumn semester 2017: 1 May 2017.
For submitting your portfolio, spring semester 2018: also 1 May 2017.
NOTE: application for 2017-2018 opens in January 2017!


  • You are studying at one of the art academies with which the Gerrit Rietveld Academie has an exchange agreement
  • The exchange takes place in the third academic year
  • You have written permission from your academy to apply for an exchange semester
  • Your portfolio is complete and submitted prior to the deadline
  • Your portfolio is approved by our admissions board
  • For all non-EU candidates, it is compulsory to apply for a residence permit via the International Office of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. You can find more information here.

Download the list of bilateral exchange academies

Download the Erasmus charter

Link to the Code of Conduct

Exchange for Rietveld students: Holland Scholarship

The Holland Scholarship is a scholarship made available by the Dutch Ministry of Education Culture and Science together with Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. It is meant for students who want to study, do research or an internship outside the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA consists of the EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Are you already studying at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie . Are you thinking of studying, or doing research or an internship outside of Europe? Then expand your horizon and make yourself stand out with more international experience.

For whom?
The Holland Scholarship is available for students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie who want to study, do research or an internship outside of the EEA.

Scholarship amount
The scholarship amounts to a one-off payment of € 1,250 and is meant as a contribution towards your study expenses.

Selection criteria
• You are following a full-time programme at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.
• You will use the scholarship for studying, doing research or an internship with a minimum duration of three months and a minimum of 15 ECTS.
• Your study, research or internship will take place in a country outside the EEA.

How to apply
You need to apply for the Holland Scholarship at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. There is no application deadline, but we recommend that you apply for the scholarship at least 3 months before you plan to go abroad.

Apply form

You can find information about the Holland Scholarship on wilweg.nl/hollandscholarship (in Dutch). The WilWeg website contains a range of information about studying, doing research or internships abroad in general. So if you want to read testimonials of Dutch students who have gone abroad, then check wilweg.nl (in Dutch).