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.

Only between January 15 and April 1 2016, you you can fill out a login request form for our portfolio machine here.

You can send a login request for online portfolio machine starting from: 15 January 2016.

You have to send in your login request before the deadline of: 1 April 2016.

Deadline for submitting your portfolio, autumn semester 2016: 1 May 2016. Deadline for submitting your portfolio, spring semester 2016: also 1 May 2016.


  • 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