Admission Procedure Exchange

Would you like to spend a semester studying at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie? This is possible. Every year we accept over 60 exchange students, and many small or large projects are organized in collaboration with academies outside of The Netherlands.

Erasmus programme

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is affiliated with the Erasmus program. This means that, if your academy is also affiliated with the Erasmus-programme, you will can apply for an Erasmus scholarship and use it for your exchange. Please check with your own academy for details for scholarship application. The Rietveld Academie is not affiliated with the SWB - Science Without Borders program.

Semesters academic year 2014-2015

Our academic year is divided into two semesters:

The Fall semester runs from 1 September till 31 December, and the Spring semester from 1 January till 31 August.

An exchange can only take place within either of these two semesters. The maximum duration of an exchange at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie is one semester.

Extra information

Estimated semesters:

  • Fall semester: the estimated exchange period runs from end of August till December 19, 2014.
  • Spring semester: the estimated exchange period runs from January 5 till June 30, 2015. The graduation exhibition starts in the beginning of July, 2015.

Estimated Holiday periods:

  • Autumn holidays October 16-26, 2014
  • Christmas holidays December 20 2014 - January 4, 2015
  • Spring holiday February 21 - March 1, 2015
  • May holiday May 2 – 10, 2015
  • Summer holiday July 11 – August 23, 2015

Admission procedure

It is now possible to upload your portfolio application before the deadline April 1st, into our online portfolio machine (a closed section on our website) .

To become eligible for online application, please send a request for a login and the following details to international@rietveldacademie.nl
Your first name:
Your last name:
Your nationality:
Your current living address:
The department with which you want to do your exchange:
The semester you want to do your exchange:

We will use your e-mail address to create a login for you, unless you want us to use another address. After receiving confirmation on these details, we will create your login for the portfolio machine (a closed section on our website) and provide more info. If you prefer to send your portfolio by regular post, this is still possible. In that case, you can use the downloadable application form, and follow the procedure outlined below.

In order to be able to be admitted to an exchange program, you must submit the following:

  • A fully and correctly completed application form, including two passport photographs.

  • A copy of your passport.

  • A portfolio.

The portfolio should contain:

  • a wide variety of work: original or (preferably) photographs or prints of recent work, no more than 3 years old.
    It is important that you do not just submit finished results. In order to better assess your suitability for our academy, it is important that you also include sketches and unfinished plans and ideas. There is no set quantity of pieces to submit.
    It is recommended that you submit a reasonable quantity and a selection that provides a good impression of your recent visual work (around 30 to 100 pieces). These can be drawings, paintings, photographs, collages, graphics, textiles, garments, ceramics, items of jewellery, floor plans, models or texts.
    Work submitted by e-mail or via the Internet will not be considered. Films can be submitted on DVD or as a link to a website as part of the portfolio.

  • The portfolio should also contain a brief table of contents and explanation of the work.

  • A covering letter. Send a printed covering letter including the following information: personal details; your name, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address, date of birth, nationality, prior education and courses taken. Please also enclose copies of your diplomas.

  • choice of department with which you wish to spend your exchange semester.

  • your reasons for choosing the Rietveld Academie, your expectations regarding the study program, your future plans, your development thus far and your interests (For example; museums, film, music, dance, theatre, collecting, philosophy).

Returning of portfolio’s

Portfolios will only be returned if sufficient money in Euros has to cover the costs for returning the package. If the package does not include sufficient money, the portfolio will be stored for six months, after which the portfolio will be destroyed!


The deadline to apply for the Fall- semester 2014 is April 1st.

The deadline to apply for the Spring- semester 2015 is also April 1st 2014.

Portfolios received after this date will NOT be considered.

Deadline for Fall-semester & Spring-semester = April 1st 2014!


Members of the following countries are exempt from MMV visa requirements:

All EU/EEA countries:Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

For students from Bulgaria and Romania it may have some benefits in the future to apply for a residence permit.

More information here

Residence permit

If you are not from EU/EEA, you'll need a residence permit. More information here

Bilateral Agreements

Future collaborations: Our academy is very keen on collaborating with other academies from around the world. Unfortunately, at this point we are working with a restricted list of contracted academies. Due to an overwhelming amount of interest of academies abroad, we cannot take any new partners into consideration. For years, we have been dealing with a high disproportion between the number of incoming and outgoing students. Due to current decisions from the government and smaller budgets for departments, we can accept fewer students for incoming exchange. Our Graphic Design department and Photography department receive the highest amount of applications, but have the least amount of outgoing exchange students. As a consequence, a number of worthy applicants will have to be disappointed this year.

Download the list of: collaborating partners