Studying architecture in Amsterdam

All those who choose to study at the Academy of Architecture of Amsterdam (the Academy) opt for a multi-faceted programme with plenty of scope for personal development and design skills. Supervision by first-class teachers and a stimulating environment will ensure that students develop into top-class designers at the highest level. Thanks to many special projects, a strong relationship between theory and practice is guaranteed during the course. 

The Amsterdam Academy of Architecture offers courses by designers for designers. It targets students who are motivated and equipped for design practice and selects tutors who have distinguished themselves in the practice of design and research. 

Students are trained in spatial design as a practical and critical discipline at the point of intersection of art, science and technology. The deliberate decision to link it with arts education (Amsterdam University of the Arts AHK) underlines the particular importance that the Academy attaches to the artistic aspect of the exercise of the profession.

High-quality learning environment
The Academy aims to provide a small-scale, high-quality learning environment with an open climate and with an emphasis on the determination of their own positions by tutors and students. An international orientation is an inevitable part of this.

Architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture are viewed as three complete, independent disciplines. This does alter the fact that the three disciplines are deliberately offered simultaneously and partly in combination. This is to prepare the student for an integrated exercise of the profession.

Specific locations in the Netherlands and abroad are the designer’s laboratory. The city of Amsterdam, the location of the Academy, is actively deployed in the course as a social building, a historic work of art, and an ongoing design challenge.

What does the Academy of Architecture stand for? 

Studying in an international context

We stand for an open and inquiring attitude, for experimentation, and we encourage students to adopt their own position. We consider the city of Amsterdam to be the laboratory for the design assignments of our students and lecturers. The Academy maintains close contacts with the professional community in the region, with public services, commissioning parties and developers. Our study programmes also occupy a prominent place internationally. The Academy has strong ties with related degree programmes abroad. Students from all corners of the world study at the Academy, international guest lecturers and speakers regularly visit, and students often participate in foreign excursions and projects.

Studying and working simultaneously
Studying and working go hand in hand during the degree programme. That combination means that the students and lecturers are directly involved in the practice of design and research. You will already form an active part of a broad network of colleagues during your study. Those who graduate from the Academy often remain involved in the degree programme. The student becomes an employer and, on the basis of that position, a lecturer or mentor for a new generation of students. 

Architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture are independent disciplines within the Academy, which are partially offered in combination. In this way, students are prepared for the current, integrated professional practice that simultaneously demands specialisation and breadth from students. The Academy of Architecture is the only educational institute in the Netherlands that offers the Master’s programmes in an interdisciplinary manner. This combination lends the Academy a unique position within the Netherlands and abroad. 

A study trip abroad, studying at another degree programme for a semester or setting up a project with a group of foreign students; that’s all possible at the Academy. We maintain an active network of European degree programmes, through which students and lecturers are exchanged on a small scale. The Academy is a member of the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and is a partner of the European Masters in Landscape Architecture (EMiLA), through which you can obtain the ‘European Master in Landscape Architecture’. The Academy has been working together in an Erasmus programme, on the basis of which international workshops are organised. In addition, there are many foreign projects and partnerships with different design programmes in Europe. In the summer months, we organise the so-called Summer School: various international excursions which you can participate in.

Inspiring environment and topical debate 

The Academy of Architecture is located on the Waterlooplein in Amsterdam in a 17th-century building complex refurbished by Claus en Kaan Architecten. The Academy occupies a unique place in the cultural life of Amsterdam and plays an active role in the professional discourse. Lectures, workshops, events and exhibitions are organised in cooperation with other organisations. Lecture series – open to students – based on topical themes take place throughout the year. 

Title of architect 

After obtaining the Master’s title (Master of Science), you are entitled to start an independent professional practice and granted immediate admission to the register of architects, urbanists and landscape architects. 

Practice-oriented research in the education 
The world is changing continuously and increasingly quickly. Social, practical and technical developments make new demands on a designer. That is why the Academy integrates practice-oriented research into the education. The professors organise masterclasses, projects, excursions, exhibitions and lectures within their research programme. 

Part of the Amsterdam University of the Arts
In order to arrive at new insights and innovations, you must be able and dare to look beyond the borders of your own field. The Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK) offers students a broad orientation in terms of arts and culture, and for that reason attaches great importance to the fact that students are able to gain knowledge of developments within the other arts disciplines. Within the range of programmes offered at the AHK, we provide room for collaboration with other degree programmes and international exchanges.

Scholarship opportunities

for Dutch students

The Academy of Architecture

It is impossible nowadays to imagine study time without a short period studying or doing an internship abroad. A stay abroad not only enriches your study programme, but it is also a challenge to study for a period of time in a totally different environment. Studying abroad helps you to formulate your goals in a more well-defined way. In addition, a foreign study is often highly valued on your CV. 

For students of the Academy who want to complete their study or internship abroad, there are limited possibilities for scholarships. Click here for more information.

Amsterdam University of Arts

Have you fallen behind with your studies due to special circumstances? In some cases, students from the Amsterdam University of the Arts may be able to obtain financial support through the Profileringsfonds.

DUO study grants

Sometimes special circumstances prevent you from graduating on time. Or you may even have to stop studying altogether. Under those circumstances, DUO (Student Finance Department) may make an exception to the rules of the performance-related grants. Strict legal conditions apply to this ‘performance grant provision’. For more information, visit the DUO website on study delays.

For students outside the EU

Holland Scholarship – aimed at international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s degree in the Netherlands.

More information in English can be found on click here.

Financial support for interfaculty projects

Would you like to involve students from other academies in your graduation project? Or have you always wanted to work with students from other academies? Then the AHK can offer financial support your project from the budget for interfaculty projects. This budget was created to give students the opportunity to look beyond the confines of their own academy.

Cooperation between students from different academies often results in special projects and valuable experience. Students who would like to set up their own project in collaboration with students from another academy can receive a financial contribution of up to €1,000 including VAT. To be considered, you can submit an application on

More information about what the application should include can be found on the AHK intranet You will need to log in with your student account.

Student grant

Dutch students

Student funding

DUO study grant can only be applied for if you are at least 18 years old and follow a full-time course. Because the study programmes at the Academy of Architecture are all part-time programmes and are combined with a relevant job, you will unfortunately not be eligible for DUO Student Grant. For more information and questions about this, please contact Duo.

Lifelong learning credit

If you are under 56 years of age you may be able to claim the Lifelong Learning Credit. For this you have to meet a number of conditions. The most important are:

  • You are enrolled in a recognised full-time, part-time or dual programme at a university of applied sciences or a university of applied sciences (including modular education).
  • You are younger than 56 years of age.
  • Your tuition or fees are not fully reimbursed by another person or body, for example, your employer.

More info: click here.

Practical Experience

Students of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture acquire professional experience next to their studies at the Academy. They receive half of their study credits for the professional experience. On the website of the Academy you will find the answers to frequently asked questions about the professional experience.

Do you have a question about working in practice which is not answered here? Please send an email to Nico van Bockhooven. Mail:

Student counsellor of the Academy

The Academy student counsellor provides information and guidance to students on both practical and personal matters relating to study conditions and student life. 

If you are experiencing problems during your studies, the student counsellor will work together with you to try and find possible solutions, so that you may proceed with your studies as best as you can or for you to decide to defer or discontinue your studies. Conversations with the student counsellor are confidential and personal information is handled with great sensitivity. Generally speaking: the sooner you reach out, the better you can be advised.

Students can approach the counsellors about the following issues, among other things: 

  • problems with your study (including an imminent delay in study completion);
  • exceptional circumstances, such as illness, psychological problems or other impairments;
  • possible changes to the educational programme, or the manner of assessment or testing;
  • enrolment and termination of enrolment, stopping or deferring your studies;
  • regulations regarding the propaedeutic year/first year of the degree programme and binding study advice (BSA);
  • financing of your study;
  • information about health insurance;
  • complaints and appeal procedures;
  • legislations and regulations. ​​​​​​​

The student counsellor of the Academy is Mildred van der Zwan. Mail:

MakerSpace AHK

From September 2019, students of the Academy of Architecture can visit the new workplace of the AHK on the Marineterrein. Here you can work with VR, laser cutter, CNC frees and 3D printers. After following a mandatory class instruction, you will have access with your student pass during opening hours. Bo Jansen, Martijn Troost and or Peter Schuitemaker are present Monday to Thursday (from 10:00 to 20:00) Friday and Saturday (from 9:00 to 17:00) to help you in the workshop. If the instructors are not present, you cannot use the machines.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 – 00:00, Saturday: 8:00 – 18:00
Instructors are present: Monday to Thursday: 10:00 to 20:00, Friday and Saturday: 9:00 to 17:00

Marineterrein, Kattenburgerstraat 5, building 027 N, 1018 JA Amsterdam.

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The Amsterdam Academy of Architecture offers students from all over the world a Dutch study programme (in English) with a global perspective. We firmly believe that Dutch design has a great deal to offer the international professional community.

Any study programme preparing students for a sustainable career needs to provide possibilities for them to gain first-hand experience with and within a diversity of cultures and conditions. This will aid students in developing their own vocabulary and determining their position within the field.

We aim to make students not only internationally competent, but also internationally fluent in their future practice as architects, urbanists and landscape architects. Our main focus is on International classroom, Curriculum content, Strategic partners and Student and staff mobility.


Impact of Brexit on tuition fees and student finance

If you are already living in the Netherlands on or before 31 December 2020

In this case, you fall under the withdrawal agreement. For British students who are living in the Netherlands before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020 nothing will change with regard to the entitlement to pay statutory tuition fees and receive student finance. This applies even if you start a new course after the transition period ends.

If you come to live in the Netherlands after 31 December 2020

In this case you do not fall under the withdrawal agreement. British nationals will be treated as non-EU/EEA citizens. The type of residence permit you hold will determine whether you are entitled to receive student finance and pay statutory tuition fees. In most cases you will be not be entitled to receive student finance and pay statutory tuition fees, and will have to pay institutional fees

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the central government’s page on Brexit and higher education.


The Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK) can support students who have been admitted to a preparatory programme, or a bachelor’s or master’s degree programme with their visa and residence permit applications.

The AHK Central Student Administration can act as an intermediary between the applicant and the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

You can find more information on the visa procedures webpage of the AHK.