Exchange yourself!

For the Spring semester 2017 (February 6 - June 30) Exchange @DAE means that you will have the opportunity to participate in a pilot in our new Studio programme. The Studio is a full-time programme (30 EC) in our Design Departments in year 4. This DAE Studio programme is open to all DAE students and the accepted exchange students. We recommend that you first check the  DAE Design Departments before you actually apply for Exchange @DAE; it is wise to adjust your portfolio to the top 3 of DAE Design Departments you are thinking of choosing. We will place you in the Design Department that best matches your work and your preference. It is not possible to change your Design Department, since the number of available places is limited. To be able to participate in the pilot of the Studio programme you need to have obtained at least 120 EC. Exchange is possible for a maximum of one semester and only at Bachelor level. (Are you a Master student? Please feel free to apply, but you will be placed in the Bachelor course).

Design Academy Eindhoven has a specific selection procedure for exchange students. We have three reasons for this selection procedure:
Compared to most design academies and universities, Design Academy Eindhoven is structured differently. DAE’s main focus is on conceptual design. And DAE usually receives more applications than there are places.

The academy has a long tradition of accepting exchange students and it boasts many bilateral agreements with design academies and universities from all over the world (within the EU for Erasmus+). Experience has taught us the importance of finding the best match between student and academy / design department. To do so, our selection is based on the candidate’s portfolio. The portfolio has to be sent in for review, together with a motivation letter and an application form. (Digital portfolios are accepted!)

There are two deadlines (Spring semester: November 1 and Fall semester: May 1).
Procedures start immediately after these dates. As soon as we have received all portfolios and as soon as the deadline has passed, we will take your application into account. Normally, we will let you know whether you have been selected for an exchange semester within six weeks; dependent on the number of applications it may take longer.

Please take into account you may need a visa during your stay in the Netherlands.
Design Academy Eindhoven does not offer any kind of scholarship for exchange. EU students can contact the international department of their own academy to ask if Erasmus+ scholarships are available. If your exchange application is accepted and an Erasmus+ scholarship is needed, this is only possible on the basis of a bilateral agreement with your home university. The international officer of your home university will have to contact Design Academy Eindhoven if such an agreement has not yet been established. Here you will find further information about Erasmus+.

Exchange @DAE sudy year 2017-2018
Information about our exchange programme for Study year 2017-2018 will be available around March 1st 2017.



Exchange procedure



To apply for an exchange we need from you:

  1. Application form: do not forget to email a copy of your application form to:
  2. Portfolio (A4, 10-20 pages of most recent work)
  3. CV
  4. Motivation letter (max. 500 words)
  5. Transcript of records (you need at least 120 EC to be able to attend the Studio pilot, available only Spring 2017)
  6. Copy of your passport

Deadline for the Spring term Study year 2016-2017 is November 1st, 2016
After you have completed your application items you can send everything to:

Design Academy Eindhoven
Attn. International Desk
PO BOx 2125
5600 CC Eindhoven
The Netherlands

FACT SHEET Spring exchange 2016-2017





Practical information



Important dates
The semesters of the academic year 2016-2017 run from September 5, 2016 to end of January, 2017 and from beginning of February to end of June, 2017.


Holidays Study year 2016-2017

  • Christmas: Dec 17- Jan 1
  • Vacation: April 3-7
  • Easter: April 17
  • Kings day: April 27
  • Liberation day: May 5
  • Ascension: May 25-26
  • Pentecost: June 5

DAE does not provide any housing. It is up to the students to find their accommodation prior to travelling to The Netherlands.
Here you will find general information about accommodation:; For DAE the following list of housing organizations in Eindhoven may be of help. It will help to contact these addresses for accommodation as soon as you are accepted.

Apart from housing (an average room in Holland may cost approx. € 350,00 - € 600,00 per month; in Eindhoven that could be less), you will have to take the following costs into account:
Materials: approx. €150,- per month
Travel costs: about € 50,- per month
Daily costs: about € 250,- per month.

In Holland the train system runs fairly well. You will need an OV chip card for that: you can charge yourself in the machines at the station.
For further information check this link:

For general information about (health) insurance:
Here you find further information about the insurance DAE recommends:

Design Academy does not offer any kind of scholarship for exchange. EU students can contact the international department of their own academy to ask if Erasmus scholarships are available. In case you want to come on exchange with an Erasmus scholarship, this is only possible if we have an agreement with your school. The international officer of your academy will have to contact the international desk at DAE if such an agreement is not yet established.

Please take into account that you might need a visa for your stay in the Netherlands.