Design Academy Eindhoven does not offer exchange places for the second semester of study year 2017-2018. Exchange places will be available again as from study year 2018-2019. More information will be online as from January 2018.


Exchange yourself! Exchange at DAE, study year 2017-2018, first semester.

For the Fall semester 2017 (beginning of September till the end of January) Exchange at DAE means that you will have the opportunity to participate in either our 4th year Studio programme or in our 3rd year Minor programme (both on Bachelor level).

The Studio is a full-time bachelor programme (30 ECTS) in one of 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 Exchnage at 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. This can be different from the departments you applied for. It is not possible to change your Design Department, since the number of available places is limited. To be able to participate in the Studio programme you need to have obtained at least 120 ECTS. Exchange is possible for a maximum of one semester and only at Bachelor level.

The Minor is a full-time Bachelor programme (30 ECTS)  in one of our 6 Minor programmes in year 3. To be able to participate in the Minor programme you need to have obtained at least 60 ECTS and for some of the programmes you need to have a basic level.

Exchange is possible for a maximum of one semester for the Fall semester only and only on 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 uploaded for review, together the other application items.

The deadline for the Fall semester is May 1st.
You can apply via our digital application procedure. Scroll down for the online procedure. Open between April 15 (12.00) and April 30 (23.59).
Procedures start immediately after the deadine. As soon as we have received all application items 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+.

If you have questions you can send an email to:

Exchange procedure



The 8 online application items are:


  1. Online exchange application form (you can find the form on the right side of this page under Visa).
    You can fill out the application form online
    You can choose for an exchange in either a Studio (year 4) or a Minor (year 3). For both the Minor and the Studio you can select your top 3 preference. You can upload items 2 to 8 via the application form.
    The confirmation e-mail is send by In case you did not receive an e-mail, please check your spam box!
  2. Valid copy of your passport
  3. Digital portrait

    You have to upload application items 4 to 8 (Digital portfolio, Introduction movie, Nomination letter, CV/written motivation and Transcript of records) in the upload area number 4. (application checklist) of the exchange application form although the text states: Upload your portfolio and 1 minute introduction movie (MP4).
  4. Digital portfolio
    Practical detail: please use a PDF format with both pictures and text. Make sure that you reduce the PDF file size before you upload the document. Please make sure that you do not upload separate images, we require one document for your portfolio.
    The purpose of the portfolio is to show a selection of your work (not only end-results but also process), interests and fascinations. Sketches, unfinished or conceptual work can also be included. The portfolio together with your motivation letter should explain why you want to have an exchange at Design Academy Eindhoven in general and more  specific your motivation for the programme (Studio or Minor) you are applying for.
  5. MP4 / Introduction Movie
    Practical detail: you can only upload a video as MP4 format through the following browsers: google, firefox, Explorer, Google+, Safari and IOS.
    Upload an one-minute video in which you introduce yourself to the selection committee. Make sure that you mention why you want to have an exchange at Design Academy Eindhoven. You don’t have to be “on camera” yourself the entire minute, but we do want to see you and hear you speak as well. We will test your English level through the one-minute introduction video.
  6. Nomination letter of your university
    This is the official nomination from your university.
    The letter must contain: your name, name of the school, current level and the programme you are in and the course you would like to apply for (Minor or Studio) and  the name, email address and signature of the contact person of your school.
  7. CV and written motivation (max 500 words)
    Practical note: please use a PDF format. Make sure that you reduce the PDF file size before you upload the document. Please make sure that you do not upload separate documents, we require one document for your CV and motivation.
    The motivation letter is a statement describing your motivation and expectations concerning the programme of your exchange preferences at Design Academy Eindhoven. What would you like to learn or to expand? What is it that you are looking for?
  8. Transcript of records
    We would like to check your actual record status. With the start of the Studio you need to have obtained at least 120 ECTS. With the start of the Minor you need to have obtained at least 60 ECTS.





Practical information


Important dates

The official start of the first semester of study year 2017-2018 is September 4th till February 2nd. However, the introduction week is from Monday August 28 to Thursday August 31.


Holidays Study year 2017-2018

  • Fall vacation: Oct 21-Oct 29
  • Christmas: Dec 23-Jan 7
  • Vacation: February 3-11
  • Easter: March 30-April 2
  • Kings day: April 27
  • Liberation day: May 5
  • Ascension: May 10-11
  • Pentecost: May 21

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 the Netherlands 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 incoming exchange students. 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.