General Guidance for Studying abroad and Applying for International Funding

Studying abroad

The Amsterdam University of the Arts has a highly international student population; more than a quarter of the students are from outside the Netherlands. The international students are already experiencing the richness and challenges of studying in a culturally and artistically different environment than their home country.

The Amsterdam University of the Arts offers its international  (and national) students two possibilities to finance a short study or internship period abroad. The student exchange program from the European Union (the Erasmus program) aims to stimulate students to study or to do an internship in another EU country. The AHK has several bilateral agreements with institutions in Europe.

For students who cannot meet the criteria of the Erasmus program, it is possible to apply for the AHK Internationalization Fund.

Erasmus+ Programme

The AHK takes part in the Erasmus program. All ATD students can take part once during their study in this exchange program for study and internship abroad. The exchange has to be approved first by the institution as part of the student’s study program; the student should receive European Credits for the exchange study abroad. Also, the institution or head of the study program has to approve the exchange first. Students of all nationalities are entitled to apply for an Erasmus grant.

The exchange study period abroad is minimum 3 months and maximum 12 months. For internship/placement, the period is minimum 2 months and maximum 12 months. The Erasmus program provides financial support in terms of monthly allowance. The monthly allowance varies between € 150 to € 270 per month for study exchange depending on the living standard of the destination. For internship, the allowance varies between € 270 and € 390. No separate grant will be given for travel or insurance. It’s possible to do a Erasmus exchange for study or internship in two parts as long as the exchange is also considered and approved by the head of study program as ‘one exchange’. Both travel period (even if the destination is different), should last at least 3 months for study and 2 months for internship.

Study exchange

The study exchange can only take place at a European institution that has a socalledbilateral agreement with the ATD. The ATD has over 60 of these bilateral agreements. Students should inform at the coordinator internationalization of their institution whether the guest institution of their choice is on the bilateral agreement list of the AHK.


The ATD has contacts with many international institutions and organizations that have offered AHK students’ placements. In all cases, the school has to approve the guest institution for internship first. The Erasmus program requires that a Learning Agreement between the institution and the guest institution.
Please inquire with the coordinator internationalization of your institution. Internship (after graduation)
The new Erasmus+ programme provides Erasmus grants for graduated students to take an internship within the EU immediately after the graduation at the ATD. The internship period is minimum 2 months and maximum 12 months. Students need to apply for this grant before their graduation date.


First contact the head of your study program for an approval of your exchange plans (both study and internship). After the approval, then contact the coordinator internationalization to start the Erasmus exchange procedure in order to get an Erasmus grant. Please be aware that other EU partner schools
may have a fixed number Erasmus spots for study. We advise you to apply for a study exchange prior February in order to start the study exchange in the following academic year. (For example: the application for an Erasmus study exchange from September 2016 till August 2017 should have been applied in February 2016).
Once the coordinator internationalization of your faculty confirmed that your Erasmus study or internship exchange is approved, you will be invited to make an appointment for signing the student contracts, and to receive all the required documents and explanation for your exchange.


International Desk

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