Start your application by looking up your desired programme. From there you will be guided through the various steps of the application procedure.

Steps application procedure

Read below the steps you need to take in order to start your application for a bachelor or master study programme at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK).

Studielink is the common registration and enrolment application system for all non-private institutions of higher education in the Netherlands.

  • Create a Studielink account: provide personal details (as stated in your passport or ID card) and previous educational information (studies, diplomas and exam results).

    Official residents of the Netherlands have to use their DigiD to login to Studielink.
    International students create an account with their own username and password.
  • Once your account is created you can ‘add a new enrolment’ by indicating the study programme of your choice under the ‘University of Applied Sciences – Royal Academy/Royal Conservatoire The Hague’. Follow carefully the steps and at the end confirm your application. Detailed instructions are provided on the website of Studielink to assist you with the procedure.
    Please note! You will receive an automatic reply in your mailbox with the subject "Upload the required documents". Check your spam box if you have not received it within 3 minutes.

Start your application

After your enrolment via Studielink is confirmed, you will receive an e-mail by the Student Administration of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague with instructions on how to submit your portfolio, motivation letter and in some cases an assignment or other related documents.

PLEASE NOTE: Every study programme has its own specific requirements; related information can be found under the Admission requirements submenu page of each study programme.

Selected candidates are invited to attend* an entrance examination day/interview at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK). In most cases this includes presentation of work (portfolio), an assignment and interview.

Every study programme has its own specific requirements; related information can be found under the Admission requirements submenu page of each study programme.

*Please note that, due to the scope of the current Coronavirus, alternative channels for the application interviews are offered for prospective students. It is possible that application interviews will run via Skype or Microsoft Teams. You will be informed by Student Administration or the department.

After the admission interview you will be informed whether or not you are admitted to our programme. All students who are offered a spot into our programme will need to upload some supporting documents to complete their enrolment. These documents include:

  • Copy of your passport* (a scanned version of pages with photo and personal information)
  • Copy of your high school and/or bachelor diploma (if applicable)
  • A profile picture (to print on your student card)
  • Proof of English proficiency (for non-EEA students only)

*if you have a double nationality, please add a copy of your second passport as well

FAQs - Applications & other practical issues

Entry requirements

High school diploma comparable to a Dutch vwo, havo or mbo 4 diploma. If you do not have the required diploma, but are able to prove - on the basis of an assessment authorised by the KABK - that you actually function at the desired level, you can also apply for admission.

You can check whether or not your foreign diploma is sufficient through the Nuffic website.

Candidates must be BA or MA graduates of an art or design academy or an equivalent education.

All (international) students should have a good level of English.

  • Non-EU/EEA candidates who have been admitted to a BA or MA programme are required to provide proof of English Language proficiency by uploading their official test score certificate during the application process. Students from the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand are exempted from submitting an English proficiency test.
    Deadline to submit a proof of English language proficiency: 13 June 2021
  • EU/EEA candidates do not need to provide an English language certificate as long as their level of English is of a comparable level to the minimum standards. This will be assessed during their interview.

Every study programme has its own specific requirements regarding portfolio, admission assignments, interviews etc; related information and tips can be found under the 'Admission requirements' section of all bachelor and master programmes.



Check our FAQ or contact the student administration via / 070 3154770 and/or the international office via

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