Applications to our bachelor’s and master’s programs open on 1 October 2021. Follow the steps as mentioned in the application procedure per study program (via the Apply button) and find more information about our study programmes by browsing this website.

You should have a high school diploma comparable to a Dutch vwo, havo or mbo 4 diploma.

On the website of Nuffic (the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education) you can find an overview of common diplomas from many different countries and how they compare to Dutch diplomas. You can use this to help you estimate your level.

You can also apply for admission if you do not have the required diplomas but are able to prove - on the basis of an assessment authorised by KABK - that you actually function at the desired level.

A student must hold a Bachelor's degree in the chosen area of study for all master programmes offered by the KABK.

In order to be able to study at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) you need to master the English language at an intermediate level, comparable to an IELTS Academic test score of 6 (overall score) or TOEFL 80 (Internet Based Test) or TOEFL 550 (Paper Based Test).

  • EU/EEA candidates:
    As an EU/EEA candidate, you do not need to provide an English language certificate. Your level of English will be assessed during your interview/entry examination day.
  • Non-EU/EEA candidates:
    As a non-EU/EEA candidate, you are required to provide proof of English language proficiency by uploading your official test score certificate during the application process.
    This holds for all non-EU/EEA candidates regardless of the type of residence permit you possess. Even if you have completed your previous study education in English, you still need to provide an official test score.

    Only non-EU/EEA students from countries where English is the official language, e.g. USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zeeland, are exempted from submitting an English proficiency test.
  • Applications for the academic year 2022-2023:
    Deadline for non-EU/EEA candidates to submit a proof of English language proficiency:
    13 June 2022
    Please note: Your certificate must be valid at the start of the school year, 1 September 2022. Be aware that IELTS and TOEFL results expire after 2 years.

See also: English language requirements

For questions related to a study programme and/or the structure of the courses please send an email to the coordinator of the department of your interest. You can find each coordinator's contact info at the bottom of each study programme webpage or on this overview with contact info.

Practical information about matters such as accommodation, residence permit, insurance can be found under Practical matters pages and for related questions you can contact our student administration office.

Our Open Day will be held on Saturday, January 22, January 2022.
Information about (online) events throughout the academic year will be announced via our official social media channels and through our Events calendar.

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The entrance exam differs per department. After you have applied via Studielink you will receive an email with detailed information about the next steps of the application procedure.

In general, you will first be asked to upload a portfolio through our online application system Osiris, after which if you are selected, you'll be invited for an entrance exam/interview. Here, you will be asked to present your portfolio and in some cases, additional completed assignments.

Due to the coronavirus entrance examinations/interviews will most probably be held online via e.g. Skype or Microsoft Teams. The selected candidates who will be invited for the entrance exam/interview, will receive relevant information per e-mail.

The entrance exam dates differ per department and take place throughout the academic year till May/June. The exact entrance exam dates per programme are communicated in the first auto-reply you receive from our online application system Osiris.

Yes, it is possible to apply for more than one programme.

Through Studielink you can apply for a maximum of four study programmes in the Netherlands (including programmes offered by other universities (of applied sciences)).

If you have been studying at another academy for a year or part of a year and would like to continue your studies at the KABK, you will have to follow the regular application procedure (register via Studielink and submit your portfolio, motivation & CV for admission).

Once you pass the entrance exam, the department will decide if you can be admitted to a higher year.

Yes, you can apply for a preparatory course such as the Orientation Course or the Preparatory Year. Our preparatory courses are an ideal pathway for you to develop your work to the point where you can take an entrance exam for a bachelor's degree, or to find out if studying at an art academy really suits you. There is an admissions process for all of our preparatory courses.

Take a look at the Orientation course (semester course) or the Preparatory Year (one-year course).

PLEASE NOTE: Applications from non-EU/EEA students will not be considered, since the KABK cannot arrange a residence permit for non-EU/EEA applicants for the Preparatory Year course.