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Incoming Exchange students

Zuyd University of Applied Sciences offers interesting opportunities for international exchange programmes, including the Erasmus+ programme, the Magellan Exchange and bilateral exchange agreements with international partners. Students can apply for a complete study year or just one semester. Fall semester: September – end of January (30 ECTS) Spring semester: February – end of June (30 ECTS). Normally they will be placed in the third year.

For whom?

Within the regular Design Programs Body, Object or Material, students can choose optional subjects like Ceramic, screenprinting, technical drawing, 3D printing, Lasercutting, metal, welding, goldsmith techniques, pattern design, patternmaking/coupe, wood, sewing, weaving, machine knitting etc. You will find the full study program and the list of optional subjects here!

At MAFAD it is important that you take full responsibility for your studies. In various projects, you will be working on your own or in groups with your fellow students. As an exchange student, you should be highly motivated and self-propelled. All courses are taught in Dutch, however you will be able to get instructions by the tutor or your fellow students in English.

Course catalogue

You will find the Course catalogue and all education and exam regulations 2018/2019 here! The Education and Exam Regulations of 2019/2020 will be uploaded in April 2019

How does it work?
If your institution has an Inter Institutional Agreement with the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design (Please note: We are part of Zuyd University of Applied sciences) you can apply for an exchange period at our academy. If that is not the case, please contact us by e-mail.

The Erasmus+ code for Fine Arts and Design Maastricht is: NL HEERLEN 14.

In order to be admitted, you need official documents (ask for information at your institute).

Incoming exchange students can enroll through our online application system Osiris and are required to upload:

  1. Learning Agreement
  2. Application form
  3. Copy of a valid passport/ID
  4. Digital Motivation letter and portfolio

If you wish to apply for the academic year 2019-2020: The deadline for the Fall semester is 30th of April 2019. The deadline for the Spring semester is the 15th of November 2019.

Application procedure
Incoming exchange students have to submit an online application through Osiris (study information system)

Click here to apply Click here for the Manual!


Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, which MAFAD is part of, has a limited number of rooms for foreign students. Visit our accommodation webpage or look at

Additional housing links:

We recommend you to get a Jules Card:

As Being a Jules-member you have access to various services as Housing, help with insurances, getting a bike etc.

Learning Dutch

You can take an intensive Dutch course, prior to your Erasmus exchange.


Nuffic is the main Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education. To visit their website, go to

If you have any questions about our exchange programme, please: contact us!

Staff mobility
Teaching staff and administrative staff of partner universities can also apply for an exchange at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences within the framework of these exchange programs.