Apply for Exchange

We have an extensive student exchange network with more than 100 partner schools all over the world. Every semester we welcome more than 50 exchange students. Exchange studies are only open to students from our partner schools.


If your school has an exchange agreement with our School of Architecture (see Partner Schools), then you can apply to study on our programmes in architecture. Please note that applicants to our bachelor or master programme must be studying at the same level as the programme they are applying for.


If your school has an exchange agreement with our School of Design (see Partner Schools), then you can apply to study on our bachelor and master programmes in design. Students applying for exchange must have completed at least one year of study by the time the exchange period starts.


  • Nomination deadlines: 15 March for autumn semester / 15 September for spring semester
  • Application deadlines: 1 April for autumn semester / 1 October for spring semester

How to Nominate

The nomination should be done by the institutional or departmental coordinator of the home Institution or by an assistant at the International Office or faculty.
Only nominations within the deadline are accepted. The nomination procedure will be sent to all partner institutions via e-mail during February.

How to Apply

After you have been successfully nominated by your home institution to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, you will receive an automated email that will contain the information you need to start with your application, including a manual that will guide you through the process.

Please note that we do not accept the applications that are sent to us via an e-mail.


You may find information about courses for exchange students.

Limited Places

Due to a limited number of study places, please be aware that students applying for exchange are not guaranteed a place. We strongly recommend that students consider alternatives in case we are not able to offer them a place

Please note that from 2020, partner schools can nominate the student for only one semester´s exchange at KADK.

As from 2020, it will no longer be possible to apply for extension of exchange period.

Language Requirements

Applicants for our English programmes are not required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS test, however they are expected to have a high level of proficiency in English.

It is possible for non-Danish-speaking students to study Danish programmes; guidance can be given in English, however please be aware that the teaching is in Danish.

Accessibility for students with special needs

With regard to accessibility for students with special needs (e.g. wheelchair access), please note that due to the protected status of many of our buildings that special access is limited.