Amsterdam Direct Enrollment - Gerrit Rietveld Academie Application Requirements

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Eligibility Requirements:
  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Junior or senior standing when program begins
  • Final admissions decision rests with the Gerrit Rietveld Academie
  • Applicants for the Gerrit Rietveld Academie should have a strong background in art or design
  • Applicants whose GPAs are below 3.0 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis (additional application materials below are required).
Application Requirements:
  • Online Application
    Applications may be considered after the published deadline on a space available basis. Please note that late applicants may be required to submit a non-refundable confirmation deposit upon acceptance in order to secure a place in the program. Please contact us with questions about applying after the deadline.

Submit the following in your MyIESabroad account after your Online Application is processed:

  • Home School Authorization
    Your on-campus study abroad advisor can either complete the Home School Authorization electronically through IES Abroad’s PartnerPortal system, or by filling out the PDF form linked above. Consult your study abroad advisor to determine how they would prefer to complete your Home School Authorization.
  • Portfolio
    An art portfolio is a small, representative collection of an artist's current or recent work. The art portfolio plays an important role in the GRA admission review process by identifying the skills, abilities, and potential of the student. The artist should submit the best, most recent work that represents his or her personal interests and abilities. It should reflect the individual's unique art background, experience, and abilities in the arts to date. See requirements below.

    • The portfolio must contain between 20-30 pieces of visual work, no more than three years old. Initial sketches, ideas and plans can also be included to provide insight into your work process. Types of work you can send: drawings, sketches, design sketches, sketch books, paintings, photographs, collages, graphics, textiles, garments, ceramics, items of jewelry, floor plans, models and texts if applicable.
    • Please submit electronic copies of your work in one PDF file no larger than 50 mb (Tip: put a pencil next to your work to add scale to the photo).
    • It is also possible to submit a link to an online portfolio instead of or in addition to a PDF file. However, we recommend submitting a PDF file because links do not always work.
    • Make sure to include a table of contents and an explanation of the work in your portfolio, including a numerical list of artwork descriptions that correspond with the images. Information such as title, size, media, assignment or theme, if any, and any exhibition/awards may be included.
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
    Make sure to include the following in your statement:
    • The department at GRA you are applying for: Ceramics, Fine Arts, Glass, Photography, VAV, Architectural Design, Fashion, Graphic Design, Jewelry, or Textile
    • Your reasons for choosing the Gerrit Rietveld Academie
    • Your expectations of the program
    • Your future plans
    • Your development so far
    • Your interests (i.e. museums, film, music, dance, theatre, collecting, philosophy, etc.)
  • Resume
    Please include past study, personal interests, and other activities.
  • Passport-Quality Headshot Photo
    Submit one passport photo. This photo must be 2 inches by 2 inches and have a completely white background with nothing else in the photo but your head and shoulders.
  • Color copy of valid passport photo page (must be valid for six months past the end date of your IES Abroad program)
    Please provide a scanned copy of your passport information and signature page(s). If you do not yet possess a passport or if it is not valid for six months past the end date of your IES Abroad program, we will accept a copy of your passport application; and we will also require that you provide the following information (as it will appear in your passport): first and last name, date of birth (MM/DD/YYYY), gender, and place of birth.
  • Application Registration Information Form
  • Extracurricular Activities Form
    You will be asked a few short questions about your extracurricular activities.
  • Statement of Motivation
    Write a short statement (300 words or less) that answers the following questions:
    - What or who is your muse?
    - What is important in your life?
    - Why would you be a good fit for the program?
  • Portfolio Video
    Record a 1 minute "moving selfie" in the room/space where you make your work as you discuss one of your pieces.
  • Optional but encouraged: A Brief DVD or Video (preferably in an internationally-compatible format)
    This replaces the required face-to-face interview required of all other applicants. Students should take this opportunity to briefly and creatively introduce themselves (1-2 minutes ONLY), highlighting their personality and giving any information that is not already in the portfolio, resume or statement of purpose.
    Mail to:
    IES Abroad Enrollment Management
    33 West Monroe Street, Suite 2300
    Chicago, Illinois 60603-5405
  • Students attending higher education institutions outside of the U.S. may need to submit English language proficiency exam results. Contact your IES Abroad Representative for more information.


  • Applications are submitted to the GRA in one batch after the application deadline has passed. This is NOT a rolling admissions program. Admissions decisions are usually released up to eleven weeks after the application deadline.
  • IES Abroad will contact you as soon as we receive an admissions decision from the GRA. We are not provided updates on the timeline nor on the progress of application review.
  • Typically, applicants to this program have a backup program in mind, as admission to the GRA program is very competitive. Please contact your IES Advisor for advice on suitable alternative programs.
  • Please be sure to send all physical application materials to the IES Abroad Chicago office at 33 West Monroe Street, Suite 2300, Chicago, IL 60603. Do NOT send these materials directly to the GRA.


  • Professor Recommendation Letter
    Although there is no length requirement, the recommendation must indicate a professor’s opinion of the applicant’s academic ability to pursue university-level coursework in a foreign country, in addition to any information that would help IES Abroad gain a better understanding of the applicant.
  • Personal Academic Essay
    Although there is no length requirement, the essay must address your GPA, any particular academic challenges faced, reasons you chose this IES Abroad program, and how it fits into your academic career.
Passport & Visa Requirements:

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. Visit to locate U.S. passport agencies in your area.

U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa predeparture to enter the Netherlands. Upon admission, you will receive more information about obtaining the required residence permit on-site and any related fees. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a visa prior to arrival. Please contact us for more information.