Students at the Iceland Academy of the Arts have the possibility to apply for exchange studies for one semester at each study level. The ECTS credit points acquired during the exchange can be used as a part of the student’s degree. BA students should have finished at least 60 ECTS credit points before starting their exchange, and MA students 30 ECTS.

When can I go on an exchange?

Visual Communication: Second year (autumn or spring).
Fashion Design: Second year (autumn).
Product Design: Second year (spring).
Architecture: Second year (autumn or spring) or third year (autumn)*.
MA programme in Design: First year (spring) or second year (autumn).
BA Fine Art: Second year (autumn or spring) or third year (autumn)*.
MA Fine Art: First year (spring) or second year (autumn).
BA/BMus Music: Third year (autumn)*.
MA/MMus students: First year (spring) or second year (autumn).
Theatre and Performance Making: Second year (spring) or third year (autumn)*. This applies both to exchange studies and internships.
Contemporary Dance: All students must complete an exchange programme or internship equivalent to 30 ECTS credit points during third year (autumn)*.

*Student exchange in the third year should be completed before the beginning of the spring semester.

Where to go?

The Iceland Academy of the Arts collaborates with over a hundred art academies and universities in Europe and several institutions further afield.
See list of partner institutions.

Students are welcome to explore other options than those already available and present their ideas to the International Office or their programme director. Keep in mind that grants for travel and board are only offered for exchange within Europe.

Things to keep in mind when selecting a destination:

  • That the host school offers courses and an environment that you are seeking.
  • That you find the destination country or city interesting.
  • That the destination offers a dynamic and interesting art and culture scene.
  • That you have some knowledge of the local language or that you are willing to learn the basics.
Why go on an exchange?

Exchange studies offer students a unique opportunity to gain new perspectives and get to know a different culture and society. Exchange students have a chance to form relationships with new people that might last a lifetime. Those who have completed an exchange programme acquire valuable experience that may come in handy later on, for example when applying for further studies or employment abroad.


Further information about exchange studies

Design and Architecture:

Music and Performing Arts:

Fine Art:


Practical information

What is the amount of the grant?

Partner institutions

How to apply