Applications for studying at our studio for the period September 2017 – July 2019 have to be received before the 1st of April 2017.

You can only apply digitally at the Sandberg website from January 9, 2016 till 1st of April 2017.


The Studio for Immediate Space, Master of Interior Architecture Department of the Sandberg Institute is open to applicants with:

  • The course is open to all students with a bachelor’s degree in Design, Interior, Architecture, Fine Arts, or other relevant fields that relate to space.


Basic criteria for admission include general suitability; quality, expressiveness and authenticity of your work; independent and enterprising attitude; demonstrable usefulness of an advanced course of study for the candidate. Furthermore, the department attempts to achieve a balanced composition of its group of participants.

We accept applicants with a bachelor degree from all over the world. Your work must show spatial qualities and interest in doing research. We expect the participants have already enough background in drawing software and building techniques or are willing to learn these subjects by self study, this is not part of the education. The educational program is completely in English and takes two years.


All education at the Sandberg Instituut is in English and/or Dutch. Foreign participants are not obligated to learn Dutch. Candidates from China and South Korea are obliged to show an IELTS certificate with a sufficient score. (Minimum IELTS Scores: Masters: 6.0). The IELTS certificate must be sent together with your application. In the absence of the certificate or an insufficient score, the candidate cannot be enrolled.

All candidates have to proof sufficient level of the English language during the admission process.


Each application must include:

  • A fully completed application form

  • Clear documentation giving insight into your development in recent years; this may consist of photographs, slides, video.

  • Motivation Letter

  • Curriculum vitae

We work only with digital applications and you can apply through the Sandberg Apply website.


1st selection-round:
The admission exam involves assessing a participant’s portfolio, CV and motivation letter.

2nd selection round, the interview:
Individual meetings of selected candidates (out of 1st round) with the admissions committee.

If a candidate cannot be present, the admissions committee assesses the applicants suitability on the basis of the documentation received. The outcome of the admissions exam is given in writing within two weeks after the exam. If you need information about admission at an early stage (for example for a scholarship or a visum), be sure to mention this explicitly on your registration form or contact the staff in advance.


The studio for Immediate Spaces has a limited number of 10 places available each year.


Participants who successfully complete the course obtain a Master Interior Architecture: MIA. The Master courses of the Sandberg Instituut are legally validated by Dutch Government through the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organisation.


The course is a two-year programme in which participants are expected to earn 60 ECTS points per year (European Credit Transfer System). You have to conclude the program with a final project and a thesis.


Dutch participants are sometimes eligible for study funding. In practice most participants do not have a study loan or grant and combine their study with a (small) job. Unfortunately the Sandberg Institute does not have provisions for the financial support of participants. Foreign participants are advised to try to obtain a grant in their country of origin. (hyperlink the grantfinder from nuffic). For obtaining a grant elsewhere we cannot provide letters of approval beforehand. You need to apply (and get accepted) first. If this means you need your application results at an earlier date, please contact the staff in time.


Enhanced statutory fees smallscale studyprogramme:

  • students with EU/EEA nationality without a Dutch Master (MA) degree: 2,250.00€

  • Institutional fees students with EU/EEA nationality with a Dutch Master (MA) degree: 5,364.00€

  • Institutional fees students with a non-EU/EEA nationality*: 5,364.00€

  • Exception: students with a Swiss or Surinamese nationality, or with a specific type of residence permit are treated as EU/EEA

If you have any further question about the Studio for Immediate Spaces, Master Interior Architecture, do not hesitate to contact the coordinator.

Explanation enhanced statutory fee smallscale studyprogramme
The Sandberg Instituut, master education of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie is allowed to set the statutory fee at a higher level based on the “Distinctive feature of small-scale and intensive education”, awarded in 2013 by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Council (NVAO). The enhanced statutory fee will increase every year to a maximum of 500 euros on top of the statutory fee. This enhanced statutory fee enables the academy to provide students with an intensive, smallscale, international studyprogramme with a strong focus on the individual student.


The Sandberg Institute is located at the Overschiestraat 188 in Amsterdam, Amsterdam at the upper floors of the new building of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Participants are provided with a shared working area with unlimited access. They may also make use of the technical facilities and a media workplace and the various workshops of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

Unfortunately the Sandberg Instituut cannot provide in housing. Also more unfortunate finding a house in Amsterdam is difficult, so you should start looking for houses as soon as possible. You could think of subscribing at woningweb, for a small amount of money you will enlarge your changes for a reasonable house, although it could take a while, sometimes up to a year. Sometimes on special occasions DUWO -an official student housing company- can offer housing to students of the Sandberg Institute. Contact the staff.


To study in The Netherlands you need to have a legal status. This means that you cannot use a tourist visa, but that you will have to apply for a provisional residence permit, the MVV visa. This MVV-visa is only required for students from certain foreign countries.

The countries that do not need the MVV visa are:

  • All EU/EEA countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

  • Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, United States of America

Participants from the above mentioned countries can apply for their residence permit from immediately upon arrival in The Netherlands, but before September 1st, which is the official start date of the academic year.

All participants from countries NOT listed above are required to have a MVV visa before entering The Netherlands to start their studies (at least before September 1st). As soon as you are accepted by the Sandberg Institute you will be notified that you can start the following steps that are necessary to obtain a MVV visa. It is only possible to apply for the MVV through the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. We will provide a login code with which you can start the application. The costs for the MVV Visa are 600 euro and 15 euro administration fee. Please transfer this amount to the account of the Rietveld Academie. We will start your application only after receiving the fee. During the application procedure for the MVV visa you are not allowed to be in The Netherlands. After your arrival in The Netherlands we will take care of the application for the residence permit. The Dutch embassy or consulate in your home country will contact you as soon as the approval for the MVV visa has arrived. While picking up the MVV visa, ask for a combined visa (D and C visa: MVV visa and tourist visa as well). This will give you the opportunity of multiple entry, which means you are allowed to pass the Dutch border several times. You will need this to take part in excursions abroad during the application procedure for the residence permit. The costs for a tourist visa are 35 euro.

Please note: The Gerrit Rietveld Academie/Sandberg Instituut cannot register you as a student without a residence permit. Participants arriving in The Netherlands after the official start date of the academic year, which is September 1st, cannot be registered The process for an MVV visa can take up to 1 month, so you have to submit your request as early as possible. The Dutch Immigration Office (IND) will reject requests for a residence permit from anyone who has entered The Netherlands without an MVV visa.