The deadline for the first round of applications is January 30th, don't miss it and embark on your architectural journey!
ARCHIP as part of Erasmus+
ARCHIP is an integral part of the Erasmus+ student and staff mobility program ever since we have obtained the ECHE in 2014. Each semester, we gladly welcome a number of students from our partner universities who benefit from the international yet familial atmosphere of our institute which helps them with their transition after their arrival. We also enjoy having teachers from our partner universities over as their visits benefit not only our staff when sharing professional experiences but also our students who welcome guest lectures as a refreshing addition to their curriculum.
Our own students will be able to benefit from Erasmus+ from 2018/19 on and spend a semester abroad at one of our partner universities and institutions.
Below is the list of our international partners. For more information for incoming and outgoing Erasmus+ students, please scroll down.
We are the only Czech institution to provide a full architectural education in English, for students of both primary and secondary cycle. Are you a young and progressive architectural college / university that seeks a mobility partner in Prague? Contact our international office!
Our partner universities include:
- Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark:
website | application info | English
- Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany:
website | application info | German (BA), English (MA)
- Bergen School of Architecture, Norway:
website | application info | English
- Iceland Academy of the Arts:
website | application info | Icelandic and English (BA), English (MA)
- Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia:
website | application info | Croatian, partly English
- Karabuk University, Turkey:
website | application info | Turkish, partly English
- Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University, Poland:
website | application info | Polish, partly English
- University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom:
website | teacher mobility only
- University of Nottingham, United Kingdom:
website | application info | English (B2 certificate required)
- Varna Free University, Bulgaria:
website | application info | Bulgarian, partly English
- Yıldız Technical University, Turkey:
website | application info | Turkish, partly English
Information for INCOMING students
Are you a student from a partner institution who would like to study at ARCHIP for a semester?
We would love to have you – if the contract conditions allow it. What do you need to do in order to join us for a semester?
- Keep an eye on our deadlines – we will need the nomination as well as your application to reach our international office by June 1st (for fall semester students) and October 31 (for spring semester students).
- Go through our admission process – go through the instructions and apply as a visiting student through our website and IS here. You will need to submit your portfolio among other documents, and schedule a short interview with a member of the admission committee.
- Note that if you're a second-cycle Erasmus student, you will need an English language certificate on a B2 level. First-cycle students do not have to submit such certificate as their language proficiency is evaluated during an interview.
- Feel free to check our BA and MA study plans – both are fully in English – and an introductory info on living in Prague as well.
Are you an Erasmus+ student who is already admitted?
Our international office is here to assist you with all study-related stuff (LA, course enquiries and more) as well as to provide practical suggestions and quick advice on things such as accommodation, visa or cost of living in Prague. Also note that:
- Week 0 at ARCHIP starts on the first Monday in September for the fall semester and you might want to be here to get to know your peers, the school and the neighborhood. Week 1 starts a week later.
- The full academic year schedule can be found here. We usually update it in July.
When putting together your study plan at ARCHIP for your Learning Agreement, be aware of the following rules that apply for visiting Erasmus+ students:
- It is obligatory to join the appropriate Architectural Design course (e.g. if you are a second year student, you will join AD3 in fall semester or AD4 in spring semester).
- Visiting students are highly discouraged from taking more than 30-credit worth of courses. There is no minimum.
- The attendance at all courses is obligatory. This may later force you to change your schedule if you're picking courses from different grades.
- You can only select courses from odd-numbered terms in fall semester and even-numbered terms in spring semester.
- If you need more info (i.e. syllabus) on particular course, don't hesitate to contact our international office
Are you a student from an institution which is not on our list of international partners?
Please, contact your international office with your request and see if they can make your stay at ARCHIP possible through an official agreement.
If you have any other questions, please contact our international office.
Information for OUTGOING students
- SEPTEMBER 30 if you want to go to Aarhus School of Architecture, Bergen School of Architecture or Iceland Academy of Arts
- OCTOBER 20 if you want to go to our other partner schools
Below you can find more information on the Erasmus+ mobility programme for ARCHIP students as well as the PDF application form. If you cannot find the answer to your question below, try refering to the enclosed Erasmus+ guide or contact Matěj, our International Office Coordinator.
WHAT IS ERASMUS+ AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Erasmus+ is large educational platform launched by the European Commission which encompasses a number of activities. For university students, the most important one is the facilitation of student mobility between the programME and partner countries.
In short, the Erasmus+ program enables students to take a semester abroad at a partner institution of their home university. They keep being enrolled in their home university, obtain allowance that covers part of their expenses abroad and they do not have to pay tuition at the partner university.
WHEN CAN I TAKE THE SEMESTER ABROAD?
ARCHIP students will be able to go abroad via Erasmus+ from spring 2018/19 on.
It is recommended to take the semester abroad in term 3, 4 or 5 of ARCHIP bachelor study plan. You can technically take the semester abroad in term 6 or during your master studies too – it might however result in extending your studies for at least one semester (but if you don’t mind, we don’t mind!)
WHERE CAN I GO?
Program and partner countries include the whole European Union as well as some other European countries.
Right now, our school has partnership with universities from the following countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Turkey, and the UK. If you have a university in mind, that you would love to go to but we don’t have a formal agreement with it, feel free to contact our international office and Matěj will do his best to make a formal agreement happen.
Please note, that some of the partner institutions do not offer a full architectural education in English so it is advised to check their English curriculum possibilities prior to applying.
FOR HOW LONG CAN I GO?
If going abroad for Erasmus+, you have to take a full semester at the partner university. The allowance will cover your stay for 90–150 days. If you feel that you want to stay for another semester, it is technically possible (depending on scholarship funds and the agreement we have with the partner university) and you have to contact our international office at least 30 days prior to the indicated end of your mobility.
WHAT ARE THE TUITION / ALLOWANCE CONDITIONS?
Erasmus+ program offers a standard monthly allowance depending on your country of destination: (generally) EUR 350 for Eastern Europe, EUR 450 for Western and Southern Europe and EUR 510 for Scandinavia and the UK. Check the website of the Czech national agency (DZS) for updates. This allowance will be transferred to your account before you leave for your Erasmus+.
You don’t have to pay any tuition at the partner university.
At ARCHIP, you’ll have to pay the full tuition, seeing you are still a student. However, if you have to extend your studies at ARCHIP due to Erasmus+, you’ll be charged proportionally for the credits you have to take in the additional semester.
HOW DOES THE SEMESTER ABROAD WORK WITHIN THE ARCHIP STUDY PLAN?
There are two possible scenarios for this. You can either take the full workload at the partner university or take it easy but then extend your studies at ARCHIP for a semester.
When creating your study plan abroad, you should pick courses that are (somewhat) equivalent to the ARCHIP study plan. The way this works is that we will want you to pick the studio work (equivalent to our AD), and then two technical courses, two artsy courses and two socio-environmental courses. This will be individually consulted with our rectorate. If you manage to get credit from all of these abroad, congratulations, you passed the semester at ARCHIP as well.
If you feel like your Erasmus+ should be more of a life experience than educational experience, go for it. You’ll still have to take a studio work abroad (that’s obligatory) but then your workload depends on your preferences. On top of that, you can take anywhere between 0 and 20 credits worth of courses abroad (according to the rules of the partner university) and find ARCHIP equivalents using the same categories mentioned in the paragraph above. When you come back, you take the rest during your additional semester at ARCHIP and pay only for the credit proportion.
If you fail a course abroad, you can either try retaking it’s equivalent when you can back to Prague (if possible) or you can add that course to the list of courses you’ll have to do during your additional semester.
For individual requests, e-mail Matěj Čadek, our international office coordinator.
WHAT DEADLINES SHOULD I KEEP AN EYE ON?
The deadlines for Erasmus+ applications for the spring semester can be found above. For the fall semester the deadlines will be around the end of March. However, the sooner you apply, the less stressful the admission process at a partner university will be (it is possible that you'll have to supply the partner university with other documents and your portfolio).
Also note that some of our partner institutions requirements may include various language certificates which should be obtained in advance.
HOW DO WE EVALUATE STUDENT APPLICATIONS?
The application forms can be found below in a pdf format. Please fill them and either deliver them to Matěj or Marianna at the office in person or send them via e-mail to our international office. Please, stick to the deadlines since they were designed according to the requirements of our partner universities.
Please make sure to fill in your preferred partner university. If you are unsure which may suit you the best, visit the respective websites or come ask.
The applications will be evaluated based on criteria similar to the extraordinary scholarship: school results, creative accomplishments and extracurricular activities and school representation will play a role. ARCHIP board has the right to make exceptions. The four best applicants will be selected for the Erasmus+ exchange for spring semester 2018/19. In case you are selected but your first partner university preference was already taken by a student above you on the list, we'll be happy to nominate you to your second (or third) preferred university.
Note that once you apply, you commit to go through the Erasmus+ exchange at one of the preferred partner universities. In the undesirable event of cancellation, we will be happy to ask other students who have applied to proceed with the exchange in your place.
International office contacts
Matěj Čadek, Coordinator
Office hours: as per arrangement.
Poupětova 3, Praha 7, 17000, Czech Republic