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Study as an exchange student at HDK-Valand- Academy of Art and Design

The application for the autumn semester 2020 is open between February 15 – April 1 2020.

Exchange studies are open for students whose home university or department has an active exchange agreement with HDK-Valand or a university wide agreement with the University of Gothenburg.

HDK-Valand (previously HDK-Academy of Design and Crafts and Valand Academy) merged on January 1, 2020. All valid agreements that were active with either of the two institutions previous to this merger is still considered valid and hereafter applies to the entire institution HDK-Valand (if nothing else has been specified or communicated).

If you are a student who is interested in attending HDK-Valand as an exchange student for one semester, the very first thing you should do is to check if your home university/department has an exchange agreement with our academy. Do so by getting in touch with your Exchange Coordinator or the International Office at your home university.

In order to apply for an exchange semester at HDK-Valand, we require a nomination from your home university. Please read more about the application and nomination procedure for incoming exchange students below.

One institution - two campuses

Please note that we have two campuses; HDK-Valand in Gothenburg and HDK-Valand at Steneby in Dals Långed (located about 170 km north of Gothenburg).

You can read more about our campuses and the workshops at the different locations here: Our locations

Semester dates

The academic year is divided into two semesters. When you apply for an exchange at HDK-Valand you apply for one semester.

Autumn semester: 2020-08-30 – 2021-01-17

Spring semester 2021: 2021-01-18 – 2021-06-06

Please note that Welcoming sessions/Introduction meetings might be held a few days before the actual start of each semester.

Language of instruction

The official language of instruction in most of our Bachelor's programmes is Swedish. However, all students, teachers and staff speak very good English and a summary of the different projects and courses will be given to you in English. Your tutoring sessions will also be held in English. Hence; if you have good knowledge in English there won't be any problem for you to take part in the education.

The official language of instruction in the BA programmes Metal Art and Wood Oriented Furniture Design as well as in all of our MA programmes is English.

Language Requirements

Exchange applicants are not required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS test. They are however expected to have a high level of proficiency in English.

Nomination and application deadlines

April 1 for autumn semester
October 15 for spring semester

Nomination procedure

Partner universities nominate incoming students by sending an email to: international@hdk-valand.gu.se

The nomination should include:

  • Name of student
  • Email address of student

And clearly state what programme the student is interested in applying for at HDK-Valand.

Application procedure

Please note that when you apply for an exchange semester at HDK-Valand, you apply for one of our programmes. If admitted, you will follow a preset set of courses within that specific programme during your exchange semester. Hence, you are not able to apply for several programmes or courses simultaneously.

Online application

You apply for an exchange semester at HDK-Valand through the system Mobility Online. Instructions and link to the application can be found though this link.

You need to attach the following documents in your application:

  • Personal letter. Briefly describe your educational and/or artistic background and state why you’d like to do an exchange within the programme of your choice at HDK-Valand.
  • Transcript of records
  • Portfolio (pdf) (max 10 slides/pages)

The application will be open between February 15th to April 1st.


If you have any questions concerning exchange studies at HDK-Valand, please contact international@hdk-valand.gu.se.

Page Manager: Admission HDK-Valand|Last update: 2/5/2020

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