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How to apply as an exchange student

Enrollment prerequisites

Only students from our partner schools are allowed to apply for an exchange program.
The duration of the exchange program is one semester, either in Autumn (September to January) or in Spring (Feburary to June)

Selection process

Applicants must first be nominated by their home institution. International coordinators need to send the following information relating to the nominated student by email to International Coordinator Zoe Lacey at before the end of the application deadline:

•Last name
•First name
•Date of Birth
•Course applying for
•Current year of study

 Students will then receive an email with a link to the application form and their login details.

Applicants are required to fill in the online form and upload the following documents :
•A copy of their passport or ID card
•A portfolio


It is not always possible to accept all students applying for an exchange semester. If the number of applications exceeds the number of places, a selection will take place by the course leader based on the quality of the student’s portfolio and application documents. Students will be notified of the result of the selection procedure within 3 weeks after the end of the application period.

Accepted students will receive a learning agreement and a list of courses in the acceptance email.

L’ École de design Nantes Atlantique welcomes applications from students with disabilities or chronic illness and treats them on the same academic grounds as those from other candidates. Please specify any specific requirements when sending your application.

Students need to have obtained a B2 level in English to study as an exchange student.
Although we do not require any certification, we ask you to use this self assessment tool to evaluate your own level.

Application deadlines

Semester 1:
Deadline to apply for the autumn semester: May 15, 2022

Semester 2: 
Deadline to apply for the spring semester: November 15, 2022


Zoé Lacey :
International Relations Coordinator

Students wishing to apply for programs other than exchanges

If you have at least 2 years of undergraduate studies in graphic, product, interaction or spatial design and are interested in following an undergraduate program in English over a full year as a student of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, please consult the 3rd year of DN MADE/ International Class.
If you have a Bachelor’s Degree in Design and are interested in applying for one of our master programs (MDes), please consult the Postgraduate Studies.