Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) – Netherlands

Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) is the largest fashion institute in the Netherlands, with a team of 100 expert fashion lecturers who coach over 1250 students each year on all aspects of fashion. AMFI is part of the Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industry at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

AMFI guides students to become changemakers who actively contribute to necessary changes in different disciplines in the fashion ecosystem by responsibly connecting industry and user needs at various levels. AMFI is the only fashion institute in the Netherlands that covers the entire fashion chain.

AMFI offers a future-oriented curriculum with three graduation specialisations: Fashion & BrandingFashion & Business and Development and Fashion & Design. AMFI distinguishes itself through an interdisciplinary approach, that is part of the curriculum. During the interdisciplinary study programs, students from the specialisations work together from a shared knowledge foundation to develop entrepreneurial skills.

With an educational focus on digitalisation, sustainability and inclusivity, AMFI is at the forefront of digital fashion design and sustainableinclusive fashion. The Amsterdam metropolitan region supports circular system change in the textile sector and encourages various initiatives aimed at establishing new fashion ecosystems in consultation with industry, government and education. AMFI is involved in these initiatives.

In 2023 CEOWORLD Magazine ranked AMFI as the 37th Best Fashion School in the World.

Programmes of study

DMU’s exchange agreement with AMFI allows students enrolled on the following programmes to study abroad:

  • Art, Design & Humanities – Contour Fashion; Fashion Buying (with Design/ Marketing/ Merchandising); Fashion Design; Fashion Textile Design; Textile Design .

Modules will be available in English and further information about the study options can be found here. Exchange students will be required to follow a full programme of study for the academic year based at AMFI.

Studying Fashion: Welcome to AMFI – Amsterdam Fashion Institute

Travel & accommodation

  • Travel – the nearest major airport to AMFI is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Students may also choose to travel by Eurostar to Amsterdam and as a result qualify for extra funding in the form of the Green Global Grant, which encourages more sustainable travel choices.
  • Accommodation – AMFI which is part of Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences AUAS) offers exchange students accommodation. More information can be found on the AUAS housing webpage.

Visas & insurance

  • Visas – To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Dutch immigration requirements.
  • Insurance – All students are recommended to purchase travel insurance for the duration of their time in Europe to cover personal possessions and healthcare. UK and EU nationals can apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is time-limited to the length of the exchange period.


Living costs in the Netherlands tends to be similar to those in the UK. We recommend that you do further independent research to gain a better understanding of the cost of your year abroad. To help you, we have a created a simple cost comparison between the UK and the Netherlands: