Scholarships and Fees

Scholarships and Fees

Each year, IAAC dedicates more than €500.000 to Scholarships and Fellowship Programmes as part of its commitment to social outreach and open impact, supporting students interested in studying within its educational platforms.

If you apply to a Scholarship or Fellowship at IAAC, these will allow you to cover part or all of your tuition fees. If you are granted one, you will be informed of the amount in your acceptance letter. For those who don’t receive funding from IAAC, there are also funding opportunities from external organizations, research councils and governments around the world.

 

 

 

IAAC Scholarships & Funding Opportunities

Each year IAAC offers generous scholarships to its applicants. There are also funding opportunities from external organizations, research councils and governments around the world.

IAAC offers generous scholarships each year to its graduate students from the EU and outside the EU.

Approximately 25% of taught master’s offer holders are successful in obtaining some form of financial support from the School.

The value of support ranges in value depending on the background of the applicant and/or the need for support.

Merit-based Scholarships

Scholarship Value Who can apply Opening Date Closing Date
IAAC Competition Scholarships

For all IAAC applicants who submit a design proposal for the competition.

3 partial scholarships covering 50%, 30%, 20% of the tuition fee of each IAAC’s academic programme All programme applicants (except Fab Academy and Fabricademy) December 1st, 2022 January 31st, 2023
Industry Funded Scholarships

For IAAC applicants who want to receive industry funding.

20%, 30% and 50% discounts on the programme tuition fees Only MAA, MaCT, MRAC, MDEF & MAEBB applicants February 1st, 2023 March 31st, 2023
IAAC Online Master’s Scholarship Competition

For IAAC applicants who submit a design proposal for the competition and want to join one of IAAC’s online programmes.

20%, 30% and 50% discounts on the programme tuition fees Only MaCAD applicants May 1st, 2023 June 30th, 2023
IAAC Colette Scholarship

For Asian, African and South American applicants who want to join the 3DPA programme.

2 Full Scholarships Only 3DPA Applicants from

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • South America
February 1st, 2023 March 31st, 2023
Becas Jaime Lerner

For Latin American applicants who want to join the MOeC programme.

1 Full Scholarship and 50% discounts to the programme tuition fees Only MOeC Applicants May 1st, 2023 June 30th, 2023
IAAC Advanced Architecture Contest (for entry in the year 2024/25)

For MAA, MaCT, MAEBB, MRAC and MDEF applicants who submit a design proposal for the competition. The AAC content runs every 2 years.

1st Prize: 3,000 € + Master at IAAC (value approx 18.750,00 €)

2nd Prize: 2,000 € + Master at IAAC (value approx 18.750,00 €)

3rd Prize: 1,000 € + Master at IAAC (value approx 18.750,00 €)

Only MAA, MaCT, MAEBB, MRAC and MDEF applicants October 1st, 2023 January 31st, 2024

Needs-based Financial Support

Applicant Support Plan

The Applicant Support Plan (ASP) is aimed at providing financial support to applicants and students who are no longer able to fund their studies at IAAC. The financial support is given in the form of a discount on the tuition fees.

IAAC Applicants can apply for the ASP through the IAAC Applicant Financial Support form which can be submitted as an optional document in the IAAC Application Portal.

IAAC Students can apply for the ASP through the IAAC Applicant Financial Support form by sending via email to IAAC’s Academic Secretary and the program coordinator.

You can access the IAAC Applicant Financial Support form here.

Eligibility

Points of note:

  1. The ASP assesses on financial need, applications are means-tested, it is not assessing academic merit.
  2. ASP discounts are intended to supplement funding already secured or expected, and not to provide a full funding package to applicants.
  3. Attempts to secure financial support from other sources (eg help from households, non-IAAC scholarships, government awards, loans, etc) are therefore viewed very favorably.
  4. Your chances of securing a discount will increase if you provide as much information as possible about your individual financial situation.
  5. Concealing information or being dishonest normally only disadvantages an applicant. This is because we can only assess if we are able to assist an applicant, and the appropriate level of an award if we have a full picture of an applicant’s financial situation.
  6. The ASP is a competitive process, due to the large number of applicants applying, the means test threshold is set at a particularly low level.
  7. Access to the online IAAC Applicant Financial Support form is provided here and in the IAAC application portal.
  8. If you are offered an ASP discount, the Applications Coordinator will contact you and ask you to provide supporting documentation. If you are not able to provide the documentation or the documentation is not consistent with the information you supplied on the ASP form, we may amend or withdraw your ASP discount. 

Scholarship Amount

The normal maximum discount available is €3,000. Larger discounts may be made in very exceptional cases.

This plan is aimed at supplementing applicants who already have some form of funding secured and need a bit more to cover all the costs at IAAC. If you have a greater need, and you submit a personal statement with your IAAC Applicant Financial Support Form, you will be considered for other IAAC scholarships which can offer a higher level of funding.

Application Process

Download the IAAC Applicant Financial Support Form here or through the IAAC Application Portal and submit it as an optional document.

During the application process in the IAAC Application Portal, you will also be given access to the  IAAC Applicant Financial Support Form.

In order to be considered for a discount, you must have received an offer of a place in an IAAC program.

Discounts are limited and we recommend you apply for funding as soon as possible.

Your financial information will not be considered as part of your application for a place at IAAC.

Women have been at the centre of IAAC’s innovative research environment for many years now, supporting their presence in our academic research environment. Achieving a world with gender equality and diversity requires social innovations that work for for all genders and leave no one behind. We believe that innovation can bring the race for gender equality to an end by 2030, as stated by UN Women.

That is why IAAC has been focusing on developing opportunities for innovations that advance gender equality; integrating gender issues within innovation; promoting those who identify as women as innovators and entrepreneurs; and supporting directly technology-driven innovative solutions that meet the needs of women and girls.

As part of this ongoing mission, IAAC has created the IAAC Women in Tech Fund with the aim to open new opportunities for people who identify as women to become part of the technology sector, with a particular focus on robotics, data science, computation and digital fabrication.

The fund aims to close the gender gap, help those who identify with the female gender embrace technology and to promote their empowerment around the world, by providing financial support to IAAC’s outstanding female applicants. The fund will be given in the form of a discount (up to 50%) on the tuition fee of the selected programme.

This fund is open throughout the application period and is distributed upon deliberation by the IAAC Academic Committee to IAAC’s female applicants. All female applicants will be automatically considered for this financial aid upon submission of their application to one of IAAC’s programmes. Each female applicant will be individually considered and the financial awards will be given based on their academic merit. If the academic committee chooses to support an applicant, it will be communicated with the acceptance letter sent by the applications coordinator.

IAAC is fully committed to eliminating discrimination and actively promoting equality of opportunity for staff and students. Female candidates and applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Below are a few resources you may find useful when doing your independent search for scholarships:

 

  • Spanish Studies Abroad Merit-Based Scholarship
    Spanish Studies Abroad has awarded over $230,000 in scholarships since 2001 via its two scholarships, the Merit-Based Scholarship and the Diversity Scholarship, for academic programs in Spain, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Argentina.
    More information can be found here: https://spanishstudies.org/
  • International Studies Abroad (ISA) Diversity Scholarship
    ISA has been granting scholarships for students to study in Spain since it launched its first program in Salamanca in 1987.
    More information can be found here: https://www.studiesabroad.com/en/admissions/funding-your-program/scholarships-and-grants
  • The Fulbright Program (Spain)
    The Fulbright Program offers grants to qualified U.S. students and young professionals to pursue independent research in Spain.
    More information can be found here: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/fulbright-us-student-program
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
    CIEE’s need-based grants offer support to students who face financial barriers to studying abroad. The application processes for these grants all require proof of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), as displayed on the applicant’s FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR). That’s because the CIEE awards need-based grants based on students’ EFCs and program selection.
    More information can be found here: https://www.ciee.org/go-abroad/college-study-abroad/scholarships/how-apply?utm_source=gooverseas&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=study&utm_content=spain-scholarships-article
  • Diversity Abroad & CISI Planning Scholarship
    These planning scholarships are awarded to students of diverse backgrounds at Diversity Network Member institutions, and they cover often overlooked costs like passport fees, visas, flights, program deposits, and more. Applicants should be freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are able to demonstrate financial need, and preference is given to those who’ve not yet studied overseas.
    More information can be found here: https://www.diversityabroad.com/partners/diversity-abroad
  • Santander grants
    http://www.becas-santander.com/
  • Grant from the Latin-American Postgraduate University Association (AUIP)
    This association offers various programmes such as the Movilidad entre Universidades Andaluzas y Latinoamericanas (Mobility between Andalusian and Latin-American Universities) and the Movilidad Académica entre Instituciones Asociadas a la AUIP (Academic Mobility between Institutions associated to the AUIP).
    More information can be found here: http://www.auip.org/index.php/es/becas-auip
  • Reina Sofía grants
    These are aimed at Spanish emigrants whose spouses and children live abroad and wish to pursue university studies in Spain, and do not have the financial resources.
    More information can be found here: http://www.mecd.gob.es/portada-mecd/

In terms of loans, please note that Bank loans are a common means of financing postgraduate study in Spain. Banks to look at: Banc Sabadell, BBVA, CatalunyaCaixa, La Caixa. However, you may look into the option of applying for a loan in their home country first as many bank loans require evidence of Spanish residency or a long-standing relationship with that bank. You will need to obtain an NIE (Spanish residence permit) for applying for a Spanish loan or other financial activities, such as opening a bank account. Many loans require monthly payments during the study period.

 

Programme Enrolment & Tuition Fees

If accepted, applicants will have to confirm their enrolment by proceeding with the payment of a non-refundable enrolment fee within a maximum of 3 weeks after they receive the acceptance letter. Below you can see the enrolment fees for the different on-campus programmes:

Program Enrolment Fee
MAA01 – Master in Advanced Architecture 3500€
MAA02 – Master in Advanced Architecture + Thesis Project  3500€
MaCT01 – Master in City & Technology  3500€
MaCT02 – Master in City & Technology + Thesis Project 3500€
MAEBB01 – Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings & Biocities 3500€
MAEBB02 – Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings & Biocities + Thesis Project 3500€
MRAC01 Full-Time – Master in Robotics & Advanced Construction Full Time 3500€
MRAC01 Part-Time- Master in Robotics & Advanced Construction Part Time 3500€
MRAC02 – Master in Robotics & Advanced Construction + Thesis Project 3500€
MDEF01 – Master in Design for Emergent Futures  3500€
MDEF02 – Master in Design for Emergent Futures + Thesis Project 3500€
3DPA – Postgraduate in 3D Printing Architecture 2500€
MAA01 + 3DPA 3500€
MRAC01 + 3DPA  3500€
OPTION 1                                     OPTION 2
 

                 Programme

Full tuition excluding Enrolment Fee

(no later than 1st September, 2023)

Before September 1st 2023 Before December 1st 2023 Before September 1st 2024
Master in Advanced Architecture 01 (MAA01)

Master in City and Technology (MaCT01)

Master in Design for Emergent Futures

(MDEF) 

Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction

(MRAC01)

Non EU 16,375€ 9,825€ (60%) 6,550€ (40%)           –
EU 13,000€ 7,800€ (60%) 5,200€ (40%)           –

 

Spanish 6,438€ 3,862.8€ (60%) 2,575.2€ (40%)           –   
Master in Advanced Architecture 01 +3D Printing Architecture (MAA01+3DPA)

&

Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction

 +

3D Printing Architecture (MRAC+3DPA)

Non EU 25,120€ 15,072€ (60%) 10,048€ (40%)            –
 EU 20,260€ 12,156€ (60%) 8,104€ (40%)
Spanish 10,810€ 6,486€ (60%) 4,324€ (40%)         

            –

Master in Advanced Architecture 02 (MAA02)

Master in City and Technology (MaCT02)

           

Master in Design for Emergent Futures. Thesis Project (MDEF02)

Master in Robotics and 

Advanced Construction. Thesis(MRAC02)

Master in Advanced  Ecological Buildings & Biocities II (MAEBB02)

Non EU 28,300€ 9,905€  (35%) 8,490€ (30%) 9,905€ (35%)
EU 22,900€ 8,015€ (35%) 6,870€ (30%) 8,015€(35%)
Spanish 12,400€ 4,340€ (35%) 3,720€ (30%) 4,340€ (35%)
3D Printing Architecture (3DPA)  Non EU 9,425€ 9,425€ (100%)           –           –
EU 7,400€ 7,400€  (100%)           –           –
Spanish 3,463€ 3,463€  (100%)           –            –
Master in Advanced  Ecological Buildings & Biocities  (MAEBB) Non EU 20,350€

*Valldaura Accommodation fees not included

12,210€ (60%) 8,140€ (40%)           –

 

EU 16,300€
*Valldaura Accommodation fees not included
9,780€ (60%) 6,520€ (40%)           –

  

Spanish 8,425€
*Valldaura Accommodation fees not included
5,055€ (60%) 3,370€ (40%)  

           –

If accepted, applicants will have to confirm their enrolment by proceeding with the payment of a non-refundable enrolment fee within a maximum of 3 weeks after they receive the acceptance letter. Below you can see the enrolment fees for the different online programmes:

 

Program Enrolment Fee
MaCAD – Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design  2500€
MaCAD Postgrad 01 – Environmental and Structural Design 1250€
MaCAD Postgrad 02 – BIM and Smart Construction  1250€
MaCAD Postgrad 03 – Artificial Intelligence in Architecture 1250€
MDDI – Master in Design for Distributed Innovation 2500€
MOeC – Maestría Online en Ciudades 2500€
Programme Tuition Fee excluding Enrolment Fee (€) Payment Option
Master in Advanced Computation for

Architecture & Design (MaCAD) with 60

ECTS credits

7,400€ 7.400€ No later than

September

1st, 2023

Postgraduate in Advanced Computation

for Environmental and Structural Design

with 15 ECTS credits

2,800€ 2,800€ No later than

September

1st, 2023

Postgraduate in Building Information

Modelling and Smart Construction with

15 ECTS credits

2,800€ 2,800€ No later than

December

1st, 2023

Postgraduate in Artificial Intelligence in

Architecture with 15 ECTS credits

2,800€ 2,800€ No later than

March 1st,

2024

Master in Design for Distributed

Innovation (MDDI)

9,500€ 9,500€ No later than

January 1st,

2024

Maestría Online en Ciudades: El Urbanismo Próximo (MOeC) 3,500€ 3,500€
No later than December 15, 2023

In some cases, the amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a Spanish, EU or Non-EU student, otherwise known as your fee status.

IAAC assesses the fee status based on the applicant’s passport information.

There are two ways to submit a payment for your tuition fees:

Through Bank Transfer

Bank: CaixaBank

Account number: 2100 5000 54 0200037560
IBAN (electronic format): ES5121005000540200037560
IBAN (paper format): ES51 2100 5000 5402 0003 7560
SWIFT/BIC: CAIXESBBXXX
Holder : Institut d’Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya
Address: Calle Aribau, 185 08021 Barcelona

Note: Make sure that bank transferring SUBJECT is the applicant’s name, and not the person who orders the transfer. Also make sure to select the SWIFT instructions code “OUR” when ordering the bank transfer. This means that you have to pay the transfer charges.

Through Flywire

It is also possible to submit a payment through IAAC’s Flywire platform.

You can access it here: iaac.flywire.com

Students who successfully graduated from the IAAC Master Programme in the past will have an automatic fee reduction on the tuition fees to enroll in another Educational Programme at IAAC. The fee reduction is as follows:

For IAAC’s On-Campus Programs:

  • 10% for Alumni who completed a Postgraduate program
  • 20% for Alumni who completed a 1-year Master’s program
  • 30% for Alumni who completed a 2-year Master’s program

For IAAC’s Online and Postgraduate Programs:

  • 10% for Alumni who completed a Postgraduate program
  • 15 % for Alumni who completed a 1-year Master’s program
  • 20% for Alumni who completed a 2-year Master’s program

Alumni who have completed a Master’s Program and want to enroll in the 3D Printing Architecture Postgraduate Programme (3DPA) will instead receive a discount of 15% on the 3DPA tuition fees.

We estimate that you should allow about €1,200-€1,300 per month for all living expenses, including accommodation, travel, food, laundry, study costs, and other personal expenses. This will vary depending on your lifestyle and requirements, so it’s important you do your own research.

Please note that if you will be applying for a visa, you will have to provide evidence of sufficient funds, and these amounts may vary.

 

Pre-course Fees

In the acceptance letter applicants will receive a list of mandatory modules with the respective fee:

    • If the mandatory modules assigned by the Academic Committee are 3, the mandatory fee will be 1200€.
    • If the mandatory modules assigned by the Academic Committee are 2, the mandatory fee will be 800€. The applicant then has the option to select one more module to attend from a list of specific modules, at the additional cost of 400€.
    • If the mandatory module assigned by the Academic Committee is 1, the mandatory fee will be 400€. The applicant then has the option to select up to two more modules to attend from a list of specific modules, at the additional cost of:
      • 400€ for one more module (total 800€ for 2 modules, 1 mandatory + 1 selected)
      • 800€ for two more modules (total 1200€ for 3 modules, 1 mandatory + 2 selected)
    • If no mandatory modules have been assigned by the Academic Committee then the applicant has the option to select up to three precourse modules to attend from a list of specific modules, at the cost of
      • 400€ for one selected module
      • 800€ for two selected modules
      • 1200€ for three selected modules

Find out more about the different modules here.

The cost of the 3DPA Pre-course modules is a total of 500€ for all three modules.

Note: Applicants cannot add, remove, or change modules for the 3DPA Pre-courses.

Find out more about the different modules here.

The MaCAD pre-course fee is not included in the master tuition fee. The tuition fees for the MaCAD pre-course modules for the 2023-24 academic year are:

  • 1 module: 200€
  • 2 modules: 300€
  • 4 modules: 400€

Since the MaCAD Programme is an online programme, access to the recorded modules of the pre-course will be given to students as soon as the pre-course payment is received.

Find out more about the different modules here.