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NAAB International Certification

National Architectural Accreditation Board – NAAB

The Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, has received the International Certification designation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) for the Bachelor of Fundamentals in Architecture + Master in Architecture degree. International Certification, formerly known as “substantial equivalency,” was granted in 2015 for a term of six years.

The term “International Certification” identifies a program as comparable in educational outcomes in all significant aspects to a program accredited by the NAAB in the United States and indicates that it provides an educational experience meeting acceptable standards, even though such program may differ in format or method of delivery. In order to maintain the designation, the program must be visited again in the sixth year of the designation.

Programs with International Certification are not formally “accredited” as that term is used with reference to programs in the United States, and they may not refer to their programs as “accredited” by the NAAB. However, students who graduate from International Certification programs are able to apply for individualized review of their credentials on an expedited basis by the Educational Evaluation Services for Architects program, administered by the NAAB on behalf of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

The following documents are available:

  • 2019 Conditions for NAAB International Certification
  • 2019 Procedures for NAAB International Certification
  • Decision letter from NAAB, stating that ICert has been granted