NAAB International Certification

The NAAB Board of Directors established its first international assessment program in 2003, then known as Substantial Equivalency (SE). Between 2003 and 2019, 16 programs achieved the SE designation. In mid-2019, the NAAB conducted two surveys of its constituent programs to examine the SE program and, based on the results, decided to change the name from Substantial Equivalency to NAAB International Certification.

NAAB International Certification identifies a program as comparable in educational outcomes in all significant aspects to a U.S.-based program and indicates that it provides an educational experience meeting acceptable standards, even though such program may differ in format or method of delivery. It further indicates that a program has met the Conditions for NAAB International Certification, which are comparable to the NAAB Conditions for Accreditation in all significant aspects. Although NAAB International Certification is not accreditation, it represents that a program of architecture has achieved the highest standard of quality assurance in professional architecture education.

Graduates of architecture programs holding NAAB International Certification (at the point of graduation) must still determine if their education meets the NCARB Education Standard before seeking their architecture license in a U.S. jurisdiction. This is accomplished through the Education Evaluation Services for Architects (EESA) offered by the NAAB. Graduates of architecture programs holding NAAB International Certification are eligible for an expedited review at a discounted fee. Visit the EESA page for more information.

Programs interested in learning more about NAAB International Certification should contact Janet Rumbarger, director of international services at jrumbarger@naab.org.

NAAB International Certification Resources

Fees for NAAB International Certification, 2019-2023 (PDF)
2019 Conditions for NAAB International Certification (PDF)
2019 Procedures for NAAB International Certification (PDF)
NAAB International Certification Overview (PDF)
All programs with NAAB International Certification must display the following logo, provided by the NAAB with specific information, on the program website.

Institutions with NAAB International Certification

Istanbul Technical University (Istanbul, Turkey)
Bachelor of Architecture (4 years) plus Master of Architecture (2 years)
Certified since 2008; next visit 2020

Kuwait University  (Kuwait City, Kuwait)
Bachelor of Architecture
Certified since 2010; next visit 2022

King Saud University (Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Bachelor of Architecture
Certified since 2013; next visit 2025

University of Bahrain (Manama, Bahrain)
B.Sc. in Architecture
Certified since 2015; next visit 2021

Universidad Europea de Madrid (Madrid, Spain)
Master’s Degree in Architecture
Bachelor’s Degree in Fundamentals of Architecture
Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture
Certified since 2015; next visit 2021

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Madrid, Spain)
Degree in Architecture (Syllabus 1996)
Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture + Master’s Degree in Architecture (Syllabus 2010)
Certified since 2015; next visit 2021

Universidad San Pablo CEU (Madrid, Spain)
Degree in Architecture (Syllabus 2010)
Degree in Architecture (Syllabus 2001, through 2017)
Certified since 2015; next visit 2021

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago, Chile)
Licentiate in Architecture and Professional Title in Architecture
Certified since 2016; next visit 2022

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
(formerly University of Dammam)
Bachelor of Architecture
Certified since 2016; next visit 2022

Eastern Mediterranean University (Famagusta, North Cyprus, Turkey)
Bachelor of Architecture
Certified since 2016; next visit 2022

University College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland)
Master of Architecture
Certified since 2017; next visit 2023

Qatar University (Doha, Qatar)
Bachelor of Architecture
Certified since 2018; next visit 2024

Dar Al Uloom University (Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Bachelor of Architecture
Certified since 2018; next visit 2024

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (Jounieh, Lebanon)
Master of Architecture
Certified since 2019; next visit 2025

Yildiz Technical University (Istanbul, Turkey)
Bachelor of Architecture
Certified since 2019; next visit 2025

Effat University (Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Bachelor of Science in Architecture
Certified since 2019; next visit 2025