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 Terron Scott, Director of Global Programs at international@naab.org.

NAAB International Certification Resources

NAAB International Certification Overview
Fees for NAAB International Certification, 2021-2023
2019 Conditions for NAAB International Certification
2019 Procedures for NAAB International Certification
VSV Supplement to 2019 Procedures for NAAB International Certification
NAAB International Certification Guide to Preparing PSER
NAAB International Certification Team Member Handbook

All programs with NAAB International Certification must display the following badge, provided by the NAAB with specific information, on the program website:

Institutions with NAAB International Certification

University of Bahrain (Manama, Bahrain)
B.Sc. in Architecture
Certified since 2015; next visit 2027

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago, Chile)
Licentiate in Architecture and Professional Title in Architecture
Certified since 2016; next visit 2023

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

Jordan University of Science and Technology (Irbid, Jordan)
Bachelor of Science of Architecture
Certified since 2022; next visit 2028

The Hashemite University (Zarqa, Jordan)
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering 
Certified since 2021; next visit 2027

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2027

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 2027

Universidad San Pablo CEU (Madrid, Spain)
Degree in Architecture (Syllabus 2010)
Degree in Architecture (Syllabus 2001, through 2017)
Certified since 2015; next visit 2028

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

Istanbul Technical University (Istanbul, Turkey)
Bachelor of Architecture (4 years) plus Master of Architecture (2 years)
Certified since 2008; next visit 2027

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

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

Notice of Actions

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) reviews degree programs in architecture at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level for compliance with the current NAAB Conditions and Procedures for International Certification.

The following actions were taken at the 2022 October meeting.

 

Degree(s)

Location

Next International Certification Review

Continuation of Candidacy

IE University

Bachelor of Architecture

Bachelor of Architectural Studies + Master of Architecture

Madrid, Spain

International Certification, Between Spring 2023 and Spring 2025

Initial International Certification with a Three-Year Interim Progress Report

Jordan University of Science and Technology

Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Irbid, Jordan

Continuing International Certification, Spring or Fall 2028

Continuing International Certification with a Three-Year Interim Progress Report

Eastern Mediterranean University

Bachelor of Architecture

Famagusta, North Cyprus, Turkey

Continuing International Certification, Spring or Fall 2028

The following actions were taken at the 2022 April meeting.

 

Degree(s)

Location

Next International Certification Review

Initial International Certification with a Three-Year Interim Progress Report

The Hashemite University

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering

Zarqa, Jordan

Continuing International Certification, Spring or Fall 2027

Continuing International Certification with a Three-Year Interim Progress Report

University of Bahrain  

B.Sc. in Architecture

Manama, Bahrain

Continuing International Certification, Spring or Fall 2027

Universidad Europea de Madrid

Bachelor in Fundamentals of Architecture  

Master’s in Architecture

Madrid, Spain

Continuing International Certification, Spring or Fall 2027

Universidad San Pablo CEU

Degree in Architecture + Final Degree Project

Madrid, Spain

Continuing International Certification, Spring or Fall 2027