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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Summer Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Summer Quarter
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Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: Art History Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Credits: 15
Estimated Program Fee: 7650 UW Program Director: Laura Stowell, Marek Wieczorek
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Darielle Horsey UW Program Staff Email:,
Program Information:

Location Amsterdam, Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium; Berlin, Germany
Academic Term Summer Quarter
06/24/2019 - 08/22/2019
Estimated Program Fee $8,100
Credits 15
Prerequisites There are no language requirements. An interest and background in art and art history is strongly recommended, since the program will engage intensively in advanced topics and themes, with long hours spent examining artworks, architecture, and cultural sites.
Program Directors Marek K. Wieczorek |
Laura Stowell
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2019
Information Sessions Four Information sessions will be held, two in early December, two in early January, at the School of Art
General This two-month full Summer Study Abroad experience will expose you to the art and culture of the Netherlands and Belgium and end in Berlin.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

Program Description

Few countries boast an art tradition as rich as the Netherlands, represented by such famous artists as Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Vincent van Gogh. This 9-week study abroad opportunity will offer the study of Dutch art on-site within its cultural and historical context. While the program's primary focus is art history in the Netherlands-with special attention to Dutch Modernism and the seventeenth-century "Golden Age"-other topics will include the contemporary art scene in Amsterdam, discussions with museum professionals, architecture, urban planning, design, and issues of Dutch identity. The program will be based in Amsterdam, where participants will live as locals in student housing. We will frequently branch out to various cities in the country, such as The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Haarlem, and complement our stay in the Netherlands with a week-long visit to Belgium to study early Netherlandish and modern Flemish art and in Antwerp, Brussels, and Ghent. We will end in Berlin to study the impact of Dutch Golden Age-, modern- and contemporary art in international context. We are recruiting students from a variety of disciplines and levels who wish to see the art and culture of the Netherlands come to life by experiencing it firsthand. Lectures will be regularly held on the University of Amsterdam campus to provide training in both the content and methods of art history, but much of the learning and discovering will take place in the museums, along the canals, and in front of the monuments of Amsterdam and other cities of the Netherlands. Students will research and present topics based on their own interests. Guest lectures, bike tours, city walks, and research days will be scheduled during the week, leaving ample free time to explore. Using the rich traditions of Amsterdam and the Low Countries, this program will introduce participants to exciting modes of thinking about and looking at art, architecture, and Dutch culture. The program will also make two extended excursions: to Belgium to visit the rich collections in museums in Antwerp, Brussels, and Ghent, and to Berlin, Germany, where we will visit various collections and end the program.




Amsterdam, Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium; Berlin, Germany


Students will be housed for two months in shared student dorms affiliated with the University of Amsterdam, and located in a well-connected area of the city. Payments will be made in advance, as with previous years, as a wire transfer to our local vendor (the University of Amsterdam Summer School).



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

There are no language requirements. An interest and background in art and art history is strongly recommended, since the program will engage intensively in advanced topics and themes, with long hours spent examining artworks, architecture, and cultural sites. There will be a good amount of walking, and students are expected to be able to walk and stand comfortably for upwards of three hours in warm or rainy conditions in busy urban settings and in crowded museums. Also, because of the bike-friendly nature of the Netherlands, we intend to experience some of the architecture and urbanism excursions by bicycle. Students should also be able to carry their own luggage on our extended trip to Belgium, lifting it on and off of trains, and likely carrying up or down stairways.


15 UW Quarter Credits


Art H 399: From Van Eyck to Vermeer (5 credits) VLPA

Course Description (this text will be used on the program page of the study abroad site to describe course content to prospective students) This course explores the revolutionary and influential developments in the conception and production of art in the Low Countries (present-day Belgium and the Netherlands) from the early fifteenth- to late seventeenth-centuries. We will study first-hand the dynamic visual language developed by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer during the Golden Age of Dutch painting in the seventeenth-century while in the Netherlands, as well as the art of Jan van Eyck, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and Peter Paul Rubens and many other figures who shaped the art of the low countries between about 1400 and 1700. Particular attention will be paid to the collections of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, which will be our primary classroom. Visits to other museums in Belgium and the Netherlands will supplement our discussion.

Learning goals include:
Engaged and curious discussions will be carried on-site to introduce students to the major themes of Dutch and Flemish early modern art. • Independent site visit reports will permit students to develop a greater understanding of important historical sites in Amsterdam at their own pace. Frequent short writing assignments will introduce students to major works of art that will be discussed more fully as a group.

Art H 309 or 400: Dutch Modernism in International Context (5 credits) VLPA

Through lectures, site and museum visits, Dutch modernism in International Context examines individuals, trends, and movements that developed in the Netherlands and Belgium from the 1880s through the late twentieth century, in painting, sculpture, photography, design, architecture, and urban planning. Beginning with the Hague School, Amsterdam Impressionism, Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries, James Ensor, Jan Toorop and other post-Impressionists, the course will trace innovative tendencies and avant-garde impulses in Amsterdam Luminism, De Stijl, COBRA, the Situationist International, all the way up to Rem Koolhaas and new developments in contemporary art within the vibrant, international context that cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp provide.

Learning goals include:
Engaged and curious discussions will be carried on-site to introduce students to the major themes of Dutch and Flemish modern art in International context. Independent site visit reports will permit students to develop a greater understanding of important sites in the cultural life of the Netherlands. Two writing assignments will introduce students to major modern themes and works of art.

Art H 309 or 400: Dutch and Belgian Contemporary Art and its International Impact (5 credits) VLPA

This course primarily focuses on contemporary Dutch and Belgian art through visits to museums, galleries, and installations throughout the Netherlands and Belgium. Through exposure to contemporary Dutch and Belgian art, students will engage with the current political, social, and cultural climate of the Netherlands and Belgium and gain deeper understanding of art of the present and recent past. As a reflection of the global nature of contemporary art, there will also be site visits to exhibitions of international contemporary art in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Berlin, allowing students to experience the impact of Dutch and Belgian art on international artistic production. Additionally, throughout the course students will work on independent and group projects that aim to foster curiosity, independence, personal growth and reflection.

Learning goals include:
Students are expected to participate and engage in site visits with the program directors and guest lecturers that complement the program's cultural foundations. Written reports on site visits, including museums and galleries in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Berlin. Visiting these exhibitions will also introduce students to concepts that they can interact with on a personal level and on their own terms as a learning tool. Collaborative assignments, including a program blog on these site visits, will foster teamwork and act as a means of peer review regarding the program's overarching themes. Students will document their cultural experience through photographs, introducing other participants to other points of view.





Marek K. Wieczorek
Associate Professor, Full Time, Art History

Laura Stowell
TA, Art History





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $8,100

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,500)
  • Food (about Food (about $49/day - it is possible to economize and to cook at the dorms))
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 12, 2019

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.