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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer A-Term
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Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Academic Term Summer Quarter (A-Term)
June 25 - July 20, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,800
Credits 12 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Julia Freeman; Carey Christie; Courtney DeVries
Program Manager Ruby Machado|
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Extended Application Deadline March 7, 2018
Information Sessions Friday, December 1, 2:00 p.m., MGH 206 and Thursday, January 18, 4:30, MGH 211 (Seminar Room)
General "Infinitely Woven City: Art and Global Politics in Amsterdam" investigates the rich and complicated interrelationships between art, colonialism, trade, power, and place in a global city.
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

Infinitely Woven City: Art and Global Politics in Amsterdam investigates the rich and complicated interrelationships between art, colonialism, trade, power, and place in a global city. Amsterdam’s renowned cultural and artistic prosperity and diversity emerge from its role at the center of vast networks of exchange and violence, including the Atlantic Slave Trade, the colonization of Indonesia and Brazil, as a well as its domination other lands and islands across the world as it traded in textiles, spice and other materials. Students in the program will be invited to explore the living histories of these processes in the vibrant streets, galleries, and cafes of one of Europe’s leading cities. Through hands-on engagement with material culture and through the creation of their own “personal atlases,” students will gain new insights into the meaning of material history, trade, and global flows of people, ideas, and violence, past and present. The atlas was integral to the rise of Amsterdam as a major global actor. The creation of The Dutch West Indies Corporation, the world’s first transnational corporation, utilized the cartographic tool of the atlas--a means of imaging and imagining the world from particular perspectives--as a central part of the processes of colonial domination and material extraction. As a port city and key node in these global processes, Amsterdam is an ideal site from which to explore how our own globalized marketplace--from vast commodity chains to the individual products with which we surround and define ourselves--emerged and transformed. This program will explore the textiles that were imported from this trade and how they were merged with other Dutch textiles and with colonized cultures to create hybrid textiles through which we can trace and record these complex histories. Students will be introduced to and will learn hands-on processes such as batik, natural and synthetic dyes, Dutch embroidery, lace and crocheting. Course texts will include works of visual art, novels, creative and academic essays and historical documents which will serve to locate us within the political landscape of Amsterdam and its textile development and trade. Throughout the program, students will assemble their own hard-bound “personal atlases”; the atlases will track the development of each student's engagement with textiles processes and histories in relation to their personal experience and location as an outsider and traveler within the geographic and cultural space of Amsterdam. The students will also be asked to reflect on connections between Amsterdam and Seattle as urban spaces prospering from global connections, innovations, and inequalities. Each personal atlas will be, as Rebecca Solnit writes in her book Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, “a beginning, and not any kind of end, as a comprehensive representation might be. Such a representation is impossible anyways, for all cities are practically infinite.”




Amsterdam, Netherlands




Students will be housed in an accredited hostel in Amsterdam.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements



12 UW Credits


Honors 384: Unmaking and Making: The Politics of Contemporary and Historical Textile Art (5 Credits)

"Unmaking and Making: The Politics of Contemporary and Historical Textile Art" This studio art/research course will reveal cultural politics of cloth through the layering of histories that have been recorded by the evidence of cloth, textile processes and materials choices ending up as contemporary textile art. Students will read interviews, articles and writings about and from historical texts and contemporary textile artists, as well as watch film, go on museum visits and listen to guest artists’ presentations.

Course goals for this course are to introduce non-art students and art students to recording and collecting visual materials as a part of developing a generative studio art practice; visit sites and locations where trade, art and culture were significant to the development of a transnational corporation; learn textile processes such as embroider, applique and quilting to create a final “atlas.” This final piece will be made from fabric and will be an accumulation of the different textile processes and a record of the researching, making and interacting during in this course. Students will work independently and collaboratively as we participate in the age-old activist practice of community building through making a group textile piece.

Learning goals include:
This course will introduce students to processes such as repeat print patterns, embroidery, applique and quilting to create one piece throughout the quarter. This final piece will be made from fabric and will be an accumulation of the different textile processes and a record of the researching, making and interacting during in this course. Students will work independently and collaboratively as we participate in the age-old activist practice of community building through making a group textile piece.

Honors 240: Bookbinding: Thread, Awl, and Needle w/ Walls: Hidden Messages in the Real World (5 Credits)

Unit 1: Bookbinding: Thread, Awl, and Needle Artists’ books may be identified as a zone of activity, a conceptual space. May be said to interrogate the conceptual or material form of the book as part of its intention, thematic interests or production activities. Johanna Drucker, The Century of Artists’ Books This class explores the basic elements of bookbinding, including design and construction of the traditional book as well as materials and their properties. Students construct and take away a variety of bookbinding models. A brief introduction to the history of the book, using examples from the rare book collection at UW prior to our traveling and focusing in particular on historical and contemporary book-binding and it’s relationship to the atlas is part of the course.

Unit 2: Walls: Hidden Messages in the Real World With the growing use of maps on the web, digital art, augmented reality, and other technologies cartography is becoming more and more experimental, experiential and personal. In this course students will create maps inspired by those in Rebecca Solnit’s Infinite City: An Atlas of San Francisco. Students will examine the many layers of meaning in one place by mapping the city as experienced by different inhabitants including themselves. Each map will illuminate more about the city and its surroundings.

Learning Goals
Unit 1: Course goals will be to learn several traditional bookbinding techniques, along with the materials and tools used to create a variety of book structures. Investigate different styles and use various papers and book construction methods including accordion, Japanese stab, pamphlet stitch, long stitch, and Coptic. These techniques and processes will be used to create your final personal atlas which will outline and record your journey in Amsterdam.

Unit 2: Course goals will be to reinvention of the traditional atlas. Students will use cartography, writing, photography, rubbings and digital arts skills to create thematic maps. Students will also work with augmented reality apps such as, Wallame, to leave markings in the city and have virtual discussions with classmates. Student will interactively participate in each other maps throughout the 4 weeks. By the end of the course we will combine the students different maps including a map of our sites of virtual augmentation to create an online atlas of Amsterdam. These online versions will also become physical relics and will be included in final “personal atlas.”


Honors 230: Dutch Culture, Language, and Literature (2 Credits)

This seminar will provide students with an interdisciplinary introduction to Dutch culture, crash-course in the Dutch language, history and politics, arts, and urban development. Instructor and experts from various disciplines will engage with students on topics relevant to the Amsterdam program. Students will also receive travel orientation and health and safety instruction and discussion. In-city excursions are a component of the seminar.

Learning goals include:
*Introduction to Dutch culture, politics, and art
*Health and safety and protocol for students studying in Amsterdam
*History of the Netherlands, specifically related to program topics
*Overview of Art History with excursion to museum(s) TBA
*Overview of history with excursion to museums
*Overview of community spaces such as housing and parks, with excursions



Julia Freeman, Department of Art, Program Director

Julia Freeman is a Seattle-based teaching/artist originally from Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2007 with her MFA in Fibers. Her work is a continuous blend of printmaking, collaging, painting and drawing. Her experience with textiles and fibers heavily influences her process and material choices. She has been an arts educator for more than a decade at Cornish School for the Arts, the University of Washington (Interdisciplinary Visual Arts and the Honors School), and The Northwest School. She has exhibited at Foster/White Gallery, SOIL Art Gallery, 4Culture Gallery, Clemson University, Kirkland Arts Center, Richard Hugo House Art and at the Art Factory in Seoul, South Korea. She has been nominated for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition Award in 2007 and 2010 and was a finalist in the Miami University Young Painters Competitions. She is the co-founder of a contemporary art gallery in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood called The Alice. She has lived and worked in Finland and Busan, Korea, and she has traveled and studied public art and material culture throughout, South America, Central America, Europe, East Asia and Australia. She is excited to discover the rich cultural space of Amsterdam together with her students and colleagues.

Carey Christie, Honors Department, Co-Director

Carey Christie is a collaborative multi-media and performance artist based in Seattle, WA. Carey runs alumni relations and communications for the Honors Program, which makes her a nexus for faculty, student, and staff ideas to collect, conglomerate, and build energy. Prior to joining UW Honors Carey was the Director of Events and Promotions at free local publication, The Stranger, where she ran the Genius Awards 501C3 and collaborated on events and special projects with creatives and cultural leaders from every sector. Carey has been an arts-educator for ages 9-18 through Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, The Nature Consortium, and Reel Grrls, where she also designed a formal training program for mentors. She has lived in London, Chicago, New York City, and Amsterdam, where she gave walking tours and worked full time at what is now the longest-running show in Holland: an American-style improvisational cabaret called Boom

Courtney DeVries, UW Study Abroad, Program Coordinator

Courtney DeVries is the Team Lead for UW's Study Abroad and International Exchange Advising as well as the lead for application management and exchange/program partnership development. Courtney also manages the Independent learning process and approval for the UW Study Abroad Office. Courtney received her MA from the University of Amsterdam and is fluent in Dutch.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,800

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 - $1,500)
  • Food (about $43/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 6, 2018

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 orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

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.