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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Program Description

This study abroad program is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with excursions in Rotterdam, Haarlem and The Hague. Dutch art, design, and culture are central to the core of the program. We'll explore the rich past of Amsterdam from the 17th century to the present. For Art, this starts with the Golden Age of Dutch painting and ends with iconic imagery that challenges conventions. Dutch design is known for use of contrast, wit, and reduction. Experiencing Amsterdam by examining modernity's arts and humanities grounds the trip. The course will feature excursions to world-renowned museums and institutions, visits to several Dutch design firms, and encounters with engaging cultural experiences.

COURSES OFFERED (two selections required)
ART 392: Special Topics in Art: Dutch Art & Culture
GRPH 392: Special Topics in Graphic Design: Dutch Form, Style, and Context
GRPH 340: Poster Design
HUM 251: Modern Perspectives: Dutch Modernity in The Humanities (17th century - present)
WGSS 300: Gender and Sexuality in The Netherlands (3 credits)

Art and Design students will use digital journals to document and contextualize art, graphics, architectural details, and experiences in Amsterdam. Journals will be delivered via and serve as a design research portfolio component. Humanities and Gender Studies students will complete essays and engage with digital journals. An ArtWorks gallery exhibition in Fall 2024 showcases student work to the JMU community.

Learn more about the program on their webpage and Instagram.

Virtual Info Session 

Amsterdam Tour

Location Description

One hundred sixty-five canals give Amsterdam its unique charm. The Dutch capital is full of life, day and night, with world-renowned museums, art galleries, music clubs, and theaters. It is a truly international and multicultural city; with 180 different nationalities represented, Amsterdam boasts one of the most diverse populations in the world. Locals are easy-going and welcoming to foreigners, and English is the unofficial second language. With over 830,000 inhabitants, Amsterdam offers the advantages of a cosmopolitan center with a small-town feel. Because the city is so compact, it’s easily navigable via foot or bike.


Director: David L Hardy | | Graphic Design

Co-Director: Molly O'Donnell | | English


Student accommodations will be in shared rooms within an apartment, with kitchens. Accommodations are near transportation with access to rail, bus, and tram service.

Daily meal stipends cover one meal for every weekday of the program. There is also an included group meal every week, at various restaurants.

Additional Items to Consider

  • Since English is widely spoken in the Netherlands, no foreign language experience is necessary. 

  • Amsterdam is a member of the European Union (EU). Students must possess a valid passport prior to the trip.

  • Visas, immunizations, or background checks are NOT required for US passport holders.

  • Laptop and smartphone or camera required (projects will require basic photography and access to the internet).

  • Some coursework is required prior to departure, including lectures, readings, viewings, and quizzes.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Open to all majors and academic levels, including graduate students

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


ART 292: Special Topics in Art: Dutch Design & Culture (3 credits)

GRPH 392: Special Topics in Art: Dutch and Flemish Art & Culture (3 credits)

GRPH 340: Poster Design (3 credits)

HUM 251: Modern Perspectives: Dutch and Flemish Modernity in The Humanities: 17th century – present (3 credits)

WGSS 300: Gender and Sexuality in The Netherlands (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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