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*Exploring the Northern Renaissance: Dutch and Flemish Art

Amsterdam, Netherlands ; Brussels, Belgium ; Ghent, Belgium ; Haarlem, Netherlands

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Note: The information provided here is from a past program. We anticipate offering this program again in summer 2016; however, specific details have not been finalized and may change.


The MU International Center sponsors this summer, faculty-led study abroad program in collaboration with the Department of Art. MU instructor Mark Langeneckert will lead this four-credit program the Netherlands and Belgium in conjunction with Seminars International, Inc.

This program will offer students a unique experience focusing on the art of the Northern Renaissance, as well as modern and contemporary art, with visits to major museums, demonstrations of drawing and painting techniques, weekly group critiques and individual instruction. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the rich history of Dutch and Flemish art while developing conceptual skills leading to a personal point of view. Students will create visual journals based on their experiences and skill levels.

Painting and drawing students will create traditional bound journals and photography students will create a blog. Students should strive to find a personal point of view that goes beyond a general travel guide. Students will likely visit the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedlijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem. Possible excursions include visits to Den Haag, Rotterdam and Delft in the Netherlands, and Brussels, Ghent and Bruges in Belgium.



All students who join the program will be enrolled in one MU course for a total of four credits.

  • Art 2020: Students will produce original drawings, paintings or photographs and participate in a variety of activities. Prerequisites: Instructor's consent.
  • Art 3020/3020H: For art majors. Students will produce original drawings, paintings or photographs and participate in a variety of activities. Prerequisites: Art 2200, Art 2600, Art 2500 or Art 2510 and instructor's consent.
  • Art 7020/7020H: Students will produce original drawings, paintings or photographs and participate in a variety of activities. Prerequisites: graduate standing and instructor's consent.
  • Art 8020: Students will produce original drawings, paintings or photographs and participate in a variety of activities. Prerequisites: graduate standing and instructor's consent.

Academic credit

All students will be enrolled in actual MU courses. All students are guaranteed to receive MU credit for successfully completed courses; however, students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how courses might fulfill degree requirements.

MU Students: Grades will calculate into students' MU GPAs and appear on students' MU transcripts when grades are recorded by the faculty program director. Students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.

Non-MU/visiting students: Transcripts will be issued from MU and can be mailed to students' home universities. Students must work with their home universities to determine how credit from the program will transfer. The MU International Center will issue one transcript per student to one domestic address, as indicated on the student's Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.


Accommodations and meals

Students will stay in shared rooms in hotels or residence halls. June 2–23 students will reside in Haarlem. June 24–27 students will reside in Ghent. June 28–29 students will reside in Amsterdam. Most breakfasts and some group dinners are included in the program cost — students will be responsible for all other meals on their own.

Host city and surrounding areas

Amsterdam, Netherlands, has a rich past dating back to the 1600s as a vital sea-trading post in Western Europe. Beautiful architecture, abundant art and hundreds of canals make Amsterdam an excellent location for study abroad. Clean and efficient trams provide transportation to various neighborhoods and sights within the city and trains run regularly to surrounding towns and villages. Amsterdam is home to some of the greatest art in the world, with museums dedicated to the works of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh and Frans Hals to name a few. The city's eclectic locals host a number of events, including the Holland Festival, Roots Music Festival, and Queen's Day, the world's largest garage sale!

Ghent, Belgium, is both a bustling university town and medieval canal city just 30 minutes by train from Brussels. Much of its medieval architecture remains intact and has been well preserved or restored, and the city center is the largest car-free area in Belgium. Formerly one of the richest and most influential cities in Europe due to its large wool and cloth industries, today Ghent is considered a tolerant, open-minded city with a unique art scene. Ghent hosts the 10-day Gentse Feesten in July, and the city comes alive as about 2 million visitors attend the festival of music, dance and theater.

Haarlem, Netherlands, leads the way in the tulip trade and attracts many young and up coming artists from all over the world to its schools. Located just outside of Amsterdam and not far from The Hague, Haarlem is a great home base for a study abroad program. It boasts numerous cultural attractions, including several museums, theaters, cinemas and music halls. In April it is the destination for the Bloemencorso — or flower parade — in which flower-decorated floats drive from Noordwijk to be displayed in Haarlem.

Brussels, Belgium, holds an important role as the seat of many of the main institutions of the European Union, making it essentially the capital of Europe and an ideal location for studying democracy in action. A truly international city, Brussels is famous for its delectable cuisine, including mussels, waffles, frites and some of the best beers in the world! Brussels has a multi-lingual population, bustling nightlife, and fascinating blend of classical and modern art and architecture. The city's central location offers students and visitors affordable accessibility to other European cities, including London, Paris, and Frankfurt.


Students will travel with the group but they will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during their time abroad. Travel in the Netherlands might include visits to:

  • The Hague
  • Rotterdam
  • Alkmaar
  • Eindhoven
  • Delft

Travel in Belgium might include visits to:

  • Brussels
  • Bugges

Tentative itinerary

  • June 2: Arrive in Haarlem
  • June 3: Walking tour of Haarelm, Frans Hals Museum
  • June 4: Van Gogh special exhibit in Amsterdam
  • June 5: Gemeentemuseum in The Hague
  • June 6: Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam
  • June 7: Amsterdam canal tour
  • June 8: Free day
  • June 9: Free day, evening critique
  • June 10: Paul Tetar van Elven house, Het Prisen Hof in Delft, Museum de Lakenhal in Leiden
  • June 11: Rembrandt House, Amsterdam History Museum in Amsterdam
  • June 12: Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven
  • June 13: Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
  • June 14: Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem
  • June 15: Free day
  • June 16: Free day, evening critique
  • June 17: Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
  • June 18: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam
  • June 19: M.C. Escher Museum in The Hague, Bredius museum
  • June 20: Jordaan art district in Amsterdam
  • June 21: Stedlijk museum in Alkmaar
  • June 22: Free day
  • June 23: Free day, evening critique
  • June 24: Castle of the Counts, St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent
  • June 25: S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent Museum of Fine Arts
  • June 26: Memling Museum adn the Groeninge Museum in Brugges
  • June 27: Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Magritte Museum in Brugges
  • June 28: Optional visit to Stedlijk Museum in Amsterdam
  • June 29: End of program
  • Final critique to occur during the month of July. Date and time TBA.

Faculty program director

MU faculty member Mark Langeneckert, Department of Art, will accompany the students to the Netherlands and Belgium. Professor Langeneckert has experience leading MU summer programs in Florence, and will be a great asset to the program.

Faculty-led programs enrich the study abroad experience as well as the MU campus by providing students opportunities to study other cultures and disciplines in depth while gaining new perspectives on our own society. Faculty leaders serve as mentors, role-models and resources as students explore their host institution and country.

Mark Langeneckert

Mark Langeneckert

Mark Langeneckert earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., in 1980. He later worked as a freelance illustrator in New York before joining the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2004, he joined the faculty at MU as Director of Drawing.


Program Budget

Additional Expenses

In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.

Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.

Financial Aid Information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.

Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Program End
Summer 2015 02/17/2015 02/23/2015

Early acceptance date for summer 2015 programs: December 19, 2014

Summer faculty-led programs fill up quickly! Submit your application by the early acceptance date to ensure preferred consideration for admission and to be eligible for International Center scholarship funds reserved for early acceptance applicants. Applications are still welcome after the early acceptance date, but must be received by the final application deadline of February 16, 2015 for consideration.


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

  1. Meet with the MU International Center study abroad adviser for your program or country of interest.
  2. If you are an MU Student, start an application in using the button below. Non-MU students should visit our page for Non-MU participants for more information about the application process. Please note:
    • Once you have started an application, you can login again using the myStudyAbroad button above.
    • By starting an application you will incur a $50 application fee, even if you do not complete your application.
  3. Complete your application. There will be several documents that need to be completed for the application. While specific requirements vary by program, a typical application consists of the following:
    • Material submissions - Printable forms which require the physical submission of materials.
    • Signature Documents - Items you may digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding.
    • Recommendation Forms - Recommendations may be submitted electronically by MU faculty and staff.
    • Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically online.
      • Application Certification/FERPA waiver
      • Essay
      • International Center Scholarship Application
      • Recommendation FERPA waiver

This program is not currently accepting applications.

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