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*Going Dutch: Renaissance and Contemporary Art

Amsterdam, Netherlands ; Haarlem, Netherlands

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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 in the Netherlands.

This program offers 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. You will gain an understanding and appreciation of the rich history of Dutch art while developing conceptual skills leading to a personal point of view. You 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. You should strive to find a personal point of view that goes beyond a general travel guide. You 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.



You will be enrolled in one MU course for a total of four credits.

  • Art 2020: You will produce original drawings, paintings or photographs and participate in a variety of activities. Prerequisites: Instructor's consent.
  • Art 3020: For art majors. You 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: You will produce original drawings, paintings or photographs and participate in a variety of activities. Prerequisites: graduate standing and instructor's consent.
  • Art 8020: You will produce original drawings, paintings or photographs and participate in a variety of activities. Prerequisites: graduate standing and instructor's consent.

Academic credit

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

MU Students: Grades will calculate into your MU GPA and appear on your MU transcript when grades are recorded by the faculty program director. You must work with your 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 your home university. You must work with your home universit 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 your 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

You will stay in shared rooms in hotels or residence halls. Most breakfasts and some group dinners are included in the program cost — you will be responsible for all other meals on your own.

Host city and surrounding areas

Haarlem, Netherlands, leads the way in the tulip trade and attracts many young and upcoming 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.


You will travel with the group, but will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during your time abroad. Travel might include visits to:

  • The Hague
  • Rotterdam
  • Alkmaar
  • Eindhoven
  • Delft
  • Amsterdam
  • Cologne, Germany

Faculty program director

MU faculty member Mark Langeneckert, Department of Art, will accompany the students to the Netherlands. He has experience leading MU summer programs in Italy and Belgium, 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 Program Start Program End
Summer 2018 02/15/2018 06/04/2018 06/25/2018

Early acceptance date for summer programs: December 15

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 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 listed in the program snapshot if you have any questions.
  2. Start an application in using the button below if you are an MU student.
    • Non-MU students should visit our page for Non-MU participants for more information about the application process.
    • Once you have started an application, you can return to it later by logging in to myStudyAbroad (see the button at the top of the page).
  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.
    • Recommendations - Recommendations may be submitted electronically by MU faculty and staff.
    • Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically.

This program is not currently accepting applications.