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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Class Status: 1 - freshman, 2 - sophomore, 3 - junior, 4 - senior, 5 - grad student
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Area of Study: Art History, Studio Art
Program Type: USA Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.25
Program Description:
Program Overview:
Holland and Belgium are known for their breathtaking views, stunning art collections, incredible architecture and chocolates! The USA Department of Visual Arts’ program in Holland and Belgium will provide students the opportunity to experience the art, architecture, and culture of the “Low Countries” first hand. In addition, artists of all media and levels will be able find inspiration in a country that has inspired artists for generations. The program is based in the university city of Leiden and will explore the Low-Countries with day trips to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Delft, Brugges, Brussels, Den Haag, and Ghent – the cities that gave birth to the Northern Renaissance, that later inspired Baroque masters Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rubens, as well as the Post-Impressionist Van Gogh. Up to six credit hours may be earned in studio art, art history, and/or classics with some work required prior to and after the trip.

Accommodations and Meals:
Students will be live in the university city of Leiden and will be housed in a centrally located hotel or hostel throughout the program. Breakfast will be provided daily and group welcome and farewell dinners are included.

Courses:
Students may register for two classes with up to six (6) credit hours awarded. Registration for classes will be handled on an individual basis in an effort to best meet the educational needs of the student. Some of the courses offered include:

ARH 100: Survey of Art History 
ARH 322: Northern Renaissance Art 
ARH 434: Baroque Art of Flanders and Holland 
ARH 494: Directed Studies Study 

ARS 121: Perceptual Drawing I
ARS 231: Painting I
ARS 390: Special Topics: Study Abroad Plein Air Painting
ARS 390: Special Topics: Study Abroad Painting in the Low Countries
ARS 390: Special Topics: Study Abroad Drawing the Architecture of the Low Countries 
ARS 390: Special Topics: Study Abroad Sketchbook/Visual Journaling 
ARS 494: Directed Studies Study Abroad 

Prerequisites may be required for some of the above courses.

Some course work will be required prior to and after the trip. Students may opt to pursue only three credit hours; however, program fees are fixed and allow up to six credit hours. Fees will not change for lower hour enrollments. Students not currently enrolled at USA must make application to the University of South Alabama prior to enrolling in this program. This course is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.

Tentative Program Itinerary: 
(Dates and schedule subject to availability upon receipt of enrollment and deposits.)

Day 1: Monday, May 7, 2018
Day: Group arrives into Amsterdam
Afternoon: Enjoy a guided walking tour and canal tour of Leiden
Evening: Welcome dinner and program orientation

Day 2: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Morning: Depart via train for Amsterdam, visit the Rijksmuseum with audio guides
Afternoon: Free time to explore Amsterdam
Late Afternoon: Return to Leiden via train

Day 3: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Morning: Depart via train for Amsterdam, visit the Van Gogh Museum with audio guides
Afternoon: Guided tour of the Rembrandt House Museum
Late Afternoon: Return to Leiden via train

Day 4: Thursday, May 10, 2018
(Ascension Day)
Day: Free time to work

Day 5: Friday, May 11, 2018
Morning: Depart via train for Antwerp, visit Rubens paintings at Cathedral of our Lady and
Plantin-Moretus Museum (16th-century Print House)
Afternoon: Tour of Rubens House
Late Afternoon: Return to Leiden via train

Day 6: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Day: Depart via train for The Hague, visit the Mauritshaus (Museum of the Dutch Golden Age)
Late Afternoon: Return to Leiden via train

Day 7: Sunday, May 13, 2018
Morning: Depart via train for Delft, enjoy a walking tour focusing on Vermeer’s Delft
Afternoon: Free time to explore
Late Afternoon: Return to Leiden via train

Day 8 & 9: Sunday & Monday, May 14 & 15, 2018
Day: Free day to do work and explore

Day 10: Tuesday, May 16, 2018
Morning: Depart via train for Ghent, view the Ghent Altarpiece
Afternoon: Continue on to Bruges via the train for a canal tour and a visit to the Hans Memling Museum at Sint-Janshospitaal
Late Afternoon: Return to Leiden via train

Day 11: Wednesday, May 17, 2018
Day: Free day to do work and explore

Day 12: Thursday, May 18, 2018
Morning: Depart via train for Brussels, visit the National Museum and Rene Magritte
Museum with audio guides
Afternoon: Guided walking tour - Art Nouveau Brussels
Late Afternoon: Return to Leiden via train
Evening: Group farewell dinner

Day 13: Friday, May 19, 2018
Morning: One group airport transfer back to Amsterdam

Program Costs:
The cost of the USA Visual Arts in the Netherlands 2018 program is $3,999.  USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. The first 15 students who commit to the program and complete a scholarship application before the priority deadline of February 16th will receive a USA Study Abroad scholarship. 
 
Program costs include all in-country transportation, including all specified excursions and airport transfers for those who arrive on the assigned day and time and a 3-day Benelux Rail Pass, accommodations as described above, welcome and departure dinners, daily breakfast, specified museum entrance fees, and international health insurance and emergency assistance. Tuition for six (6) credit hours is also included, and financial aid may be applied to the cost of the trip.
 
All meals, other than those specified are at the participant’s own expense. Participants should budget additional funds for supplies or personal expenses such as souvenirs or independent travel, based upon individual spending habits. International airfare is not included in the price of the program. The Office of International Education will reserve and facilitate flights on behalf of all students who would like assistance.
 
Costs are based on anticipated exchange rates and enrollment and are subject to change. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase. 
 
Payment Schedule and Deadlines:
Space is limited. Program deposit of $350.00 is due at the time of application and no later than February 28, 2018. In order to qualify for a USA Study Abroad Scholarship, applications and deposits must be made no later than the priority deadline of February 16, 2018.  Final payment deadline is April 9, 2018. Applicants can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the on-line program application. Once accepted, applicants can confirm their place in the program by paying the program deposit of $350. The deposit is applied toward the cost of the program, $300 of which fully refundable if the participant withdraws before the priority application deadline of February 16, 2018.
 
Financial aid and scholarship moneys may be applied to these courses. If interested in applying for financial aid, please contact a financial aid officer at your earliest convenience to request an award for summer 2018. This program is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.
 
Refund Policy: 
Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. All payments should be considered non-refundable, and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc…) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis.

For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Christina Lindeman
Department of Visual Arts
251-460-6424
clindeman@southalabama.edu

Professor Ben Shamback
Department of Visual Arts
251-461-1448
bshambac@southalabama.edu
 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/28/2018 ** Rolling Admission 10/19/2017 10/19/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.