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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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Graphic Design Study Abroad: London/Amsterdam

Associate Professor of Graphic Design Paul Bruski & Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Maurice Meilleur will lead a three-week study tour of multiple European countries in Summer 2022. While this seminar course is primarily a study of graphic design, it is also a study of visual culture, as observed in the art, architecture and design of each city and site. Through a range of design studio visits and museums, students will be exposed to the variations in philosophy and methods of European design firms. In addition to the office visits, students will study art and design in museums and historical site and conduct site-specific design research as well as observation and documentation of visual culture in a range of public spaces.

Students receive 3 undergraduate or graduate credits; BFA students can use this to waive the internship requirement.

Students must register for ARTGR 495 section EN in Summer 2022.

Tentative 2022 Itinerary

May 16: Students arrive individually to London, check in at YHA London Central (104 Bolsover Street, City of Westminster, London, W1W 5NU) by noon. London orientation walk/Tube ride (group dinner at The Mayfair Chippy). All transit in town via the Underground.
May 17: Begin work on London project. Tate Modern, possible tour. 
May 18: Design firm visits
May 19: Visit Reading School of Arts and Communication by train
May 20: Broadway Bookshop, St. Bride Foundation visits, possible Design firm visit
May 21: The Design Museum/tour in AM, and DIY Art Market in PM, then to the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities 
May 22:
The Science Museum, The Map House
May 23: Work on London project, Maurice arrives
May 24: Paul departs, group travel to Amsterdam via train or plane, begin Amsterdam project. 
May 24: 
May 25
Visit the Hague
May 26
May 27
May 28
May 29
May 30
June 1
June 2
June 3:
Group returns to London YHA London Central (104 Bolsover Street, City of Westminster, London, W1W 5NU), continue and finalize work on both city projects
June 4: Check out of hostel, depart London individually.


Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection

Participants in all College of Design international programs must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age

  • Accepted into departmental program of study

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3

  • Clear academic record including no status of academic warning or probation in the semester prior to or the semester of international program participation

  • Course prerequisites as listed in the ISU Catalog

The College of Design may check a participant's current GPA and/or academic status at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA of 2.3 or the failure to maintain a clear academic record may affect participation in an international program.

Costs and Financial Assistance

In addition to tuition, students are required to pay a program fee to participate in Graphic Design in Europe. The program fee will cover the following items: lodging, breakfast at hostels, trains, and local transportation. It does not cover museum entrance fees, and students will purchase their own airline tickets. However, students should not purchase airline tickets until the final itinerary with confirmed dates and arrival and departure cities is announced.

Participants may be able to apply their financial aid packages to study in Europe and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information. The college offers financial assistance in the form of scholarships specifically for students studying abroad.

Budget information for this program is available by clicking here.


All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:

CISI Participant FAQ

International Insurance 101

CISI Policy Information

Withdrawal Penalties

The application deadline for the 2020 program is February 17, 2022. Students must commit to participate by 3:00 pm on March 18, 2022. Those students who commit to their offer are officially part of the program and will be responsible for the penalties outlined below only if withdrawal occurs. The withdrawal penalty will be applied to the U-bill and will be due in full on May 10, 2022. In addition to withdrawal penalties, the participant is also responsible for all program payments the college is obligated to make on his or her behalf. 


Withdrawal Penalty

After confirming offer in ISUAbroad and before March 25, 2022:


On or after March 25, 2022 and before April 1, 2022:  

50% of program fee

On or after April 1, 2022:

Full program fee

Contact and Additional Information

Questions about Graphic Design in Europe should be directed to program director Paul Bruski at



This program is currently not accepting applications.