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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:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 03-Feb-2023
22-Feb-2023 15-May-2023 05-Jun-2023

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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 2023. 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 visits to design studios, museums, and workshops, 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 2023.

Tentative 2023 Itinerary

Tentative 2023 Itinerary (Paul R Bruski & Maurice Meilleur )
May 14: Paul arrives to orient to city, neighborhood
May 15-16: 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). All transit in town via the Underground.
May 17: Begin work on London project; British Library tour
May 18: Design firm visits (see list at end)
May 19: Visit Reading School of Arts and Communication by train
May 20: Broadway Bookshop; St. Bride Foundation Letterpress workshop
May 21: Individual exploration & projects
May 22: The Design Museum/tour in AM, and DIY Art Market in PM
May 23: Work on London project
May 24: Tate Modern, tour; possible football club exhibition tour.
May 24: Maurice arrives
May 25: Paul departs, group travel to Amsterdam via train or plane, begin Amsterdam project (group dinner TBD).
May 26: AM lettering presentation from Arno Verweij, PM city lettering safari.
May 27: AM day 1 color lettering workshop with Mark van Wageningen; PM Stedelijk Museum visit.
May 28: AM day 2 color lettering workshop with Mark van Wageningen; PM Rijksmuseum visit.
May 29: AM Het Schip museum visit, PM shopping/independently explore city
May 30: AM laundry/R&R; PM museum visit of group choice
June 1: AM & PM Amsterdam project worktime
June 2: AM travel to Den Haag/Typotheque studio visit; PM Kunstmuseum Den Haag visit
June 3: AM travel to Antwerpen, BE/Plantijn-Moretus Museum visit; PM guided lettering tour of Antwerpen
June 4: AM Hansje van Halem studio visit; PM Amsterdam project worktime, group dinner
June 5: Check out of hostel, depart Amsterdam individually.

London: Possible studios such as Calvert's, Graphic Thought Facility, Universal Everything, NB Studio, ilovedust, etc.


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

    -Applicants will be asked to submit the following materials as part of their ISUAbroad application:
    -One electronic recommendation submitted through ISUAbroad from an ISU faculty member (other than the program director) or ISU academic advisor (recommendations are not accepted from graduate students or teaching assistants)
    -Essay of around 500 words on your personal/academic/career goals for participating on the program

    In addition, participants may be asked to attend a short interview with the program director.

    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, museums visited as a group, and local transportation. Students will purchase their own airline tickets to and from Europe. 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 OnCall, 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 $1.62 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee.


Withdrawal Penalties

The application deadline for the 2023 program is February 1, 2023. Students must commit to participate by 3:00 pm on February 10, 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, 2023. 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 February 10, 2023:


On or after February 10, 2023 and before March 1, 2023:  

50% of program fee

On or after March 1, 2023:

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.