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Program Description
This program is currently on a wait-list for applications completed for the Summer 2020 program, but applications are still open. 



Amsterdam Canal




   Quick Facts

  • Spend your summer living and biking in Amsterdam

  • Meet, talk, and work with Dutch designers and artists

  • Interdisciplinary program open to both designers and non-designers

  • May 28 - July 25, 2020

  • Earn 9 credits

In the 21st century, it is artists and designers who are increasingly called upon to solve the world’s problems. Dutch designers in particular have emerged as world leaders in tackling problems that threaten human life and dignity--poverty, hunger, immigration, and climate change, to name a few. Living in Amsterdam for two months, students on this program have an immersive experience in the Netherlands; they meet and work with Dutch designers and artists, study modern and contemporary art and design, and explore societal problems with a critical lens.

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Amsterdam at Night



Location Details

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Known for its picturesque canals and progressive politics, the city of Amsterdam has a rich history of tolerance, which attracted artists, philosophers, and merchants during the Golden Age. Famous Amsterdammers include Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh and Anne Frank. Today, Amsterdam is widely recognized as a Mecca for design in fashion (Iris van Herpen, Dries van Noten, Victor & Rolf, and G-star), architecture (Rem Koolhaas, Lars Spuybroek), industrial design (Droog, Marcel Wanders), graphic design (Lust, Studio Dumbar), as well as social design (Freehouse) and speculative design (Metahaven). Students will live in the heart of the city and enjoy the 400 km of bike paths in the most bike-friendly city in the world. 


Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. US citizens will NOT need a visa for this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • GPA of 2.5 or higher

  • Minimum sophomore status preferred


AME 130: Introduction to Digital Culture: Prototyping Dreams (3 credits)
AME 294: Dutch Design (3 credits)
AME 194/394/494/486: Design Ecologies (3 credits)

Group of students in Amsterdam


Faculty Directors

Adam Nocek, Assistant Professor
School of Arts, Media and Engineering 
Stauffer B268
(480) 727-8175


Stacey Moran Nocek, Lecturer
School of Arts, Media and Engineering

Faculty, Adam Nocek

Faculty, Stacey Moran Nocek



Housing in Amsterdam 2

Housing in Amsterdam

Program Housing

Students will reside in the Student Hotel, Amsterdam West. This accommodation is geared toward international and study-abroad students. The facility offers students a private room and bathroom and a shared kitchen. There are laundry facilities on site, as well as a gym, lounge, restaurant, media room, and study room. In addition, the hotel provides a bike for each student. 


Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. on the Design and Society: Visualizing the Invisible program, participants are expected to walk 1 - 3 miles per day on tours and should be able to ride a bicycle, as it is the main mode of transportation in Amsterdam.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. For example, Amsterdam is an old city, and as such, few older buildings are accessible. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $8,995.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition, lodging, organized cultural excursions and associated entrance fees, and international health insurance.
Not included: ASU student fees, roundtrip airfare from the United States to Amsterdam, passport and visa fees, meals, books, and personal travel expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunity for This Program

- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission 05/28/2020 07/25/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

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

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.