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Netherlands and Belgium


Netherlands and Belgium History of Graphic Communications

This study abroad course will deeply immerse and engage students in the study of leading principles and focus areas of the vast history of Graphic Communications culminating in a primary spotlight on 19th, 20th, and 21st Century Graphic Communications and applied arts. This experience will provide vast insights and opportunities for students to cultivate a high quality, actionable understanding of design history that has become the central force of design thinking and research in the Western world. These topics include the Art Nouveau period (roughly 1890 – 1914) which is the most prolific and international of all art and design movements in history – with a particular focus on Amsterdam and Brussels. Additionally, we will study Modern and contemporary movements in art and design across the metropolitan regions of Holland, centering on Amsterdam. Finally, Amsterdam is a home to museums that display applied arts and design works from the first civilizations through to present day. Prior to this trip, students will prepare through lectures and research to gain most from the site visits in Europe. Ultimately, students will return to campus after the excursion to synthesize all that was learned and will design a book and create an online portfolio of works to be included in an exhibition at the Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery.

Who Should Apply?

  • STLCC students, faculty, staff, and community members interested in history of graphic communications.
  • All students from Missouri community colleges and universities as well as independent travelers with an interest in educational travel and international studie.
  • All students interested in history and cultural studies.


To sign up for the program complete the STLCC study abroad online application, or contact Christopher Sulincevski at 314-644-9671 / csulincevski@stlcc.edu.

Space is limited to 15 participants. Apply today!


  • Course may be audited.
  • Two mandatory pre-departure orientation meetings at St. Louis Community College will be scheduled.

Program Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have a passport valid for at least three months beyond the return date.
  • Any specific country entry requirements will have to be met 
  • Participants will be instructed to register for ART:242 History of Graphic Communications, STLCC 3-credit hours course.
  • Reading proficiency required.
  • The program requires the ability to walk long distances both on uneven pavement and gravel paths.


Rotterdam, Netherlands


The estimated program fee is $3595* per person based on double occupancy with a minimum of 12 participants.

The program cost includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from St. Louis to Amsterdam
  • Airport transfers in a private coach
  • Lodging in a 3-star hotel
  • Daily breakfast and a farewell dinner
  • Public transportation to attractions
  • Private coach and guided day trip to Utrecht
  • Entrance fees to attractions
  • Gratuities for tour guides
  • Limited emergency health insurance.

The program does NOT include:

  • STLCC tuition (3 credit hours)
  • Valid passport (and visa fees if applicable)
  • Lunches, dinners (unless specified on itinerary) and snacks
  • Independent touring and personal expenses
  • Optional health and travel cancellation protection insurance (strongly recommended)

* This final price may vary due to exchange rate, number of participants, taxes, and fees imposed by outside vendors.


Amsterdam Graphic

Payment Schedule

You can follow this payment schedule or pay quicker with larger payments as long as the full amount is paid by Feb 15, 2023.

  • Immediate deposit to secure your spot ……$200
  • By Nov 15, 2022……………$1000
  • By Dec 15, 2022.……………$1000
  • By Jan 15, 2023.……………$1000
  • By Feb 15, 2023.……………$395

Cancellation Policy

Full refund: Cancel before December 15, 2022.

Penalties and fees may apply for canceling after December 15, 2022.

No refunds for cancellation after February 15, 2023.

STLCC strongly recommends that in addition to the included program insurance you consider purchasing additional health and travel insurance to cover trip cancellations and interruption.

Graphic at Destijl, Utrecht

Tentative Itinerary

Day Date Description
Monday May 22 Flight from St. Louis to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tuesday May 23 Transfer to the hotel in a private coach
Health and safety orientation
Hotel check-in
Overnight in Amsterdam
Wednesday May 24 Breakfast at hotel
Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt House
Overnight in Amsterdam
Thursday May 25 Breakfast at hotel
Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum
Overnight in Amsterdam
Friday May 26 Breakfast at hotel
Train to Brussels 
Art Nouveau design and architecture: Horta House (Hôtel Tassel) and the Horta Museum, Stoclet Palace, Old England building, Hôtel Solvay, and Sgraffito graphic examples.
Train back to Amsterdam
Overnight in Amsterdam
Saturday May 27 Breakfast at hotel
Train to Rotterdam
Mauritshuis in Den Haag and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Train back to Amsterdam
Overnight in Amsterdam
Sunday May 28 Breakfast at hotel
Private coach to Utrecht
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo and Centraal Museum, and De Stijl
Private coach back to Amsterdam
Overnight in Amsterdam
Monday May 29 Breakfast at hotel
Farewell group dinner
Overnight in Amsterdam
Tuesday May 30 Breakfast at hotel
Hotel check-out
Transfer to Amsterdam airport in a private coach
Flights to St. Louis
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Faculty Leader

Michael Swoboda, Professor of Design, Visual, and Performing Arts, has taught courses that focus on a multitude of studio-based graphic design topics, the history of graphic communications, photography, and digital imaging for STLCC (and at other colleges and universities) for the past twenty years. Michael has curated numerous collaborative design exhibitions and has been actively engaged in the profession of design with clients across the country. Michael has coordinated the robust and active Graphic Communications department at STLCC – Meramec since 2012.

Michael has extensive travel experience, including Amsterdam, Netherlands.


St. Louis Community College has made every reasonable effort to determine that the information stated in this brochure is accurate. Courses offered and other matters contained herein are subject to change without notice by the Administration and/or Board of Trustees of the college for reasons related to enrollment, finances, scheduling, costs, or for any other reason. The college further reserves the right to add, amend or repeal any of the rules, regulations, policies, or procedures applicable to the program offered herein. Travel, housing, meals, and other logistical arrangements are provided by an independent contractor not affiliated with the college and the college assumes no responsibility therefore. Participants will be required to sign a statement releasing the college from any liability in connection with the program offered herein or the services provided by the independent contractor. Insurance coverage is recommended. The college is not responsible for losses resulting from lack of any insurance coverage.

Non-Discrimination Statement

St. Louis Community College is committed to nondiscrimination and equal opportunities in its admissions, educational programs, activities and employment regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran and shall take action necessary to ensure nondiscrimination.

For information or concerns relating to discrimination matters, contact the Director of Student Conduct and Title IX coordinator at 314-539-5345.

Contact Information

Michael Swoboda
Professor of Design, Visual, and Performing Arts

Christopher Sulincevski
International Education Coordinator

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