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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Fall Break in the Netherlands:
Learning from the Dutch

ICA Netherlands Architecture

Program Overview

This program explores the history, culture and resilience of a country at the crossroads of Europe, in a rich cultural milieu, located in a landscape harvested in large part from the North Sea. The Netherlands is a vibrant member country of the European Union that embodies not only a deep history of commerce and artwork of its own, but an ethos of social justice, tolerance, smart responsive urban planning in both housing and transit, with a national commitment to clean, sustainable energy production and strong environmental stewardship of the land and sea. Students will experience both old and new by spending time in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, as well as several day visits to nearby towns.

Amsterdam is, the ‘oud’ original city of trade, commerce and concentric canals that organize the city streets and highlight the organization of waterways within a dense historic building fabric.  Rotterdam is the ‘neu’ city of the 21st century, a major inland shipping center, risen from the ravages of the Second World War into a vitally modern city of business innovation and social housing expansion.
We live in a time of critical climate change, social injustice and economic inequality. This program is a learning lab that helps to prepare  students for the challenges they will face and respond to in the next 35 years of their professional futures as architects, interior designers and engineers. The Dutch have been and are continuing to craft their response to this set of challenges right now. We have much to learn from this friendly and pragmatic country of optimists.


Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for ARCH 347 / INTR T580 for 3 credits during the summer term. The course satisfies the History/Theory in the architectural curriculum and humanities for other majors. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their credit load as the credits are not optional.ICA Netherlands Rotterdam

Pre-Travel Required Lectures: 6 required summer term lectures in Philadelphia will focus on the cultural history of the Netherlands including literature, art, engineering and the Dutch landscape and its settlements. Tentative class weeks are listed below and the exact meeting dates during each week will be determined.

Week 3: Formation of the Culture of the Netherlands, and The Dutch Golden Age of Architecture and interiors
Week 6: History of Public Housing in the United States and the Netherlands since the end of World War II; Field Sketching Exercise #1
Week 8: Perspectives on Dutch art by two Philadelphia Artists; Field Sketching Exercise #2
Week 10: Study Abroad Orientation; Field Sketching Exercise #3

Pre-requisites: ARCH 143 or INTR 200 or ARTH 103

Instructor: Simon Tickell, Associate Teaching Professor of Architecture:

Program Calendar

Arrival Date: September 5, 2020
Departure Date: September 18, 2020
*Students are responsible for any arrangement during independent travel before or after program dates.

Summer Term Class Sessions: Week 3, Week 6, Week 8, Week 10

Itinerary Overview (Tentative)

Friday, Sept 4: Depart Philadelphia for Schiphol Airport
Direct flights via Air Lingus, American, British Air, Delta, Finnair, Icelandic, KLM & others
Saturday, Sept 5: Arrival
Intercity rail to Rotterdam; Hotel check-in
Walk to Art Park: Visit Het Nieuwe Institute, Sonneveld House, Kunsthal & Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum
Group Welcome Dinner
Sunday, Sept 6: Den Hague
Tour City with Jelle DeBoer
Visit Gemeente Museum, Architect Berlager, De Stijl movement, Mondrian, etc. Lunch in Museum Cafe
Visit Binnenhof complex and Maurithuis House Museum. Walking tour of downtown along the Grote Marktstraat
Monday, Sept 7: Delft Technical University
Tour University Library by Mecanoo and Architecture School; Lunch/Coffee at Café
Visit nearby Auditorium and Faculty of Industrial Design
Visit Mecanoo Architecture Offices in Old City Walk the old town
Tuesday, Sept 8: Van Nelle Factory
Tour office of Broekbakema office, presentation of Current Work by Principal, Jan van Iersel
Explore Van Nelle Factory including rooftop Tea room w/ 360 view of Rotterdam
Visit early modern housing development, De Eendracht, Nevanderstraat, Noord Rotterdam
Tea at the Dudok Café
Wednesday, Sept 9: Kop an Zuid Docklands Tour – Tall BuildingsICA Netherlands Hague
Willems & Erasmus Bridges; Hotel New York; Montevideo, Mecanoo; De Rotterdam, OMA
Thursday, Sept 10: Housing Projects Central Rotterdam
Waterproject; Lijnbaan – Shopping / Residential District; Café De Unie; Mecanoo housing projects
Friday, Sept 11         
Bus tour to Hook of Holland; Visit the De Maeslantkering gate and visitor Center; Visit J.J.Oud early modern housing; Stroll the beach
Saturday, Sept 12: Amsterdam
Neighborhood stroll including: Beursplein, Berlager Bourse building; Koninklijk Paleis
Sunday Sept 13: Amsterdam – Museumplein
Rijkmuseum; Van Gogh Museum; Sketching
Monday Sept 14: City of Utrecht
Walk Old City, a kind of Mini Amsterdam
Visit the Art Nouveau Post Office, recently renovated; Tour Rietveld/Schroder Huis
Utrecht University Campus; Educatorium Building, Rem Koolhaus University
Tuesday Sept 15: City of Hilversum Bus Tour
Town Hall Tour – Dudok; Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision, Neutelings Riedijk; Architecten; Villa Industria - Mecanoo
Wednesday Sept 16: Amsterdam - Eastern Docklands
Mtg with Architect/Developer, Gerard Comello Borneo Centrum
The Whale, de Architecten Cie IJBurg West Development
Thursday Sept 17: Social Housing/Infrastructure
Mtg with Transportation Planner, Prof. Rob van der Bijl Sarphatipark – Integrated tram, bicycle and pedestrian pathways
Bezoekerscentrum de Dageraad – Michel de Klerk
Lyceum - Berlager
Henriette Ronnerplein – M. de Klerk Silo Dam Apartments MVRDV
Het Schip – M. de Klerk Group Dinner
Friday Sept 18: Return Philadelphia (Mid-morning flight)

Program Fee - $1,520 Insert fee

Due May 1, 2020 - $500 Advance Payment
Due July 1, 2020 - $1,020 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:ICA Netherlands Architecture

  • 13 nights accommodations (Amsterdam and Rotterdam)
  • Local transport
  • 3 group meals
  • Tours and program activities
  • Day trips to nearby towns
  • On Call Emergency Assistance Insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (Estimated):

  • Round trip airfare to the Netherlands $900
  • Passport $145
  • Visa if applicable
  • Meals ($35/day) $455
  • Supplies $100
  • Airport transfers $50
  • Spending money $200
ICA Financial Aid: Students may request an Adjusted Cost of Attendance by submitting the ICA program fee and estimated out of pocket expenses listed above to Drexel Central (via askdrexel). Doing so could make students’ eligible for additional financial aid.  Students may also be eligible to apply for the Architecture & Interior scholarships as well as standard ICA Scholarships.

More Information

  • Visa: US citizens are not required to have a visa for entry. Other nationalities should confirm visa requirements on the Netherlands Embassy website.
  • A recommended flight itinerary will be provided. Students are responsible for booking their own airfare.
  • Grading Scale:

Excellent              Good                      Adequate             Passing                Failing
97-100 A+ (4.0)    87-90 B+ (3.33)    77-80 C+ (2.33)    67-70 D+ (1.33)    0-64 F (0.0)
94-97 A (4.0)        84-87 B (3.0)        74-77 C (2.0)        64-67 D (1.0)
90-94 A- (3.67)     80-84 B- (2.67)     70-74 C- (1.67)

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.