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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Breda, Netherlands; Leiden, Netherlands; The Hague, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: USA applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Class Status: 5 - grad student
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel, Hotel Area of Study: Education
Program Type: USA Faculty-led
Program Description:
Higher Education in the Netherlands 
**Program only open to students currently enrolled in USA's Ed.D. program or with prior approval from Dr. Peggy Delmas.

Program Overview:
The Netherlands has one of the most highly ranked systems of higher education on the planet. Join the USA College of Education and Professional Studies Study Abroad program as we explore the Dutch higher education system. We will combine cultural experiences such as trips to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, with visits to higher education institutions such as NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, and Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands. Throughout the program our focus will be on comparison of the Dutch and U.S. systems of higher education. In particular, we will examine higher education in the Netherlands using a leadership focus, aided by conversations with and lectures given by Dutch administrators and faculty from various institutions. Participants in this short-term Study Abroad program will analyze how history, culture, politics, leadership, and global influences have shaped the higher education system of the Netherlands.

Accommodations and Meals:
Students will be housed in a hotel or hostel near the city center. Welcome and farewell dinners are included.
This 10 day visit to the Netherlands will be offered May 10-20, 2018 as a supplement to EDL 720 "Global Education." Student participation in the study abroad program is voluntary and not required as part of the course. EDL 720 is conducted over the spring 2018 semester. Students who elect to participate in the study abroad trip will receive an "I" in EDL 720 at the completion of the spring semester. They will submit assignments related to the course both during and after the study abroad trip to the Netherlands. The instructor will evaluate the students' work and assign a grade to replace the "I" at the end of the summer term. For students who have previously completed EDL 720 but wish to participate in the study  abroad program, a designated section of EDL 799, dissertation research hours, will be created so that they may register for the program.

Tentative Program Itinerary: 
(Dates and schedule subject to availability upon receipt of enrollment and deposits.)

Day 1: Thursday, May 17, 2018 Arrive in Amsterdam (must depart US on May 16)
National Holiday (Ascension Day)
Morning: Arrive at the airport, meet CISabroad On-site Program Coordinator (OPC) at the airport and
transfer to accommodations
Afternoon: Enjoy an Amsterdam canal cruise for a tour of some of Amsterdam’s main sites
Evening: Group Welcome Dinner
Meals: Dinner
Transportation: Airport to accommodations (one group transfer via private coach); accommodations to visits and dinner (walking)

Day 2: Friday, May 18, 2018 - Amsterdam
Morning: Enjoy a self-guided visit to the Rijksmuseum
Afternoon: Meet with a staff member from SPARK, an organization that offers access to higher education
and supports entrepreneurship development in fragile states so that young, ambitious people can lead their
societies into stability and prosperity. (pending availability)
Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Public transportation and walking

Day 3: Saturday, May 19, 2018 - Amsterdam
Morning: Enjoy a self-guided visit to Zaanse Schans, a recreated old world Dutch village with wooden
houses, windmills, and crafts
Afternoon: Free time to continue exploring Zaanse Schans and Zaandam or return to Amsterdam
Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Public transportation and walking

Day 4: Sunday, May 20, 2018 - Amsterdam
Day: Free Day
Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Public transportation and walking

Day 5: Monday, May 21, 2018 - Amsterdam
Morning: University Visit: University of Amsterdam (pending availability)
Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at the Rembrandt House, for a self-guided tour
Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Public transportation and walking

Day 6: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - The Hague
Morning: Check out of accommodations and transfer to The Hague
Afternoon: Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city
Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Public transportation and walking

Day 7: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - The Hague
Morning: University Visit: The Hague University of Applied Sciences (pending availability)
Alternative Visit: Meet with a member of Nuffic, the Dutch organization for internationalisation in education
(pending availability)
Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Public transportation and walking

Day 8: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - The Hague
Day: University Visit: NHTV Breda (arranged by USA faculty)
Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Private coach

Day 9: Friday, May 25, 2018 - The Hague
Day: University Visit: Leiden University (pending availability)
Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Private coach

Day 10: Saturday, May 26, 2018 - The Hague
Day: Free day for last minute exploring, shopping, and packing
Evening: Farewell dinner
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Transportation: Public transportation and walking

Day 11: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - Depart for Home
National Holiday (Whit Sunday)
Day: Check out of accommodations and transfer to the airport in Amsterdam for flights home
Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Accommodations to airport (one group transfer via private coach)

Program Costs:
The cost of the higher Education in the Netherlands Summer 2018 program is $3,450. Scholarships may be available to student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. Program cost include all in-country transportation, including all specified excursions and airport transfers for those who arrive on the assigned day and time, accommodations and meals as described above, welcome and departure dinners abroad, specified museum entrance fees, and international health insurance and emergency assistance. Program cost DOES NOT include international airfare.  Participants should budget additional funds for supplies or personal expenses such as souvenirs or independent travel based upon individual spending habits. Tuition will be charged upon registration.

The Office of International Education will reserve and facilitate flights on behalf of all students who would like assistance. Costs are based on anticipated exchange rates and enrollment and are subject to change. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase. 

Payment Schedule and Deadlines:
Space is limited.  Program deposit of $350.00 is due at the time of application and no later than February 28, 2018. In order to qualify for a USA Study Abroad Scholarship, applications and deposits must be made no later than the priority deadline of February 16, 2018.  Final payment deadline is April 9, 2018. Applicants can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the on-line program application. Once accepted, applicants can confirm their place in the program by paying the program deposit of $350. The deposit is applied toward the cost of the program, $300 of which fully refundable if the participant withdraws before the priority application deadline of February 16, 2018.
Financial aid and scholarship moneys may be applied to these courses. If interested in applying for financial aid, please contact a financial aid officer at your earliest convenience to request an award for summer 2018. This program is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.
Refund Policy: 
Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. All payments should be considered non-refundable, and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc…) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis.
For additional information contact:
Dr. Peggy Delmas
College of Education 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/28/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/17/2018 05/27/2018

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