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Program Overview

Program Overview

Come to Groningen this summer and explore the creative and progressive ways the Netherlands is dealing with economic, environmental, and population challenges.

If you’re interested in environmental science, geography, or urban planning, this CIEE study abroad session in Groningen allows you to develop critical thinking by engaging in classroom discussions and intensive group project work.

Study abroad in Groningen this summer and you will:

  • Understand how the Dutch deal with economic, environmental, and settlement challenges within the context of increasing levels of globalization
  • Analyze the complexities of contemporary life in The Netherlands
  • Begin to study or improve your Dutch language skills
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship
  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship

    CIEE and Mobility International USA are partnering to give more U.S. college students with disabilities the chance to study abroad! See

    http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/miusa/

    for more information, including the additional application required to be considered for this award.

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Expand your global perspective and sharpen your cultural awareness in another international city during a three-day Intercultural Comparative Experience. With other CIEE students, you’ll visit museums and architectural wonders, attend a performance, take part in service-learning projects, and more.

2016 Destinations*:

  • Session I: Paris

*Note: Locations are subject to change.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
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End Date
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Summer 2016 (4 wks)
04/15/2016
05/23/2016
06/20/2016
$4,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,592
Housing
$640
Insurance
$118

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$788
International Airfare *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$118
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$394

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Summer 2017 (4 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Credit for the program course is 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours for 45 contact hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All students take the required course during the session Society, Environment, Transportation, and Space: The Dutch Experience

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About the City

About The City

Groningen is compact, yet lively, offering everything you would expect from a city with many cafés, shops, historic monuments, theaters, parks, and markets. Students comprise about 25% of the population during the academic year, and it is known as one of the Netherlands most student-focused cities. Groningen is located two hours northeast of Amsterdam by train.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Renee Spruit

Resident Director

Renée grew up in a small town in northern Netherlands, and moved to Amsterdam to attend university. While doing a bachelor’s in communications she went abroad twice; one semester at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada, and one semester doing an internship in the tourism industry in Cape Town, South Africa. She loved to be in an international environment, learn new things, and meet new people. When she got back to the Netherlands she went on to earn an international master’s degree in sociology (with a special focus on migration and ethnic studies) at the University of Amsterdam.

Renée loves working with international students; seeing the excitement on arrival day and the comfort upon departure; She truly believe it’s a fascinating process how one makes a place his or her new home.

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Lia Verbaas

Resident Coordinator

Lia was born and raised in the town of Driebergen-Rijsenburg in the province of Utrecht, and earned a degree in American Studies at Groningen University. Currently she is working on my MA thesis. Throughout the years, Lia has traveled extensively and always enjoyed coming into contact with international students. She enjoys living in Groningen, and seeing new students get acquainted with the city. In her spare time, Lia enjoys reading history books, drinking a cup of coffee or tea, listening to (French) music, and playing with her pet parrots.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The University of Groningen was established in 1614, making it the second oldest university in the Netherlands. With approximately 27,000 students, it is the third largest university in the Netherlands, with an extremely high academic reputation. CIEE works directly with the Department of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen. This department is the second largest in the Netherlands and the only independent department in this field in the country. The University of Groningen Department of Spatial Sciences is made up of the Departments of Cultural Geography, Demography, Economic Geography, and Planning.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. Students are placed in single rooms in residence halls with shared shower and kitchen facilities. Residence halls are within a short commute by foot, bike, or bus to the CIEE Study Center in Amsterdam and to the University of Groningen Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Meals may be taken at affordable restaurants, in the University cafeteria, or prepared in the residence’s kitchen facilities.

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Internet

Internet

It's recommended to bring wireless-enabled laptop. Wireless Internet is available in the dorms as well as throughout the city. You will also have access to the various computer labs, available throughout the city at University academic buildings and libraries, for Internet use and printing.

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Academics

Academics

The learning pedagogy at the University of Groningen includes lectures, discussions, case studies, interactive sessions, workshops, papers, group projects, excursions, and assignments. The academic and intellectual environment is demanding and requires students to be fully engaged in their courses and group project work, which is an embedded component of the program.

Nature of Classes

The required course is offered to CIEE students only.

Grading System

In University of Groningen courses students are graded on the basis of class participation, group project work, presentations, papers, and in some cases, a final exam. In some courses, assessment is based on a theoretical exam and a practical aspect of the class, specifically a group or individual project. Grades are given on a 10-point scale and converted to the U.S. grading scale.

Students must check with their professors to find out exam and other due dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter the deadline for a student who has made travel plans on the same day an exam is scheduled or an assignment is due.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

The required course is taught by Faculty from the University of Groningen.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required Course

Society, Environment, Transportation & Space: The Dutch Experience
The core course uses the Dutch experience of defining spatial problems and devising, implementing, and monitoring spatial policies to investigate more widely applicable aspects of national, urban, and regional planning. It is taught by specialized staff from the Department of Spatial Sciences and coordinated through weekly tutorials and seminars. Lecture topics include Population Dynamics, Cultural Geography of the Netherlands, Physical Geography of the Netherlands, Dutch Water Management Policies, Transportation and Mobility, International Position of the Netherlands, Spatial Planning, Environmental Planning, Energ,y and Space, Death and Space, Rural Areas and Agriculture in the Netherlands, and Regional Economic Policies. The core course delivers the historical, cultural, and environmental context and foundations for the research project that follows.

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