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
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 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:
To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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.
Program Date Notes
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 *
Educational Costs **
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 $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
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
All students take the required course during the session Society, Environment, Transportation, and Space: The Dutch Experience
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.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Growing up in a small town in the north of the Netherlands, after high school Renée decided to move to Amsterdam to study. Although she has great memories of her home town, she was sure she wanted to explore more and go beyond the borders of what she knew. While doing a bachelor’s in Communications she was lucky enough to go abroad twice; one semester taking part in a PR program 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.
In 2008, she was appointed resident coordinator at CIEE. From 2008 onwards she has seen the Amsterdam Study Center grow from one program in Social Sciences to several semester and summer programs in both Amsterdam and Groningen. During these years she got to know all aspects of the programs; academics, housing, program development and overseeing the office as a whole.
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.
Fjaere van der Stok
Fjære was raised in the forests of the Northeast Appalachians and on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River by an American mother and a Dutch father. Fjaere moved to the Netherlands when she was seventeen and fell in love with Groningen. She earned a B.A. in French and is currently working on an M.A. in American Studies at the University of Groningen. She loves reliving her own (wide-eyed) acquaintance with Dutch culture through the eyes of the students attending the Urban Planning & Society program at the University of Groningen. She collects rings, drinks coffee, is obsessed with puppies, and misses the mountains and autumn leaves of New England.
Paul Van Steen
Paul Van Steen is professor of Economic Geography and Urban and Regional Planning in the Department of Spatial Planning.
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.
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.
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 cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
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Required CIEE Core Course
GEOG 3001 GUPS/URBS 3001 GUPS
Spatial Problems and Spatial Policies: 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.