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Study Abroad in Groningen
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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
  • Be challenged to reflect on economic, environmental and planning issues in your home country by means of your understanding of Dutch spatial-economic problems and the Dutch experiences of planning policies implemented to deal with those problems
  • Analyze the complexities of contemporary life in The Netherlands
  • Live in a small, charming city where approximately a quarter of the city's population are students
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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 $2,000 per student

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

The CIEE Difference

Students interested in environmental science, geography, or urban planning will develop their critical thinking this summer in Groningen, Netherlands, through engaging classroom discussions, intensive group project work, and focused excursions that explore the creative and progressive ways the Netherlands is dealing with economic, environmental, and population challenges. Excursions include observation of Dutch water management at work and of the densely populated and developed western part of the country, also known as “Randstad Holland.”

During your summer course you will also have the opportunity to attend extracurricular activities:

  • One daytrip will be offered during the orientation period in which you will venture out into the countryside and visit a seals rehabilitation center
  • An overnight trip to Amsterdam, offering you the chance to draw similarities - and analyze the differences - between the small city of Groningen and the capital of Amsterdam. Activities might include a biking tour, visit to a museum and/or tour of the historical city.
  • During the program other activities will be organized throughout the week a welcome and farewell dinner, and possibly activities such as a bike tour through Groningen’s countryside, an outside movie night, a visit to a concert, a visit to a special exhibition.
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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.
    Program
    Application Due
    Start Date
    End Date
    Costs
    Summer 2017 (4 wks)
    04/15/2017
    05/22/2017
    06/19/2017
    $4,850

    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 **
    $3,743
    Housing
    $640
    Insurance
    $167

    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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    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

    Known as “the metropolis of the north” of the Netherlands, Groningen plays an important role in music, the arts, education, and business. And it’s a great place to study urban planning. Archeological traces indicate the area has been active as early as 3950 BC.

    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 percent 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 housed in single rooms in dormitories throughout the city. All dormitories are within walking distance to a bus stop where students can catch a bus to either the Zernike complex where the Department of Spatial Planning is housed, or the city center where the Dutch Studies Department is located, or a short distance by bike to either. Students can travel between these two campuses in 15 to 20 minutes. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Kitchens are shared and there are common rooms available in the dorms, allowing for better integration with international students. Meals may also be eaten at cafeterias and restaurants in the University area as well as at other local eateries.

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    Internet

    Internet

    It's recommended to bring a laptop. Internet (with Ethernet cord) is available in the dorms and Wi-Fi throughout the city. Students living in the dormitory are advised to bring (or purchase on-site) a USB-Ethernet adapter. 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 and students of the University of Groningen.

    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

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    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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