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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Overviewholland class 2014

This 4-credit program presents an introduction to sustainable transportation and land use applications in the Dutch context. The course creates an immersive experience to explore the Dutch approach to cycling, transit, innovative mobility and land use. The curriculum will feature material that provides a comparison between U.S. and the Netherlands problems, priorities, and solutions. 
Specific emphases on planning and engineering principles, policy, and practice will be explored through field trips, tours and guest lectures, while visiting Amsterdam, Utrecht and Houten. Students completing this course will develop a broader understanding of sustainable transportation issues and expand their toolkit for context-sensitive solutions. No previous language study required.
No previous language study required.

TREC’s Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) has been leading this study tour for 8 years and is led by experienced transportation faculty and staff.  The course was created to give students a unique experience to understand the Dutch approach to multi-modal transportation planning. Over a 100 students have taken this course and benefited for the exposure and interaction with Dutch professionals.

For more information about this program, please see the following content: 

Please visit this webpage for more info (cost information and application will be available soon). In addition to the course faculty, we will also have past participants there to give you their perspective of what the program was like and answer questions. We hope to see you there!

Fact Sheet

Education Abroad Advisor Rachel Landers
Get Started Attend an Ed Abroad 101 Session
Faculty Leaders Kelly Clifton & John MacArthur
Travel Dates June 25 - July 6, 2018
Areas of Study All majors welcomed. The course is especially applicable to the following fields of study:
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • European Studies
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • Public Policy
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes
Credits 4
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language Dutch
Housing Hotel/Hostel
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Senior
  • Graduate
  • Open to Non-PSU Students
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergrad: 2.75
Graduate: 3.00
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Interview Required

Course & Credit Information

This course will meet for multiple pre-departure course lectures/orientations (exact dates TBD). Participants will earn four credits of the following:
  • CE 495/595: Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands – 4 credits
Students will spend two weeks at the Delft University of Technology developing an understanding of the transportation systems of the cities in the Netherlands, including Delft, Rotterdam, Haarlem, Den Haag, and others. A typical day will include a guest lecture from a practitioner in the local community followed by a field trip. Lunch will be time to explore the local community and students will be asked to document their experiences by collecting information (digital pictures and notes) throughout the day and uploading to a daily blog. The context of each community will offer opportunities for the lecturers (we will be teaming with Prof. Peter Furth and his students from Northeastern University) to offer perspectives from their U.S. communities (Boston and Portland), contrasting the planning, engineering, and policy issues associated with the local Dutch communities. This combination will allow students to gain an understanding of transportation concepts that have been implemented to address specific challenges.

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees  Additional Estimated Costs  Total Estimated Costs
$4,055 $2,190 $6,245


PSU Education Abroad Scholarship Application 

Tuition & Fees Includes:

•    4 credits
•    Housing
•    Local transportation
•    Entrance for course related excursions
•    Education Abroad service fee
•    International Health Insurance

Additional Estimated Costs Include:

•    International round trip airfare
•    Meals
•    Personal spending money
•    Passport/Visa

Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged an additional PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees

Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.