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 the 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 Utrecht, Amsterdam, Delft, and Houten. Students completing this course will develop a broader understanding of sustainable transportation issues and expand their toolkit for context-sensitive solutions.
Taught in a study-abroad format in a European nation, this course examines how the urban areas and transportation systems of that nation have been designed to promote transportation by foot, bicycle, and public transportation. Topics include design of bikeways, safe pedestrian crossings, and transit systems; urban expansion and land-use policies to promote travel by foot, bike, and public transport; smart cities programs and projects, roadway system design for safety and to prevent roads from becoming barriers to walking and cycling; and design for transit priority on roadways and for high-quality rail, tram, and bus service. Through design projects, offers students an opportunity to apply lessons learned to the U.S. context.
No previous language study required.
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|Education Abroad Advisor
||Make an appointment with Hannah Fischer at any time!
||Watch Ed Abroad 101
||John MacArthur, Research Associate
Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC)
Aaron Golub, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning
Director, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
|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, exact time and date TBD
|Course & Credit
||CE or USP 495/595: Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands – 4 credits
|Language of Instruction
|Host Country Language
||Hostel in Utrecht
- Quad occupancy
- Includes breakfast and linens
- Onsite restaurant
- No shared kitchen access, but hostel is centrally located to a wide variety of dining options
|Class Standing Eligibility
- Open to Non-PSU Students
|Minimum GPA Requirements
||Undergraduate and Graduate: 3.00
||No previous language study required
|Application Process (PSU Students)
- $50 Application Fee
- Unofficial Transcript (from banweb)
- 2 short essays
- 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
- This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments.
- This cannot be submitted by the program leader
- These must be Professional or Academic in nature
|PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES
- 4 credits (CE 495/595)
- Housing in a centrally located hostel
- Bike rental in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Delft
- Round trip train tickets
- Amsterdam --> Utrecht
- Utrecht --> Rotterdam
- Utrecht --> Delft
- One day Amsterdam public transportation pass
- Two guest lectures by local experts on the following topics:
- Smart Cities expert session on "Smart Mobility"
- Transportation Planning and Bike Infrastructure in Rotterdam
- Transit Infrastructure tour of Amsterdam (including the main rail and transit station)
- Day trip to Rotterdam: a major port city known for its ship history and modern architecture
- Education Abroad service fee
- International Health Insurance
- 24/7 on-site support
|ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED COSTS INCLUDES
- International round-trip airfare (estimated at $1,700)
- Additional meals (estimated at ($210)
- Personal spending money (estimated at $200)
- Passport or visa
- US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program
*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.