Studying in the Netherlands
Summer 2016

Comparative Education 
(ED 2021 / ED 3021)

Prerequisites for ED 2021: EN 1011/1015, F.Y. Studies, 1000-level SS or ED  (or permission of instructor)
Prerequisites for ED 3021: same as for ED2021 plus EN 1021 & 3 2000-level classes with a C or higher     (or permission of instructor)

+/-May 20 - June 10, 2016

Check out the Netherlands program blog (last year's NL course was Methods of Cultural Field Study)


 Academic Director: Ann McCloskey   

Program Director: Peg Alden  

Primary Goal: To explore the historical, cultural, political, and economic forces that shape educational issues

  • Study in the picturesque town of Leiden (a small, historically and culturally rich university town near Amsterdam)
  • Live in Webster University suites overlooking the harbor and windmills
  • Gain firsthand experience of Dutch culture via an in-depth exploration of education in The Netherlands
  • Enjoy day excursions such as rowing along the canals, walking tours of Amsterdam, & biking to the North Sea
  • Visit local schools in order to compare cultural difference in educational access and opportunity (including for students who learn differently)

Special Considerations

  • No real language barrier as most Dutch speak fluent English
  • Biking competency important for some outings but alternative transportation possible

Syllabus for ED 2021
Syllabus for ED 3021


Country Handbook (stay tuned)

Travel Information (stay tuned)


Cost for the trip is $6,000 and includes:

  • 3-credit course
  • Group flights
  • In-country transportation
  • Field trips and housing
  • Some group meals
  • Price does not include individual spending money
  • Limited financial aid is available (contact Michael Mertes, Director of Financial Aid)


Peg Alden, Ed.D.
Director of International Education
Administration Building, Rm 218