Studying in the Netherlands
Comparative Education (ED2021)

Prerequisites for ED2021: 1000-level SS or ED class, EN 1011/1015, F.Y. Studies (or permission of instructor)

+/- May 23-June 14, 2014 

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Program Director State-side:  Liza Burns  
Program Director in the NL: Peg Alden
Academic Director: Ann McCloskey 

Primary Goal: To inform one's own educational objectives through an exploration and comparison of the Dutch educational system.

  • 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 first-hand experience in Dutch schools and other educational venues
  • Enjoy day-excursions such as rowing along the canals, walking tours of Amsterdam, & biking to the North Sea

Special Considerations

  • Location is fixed in Leiden (multiple day trips, but no overnights)
  • Predictable daily schedule (class in the mornings, activities in the afternoons)
  • No real language barrier as most Dutch speak fluent English
  • Biking competency important for some outings



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

  • 3-credit class
  • 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 Jennifer Desmarais, Director of Financial Aid)

* Discounts for students enrolled in multiple summer study abroad programs.  Pair this program with studying in Ireland.


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