Studying in the Netherlands
Methods of Cultural Field Study (SS2391 / SS3391)

Prerequisites for SS2391: 1000-level SS or ED, EN 1011/1015, F.Y. Studies (or permission of instructor)
Prerequisites for SS3391: same as for SS2391 plus EN 1021 & 3 2000-level classes with a C or higher (or permission of instructor)

+/-July 25 - August 15, 2015

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Pair this program with studying in Ireland.


Program Director: Lyn Sperry    

Academic Director: Peg Alden  

Primary Goal: To learn and practice methods that anthropologists and others use to study contemporary culture.

  • 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 in Dutch culture via anthropological inquiry methods such as observing, field journalling, interviewing and mapping.
  • Enjoy day excursions such as rowing along the canals, walking tours of Amsterdam, & biking to the North Sea
  • Create a group ethnography focusing on one aspect of Dutch society

Special Considerations

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

Syllabus for SS2391
Syllabus for SS3391


Country Handbook

Travel Information


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 Erin Craw, Associate Director of Financial Aid)


* Discounts for students enrolled in multiple summer study abroad programs. Pair this program with studying in Ireland for a 6-week / 6-credit experience.


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