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Studying in the Netherlands

EDU3014: Special Topics—Comparative Education: Neurodiversity in the Netherlands

Program Dates

May 30 – June 20, 2023

Interested in following along with our Summer 2023 students’ adventures in the Netherlands? Check out the Summer 2023 blog!

Program Overview

Please note that the application period for the Summer 2023 Netherlands Program has ended.

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

  • Study in the picturesque town of Leiden (a small, historic, and culturally rich university town near Amsterdam).
  • Gain firsthand experience of Dutch culture via an in-depth exploration of education in The Netherlands.
  • Visit local schools in order to compare cultural differences in educational access and opportunity (including for students who learn differently).

Check out our past program blogs: 2018 and 2013 – 2016

Housing, Transportation, and Program Activities

  • Live in Webster University suites overlooking the harbor and windmills
  • Daily travel may include walking, trains, trams, buses, taxis
  • Enjoy day excursions such as historic/cultural sites, visits to Amsterdam and other cities, and North Sea beaches

Travel Information

This program will have a group round-trip flight from Logan airport in Boston to Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, then students will travel by train between Amsterdam and the program housing in Leiden.

  • At least one program leader will accompany the group on each flight
  • Landmark will offer optional shuttle service between campus and the airport

Program at a Glance

Netherlands with Leiden Amsterdam Hague

Program Dates: May 30 – June 20, 2023

Netherlands Program Leaders

Program Director: Liza Burns, Associate Professor of Communication
Academic Director: Hannah Markos, Assistant Professor of Education

Special Considerations

Free time/Independence: Variable
Physical Demands and Accessibility: Moderate
Transitions: Moderate
Stimuli: Low-Moderate
Language Difficulty: Low

See details below.

The Netherlands Study Abroad Program Details & FAQs

  • Special Considerations

    Consider the following to determine if this course is the right fit for you.

    Free time/Independence: Variable
    During free time, program leaders will offer optional activities. However, students who want to explore independently will have plenty of opportunities to do so.

    Physical Demands: Moderate
    Biking competency is important for some outings, but alternative transportation is possible.

    Transitions: Low
    The program stays in the same housing for the full three weeks. The schedule includes daily travel and a couple of day excursions, guided by program directors.  

    Stimuli: Low-Moderate
    Program housing is outside of the city center, and Leiden is a small city. Program activities include day excursions and interaction with local teachers, students, and others in educational and social settings.

    Language Difficulty: LOW
    There is no real language barrier, as most Dutch people speak fluent English.

  • The prerequisites for this course are EDU1001/1011 and WRT1012, and good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or above) OR permission of the department chair.

  • Academic Director: Hannah Markos, Assistant Professor of Education

    Hannah Markos is an Assistant Professor of Education at Landmark College and a novelist.

    Hannah holds an M.Ed from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an MFA from Warren Wilson College.



    Program Director: Liza Burns, Associate Professor of Communication

    Associate Professor Liza Burns received a B.S. in special education from Keene State College and an M.Ed. in language and literacy from Harvard University School of Education. She is a founding member of the Language Intensive Curriculum at Landmark College.

    Liza's passion for teaching is matched by her love for travel. She lived and taught in the Netherlands and Israel, and has led study abroad programs in the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Australia, and the UK.

  • Program Cost: $6,500

    Cost for the trip includes:

    • 3-credit course
    • Group flights
    • In-country transportation
    • Field trips and housing
    • Some group meals
    • Health insurance for the duration of the program

    Estimated additional costs:

    Student spending can vary depending on the individual. Additional costs include:

    • Most meals—housing will include small kitchenettes with a refrigerator so students can cook some food, and a variety of meal options are available
    • Free time activities
    • Cell phone costs, if students plan to activate a roaming plan or purchase a local SIM card
    • Laundry
    • Souvenirs, gifts, etc.
    • Travel to reach the departure airport
    • Additional baggage fees beyond the first checked bag
  • Landmark College’s “Global Engagement” Scholarship offers a scholarship of up to 50% of the program fee. Scholarships are need-based and in general there are 1 – 2 available per program. Click here for the scholarship application.

  • Click here for the Summer 2023 study abroad application.

    Program and Scholarship Application Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2023

    Notification of acceptance and scholarship decisions: Monday, March 6

    Program deposit ($1,500 to confirm seat, nonrefundable) due: Monday, March 13

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