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Studying in the Netherlands

EDU2011: Comparative Education



Program Map

Netherlands with Leiden Amsterdam Hague

Check out our other summer 2020 programs:

Intercultural Communication in New Zealand
WWII History in Berlin
Natural Resources in Alaska

Program Leaders

Photo of Liza Burns

Program Director:
Liza Burns

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Academic Director:
Ann McCloskey

Please note: this program has been cancelled for 2020. Please stay tuned for updates about future program offerings.


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


  • Good academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.0)
  • EDU1001/1011, WRT1011, and a 1000-level Education, Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology course
  • OR permission of the department chair


May 23 to June 13, 2020

Program Overview

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).

Housing, Transportation, and Program Activities

  • Live in Webster University suites overlooking the harbor and windmills.
  • Daily travel may include trains, trams, buses, bikes, or taxis.
  • Enjoy day excursions such as rowing along the canals, walking tours of Amsterdam, and biking to the North Sea.

Special considerations

  • There is no real language barrier as most Dutch people speak fluent English.
  • Biking competency is important for some outings but alternative transportation is possible.

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.

  • The outbound flight will depart on Saturday evening, May 23
  • The return flight will arrive in Boston on Saturday, June 13
  • At least one program leader will accompany the group on each flight.
  • Landmark will offer optional campus shuttle service between campus and the airport

Program Cost

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

  • 3-credit course
  • Group flights
  • In-country transportation
  • Field trips and housing
  • Some group meals

Estimated additional costs: about $600 – 900

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
  • Laundry
  • Souvenirs, gifts, etc.
  • Travel to reach the departure airport

*Limited financial aid is available; contact Michael Mertes, Director of Financial Aid. The Global Engagement Scholarship is need-based and covers up to 50% of the program fee. To find more information about this scholarship, visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships tab under Forms, Fees and Deadlines.

2018 Program Documents

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