Introduce yourself to the cultural and political identity of the Low Countries—the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, three contrasting monarchies in the heart of Europe.
This program will trace important cultural, historical, and political developments in European history and culture. Daily fieldtrips include The Hague, Utrecht, Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent, Ypres, Bastogne, the Frisian Islands, Cassel in French Flanders, and many other places. Guided visits to the Dutch House of Representatives and the European Parliament are also included.
" The Low Countries offer an opportunity to learn about an incredible history, political systems of three countries and the European Union, and an amazing sense of culture is in everything you do."
– Jenneke Olson, 2011 participant
Dates: July – August, 2015
Units: 6 semester units
Language of Instruction: English
Open to: UC Berkeley students, UC students, visiting students
Course: Dutch 177
Title: The Amsterdam-Brussels Connection: History, Art, and Identity in the Heart of Europe
Dates: July – August, 2015
Instructor: Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.
Units: 6 units
Introduce yourself to the cultural and political identity of the Low Countries: the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, three contrasting monarchies in the heart of Europe. The course begins in Amsterdam, the world's most liberal city, from where we explore the Netherlands. After spending almost two weeks in the Netherlands, we travel to Luxembourg, one of the smallest but most international countries in Europe. From there, we continue our journey to Belgium's and Europe's capital Brussels, where we stay in nearby Louvain, one of Europe's oldest college towns founded in the Middle Ages. On our way, we trace important cultural, historical and political developments in European history and culture from medieval Flanders, the Dutch Golden Age, World War I and II up to the contemporary multilingual, social and European identity of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg as founding members of the European Union. Daily fieldtrips take us to The Hague, Utrecht, Leiden, Delft, Ghent, Antwerp, Bruges and many other places.
This course satisfies the L&S Arts & Literature, Historical Studies, or International Studies breadth requirement. It is also part of the Dutch Studies major. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill
Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.
Dr. Jeroen Dewulf is Associate Professor in the Department of German at UC Berkeley where he teaches courses in German Studies and Dutch Studies. He is also Queen Beatrix chair as well as Director of Institute of European Studies and Director of Dutch Studies.
Born in Ostend, Belgium, Dr. Dewulf graduated in Dutch and German Philology at the University of Ghent. He holds a Master's degree from the University of Porto and a Ph.D. from the University of Bern. His areas of specialization are European Studies, particularly related to (multi)cultural identity in Belgium and the Netherlands, and Post-Colonial Studies, in particular Dutch colonial history and literature.
You will take one on-site course for a total of 6 UC Berkeley semester units.
The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:
|2014 Fees||UC Students||Visiting Students|
|Fees are subject to change.All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $52..|
In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.
|International Airfare and Transportation||$1,600|
|Total Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses*||$2,737|
Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 semester units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.
Tuition is based on a per unit cost:
The program fee includes the following items:
Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.
The following items are excluded from the program fee:
|Application opens||February 2, 2015|
|Application closes||March 16, 2015|
|Applicants notified of selection||March 25, 2015|
|Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit||April 6, 2015|
|Attend pre-departure orientation*||Late April-May|
|Arrive in Netherlands||July|
|Last day of program||August|
* These events take place on the UC Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.
All dates are subject to change.
Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, a parliamentary democratic constitutional monarchy in northwestern Europe that borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east. Located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. Amsterdam has a cool oceanic climate, strongly influenced by its proximity to the North Sea to the west, with prevailing northwestern winds and gales.
Brussels is the de facto capital city of the European Union and the largest urban area in Belgium. Brussels' proximity to coastal areas influences the area's climate by sending marine air masses from the Atlantic Ocean. Nearby wetlands also ensure a maritime temperate climate.
The city of Luxembourg is the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Luxembourg City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, having developed into a banking and administrative center.
You will stay in hostels in Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Ostend, and Leuven.
A comprehensive orientation will be provided both on the UC Berkeley campus as well as on-site. Orientation will cover various topics, including academics, internship and local culture, health and safety, transportation, and more.