Introduce yourself to the cultural and political identity of the Low Countries—the Netherlands and Belgium, two contrasting monarchies in the heart of Europe. This program will trace important cultural, historical, and political developments in European history and culture.
"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."
Dates: July 2 – July 29, 2017
Units: 6 units
Language of Instruction: English
During the program, you will take one course for a total of 6 UC Berkeley units.
Course: Dutch 177
Title: The Amsterdam-Brussels Connection: History, Art, and Identity in the Heart of Europe
Dates: July 2 – July 29, 2017
Instructor: Esmée van der Hoeven
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.
Esmée van der Hoeven
Esmée van der Hoeven is lecturer in the Dutch Studies Program at the Department of German. She has an MA degree in Language and Culture Studies from Utrecht University (2004), and obtained a certificate in teaching Dutch as a Foreign Language from VU University Amsterdam (2006). She is experienced in teaching Dutch language courses on all levels and has a special focus on conversation practice and writing skills. Before she came to Berkeley, she has taught Dutch language and culture at Utrecht University, Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, Delft University of Technology, and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.
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:
|2017 Fees||UC Students||Visiting Students|
|Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55.|
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|
|Personal Expenses (i.e., phone, passport, visas, etc.)||$622|
|Total Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses||$3,222|
Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 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 1, 2017|
|Application closes||March 10, 2017|
|Applicants notified of selection||March 22, 2017|
|Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit||April 3, 2017|
|Attend pre-departure orientation*||Late April-May|
|Arrive in Netherlands||July 2, 2017|
|Last day of program||July 29, 2017|
* 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.
You will stay in hostels in the Netherlands and Belgium.
|Please note that accommodations are subject to change.|
A comprehensive orientation will be provided both on the UC Berkeley campus as well as on-site. Orientation will cover various topics, including academics, local culture, health and safety, transportation, and more.