Study Abroad Opportunity: Maastricht, The Netherlands

The Netherlands
Comparative Literacy Practices in Schools: U.S. and Netherlands 
Spring Semester
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This program is located in Maastricht, a vibrant university town in southern Netherlands near the borders of Belgium and Germany. Students will take two 3 credit courses that fulfill teacher certification requirements for English education students (ENG 365 and ENG 400) and participate in a field placement in a Dutch or international elementary or secondary school. The program includes a walking and biking orientation to Maastricht and the environs. In addition to other local excursions, there will be a visit to Brussels and to the European Union headquarters. Students will be encouraged to travel on their own to nearby destinations such as Amsterdam, Paris, Bruges, and Antwerp on several free weekends.

Program participants will receive a total of 6 credits:
ENG 365: Teaching English as a Second Language (3 Credits)
ENG 400: Language Arts for Teaching (3 Credits)
English secondary education majors can use ENG 400 to fulfill a 300 + level elective in the major.

Dates and Deadlines
This four-week program will take place from late May to late June. Students will live in an international dorm with other international students. Rooms include bed linens and towels. Halls are equipped with kitchen and laundry facilities. Applications are due early February.

Elementary and secondary English Education students with a minimum GPA. of 3.0 and completion of ENG 261. ENG 308 is required for Elementary Education students. Completion of ENG 307/310 and ENG 309/311 is also desirable. The program size is limited to 16 participants. GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students.

The projected total cost for this program is $3,831.00. Program fee includes round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids, housing, most meals, and local excursions. Additional costs include GVSU tuition (6 credits, $2,646.00), ISIC card ($28.00), personal expenses ($400.00), and passport fee ($140.00). Trip to Brussels and European Union headquarters is an additional expense. Total Projected Cost: $3,831.00 (program fee) + $3,214.00 (additional costs) = $7,045.00.

This fee subject to adjustments based on actual exchange rates and international airfare.

Financial Aid and Grants
Participants earning at least six (6) credits during the spring/summer semesters can apply their GVSU financial aid award toward study abroad program costs. Grants are available for faculty-led participants. All degree-seeking students accepted into a GVSU faculty-led program are automatically considered for the grant if they have a current FAFSA on file in the Financial Aid Office. No application required.

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU Students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home schools study abroad and financial aid office for details on applying financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs.

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application. Completed applications must be submitted by early February.  Non-GVSU student should visit for detailed application instructions. All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be canceled due to extenuating circumstances. 

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