Study Abroad Opportunity: Maastricht, The Netherlands

The Netherlands
English Education in Maastricht 
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 participate in a field placement in an international or bilingual Dutch elementary or secondary school and complete two (3-credit) courses that fulfill degree requirements. For Secondary English Ed students, the courses = ENG 365 & ENG 400. For Elementary Ed students (PCKET & CSAT), the courses = ENG 355 & ENG 401. 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 Amsterdam and the Anne Frank House. Students will be encouraged to travel on their own to nearby destinations such as Amsterdam, Paris, Bruges, and Antwerp on several free weekends.

Secondary Education 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)

Elementary Education (CSAT & PCKET) program participants will receive a total of 6 credits:
ENG 355: Teaching English Learners, PK-6 (3 credits)
ENG 401: Languages, Literacies and Cultures (3 credits)

Dates and Deadlines
This four-week program will take place from May 12, 2024 to June 9, 2024. Students will live in apartments in the city center. Completed applications will be reviewed as they are received, and students will be admitted on a rolling basis. Application deadline: February 1, 2024.


The program is open to Secondary English Ed majors; Elementary Ed majors (PCKET & CSAT); Applied Linguistics minors; and ESL Minors.

PCKET majors: must have completed ENG 201, with ENG 301 highly recommended.  
CSAT majors: must have completed ENG 308 and ENG 302.                                  
English Ed majors: must have completed ENG 261 and either ENG 310 or ENG 311.
ESL minors: must have completed ENG 261.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students.

Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required to participate in this program.

Program fees ($4,947.00), including:

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids 
  • Housing 
  • All meals 
  • Local excursions
  • Trip to Amsterdam and the Anne Frank House

Additional costs:

  • GVSU tuition (6 credits, $3,864.00)
  • Personal expenses ($400.00)
  • Passport fee ($200.00)

Total Projected Cost (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $9,411.00.

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

Financial Aid and Grants

Students can use financial aid, scholarships, grants, personal funds and alternative loans to fund study abroad. Scholarship options include but are not limited to the Faculty-Led Program Grant ($1,500). Faculty-Led program grants are need-based and limited. For more information on funding, visit

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 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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