The Netherlands
Comparative Literacy Practices in Schools: U.S. and Netherlands 
Spring Semester
Padnos International Center Flyer (PDF)

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 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.

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)

Dates and Deadlines
This four-week program will take place from May 7 - June 4, 2020. 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. 

Elementary education students must have completed ENG 261 and ENG 308 with 307 and 309 highly recommended.
Secondary English education students must have completed ENG 261 with 310 and 311 highly recommended. CSAT must have completed PSY 301 and ENG 308 with ENG 302 highly recommended. 3.0 GPA required. Visit the website for details. The program size is limited to 16 participants. GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students.

Cost (2023)
Program fees ($4,245), including:

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

Additional costs:

  • GVSU tuition (6 credits, $3,690)
  • ISIC card ($28)
  • Personal expenses ($400)
  • Passport fee ($150)

Total Projected Cost: $8,513.

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 Study Abroad.

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 Study Abroad 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. 

Apply for this program via the GVSU Study Abroad Netherlands: English Education in Maastricht program page.

Maastricht Netherlands
Certificate of International Teaching Certificate

Certificate of International Teaching Experience

Students can earn a “Certificate of International Teaching Experience” when you participate in any of the approved study abroad programs that have a school field experience in the destination country. In addition to the study abroad experience, you would enroll in PCK/EDI 315 for 1-3 credits to earn the certificate. Your study abroad director can help advise you about the appropriate process for you.

Program Directors

Lindsay Ellis                            Colleen Brice

[email protected]                       [email protected]

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