Netherlands: English Education in Maastricht


Maastricht, Netherlands  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 an overnight trip to Amsterdam and the Anne Frank House. Students will be encouraged to travel on their own to nearby destinations such as Paris, Bruges, Antwerp, or London on several free weekends. 


Past participants have shared their experiences with this faculty-led program.

Netherlands English Flickr

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3.0 GPA Required
English Language Requirement

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2022

Program Dates: May 5, 2022 - June 2, 2022
Application Deadline: December 15, 2021 (Closed)

Spring/Summer 2023

Estimated Program Dates: May 2023 - June 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

(4 weeks)

*Apply Early! Applications are reviewed when they are received.



Students will register for a total of six (6) credits: 

*ENG 365: Teaching ESL (3 credits) AND

ENG 400: Language Arts for Teachers (3 credits)

*CSAT majors can use this to fulfill SAT 495

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.

Fulfills (1) General Education Issues course requirement. Reflection required

Language of Instruction: English 


Program participants will live in an international dorm, youth hostels or apartments with other international students. Rooms include bed linens and towels. Halls are equipped with kitchen and laundry facilities.

Cost and Scholarships



Program Fee: $3,955


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

Other Expenses

  • GVSU Tuition (6 credits) ($3,930) (2020 rate)
  • Personal expenses ($400)
  • Passport/photos ($150)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $8,435


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS ($350): The English Department awards two $350 scholarships to English majors who study abroad.  Application details are available from the Department Chair.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships:

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To contact the Financial Aid office, email with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

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

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Open to elementary and secondary English Education student.

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. 

3.0 GPA required.

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

Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required for participation in this program

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US State Department Information

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2022
Patricia Bloem
Program Director
Laura Vander Broek
Program Director
Spring/Summer 2023
Patricia Bloem
Program Director
Laura Vander Broek
Program Director

"Moving an hour away from home to Grand Rapids was the farthest I had ever gone on my own, and once I drove through Canada on a road trip. Until I applied and got accepted into my study abroad program. After study abroad, I went to the Netherlands without knowing a single person on the trip, visited 9 countries in 6 weeks (I extended my time abroad after my program to travel more) and I'm living with one of my roommates from the trip next year. By far the most terrifying yet amazing thing I have ever done, and would do it all over again. " -Kateri Banghart

Kateri Banghart - Netherlands

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