Netherlands: Geography & Planning


MEPPEL, THE NETHERLANDS - This program will select 10 locations exemplifying distinct cultural landscapes unique to the Netherlands. Students will participate in daily field trips, during which they will conduct on-site visits and investigations and meet with local planning officials. Locations include the Province of Overijssel Land Use Management Department, the Dutch Barrier Islands, Amsterdam, the Northeast Polder, Rotterdam Harbors, Zeeland Delta Hydrologic Protective Works and many more. Students will have an authentic cultural experience by living outside of the tourist areas at a local guest house.

Students will apply geographic concepts that they learned in their Regional and Urban Planning courses in a real world international setting. The Netherlands is a very rich destination that can serve both the geographic aspects of cultural landscapes but also has a robust regional and urban planning history.

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2.0 GPA Required
English Language Requirement

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2023

Program Dates: June 23, 2023 - July 8, 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

(2 weeks)



Students will register for a total of 3 credits:

GPY 381, SOC 380, ENS 380, PA 380: Cultural Geographies and Sustainable Landscape Planning in the Netherlands (3 credits)

This course is an elective within the geography and sustainable planning major and sustainable regional and urban planning minor and is a “380” cross-listing with Public Administration, Sociology and Environmental Studies. It also is an International Relations IR elective and with permission an NRM elective.

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

Language of instruction: English  


Students will be staying in a 14 person guest house for the majority of the trip.

Cost and Scholarships



Program Fee: $3,896


  • Round-trip airfare from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Most meals
  • Field trips and entrance fees
  • All ground transportation

Other Expenses

  • GVSU Tuition ($1,845)
  • Personal expenses ($200)
  • Passport ($200)
  • Additional meals ($100)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $6,242


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.

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 [email protected] 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 ALL majors.

2.0 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

The first step to an international trip is to read our Traveler’s Checklist to find out things to consider before you go. Pay special attention to our safety and security information and assess for yourself the risk of traveling to a particular country or region.  Some U.S. citizens with special considerations – such as students, women, and LGBTI travelers – may face additional challenges when abroad.  If you do decide to travel, make a plan for what to do if something goes wrong overseas. 

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2023
Jeroen Wagendorp
Program Director

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