Netherlands: English Education

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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  • Netherlands: English Education Photo
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Tell me about this program

Open to: Elementary and secondary English Education students

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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When can I go?

May 5 - June 2, 2018 (4 weeks)

Where will I live?

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

Who is eligible to participate?

Eligibility: 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.


How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2018 Program): February 1, 2018

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information 

Applications for the 2017 program will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning in late December. Apply early because the program often fills up. Review of completed applications will begin in late December, and qualified students will be accepted to the program at that time.

What credits will I receive?

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.
Language of instruction: English 

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $3,891

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Housing
  • Most meals
  • Local excursions
  • Trip to Amsterdam & the Anne Frank House
Other Expenses
  • GVSU Tuition (6 credits) ($3,150)
  • Personal expenses ($400)
  • Passport/photos ($140)
  • ISIC card - optional ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $7,609

Financial Aid

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. 

Financial Aid FAQs


FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT: Up to $1,500. 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.

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:

Visit for more information on these and other grants/scholarships. 

Who can tell me more?

Faculty Directors:

Patricia Bloem
English Department
211 Lake Huron Hall


Laura Vander Broek
English Department
244 Lake Huron Hall


All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.