Office of Education Abroad Update, October 24, 2012: Issue 2
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Office of Education Abroad Update, October 24, 2012: Issue 2

Study Abroad in The Netherlands

spring break, spring II, semester, year long and summer programs available

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When one thinks of The Netherlands, certain images come to mind;  tulips, bicycles, windmills, museums and canals probably at the top of the list. Amsterdam, one of many beautiful Dutch cities, has an amazing ring of canals that surround the city.  2013 is the 400th anniversary of the canals in fact! The Netherlands is a liberal democracy which provides a fascinating look at a country and culture very different than our own.

Take advantage of the many opportunities CWRU offers to study abroad in The Netherlands! 

CWRU Faculty-Led Short Term Courses (Spring Break and Spring II)

Semester, year-long, and summer programs

EuroScholars –The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad program allows students to perform research while taking coursework at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.
Maastricht University – Situated at the intersection of the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, and France, Maastricht University is an ideal location for the Center of European Studies, which it houses.  Students can focus on European Business and Economics, EU Politics and Policy, Public Health and Medicine in Europe, Psychology and Neuroscience in Europe, and other topical areas.
IES Abroad Pre-Law in Amsterdam – This program provides students with opportunities to study diverse aspects of international law in Amsterdam, a progressive city defined by its cutting edge contributions to the arts, business, politics, and social policy.
CIEE Summer Comparative Public Health Program in Amsterdam and London - You begin your study abroad experience in Amsterdam, interrogating culturally sensitive issues like euthanasia, and global issues like elder care, which help you develop insight into the Dutch approach. Next, you’ll travel to London to research the challenges facing the British National Health Service which owns the vast majority of the country’s hospitals and has made medical care available to all citizens.

To explore all your options for study abroad in The Netherlands or other parts of the world, visit our website at and start your program search today.

Booking flights for your study abroad experience

To all students who are planning to study abroad, make sure to buy your flight ticket as early (and cheap!) as possible. If you don’t know where to start, there are plenty of travel sites online that can help you with booking a flight. Kayak, Expedia, and Travelocity are a few well known sites to get you started, but you should also check out STA Travel and StudentUniverse (you should be able to get student discounts!). Make sure you have a place to stay when you arrive. If you know that you won’t be able to move in to your dormitory/with your host family/etc on the day that you plan to arrive, book a hotel (you can usually do this from the same site that you used to buy your plane ticket) and make sure that you know how to get there from the airport. After booking your flight, don’t forget to send your itinerary to Erin Leonard ( so that we know that you are all set to go abroad!

If you need any help or have any questions concerning booking a flight, feel free to contact Lisa Brown (

Announcements and Events from The Office of Education Abroad

International Education week is coming, November 12th through the 16th

International Education Week is a weeklong series of events that take place at various locations on the CWRU campus. Events include lectures, career-related workshops, cultural celebrations, and more. The traditional Thanksgiving Dinner also occurs at the end of the week,  where students, friends, and family come together to share an evening of traditional food and fun.  Check the next update for a full listing of events.

Other Announcements and Events

Spend your spring break in Amsterdam! Enroll in Public Health Ethics: Focus on the Netherlands, BETH 315B/415B through The Department of Bioethics
Travel dates: March 8-17, 2013. This 3-credit intensive course is approved for Global and Cultural Diversity Credit and will be taught by faculty from Case,
University of Utrecht, and the University of Amsterdam. This course offers students a cross-cultural perspective on ethical dilemmas raised by the practice of public health in the United States and Northern Europe. Additionally, this course examines policies related to prostitution, drug use, sex education, infectious disease prevention, and access to health care, and how they differ in the cultural and political settings of the U.S. and The Netherlands. Prior to the trip, students will attend two lectures at CWRU. While in The Netherlands, students will learn about the unique aspects of Dutch approaches to Public Health and culture through: guided walking city tours; lectures, and site visits to various locations, such as The Hague, the Red Light District, a drug user room and coffee shop. Student loans/financial aid are often available to cover program fees. Click here to APPLY. For more information about this, or any of our international course offerings, please contact Michelle L. Champoir-Burke, M.A., Director of International Education Programs for The Department of Bioethics, at, 216-368-5377, or visit

Global Issues & Sustainablity in India, School of Engineering and MSASS (Mandel School of Applied Social Science) Collaboration, India SASS 375/575 and EECS 342i
Travel Dates: May 21 - June 4, 2013, Seminars:  March and April  Cost:  $4950.00, includes international, domestic and in-counrty travel, accommodations, meals, cultural and historical sites.  The  3-credit study abroad course is an interdisciplinary engineering and social work collaboration that includes a short-term cross-cultural immersion during May 21 - June 4, 1013.  The course is listed as a Spring II course, registered for as spring elective, with class meetings in March and April and travel to India in May.   Global Issues & Sustainability in India course brings together a social work perspective to the understanding of technical project assessment, selection, planning and implementation in India.  The course is also designed to help students understand culturally relevant community engagement strategies to ensure project acceptance in under-served and developing communities.  Many field sites will be visited in order to observe first-hand the community assessment and development of projects that engineers implement. An example of these projects could include infrastructure to support water and sanitation as well as projects around energy, agriculture, human rights and women empowerment.Financial aid can be applied toward program fee. For more information, please visit or contact  Dr. Deborah Jacobson,

Art and Poetry Coffeehouse, Thursday, November 16, 7pm- 8:30pm, Thwing Atrium
Celebrate the diversity of cultures on our campus while enjoying special coffees and international desserts.  Share a favorite poem, a song, or an artwork from your background or from a culture you have studied.  If you have studied or lived abroad, take this opportunity to bring home some of the culture that you enjoyed in other parts of the world.  Whether from another country or from the US, you have something to celebrate!  Open mike, but it you want to reserve your spot,
sign up on line. Part of International Education Week co-sponsored by Share the Vision, UPB, and Bon Appetit.


The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) is coordinating its fourth Alternative Spring Break trip to Nicaragua from Saturday, March 9 to Saturday, March 16, 2013. 
Spend your spring break working on service projects while also getting to know a rural Nicaragua community. Service projects will include helping construct a new high school for the community, facilitating after school programs with local children, and participating in English lessons with youth and adults.  The total cost of the trip is $1,550 which includes international airfare, activities, and most meals.  For more information, contact Angela Lowery at or visit .  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a first round deadline of Monday, December 3.  

October 8, 2012

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Upcoming application deadlines

Spring break programs: January 4th
Spring 2 programs:     January 4th
Fall semester:
February 15th
Academic year:
February 15th
March 1st

What is Spring II?
A Spring II program is a program whereby the majority of the course is spent in sessions at CWRU throughout the spring semester.  The program then has a longer abroad experience in May, after final exams.  Spring II programs are open to all students, including First Year students.  Find out more about these and all short-term programs on our website.
Meet with a Study Abroad advisor

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