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UMD-Winter: Netherlands, Germany and Belgium: International and Multicultural Perspectives in Education (EDUC/CPSP)

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Brussels, Belgium
Maastricht, Netherlands
Paris, France
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This winter, investigate the interrelated influences on education structures as you travel through the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium. As you learn about each culture, you will examine how factors such as culture, history, politics, diversity, teacher beliefs and values, classroom practices, and how home environments affect education.  You will visit multiple schools, meet and talk with the principals and observe and interact with primary, secondary and college level teachers and students. Be prepared to learn about education as you visit multiple primary schools, a special education school, a secondary school, and a refugee school. As you sit in on Dutch education classes you will also meet teachers and students at the PABO, a teacher preparation college. 

This course is designed to broaden your perspective on approaches to education as your own idea of education and the differences and commonalities you observe between cultures. To further our knowledge about multicultural issues in education, we will have multiple opportunities to observe primary and secondary schools, as well as institutions of higher education.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD and non-UMD freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students of all majors are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • EDUC 498I: Netherlands, Germany, Belgium: International and Multicultural Perspectives in Education
  • EDUC 698I: Netherlands, Germany, Belgium: International and Multicultural Perspectives in Education
  • CPSP 379C: Netherlands, Germany, Belgium: International and Multicultural Perspectives in Education

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

In Maastricht, we will stay in small apartments for 2-3 students. In Amsterdam  and Brussels we will stay in hotels in shared accommodations. 

Costs are current for winter 2018.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $37
Tuition $2,480
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $958
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $250
Visa $0
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,300
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $300
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Stacy Pritchett is the Program Director and the Professional Development Schools Coordinator for Middle School Mathematics and Science Certification, in the College of Education's Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership. She, and her Middle School Candidates, work closely with middle and high schools in Montgomery, Prince George's and Howard counties. She has taught a variety of education courses and currently leads the middle school seminar. Stacy also works with the edTPA at both the national and local level. edTPA is a performance-based assessment process designed by educators to answer the essential question of whether new teachers are ready for the job.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Observations of classrooms in multiple countries
  • Visit to the world renowned Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House, and a Canal Tour of Amsterdam
  • Walking tours of Maastricht, Brussels, and Aachen
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2018 10/15/2017 10/11/2017 01/04/2018 01/22/2018