Refugee and Immigrant Experience of Children and Youth in the Netherlands
This 10-day trip will highlight P-12 education and teacher training, specifically focusing on refugee and immigrant education in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is recognized as one of the world leaders in providing education to refugee and immigrant children and families. Program travelers will stay in central Amsterdam and visit schools, higher education institutions, and historic sites, as well as meet with Dutch educational policy advocacy groups. Students will tour the Amsterdam canals, the Anne Frank House, and other World War II sites.
Students will stay in a hotel in central Amsterdam, less than a mile from the Museum Quarter and steps from tram lines that go throughout the city. Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and one of the most popular traveler destinations in Europe, with over 5 million international visitors every year. Amsterdam is the cultural and commercial center of the Netherlands and program travelers will be able to experience its famous canals, museums, and historic sites.
The Netherlands’ large international population has led to several innovative approaches to schooling for immigrant children and teens. We will be examining Dutch approaches to refugee and immigrant education and visiting schools, educators, and higher education students and faculty in Amsterdam. In addition to our educational focus, the program will also highlight the historic and cultural significance of the Netherlands.
Program Activities & Features
Planned excursions include an Amsterdam canal tour, the Anne Frank House, Entrance to Humanity House, The Hague and other World War II historical sites. Optional outings include bike and walking tours of historic Amsterdam, Delft, Rotterdam, and the Hague. Travelers can also choose to visit the Zuiderzee Living History Museum, Haarlem, or other areas of the country easily reachable by train.
- Degree or non-degree seeking student
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.50+ GPA at time of application
- Junior standing by June 2020 and graduate students in any college, as well as educators/administrators in the Watson College of Education professional partnership
The academic portion of the Netherlands experience will have three strands—undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral—with each strand focusing on newcomer education from a P-12 or higher education perspective. Program students will also have the option of adding a strand that explores global education and/or international perspectives on WWII and the Holocaust.
- EDN 455 International Field Experience (Required for undergraduate students)
- EDN 592 International Field Experience (Required for Master’s students)
- EDL 664 International Internship (Required for doctoral students)
February 28, 2020
Tentative Program Dates
June 11-21, 2020
Estimated Program Fee: $1,318
Program Fee Includes:
- Hotel Lodging in Central Amsterdam (daily breakfast and wifi included)
- Group Seminars
- Amsterdam Canal Tour
- Group Dinner (one night)
- Entrance to Anne Frank House Museum, Amsterdam
- Entrance to Humanity House, The Hague
- Entrance to Our Lord in the Attic Museum, Amsterdam
- Visits to newcomer preschool, primary, & secondary schools
- Visits to local Teacher Training Institutions
(not included in program fee)
- International Airfare
- Food (breakfast included in program fee)
- Local transportation
- Passport, if needed
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at https://uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html