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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Eindhoven, Netherlands; Groningen, Netherlands; Hattem, Netherlands; Houten, Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Utrecht, Netherlands; Zwolle, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

UWP Study 3030: Cycling Infrastructure in the Netherlands
Pre-Summer 2018

Program Dates: May 20 - June 4, 2018
Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
*Must be able to bike 10-12 miles daily*

Course Description:

This 16-day bicycling international short-term study abroad course is designed for civil and environmental engineering students interested in experiencing and dissecting the components of the world-famous Netherlands cycling infrastructure. It will provide the opportunity for students to develop their bicycle design capabilities for creating safe and efficient cycling infrastructure. Details include investigating the historical, social, cultural, and economic aspects of the role of bicycling in the Netherlands. Students will also explore physical infrastructure, travel behavior and policy, inter-modal connections, as well as the way health and the environment requires the bicycle to be essential part of Dutch living.

Additionally, students will interact daily with Windesheim University of Applied Sciences mobility and traffic engineering faculty and students. Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams with on-site visits, group discussions, projects, and social encounters. These teams will complete a service learning project for an international partner.

All program participants must be able to bike 10-12 miles daily. By bicycle, students will visit bicycle friendly cities within the Netherlands. The program as planned, will involve fifteen consecutive days of riding, which range from approximately 5-15 miles. The pace of the rides will be leisurely, and the riding time will be punctuated with multiple breaks and time for lunch and exploring infrastructure. Students accepted into the program will be required to participate in the cycling pre-program during the spring term, during which time they will be introduced to safe bicycle riding and the basic etiquette of road riding with a group. One need not be an athlete to easily complete these rides. These rides have been designed so that students of average fitness can easily manage them.

Course Highlights: 
  • Site visits to cycling infrastructure throughout the Netherlands with a focus on the city of Zwolle, awarded the Best Cycling City in the Netherlands in 2014
  • Presentations and discussions with mobility faculty and students at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, as well as design consultants, municipal leaders, and cycling advocates
  • Service learning project with international mobility students 
  • Experience using the Netherlands rail system and its important connections to local cycling
  • Large scale community bicycle focused planning in Houten
  • Van Gogh bike path and Hovenring site visits in Eindhoven
  • Cycling infrastructure tour in Amsterdam
  • Cultural days in Zwolle and Amsterdam

Course Structure:

Orientation: Prior to departing for the Netherlands, students will attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting (date TBD). This meeting will include, but is not limited to, getting to know each other, covering brief program information, Dutch language basics, and an introduction to the student learning project to be presented at the pre-departure meeting. Non-UW-Platteville students will be able to participate via streaming or recorded media.

A second mandatory orientation will be on (date TBD). This meeting will include, but is not limited to, history of cycling in the Netherlands, background on the cycling network, an introduction to Dutch design fundamentals and sustainable safety, an introduction to using public transportation in the Netherlands, setting up your journal, expectations, and other necessary topics for a successful international experience. Non-UW-Platteville students will be able to participate via streaming or recorded media.

A third mandatory orientation will be on (date TBD). This meeting will allow to students to practice safe bicycle riding and basic etiquette of riding with a group. Non-UW-Platteville students will be given appropriate information to help them practice these skills on their own.

In the Netherlands: Students will visit cycling infrastructure, interact with mobility students and faculty at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences campus and community leaders within Zwolle and other locations throughout the Netherlands. Site visits and corresponding discussions will include topics such as Dutch cycling infrastructure, terminology, policies, community transportation planning, best practices for planning, design, safety, and encouragement, and discussions about cycling world culture. Additionally, students will work in multi-disciplinary teams with U.S. civil engineering  students and Windesheim University mobility students on a student learning project.

Students should expect bicycling, train transport, walking, reading, journaling, site visits, discussions, interacting with students and citizens of other cultures, assignments, presentations, deadlines, and student learning project(s).

Post-Program:  At the conclusion of the program, the journal and student learning project will be due (date TBD). Students will also be required to attend a fourth mandatory meeting with the Education Abroad Office for re-entry orientation. Non-UW-Platteville students will be able to participate via streaming or recorded media.

Level: 3000-level course work

Term: Pre-Summer Session 2018

Prerequisites: Students must have completed two semesters of college level coursework at time of application, must have passed CEE 2000 Introduction to Infrastructure course (or instructor approval), and have a minimum 2.5 GPA

Application Materials Required: This program requires a brief interview with the instructor, two letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose.

Course Load: One 3-credit course

Grading: A-F only, cannot be audited; must be enrolled in course for credit

This course satisfies the criteria for general education requirements in International Education and counts as a technical elective in the Civil and Environmental Engineering curriculum.

Program Leader: 

Dr. Kristina Fields is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and spent Fall 2015 as a visiting faculty member at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences mobility program in Zwolle, the Netherlands. She also led this program during Summer 2017.

Housing and Meals:

Students will stay in hotels and hostels and share double, triple or quadruple occupancy rooms with other program participants. Room type may vary from location to location depending on available options.

All breakfasts are included in the program fees, all other meals are out-of-pocket expenses.


Program Fee:

A $50 non-refundable Education Abroad application fee is due before your application can be reviewed. 

The estimated program cost is $4,200*+. This includes program administrative fees, 3 credits, textbooks, transportation (international airfare and in Europe), accommodations, entrances to course related excursions and site visits, and emergency medical and accident insurance.The program fee will be charged to your PASS account in full. All regular registration and late fees will apply.

*Program cost based on 8 students
+Program cost based on receiving a PACCE Grant of $600 per student (Non-UWP students not eligible to receive this grant)

Cost DOES NOT include passport, transportation to gateway airport (Chicago O'Hare), meals, and personal spending. Out-of-pocket estimated costs: $600-$800.
  • Fees may change based on final enrollment, changes in fuel prices, and exchange rates
  • Fee differentials apply for non-WI/MN residents ($100) and TSI students ($40)
  • Veterans: Please contact the Education Abroad office if you have eligibility under the Wisconsin GI Bill
Students will have two weeks upon their acceptance to commit to the program. Program fees are due IN FULL before departure.

UW-Platteville student applicants should apply for the UW-Platteville International Study Scholarship by visiting the Education Abroad website. Applicants must show financial need on their FAFSA to qualify. Scholarship awards will be dispersed to student's PASS account.

Withdrawal Policy:
Students who withdraw on or after the day of commitment will be financially responsible for a $165 Education Abroad administrative fee and all non-recoverable expenses. Non-recoverable expenses include anything UW-Platteville has paid for on behalf of the participant (i.e. airfare, housing, tickets, etc.) and is unable to recover from an organization or vendor. Students who withdraw on or after the program start date will be financially responsible for the entire program fee.

Passports should be valid for at least six months after program end date. To learn more about applying for a passport, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Visa Requirements:
Visas are not required for U.S. citizens to enter the Netherlands. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for determining visa requirements for your country of citizenship.

For More Information:

Program Instructor
Dr. Kristina Fields
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Phone: 608-342-1533
Office: 130 Ottensman Hall

Program Coordinator
Alyssa Shaff
Education Abroad
Phone: 608-342-6151
Office: 102 Royce Hall

Program Ratings:
Academic Experience:
1 2 3 4 5
Cultural Value:
1 2 3 4 5
1 2 3 4 5
1 2 3 4 5
1 2 3 4 5
Program Provider Administration:
1 2 3 4 5
Host Country Program Administration:
1 2 3 4 5
Overall Experience:
1 2 3 4 5

This program is currently not accepting applications.