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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Program Description:
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Fall Break in the Netherlands:
Project Just(ice) Cities

Amsterdam bridge

Program Overview

This 1 credit Intensive Course Abroad is a continuation of the fall term Global Classroom HNRS 301 Project Just(ice) Cities. Now more than ever, Americans have been forced to reckon with a history of injustice which has manifested in broad structural inequality. During the fall term Global Classroom, students will explore the social structures, or agents of justice, (e.g.: employment, immigration, race, education, health care, housing) which support healthy communities or perpetuate injustice. The course will be taught with Drexel global partners at Amsterdam Univ of Applied Science (AUAS) to educate one another about our city’s state of justice. Students will analyze issues of justice, and explore the lived experiences of those in Philadelphia. The relationship with AUAS provides an inter-cultural experience and opportunity to gain the critical skill of developing different communication styles ​​to work together effectively and respectfully in a diverse team.

Students must register for the follow-on fall term Global Classroom to be eligible for this ICA. Students will engage in lectures and tour the very agents of justice analyzed during fall term (e.g., education, housing, employment, healthcare, social services). The ICA will include tours of Dutch neighborhoods where students may see first-hand the very policies  discussed in the fall. Students will meet with local government officials, tour healthcare, correctional, and educational systems while discussing the differences in our countries’ approach to social support and access to justice. SDrexel students will have many opportunities to meet and begin to connect with their fall course global partners at AUAS. The time in Amsterdam will also include cultural tours of museums, canals, old Dutch towns, and tours of the city. 
By participating in this study abroad program, students will:

1) Develop their cross-cultural communication and collaboration skills
2) Analyze Dutch social institutions which contribute to a just city
3) Observe and participate in the lived experience of social policy in Amsterdam
4) Compare and contrast Amsterdam and American social policy which creates a just or unjust city
5) Complete the final policy project with Dutch course peers
6) Reflect on connection, complexity and praxis of justice in course journal


Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for HNRS T380 for 1 credit as a part of their fall term course load. This ICA credit is not optional and students must plan their fall registration accordingly.

Required Course: Students must enroll in HNRS 301-001 Project Just(ice) Cities Fall term Global Classroom, which takes place after travel is complete. 

Instructor: Cyndi Rickards, Associate Teaching Professor of Criminology & Justice Studies

Program Calendar

Arrival Date: Sept 13, 2023 (Depart US on Sept 12th)
Departure Date: Sept 20, 2023

Fall Term (Post Travel): HNRS 301-001 Project Just(ice) Cities Global Classroom

Itinerary Overview

Date Activity
Day 1 Arrival and hotel check-in
Group dinner
Day 2 Meet AUAS partners
Opening lectures and tour of institution
Global Engagement lunch
Pizza dinner with AUAS students
Day 3 Tour of Amsterdam city hall
Lecture from local officials
Free time
Day 4 Guided tour of city
Ann Frank guided tour
Evening free time
Day 5 Day tour of old Dutch villages
Evening free time
Day 6 AUAS partner work and faculty lecture
Tour of red-light district with community substance use disorder activist
Evening free time
Day 7 Tour of social housing
AUAS faculty lecture
Canal evening boat tour
Day 8 Final AUAS partner time
Policy pod project
AUAS student pub and good-by event
Day 9 Students depart


Program Fee - $1410

Due 5/1/2023 - $500 Advance Payment
Due 7/1/2023 - $910 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • On site activities, visits, toursICA_AmsterdamNetherlands_Bridg
  • 2 group dinners
  • Local transport to program activities
  • On Call Emergency Assistance Insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (Estimated):

  • Round trip airfare $900
  • Passport $145
  • Airport transfers $80
  • Most meals $350
  • Spending money $100
  • Visa (if applicable)
ICA Financial Aid: Students may request an Adjusted Cost of Attendance by submitting the ICA program fee and estimated out of pocket expenses listed above to Drexel Central (via askdrexel). Doing so could make students’ eligible for additional financial aid. 

More Information

Visa: US Citizens are not required to obtain a visa for entry to the Netherlands. Other nationalities should confirm visa requirements on the Netherlands Embassy website.

Flight: A recommended flight itinerary will be provided. Students are responsible for booking their own airfare.

Course Grade Scale:
A+ 97-100   A+ 4.00
A 93-96   A 4.00
A- 90-92   A- 3.67
B+ 87-89   B+ 3.33
B 83-86   B 3.00
B- 80-82   B- 2.67
C+ 77-79   C+ 2.33
C       73-76   C 2.00
 C- 70-72   C- 1.67
D+ 67-69   D+ 1.33
D 60-66   D 1.00
F 0.00  

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2023 05/15/2023
05/19/2023 09/13/2023 09/20/2023
Fall 2024 03/01/2024 04/01/2024 TBA TBA

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