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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
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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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Winter 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 Classrooms CJS 260 Justice in Our Community and 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 registered for the fall term Global Classroom have the option of participating in this Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) to Amsterdam with AUAS. 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. Students will have many opportunities to connect with their student partners from the fall through on-campus and social events. 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 CJS T380 or HNRS T380 for 1 credit as a part of their winter term course load. This ICA credit is not optional and students must plan their winter registration accordingly.

Prerequisite Courses: CJS 260-001 Justice in Our Community OR HNRS 301-001 Project Just(ice) Cities fall term Global Classrooms 

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

Program Calendar

Arrival Date: December 11, 2021
Departure Date: December 17, 2021

Itinerary Overview

Date Activity
-Amsterdam arrival (Depart US on Dec. 10th)
-Overview of social institutions and city design
-Ann Frank Museum
-Group dinner
-Visit traditional Dutch village
-Dinner with AUAS partners
-Policy lecture
-Tour of city institutions: government building, transportation, housing, and officials
-Policy lecture at AUAS
-Group work time
-Tour of schools and educational institutions
-Policy lecture: Education
-Tour of Healthcare facilities
-Policy lecture: Healthcare
-Dinner with AUAS students
-Project time with AUAS students: group work
-Final presentation
-Return flight to US


Program Fee - $780

Due 9/30/2021 - $500 Advance Payment
Due 11/1/2021 - $280 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:
  • 6 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:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.