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Hogeschool Utrecht (Exchange)
Utrecht, Netherlands (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring,
Summer II
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring,
Summer II
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 02/15/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer II 2015 02/28/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2016 10/15/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
WMU
 Language of Instruction:
English
 Minimum GPA:
2.75
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior
 Program Specialist:
Ann Ganz
 Language experience required:
No
 Areas of Study:
Business, Marketing, Various, Economics
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Sixty percent of Dutch national income is earned through export, import and transit activities. Long known as the traders of Europe, the Dutch have developed logistics to benchmark level in the international business arena. The Hogeschool Utrecht (HU) is one of the largest universities of professional education in the Netherlands and is grant-aided by the state.  The Hogeschool focuses on education with a practical emphasis. The University has several buildings in the center of Utrecht, on the campus 'De Uithof' where a large number of the 1050 foreign-based companies have their subsidiary (IBM, Fortis, Cap Gemini, Oracle, Mercedes-Benz, Campaq, Bayer). This new exchange program will focus on the Faculty of Economics and Management (FEM) in the first phase and may expand later to include courses in communication. All courses in the International Business and Management program are taught in English. WMU students may study business at HU during fall semester which runs from late August through mid-December or spring semester from February to late June. There is also a short-term program offered during summer II.  l WMU students with senior status in the Haworth College of Business who study at the FEM for a full year may choose to complete the Dual Degree Program. By passing all compulsory subjects of this program (total of 60 ECTS credits of 3rd and 4th year subjects) students may obtain the BBA Degree in Marketing Management; Finance and Accounting; or Business Logistics.
 
WMU students interested in the exchange program may be able to contact students from Utrecht currently studying at WMU. Contact WMU Study Abroad for more information.

WMU students may also participate in The Hogeschool Utrecht Summer School course, Doing Business in Europe,  This program is offered during the months of July - August.

"Experience what it takes to do business in Europe successfully. Focus on European economy, zoom in on business life and Europe, and take your business competences to the ultimate test: a real-life management game on strategic marketing, finance or entrepreneurship. The first part of this course offers an introduction to European economy, on current issues, trends and hot topics. The second part of the programme offers a practical approach to dealing with several aspects of the diverse business setting in Europe. To truly experience this diversity, you will not just stay in the Netherlands, but will also spend a week in Italy. The third part offers the real-life management game."

Students applying for the fall or spring semester programs may be eligible for the Global Engagement Scholarship.
Business majors participating in this program can also apply for a scholarship offered by Haworth College of Business.  More information is available in the Global Business Center/MBA Program office, 2320 Schneider Hall.

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Location

With 16 million people living within 16,000 square miles, the Netherlands is the most densely populated country in Europe.  It ranks 9th in national income among the world's economies.  The third largest Dutch city, Utrecht counts 50,000 students among its 270,000 inhabitants.  It is a short 20-minute train ride to the center of Amsterdam, which is four hours from Paris, five hours from Berlin and one hour from Brussels.  The historical city center is built around 14th century canals and offers a relaxed cafe atmosphere.  From the city center, the campus is an easy walk just under the ring road.  The FEM has a new building that has won awards for its modern but human architecture.  It is a high-tech facility with gardens and pleasant gathering spaces for students to work and relax.

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Academics

Academic Eligibility
Minimum 2.75 GPA and at junior or senior status in HCoB achieved by the semester of participation.

Academic Program
HU is organized on the quarter system.  Generally speaking, a quarter consists of seven weeks of class, a review week, and two weeks for exams.  Many courses entail projects and student participation on multicultural teams.  The Faculty of Economics and Management (FEM) offers special study rooms designed for teamwork. WMU students must be Hayworth College of Business majors that have attained junior status and they may take HU courses in years 2, 3, and 4 of their degree work. 

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

Management Course Equivalents Hogeschool Utrecht/WMU

 

Utrecht Course

WMU Management Course Equivalent

 International Marketing for Exchange    
(3 ECTS)
and
Project Management for Exchange
(3 ECTS)

 MGMT 3010 Project Management (3 Credits)

 Human Resource Management (3 ECTS)
and
Management and Organization (3 ECTS)

MGMT 3520 Human Resource Management
 (3 credits)*

 International Management Behavior
(3 ECTS)
and
Management and Organization (3 ECTS)

 MGMT 4100 Multinational Management 
 ( 3 credits)*

 Global Sourcing (3 ECTS)
and
Global Supply Chain (3 ECTS)

 MKTG 4630 Manufacturing Logistics
(3 credits)

 Intopia for Exchange Students (6 ECTS)


 BUS 4750 Strategic Business Solutions
(3 credits)

Dutch Language (6 ECTS)
 

Lang 4770 (3 credits)
** Students can only get credit for MGMT 3520 or 4100

Marketing Course Equivalents Hogeschool Utrecht/WMU

 

 Utrecht Course

 WMU Marketing Course Equivalent

Corporate Sales (3 ECTS)
and
Personal Selling Skills (3 ECTS)

 MKTG 3600 Personal Selling (3 credits)

 International Marketing Plan 1
(3 ECTS)
and
International Marketing Plan 2
(3 ECTS)

 MKTG 4750 International Marketing (3 credits)

 International Marketing Plan 1
(3 ECTS)
and
International Marketing Plan 2
(3 ECTS)

 MKTG 4750 International Marketing (3 credits)

 Product Management Plan and Innovation (3 ECTS)
and
International Branding (3 ECTS)

 MKTG 4780 Special Topics in Marketing (Brand Management) (3 credits)

 Logistics (3 ECTS)
and
HRM & Outsourcing (3 ECTS)

 MKTG 4840 Marketing Logistics (3 credits)

 Export Management (3 ECTS)
and
Marketing Simulation LINKS
(3 ECTS)

 MKTG 4860 Marketing Strategy (3 credits)
                                  or
MKTG 4700 Business Marketing Strategy (3 credits)

 

Summer Program Business Course Equivalents Hogeschool Utrecht/WMU

 

 Utrecht Course

 WMU Business Course Equivalent

Doing Business in Europe (12 ECTS)

 MGMT 4100 Multinational Management (3 credits)
                                 and
BCM 4540 Intercultural Business Communications 
                             (3 credits)



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Cost & Financial Aid

Cost
The WMU fall and spring semester program fee includes: tuition, administrative fees, orientation, and international health and emergency insurance.

The program fee does not include: airfare, housing, meals, books, local transportation, passport, visa (residence permit), immunizations,and personal expenses.  Housing ranges from 375-655 euros per month, plus a non-refundable registration fee of 175 euros.

The WMU summer program fee includes: tuition housing, meal plan, transfers from Utrecht to Italy and return to Utrecht, course materials, administrative fees, instructional costs,and international health and emergency insurance.

The program fee does not include: airfare, additional meals, local transportation, passport, immunizations, and miscellaneous expenses. 

Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. The program budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.

Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs).   The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
Example:
   Commitment fee
+ Qualified fees (tuition)
+ Non-qualified fees (other costs)
= Total program fee

Commitment fee: The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form.  The remainder of the program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for the semester of enrollment, fall, spring, or summer II semester.

Scholarships
Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Global Engagement Scholarship if taking one course (minimum of three credit hours) in the relevant foreign language each semester while abroad.

Business majors who participate in the summer program, Doing Business in Europe, can also apply for a scholarship offered by Haworth College of Business.  More information is available in the Global Business Center/MBA Program office, 2320 Schneider Hall.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, they must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad so plan ahead.  Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable).  These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

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Housing

HU does not have dormitories.  Off-campus housing is guaranteed for exchange students.  The average cost is 375-655 euros/month with a 2-month deposit.  Housing is self-catering.  A student cafeteria and a snack bar are available in the Faculty of Economics and Managment (FEM) building on campus.

Housing information

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Itinerary

Summer II  2014 itinerary for "Doing Business in Europe"
(2015 itinerary to be determined)

Saturday, July 5: Depart for Netherlands
Sunday, July 6:  Housing check-in
Monday, July 7:  Class begins
Friday, August 15:  Program ends; return to U.S. or personal travel


Fall 2014 Itinerary:

Wednesday, August 27:  Depart for Utrecht, the Netherlands
Thursday, August 28:  Arrive in Utrecht
Friday, August 29:  Attend introduction orientation for exchange students
Monday, September 1:  Classes begin
Week of October 20-24: Fall break (no classes this week)
Week of October 27: Exams
Week of November 3:  Exams
Monday, December 22: Christmas break begins
Monday, January 5: Spring semester classes resume
January 12 - January 26: Exams
Friday, January 30:  Program ends.
Saturday, January 31: Return to U.S. or personal travel

Spring 2015 Itinerary:


Wednesday, January 28:  Depart for Utrecht, the Netherlands
Thursday, January 29:  Arrive in Utrecht
Friday, January 30: Attend introduction orientation for exchange students
Monday, February 2:  Classes begin
Week of February 23: Spring break (no classes)

Week of March 30: Exams (no  classes on Good Friday)
Week of April 6: Exams (no classes on Monday, April 6; Easter)
Monday, April 27: King's Day (no classes)
Week of May 4: May break (no classes)
Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15: Ascension Day (no classes)
Monday, May 25:  Pentecost  (no classes)
Week of June 8: Exams
Week of June 15: Exams
Week of June 22: Exams
Friday, June 26: Program ends
Saturday, June 27: Return to U.S. or personal travel


Tentative itinerary subject to change.

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Visa Information

Visa procedures
General visa information and contact at HU

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Additional Resources

Contacts:

Dr. Steve Newell, faculty director
Haworth College of Business
3184 Schneider Hall
Email: steve.newell@wmich.edu
Tel:  269-387-6166

Dr. Bret Wagner, faculty director
Hayworth College of Business
3386 Schneider Hall
Email: bret.wagner@wmich.edu
Tel: 269-387-5222

Ann Ganz, study abroad specialist, sr.
WMU Study Abroad
2425 Ellsworth Hall
Email: ann.ganz@wmich.edu
Tel: 269-387-5890

Host Institution Information (external links)
Hogeschool Utrecht website for incoming exchange students
FAQ

Country Information (external links)
Utrecht Information
City and region information
Country Information
Country Specific Information - Netherlands
Culturegram - Netherlands
StudentsAbroad

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