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Focus on Health Care: Summer School Utrecht (Faculty-led)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Program Terms: Summer II
Budget Sheets Summer II
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer II 2017 02/28/2017** 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:
 Language of Instruction:
 Housing Options:
Dorm (double)
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Graduate
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Ann Ganz
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Health and Human Services, Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Interdisciplinary Health Services, Social Work
 Program Length:
Short-Term, Summer
Program Description:

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Program Overview

2017 program details will be announced this fall.

The main focus of the course will be engagement in existing health care courses currently offered annually in July by University Utrecht and Hogeschool Utrecht.  Students may choose one course among various summer course offerings;  Nurses Work, Nursing Management and Clinical Leadership, Healthy Aging, Kinetics Therapy, Multi-professional Cooperation in Stroke Management, Pediatric Onlcology Nursing, Eye Care and Diabetes, Rehabilitation of the Hand, Depression Management and Suicide Prevention are among the possibilities. Each course will be a combination of didactic and experiential learning.

While in the Netherlands the students will interact with other students, faculty and health care providers there. Knowledge of the Dutch language will not be required as English is widely spoken and understood in the Netherlands. Prior to departure however, the instructor will teach basic survival Dutch phrases and cultural customs. 

In preparation, students will attend two 3 hour sessions that will give them an overview of the course, the culture of the Netherlands, and travel preparation. There will be assignments for students to complete between the first and second sessions. Content will include:

  • specific course expectations
  • a brief history of the Netherlands
  • an overview of Dutch customs and values, including the increasingly multi-cultural nature of Dutch society
  • the Dutch education system
  • the Dutch political and economic system and current issues
  • survival Dutch phrases
  • survival skills, including transportation and shopping

These sessions will also assist students in preparing for the course by reviewing and preparing presentations on the United States health care system and health care education and practice in the United States

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship.

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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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Academic Eligibility
Good academic standing and minimum 2.5 GPA; undergraduate and master's level health care students.  Faculty recommendation and statement of purpose are also considered for admission to the program.

Academic Program
A selection of health care courses are made available for WMU students to choose from Hogeschool Utrecht summer program.

Academic Credit
WMU academic credit will be awarded for IPE 3050 (6050 grad): Focus on Health Care (3 credits) upon successful completion of the program.  This course is also approved for Area 4 General Education credit.  Prior to participating in the program, students are urged to work closely with appropriate academic advisor(s) to determine how the credits will count toward their WMU degree requirements.

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Cost & Financial Aid

To access the complete program budget published at the top of this page, click here. Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship. Apply online for this scholarship.

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 receiving financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the program 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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Students will be housed in a dorm-like setting near the center of Utrecht, and on a bus line that can take them directly to the main classroom site. Students are assigned two to a room, with a large kitchen and laundry facilities shared by about 20 students. The dorms are equipped with internet access. The building has a large open lobby. It is in a safe and quiet area of the city. Dutch nursing students are assigned by the Summer School to meet students at the Schipol Airport, escort them to Utrecht, help them obtain keys and check in, and orient them to the city. This will include locations of grocery stores, bus transportation, and areas of interest. Bicycles are available for rent if students prefer them to bus transportation, and can be securely locked outside the dorm building.

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2017 Program is in the planning phase and details will be announced this fall.

2016 Program Itinerary

Friday, July 1: Depart U.S.
Saturday, July 2: Meet in Amsterdam Schiphol airport (AMS) by 11 a.m.; check into hotel for overnight stay
Sunday, July 3: Housing check-in at the university; visit Utrecht  
Monday, July 4: Classes begin
Friday, July 15: Classes end; travel to Amsterdam for overnight hotel stay
Saturday, July 16: Return to U.S. (or personal travel)

Tentative itinerary subject to change.

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Additional Resources

Faculty Director:
Dr. Mary Lagerwey
WMU Bronson School of Nursing
Phone: (269) 387-8167

WMU Study Abroad:
Ann Ganz
Acting Associate Director
2425 Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5890

Host Institution Information (external links)
University Website and Program Information

Country Information (external links)
City of Utrecht
Further city information
Netherlands Information
Country Specific Information - Netherlands
Culturegram - Netherlands

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