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|Program Type:||WMU||Language of Instruction:||English|
|Housing Options:||Dorm (double)||Minimum GPA:||2.5|
|Class Standing:||Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Graduate||Number of Credits:||3|
|Program Specialist:||Ann Ganz||Language experience required:||No|
|Areas of Study:||Health and Human Services||Program Length:||Short-Term|
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 StatesStudents applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship.
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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.
A selection of health care courses are made available for WMU students to choose from Hogeschool Utrecht summer program.
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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The WMU program fee includes: tuition, administrative fees, instructional costs, housing, airport transfers, two group meals, local transportation pass, and international health and emergency insurance.
The program fee does not include: airfare, passport, most meals, optional excursions, miscellaneous expenses, and immunizations (if needed). Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. The 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.
+ 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 summer II semester.
Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship. Apply online for this scholarship.
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she 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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2015 Program Itinerary
Thursday, July 2: Depart U.S.
Friday, July 3: Meet in Amsterdam Schiphol airport (AMS) by 11 a.m.; train to Utrecht and housing check-in
Saturday, July 4: Visit Utrecht; recover from jet lag
Sunday, July 5: Visit Utrecht; free time
Monday, July 6: Classes begin
Friday, July 17: Classes end; travel to Amsterdam for overnight hotel stay
Saturday, July 18: Return to U.S. (or personal travel)
Tentative itinerary subject to change.
Dr. Mary Lagerwey
WMU Bronson School of Nursing
Phone: (269) 387-8167
WMU Study Abroad:
Study Abroad Specialist, Sr.
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
Country Specific Information - Netherlands
Culturegram - Netherlands
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