Study Abroad students visited the European Union

We plan to run this program in Summer 2022.


The Netherlands is centrally located between England, France, Belgium, and Germany. The city of Maastricht lies at the southernmost tip of the Netherlands near the Belgian and German borders. The official language is Dutch, but nearly everyone in Maastricht can speak English. Students attend Maastricht University, one of the Netherlands' youngest universities. About one-third of the 13,000 students enrolled at the University are from outside of the Netherlands.

There is a mandatory set of pre-departure orientations at Lebanon Valley College for all students planning to participate in the program.

Program Details

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in the Maastricht University Guesthouse in double rooms with private kitchens. Showers and toilets are shared. Students are responsible for purchasing and preparing their own food. All rooms offer wireless Internet access, so students are encouraged to bring a laptop if available. Additional amenities include free washing facilities, free tennis/basketball facilities, and free bed linens.


POL 275: Understanding Human Rights (3 credits)

The course promotes an understanding of the practice of global human rights, learning about different facets of law and governance with visits to E.U. sites and international courts. Taught by LVC faculty, Dr. Joerg Meindl.

Intercultural Communication (3 credits)

This course is designed to make you aware of the variety of cultural values in today’s world and help you compare your own cultural background with that of various European cultures. Fulfills the Intercultural Competence (IC) Constellation requirement.


The program cost of $4,750 will cover tuition (6 credits), housing, field trips, books for the Intercultural Communication course, transportation to and from the airport, and health insurance.

Food, airfare, independent travel, and personal expenses are NOT included in the program cost. Fees are subject to change.

Study abroad programs that are 6 credits may be eligible for limited financial aid. For additional information regarding summer financial aid, please read the Summer Financial Aid Application instructions on the financial aid webpage. If you would like to apply for summer aid, you must complete the application and submit it to the Financial Aid Office.


  • Program Dates: May 14–June 11
  • Application deadline: February 1.
  • $200 program deposit is due with acceptance (non-refundable after February 1).
  • Remaining balance is due by March 15.
  • Applications are available for pickup in the Center for Global Education (Humanities 107). 

Language of Instruction


Eligibility Requirements

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are in good social and academic (2.5 GPA) standing may apply. 

Group Excursions

In addition to a tour of Maastricht, the program includes a study trip to European Union institutions in Brussels and a visit to a large corporation in the Benelux region; or to the Hague and NATO headquarters. Students will have the opportunity to explore central Europe on the weekends.