Maastricht, Netherlands

Program in Brief:
This summer program offers students in any major the opportunity to learn about the different facets of Europe and the European Union. Students enroll in two courses which focus on the economic and socio-cultural aspects of Europe, and will be accompanied by a faculty member from LVC’s Business and Economics Department.

Dates for 2017:  Saturday, May 13 - Saturday, June 10

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

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.

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 purchased 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.

Students will earn six credits by participation in two courses:

Electives (choose one of the two options below):

POL 275:  Understanding Human Rights (3 credits)

This course promotes an understanding of the practice of global human rights. Students will experience the life, culture, and environment of three of Europe’s most important cities: the birthplace of EU, Maastricht, the political epicenter, Brussels, and the global justice capital, The Hague. It offers students in any major the opportunity to learn about different facets of law and governance with visits to the EU, NATO, and international courts.  Taught by LVC faculty leader Dr. Diane Johnson.

BUS 275 Business in the European Union  (3 credits)

This course aims at a deeper understanding of the European Union (EU) and its impact on business. It will focus on the origins, development, and current issues relating to the EU. Historical and recent material on different topics will allow students to deepen their understanding of the development and structure of the EU and how it has impacted business in Europe. Taught by LVC faculty leader Dr. Will Delavan

Mandatory Course:

 Intercultural Communication (3 credits)

(Group 1, Area 2 Social Science general education requirement)
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. The course reveals how organizational cultures can be managed effectively, and outlines ways of learning intercultural communication. Taught by faculty from Maastricht University.

Cost for Summer 2017:

A program cost of $4450 will cover tuition (6 credits), housing, field trips, books for 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.

No federal, state or institutional financial aid available. If you plan to borrow an alternative/private student loan for this summer study abroad program, please contact the Financial Aid Office.


·         Application deadline: February 1.

·         Applications are available for pick up in the Center for Global Education (Lebegern Learning Commons). They can also be downloaded as a PDF here.

·         $200 program deposit is due with acceptance, non-refundable after February 1.

·         Remaining balance is due by March 15.  

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.