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Netherlands

Dates

June 1 – June 30, 2021

Subjects

Urban Planning & Branding, Development, Economics, Public Relations

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2020: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2021: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The Netherlands are a group of provinces located in north-western Europe. The region is below sea-level and is best known for its many canals, picturesque windmills, colorful flower fields, and an abundance of art, culture, and history. Open to all majors, the KIIS Netherlands 4-week program focuses on urban design and planning, and the associated areas of place branding, sustainability, commercial and social responsibility, conceptions of the smart city, merchandising, economics, engineering, and agricultural and hydrology practices identified with Dutch cities and places. The city of Utrecht will serve as our home base with excursions to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hotels, 2-4 students per room

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 17 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director:   Dr. Greg De Blasio

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 2 courses.

PR 415 Topics: Urban Planning and Branding in the Netherlands

 Dr. Greg De Blasio

Why visit one city over another? Why invest there? Why choose to live there? The city’s characteristics and brand figure into the answers. Urban Planning and Branding in the Netherlands provides a first-hand experience of how Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and other Dutch cities communicate a sense of place. Spanning environmental issues and innovative cultural, media, transportation, and financial networks, this course examines how life within city spaces and communication about city places relates to urban planning and branding.

ECON 305 Labor Economics

 Dr. Geoffrey Williams

This class will provide students with a grounding in labor economics. Building on ideas and models from microeconomics and macroeconomics, we will look at determinants of labor supply and demand. Taking advantage of our location, we will focus particularly on differences in labor policy and institutions in the Netherlands with those in the United States. What might the United States learn from the Netherlands?

ECON 385 Economic Development

 Dr. Geoffrey Williams

Two hundred years ago, most Dutch men were about 5’ 6” tall. Today, the majority are over six feet in stature. There are many ways to understand what changed; to an economist the term is economic development. The Dutch economy became more productive, nutrition and healthcare improved, and the Dutch government worked to make these improvements available to everybody. In this class we will try to understand what economic development is, how and why it happens, and how it can look different in the United States vs. other countries.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Utrecht

Urban planning and the idea of branding a place come to life when we stay in the city of Utrecht, our home base for the program. Seeing Utrecht Centraal and the city’s growing skyline against the backdrop of historic streets helps one to experience the impact urban planning has on a place.

The Hague

We visit The Hague, the largest Dutch city on the North Sea coast. The city is home to the country's parliament, supreme court, and the U.N.’s International Court of Justice, one of the most important courts in the world. The Hague is known as the home of international law and arbitration.

Rotterdam Cube Housing

The Dutch have built and crafted Rotterdam to be at the forefront of urban planning. A city that has cubed houses, an indoor market hall, modern sculptures, and the iconic Erasmusbrug bridge is bound to have a strong identity in terms of place.

Rotterdam RDM

Studying leading-edge hydrology at Rotterdam's RDM facility. The facility houses creative and innovative entrepreneurs in the manufacturing industry.

Amsterdam Noord

We explore the NDSM former industrial shipyard, Amsterdam Noord's re-evaluated and transformed city within a city and now a cultural hotspot.

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,425 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in the Netherlands

Accommodations

Daily Breakfast

Groups Excursions & Transport

Medical Insurance

Security Evacuation Protection

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($145), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $500-$1000 depending on your food tastes/spending habits/optional independent travel preferences), any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,500 – $1,600

The Netherlands program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Amsterdam with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a roundtrip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Amsterdam is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Amsterdam to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Dates

June 1 – June 30, 2021

Subjects

Urban Planning & Branding, Development, Economics, Public Relations

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2020: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2021: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The Netherlands are a group of provinces located in north-western Europe. The region is below sea-level and is best known for its many canals, picturesque windmills, colorful flower fields, and an abundance of art, culture, and history. Open to all majors, the KIIS Netherlands 4-week program focuses on urban design and planning, and the associated areas of place branding, sustainability, commercial and social responsibility, conceptions of the smart city, merchandising, economics, engineering, and agricultural and hydrology practices identified with Dutch cities and places. The city of Utrecht will serve as our home base with excursions to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hotels, 2-4 students per room

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 17 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director:   Dr. Greg De Blasio

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 2 courses.

PR 415 Topics: Urban Planning and Branding in the Netherlands

 Dr. Greg De Blasio

Why visit one city over another? Why invest there? Why choose to live there? The city’s characteristics and brand figure into the answers. Urban Planning and Branding in the Netherlands provides a first-hand experience of how Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and other Dutch cities communicate a sense of place. Spanning environmental issues and innovative cultural, media, transportation, and financial networks, this course examines how life within city spaces and communication about city places relates to urban planning and branding.

ECON 305 Labor Economics

 Dr. Geoffrey Williams

This class will provide students with a grounding in labor economics. Building on ideas and models from microeconomics and macroeconomics, we will look at determinants of labor supply and demand. Taking advantage of our location, we will focus particularly on differences in labor policy and institutions in the Netherlands with those in the United States. What might the United States learn from the Netherlands?

ECON 385 Economic Development

 Dr. Geoffrey Williams

Two hundred years ago, most Dutch men were about 5’ 6” tall. Today, the majority are over six feet in stature. There are many ways to understand what changed; to an economist the term is economic development. The Dutch economy became more productive, nutrition and healthcare improved, and the Dutch government worked to make these improvements available to everybody. In this class we will try to understand what economic development is, how and why it happens, and how it can look different in the United States vs. other countries.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Utrecht

Urban planning and the idea of branding a place come to life when we stay in the city of Utrecht, our home base for the program. Seeing Utrecht Centraal and the city’s growing skyline against the backdrop of historic streets helps one to experience the impact urban planning has on a place.

The Hague

We visit The Hague, the largest Dutch city on the North Sea coast. The city is home to the country's parliament, supreme court, and the U.N.’s International Court of Justice, one of the most important courts in the world. The Hague is known as the home of international law and arbitration.

Rotterdam Cube Housing

The Dutch have built and crafted Rotterdam to be at the forefront of urban planning. A city that has cubed houses, an indoor market hall, modern sculptures, and the iconic Erasmusbrug bridge is bound to have a strong identity in terms of place.

Rotterdam RDM

Studying leading-edge hydrology at Rotterdam's RDM facility. The facility houses creative and innovative entrepreneurs in the manufacturing industry.

Amsterdam Noord

We explore the NDSM former industrial shipyard, Amsterdam Noord's re-evaluated and transformed city within a city and now a cultural hotspot.

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,425 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in the Netherlands

Accommodations

Daily Breakfast

Groups Excursions & Transport

Medical Insurance

Security Evacuation Protection

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($145), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $500-$1000 depending on your food tastes/spending habits/optional independent travel preferences), any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,500 – $1,600

The Netherlands program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Amsterdam with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a roundtrip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Amsterdam is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Amsterdam to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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