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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium; Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 01/24/2019
Rolling Admission 05/18/2019 05/29/2019

** 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.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Political Science (PLS)
Minimum Required GPA: 2 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Click here for a definition of this term Internship or Service Learning: None College Designation: CHPA
Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Spring
Program Description:


The "Low Counties" of Belgium and The Netherlands present unique challenges of governance including livability, religious tolerance, an expansive welfare state, and other difficult social issues. This course explores those challenges first hand by exploring the Hague and Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Bruges and Ypres in Belgium. Along the way you'll visit Parliament, the Red Light District, Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseums, Ypres battlefield, small villages, and many other sights.

Program Fee: $3,290

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • International Programs Academic Fee
  • In Country Transportation
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
  • Meals
  • Transportation to/from designated airport
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Ground transportation for personal trips
  • Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
  • Immunization
Course(s) Offered:
  • PLS 497 (3)
  • PLS 757 (3)
Maximum Credit Hours: 3

James Kaatz
Political Science


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
TBD Informational Meeting
Program Itinerary   
May 18 Depart for den Haag through Amsterdam
Meet in airport at Springfield
May 19 Arrive Amsterdam and travel to den Haag
Take train and cab to housing with free time
May 20 National politics in the Netherlands and EU relations
Visit Parliament and historic Binnenhof
May 21 Religious Tolerance in the Netherlands
Visit Ann Frank House, Our Lord in Attic, Van Gogh Museum and boat tour
May 22 Traditional Culture in Holland
Travel to Zeeland 
May 23 Local government and decentralization in the Netherlands
Visit Amsterdam City Hall, Begijnhof and Rijksmuesum 
May 24 Governance, tourism, and living in medium sized Dutch city
May 25 Regulated tolerance (pros., drugs) and societal issues
Led by Prostitution Information Center Director
Tour Red Light District
May 26 Travel to Bruges, Belgium
Tour De Halve Maan brewery and Basilica of The Holy Blood
May 27 Visit Ypres Battlefield
Led by Genevra Charsley or Nathan
May 28 Local Government in Bruges and Belgium
Visit Historical City Hall with tour
May 29 Travel to Brussels and Depart for Springfield
Arrive home during the evening
Post-Program Meetings Topic
TBD Assignment turn in & Sharing

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.

The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!

Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students.  Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.

Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad.  Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad.  Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.


Billing & Procedures

  • Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
  • The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline.  This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee. 
  • The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
    • Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
  • MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
  • Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
  • If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf. 
  • When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.

This program is currently not accepting applications.