Expedition Fellows - Netherlands

Netherlands canalNote: The spring 2014 application cycle is now closed. Check back in the fall for information about the upcoming Expedition Fellows study abroad program.

Expedition Fellows is a program unique to UW Tacoma. Designed for freshmen and sophomores, it provides an outstanding opportunity for a small group of students, faculty and members of the community to explore an academic topic of mutual interest together in an international and/or intercultural setting.

This spring we invite our freshmen and sophomores to join us in the Netherlands - our second Expedition Fellows destination.

Fun City: Urban Tourism and Sustainable Urban Development

On this program a mix of first and second year students will travel from Tacoma to The Netherlands to explore European examples of urban tourism. Using the city of Utrecht as our home base, we will travel by train to a variety of other nearby cities to make sense of tourism as an urban development strategy. How do we explain the impulse to develop urban tourist infrastructure? Are cities good tourist destinations? Do we see the same patterns of urban tourism here at home as we do in Europe? Is tourism good for cities? Does it advance, or limit, sustainable urban development?

These and other questions will shape our expedition. Travel to The Netherlands will take place over a period of 10 days spanning Spring Break 2014.

Students can expect to:

  • Explore and examine the tourism infrastructure of the Randstad (the four-city ‘ring’ that incorporates the country’s four largest cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht),

  • Carry out field exercises that navigate the tensions between ‘tourist’ and ‘resident’ landscapes in small and large Dutch cities, and

  • Make direct linkages between tourism and sustainable urban development in European and American contexts.

Academic ContentNetherlands culture

Students earn 2 credits of Directed Reading (TIAS 498) for the 2014 Spring Quarter. Dr. Mark Pendras, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, will be leading the program this year.

Program Schedule

During Winter quarter, a few meetings will be held to discuss the upcoming trip; readings will be assigned that will focus on tourism and (sustainable) urban development (situating the current moment within the context of recent urban history).

Travel to The Netherlands occurs March 19-29, 2014.

After the experience, there will be a few more class meetings, as well as excursions in and around Tacoma and Seattle, to enhance the linkages between the European and American contexts.

Student eligibility and application process

Note: The spring 2014 application cycle is now closed. Check back in the fall for information about the upcoming Expedition Fellows study abroad program.

Applications are now being accepted; CLICK HERE to apply. Approximately 10 - 12 students will be chosen to participate in this program.

Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply:

  • Full-time enrollment at UW Tacoma
  • Freshmen or Sophomore standing at time of application

Participants are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Potential for a transformative experience
  • Personal and/or academic interest, enthusiasm and motivation for applying to this specific program
  • Validity and feasibility of your project proposal
  • Commitment to promoting international enrichment experiences among UW Tacoma students and/or other learners in the greater Tacoma community

Netherlands public art "Iamsterdam"

As part of their commitment to the program, all Expedition Fellows are required to complete a project to promote international enrichment experiences at UW Tacoma and/or in the greater Tacoma community during the spring quarter. The goal of each project is to encourage participation in cross-cultural events, international education, study abroad, and other international enrichment experiences.

Applicants have an opportunity to design and describe in detail what their projects will be on their applications. Examples include: a presentation to the campus community, participation in a student showcase event such as a student panel or symposium, or a video or post-program webpage to be featured on our website and/or social media.

Complete application packets must be received by Monday, October 28, 2013 at 5 p.m. Pacific. Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions November 25th. Once accepted to the program applicants will need to confirm their participation in the program by December 4th.

Travel documents

Successful candidates will need to have a passport or commit to applying for an expedited passport upon acceptance.

Health and Insurance

No immunizations are required for the Netherlands. However, it is advisable that you are up-to-date on your regular immunization schedule. Please consult your personal physician or local health board about voluntary immunizations and other recommended precautions regarding your health while abroad. Due to the prescribed activities and exposure that are a part of the program (i.e. hiking and climate), participants should be in reasonably good physical condition.

Study abroad insurance coverage is required. We recommend students take advantage of the UW Study Abroad Insurance, as an easy and affordable option.

Program costNetherlands map

As UWT Expedition Fellows, students pay a fee of only $500. Thanks to generous support from the UW Tacoma Chancellor's Office, the Office of International Programs is able to offer a significant reduction in the cost of participation for students selected for this year's Expedition Fellows program. Though the actual program cost is approximately $3,460; participants pay only $500.

The program fee includes:

  • Academic course (2 credits)
  • Roundtrip airfare (Seattle/Amsterdam)
  • Lodging
  • Meals in-country
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions: rentals, entrance & tour fees

The program does not include:

  • Costs for travel documents (i.e. passport)
  • Study abroad insurance (required - approx. $37)
  • Meals/snacks in-transit
  • Personal expenses

Method of payment:

Upon registration, the cost of the program is charged automatically to the student's account and can be paid online through the student's MyUW account. The deadline for payment of the $500 program fee is April 18th, 2014. Please note: Students do not register themselves for this program. The Office of International Programs will register the students accepted to the program once all appropriate program documents have been submitted.

Financial AidNetherlands city aerial view

Students receiving financial aid which they intend to apply toward the program cost should consult with a financial aid adviser before applying to the program. Some sources of funding, i.e. the GI Bill, do not cover the cost of study abroad programs. Check with a financial aid advisor to understand how your funds apply toward study abroad.

Be aware that you may not receive financial aid in time to cover initial program costs. You should be prepared to pay your expenses out of pocket until your financial aid is dispersed. The deadline for program payment cannot be waived or postponed.

Refund Conditions

The program fee is non-refundable. Once a student is accepted to the program, if they choose to withdraw from the program after confirming their participation, no refund will be given.

Notice of Withdrawal from the program MUST be made in writing to:Netherlands cityscape reflections

International Programs
University of Washington Tacoma
1900 Commerce St
Tacoma WA 98402

Changes in Scope of Program

In the event of significant devaluations of the dollar, some adjustments to program activities may be necessary.

Program Cancellation

If there are any political events that might compromise the safety of the participants, a rescheduling or cancellation of the program may be necessary. If such changes occur, students will be notified of the changes and options will be presented. In the case of a cancellation, all monies paid in by the students will be refunded.

Equal Opportunity and Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process contact the Disability Support Services Office at least ten days in advance.