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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • 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 05/19/2019 05/24/2019

** 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 Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Language, Culture, and Humanities
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Hotel Program Lead Faculty: Michelle McGowan
Program Advisor: Bene Khoury
Program Description:

Program Overview

1**NOTE: students must be registered in the course associated with this program (see Academic Program and Course Information section below) by the spring term add/drop deadline of Jan. 20th in order to be eligible for the UC International scholarship listed below.

This one week 3-credit intensive study abroad will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with a day trip to The Hague.

Taught by faculty from University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University, and a variety of academic, governmental, and community-based organizations in The Netherlands, this course offers students a cross-cultural perspective on ethical dilemmas raised by the policies and practices of public health in the United States and the Netherlands. Specifically, this course examines policies and practices related to access to health care, health disparities, substance use and misuse, infectious disease prevention, sex work, human trafficking, and reproductive health and considers how and why they differ given the cultural and political contexts of the U.S. and The Netherlands. We will examine the moral underpinnings, rationales, and outcomes of Dutch and American policies, and encourage course participants to interrogate their own assumptions on these often divisive issues. 

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This course will be taught in the Netherlands, a country in Northern Europe known for its progressive and pragmatic public health and criminal justice policies on soft drugs, prostitution, and infectious disease control. The course will be held in Amsterdam, a historically rich metropolitan center for the arts, architecture, and commerce and The Hague, the seat of government in the Netherlands.


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Who Can Participate?

Undergraduate and Graduate Students, minimum 2.5 GPA

In-person interview is required

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Academic Program and Course Information

All students in this program are required to enroll in WGS 5113  Study Abroad (3 credit hours) (for undergraduates) or WGS 6013 Study Abroad  (3 credit hours) (for graduate students) for the Spring 2019 term.

Prior to the trip, students will attend three lectures ( Mon. April 1st 5-7PM, Mon. April 15th 5-7PM, Mon. April 22nd 5-7PM )
held via teleconference at Case Western Reserve University and University of Cincinnati, which will acquaint them with the theoretical approaches to public health ethics and major issues raised in the practice of public health in the United States. In the Netherlands, students will attend site visits, lectures, and discussion sessions aimed at exploring the ethics of public health policy and practice in the Netherlands, with the option of concentrating their learning experience on matters pertaining to sex or drugs. Following the study tour students will complete an outreach project for UC International and a research paper comparing US and Dutch public health approaches and policies on a topic of their choosing that was covered in the class.
Students will receive an incomplete grade for Spring 2019 until after they submit their final assignments for the course in June 2019.

Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Michelle McGowan, PhD is a Research Associate Professor in the Ethics Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Departments of Pediatrics and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies at University of Cincinnati. She has taught study abroad courses on comparative bioethics and health policy in the Netherlands, France, and Costa Rica, and is particularly interested in the ethical and social implications of public policies pertaining to women, gender, sexuality, and health.

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Living Arrangements

Students will stay in a hotel in Amsterdam with double and triple rooms.

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Getting There

Students must purchase their own plane tickets. If you are interested in flying with the instructor she will provide her flight information well in advance of the course to any students who want to book the same flights.

Students should fly into Amsterdam Airport Schipol. 

Students should fly into Amsterdam's Schipol Airport and arrive at the hotel in Amsterdam by Saturday, May 18. Most flights are overnights, so please plan to depart the US by Friday, May 17, 2019." 

The faculty leader will provide instructions on how students can take the bus or train from Schipol Airport to their hotel in Central Amsterdam. There will not be group transportation from the airport to the hotel.

The course will begin on the morning of Sunday, May 19th. 

The course will end the afternoon of Friday, May, 24, 2019. Students are free to make travel arrangements to return to the US anytime after Friday, May 24, though hotel accommodations will only be guaranteed at the group rate through Sunday, May 26.

NOTE: If you choose to stay abroad after the conclusion of the program, you are encouraged to make sure you extend your international insurance coverage (CISI) to cover the remainder of your stay abroad. If you need to extend your CISI coverage, please contact UC International for assistance.

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Program Costs

 2019 Program Cost:  $2,900 
Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • Some meals (All breakfasts included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Professional translator and private guides
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • International airfare
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$400)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$350)
This program has been awarded a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA. This brings the financial liability of the program down to $2,500

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad.
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety and cultural tips.
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Michelle McGowan
Department of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
3418 French Hall West

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This program is currently not accepting applications.