Summer 2020 Travel/Study Course to the Netherlands and Belgium

Due to COVID-19, this Summer Abroad Program has been canceled for 2020.

Summer 2020 Travel/Study Course to the Netherlands and Belgium

Dutch 177 (6 semester units)
The Amsterdam-Brussels Connection: History, Art and Identity in the Heart of Europe

Organized by the UC Berkeley Dutch Studies Program in cooperation with UC Berkeley Summer Sessions

Introduce yourself to the cultural and political identity of the Low Countries: the Netherlands and Belgium. The course begins in Amsterdam, the world’s most liberal city, from where we explore the Netherlands. After spending two weeks in the Netherlands, we will continue our journey in Belgium, where we will be based in the city of Ghent, one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities. On our way, we trace important cultural, historical and political developments in European history, art, politics and culture from medieval Flanders, the Dutch Golden Age, Anne Frank and the Holocaust up to the contemporary multicultural identity of Belgium, the Netherlands and the European Union. Daily field trips take us to The Hague, Utrecht, Delft, Rotterdam, Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges and many other places, where we will visit a range of world famous art museums, churches, and historical sites. Guided visits to the Dutch House of Representatives and the European Parliament in Brussels are also included.

The Travel/Study Course Dutch 177 is open to students from all departments on the Berkeley campus as well as students from other universities, also outside the United States. It satisfies the UC Berkeley International Studies or Arts & Literature or Historical Studies L&S Breadth Requirement, and it is part of the Dutch Studies Minor or Major. Students from other departments are encouraged to consult with their advisor to see which other major/minor this program may fulfill. Visiting students are encouraged to talk to their advisor about transfer of credit to their home institutions. This course has no requirements. No language teaching is involved and no knowledge of any language other than English is required.

Dutch 177 has two program directors: Esmée van der Hoeven (, a native from the Netherlands and lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Dutch Studies Program will be directing the Dutch section of the course (based in Amsterdam), while Jeroen Dewulf (, a native from Belgium and director of UC Berkeley’s Dutch Studies Program, is in charge of the Belgian section of the course (based in Ghent). For more information, please contact the program directors or visit the travel study website (