Learn about Dutch bikeway design, public transportation planning, street design, and urban planning to support ABC (all but car) transportation and create sustainable, livable cities in a country where people ride bikes for 25% of their trips, drive half as much as the US, and have 1/3 the traffic fatality rate as the US.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: October 15, 2016
  • * Priority Deadline: November 22, 2016
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Application Extension Deadline: February 20, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?
    • Explain your interest in transportation planning, urban planning, transit, and / or bicycle transportation. Describe things you’ve done (e.g., courses you’ve taken, personal choices you’ve made) as evidence of this interest. In a separate paragraph, describe any volunteer community service you have done.

Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

* Priority Deadline: All students that apply by the priority deadline will be considered for admission, as all dialogues remain open until the priority deadline. After the priority deadline, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills. Programs are subject to close anytime between the priority deadline and the application deadline when a program receives the maximum number of students.

Update My Travel Plans on MyNEU
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.50
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.


  • CIVE4566 - Design for Sustainable Urban Transportation: U.S. and European Perspectives. : Examines how the design of Dutch transportation infrastructure promotes travel by foot, bicycle, and public transportation as opposed to private automobile, and how it promotes urban livability and traffic safety. Topics include bicycling infrastructure planning and design; “Vision Zero” traffic safety principles and design treatments for safe roads, intersections, and crossings; and high quality transit service planning and design. Through design projects, offers students an opportunity to apply lessons learned to the U.S. context. Taught in a study-abroad format in the Netherlands.
  • CIVE4567 - Planning and Policy for Sustainable Transportation: European Perspectives. : Taught in study-abroad format in the Netherlands or other European nation with exemplary bicycling and transit infrastructure. Examines how urban transportation planning in support of safe and sustainable transportation is practiced in the host country. Topics include route and network design for high quality transit operations, urban planning to foster transit use, and developing car-free areas. Also examines policy regarding systematically safe road networks, including street and bikeway types and their role in enhancing livability and systematic safety.


Northeastern Tuition: $11,680
  • Tuition covers 8 Northeastern credits.

Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $2,000
  • Round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International Security and Emergency Support, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!


Delft, a historic city within the Rotterdam – The Hague metropolitan region, is our home base. Students will have their own bicycles and transit passes to use, enabling them to explore and experience this historic and vibrant city. We make several site visits within Delft, the Hague, and other nearby communities to study their transportation planning, including exploring their public transportation system and regional bike highways. We make day trips to other Dutch cities including Amsterdam and Haarlem, experiencing as well as studying national train and bus rapid transit systems on the way there as well as local policies for promoting sustainable transportation.


  • Off-Campus through Program: Delft University student housing that’s a 10 minute bike ride from campus. Single rooms with their own bathroom, fridge, hotplate, wifi.

Host University or Organization

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) provides us a classroom and host support, including storing our fleet of bicycles. Guest speakers include city officials and transportation experts.

Faculty Advisor