NETHERLANDS: Sustainable Urban Transportation

Delft, Netherlands

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Dates

  • Summer 2 Semester - July 3 - August 7, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2014

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.

Description

Faculty Leader: Prof. Peter Furth (p.furth@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Information Session: November 4, 2014, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, 206 Egan

Term: Summer II

NOTE: The courses for this program are still pending approval.

Courses (Pending Approval): 

  • CIVE 4566 Design for Sustainable Urban Transportation: European Perspectives (4 credits)
  • CIVE 4567 Planning and Policy for Sustainable Urban Transportation (4 credits)

Descriptions:

While the Netherlands is as affluent a country as the US, the Dutch drive cars half as much as Americans, ride trains 10 times as much, and ride bikes 40 times as much. They also have the world’s best traffic safety record, with a traffic fatality rate 67% lower than ours. Dutch bicycling infrastructure makes it safe for everyone – children and elderly as well – to ride bikes anywhere, and is a major reason that more than 25% of trip nationwide, and more than 40% in cities like Delft and Amsterdam, are made by bike. The goal of this program is learn Dutch principles for planning cities and for designing bikeways, roads, and transit networks that make ABC (all-but-car) transportation so attractive, and that make cities livable and safe.

The dialogue takes place in historic Delft, with classes held at Delft University. Students will ride bicycles daily for commuting and for field trips. About 1/3 of the time will be spent in classrooms, 1/3 on field trips, and 1/3 working on projects. Lecture speakers include experts and local officials responsible for urban planning, bikeway design, and transit planning. Field trips, made using bicycles and trams, enable students to see good examples of urban planning, bicycling infrastructure, and high quality transit, and often involve meetings with city officials. Field trips to more distant cities (e.g., Amsterdam)  involve train travel as well. Students will write blogs and papers documenting Dutch practices and examples, and will also do design projects, applying Dutch principles and practices to redesigning a Boston-area street or area. To see projects completed in 2011 and 2012, see http://wiki.coe.neu.edu/groups/nl2011transpo/

Students must be able to ride a bike, and be fit enough to ride for several hours at a relaxed pace. Students of all majors are welcome. Civil Engineering students will get credit for one Technical Elective.

Courses

Pending Approval:

  • CIVE 4566 Design for Sustainable Urban Transportation: European and U.S. Perspectives
  • CIVE 4567 Planning and Policy for Sustainable Urban Transportation (4 credits)

Host University

Delft University of Technology in Delft, The Netherlands

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA recommended
  • Students from all majors are welcome.
  • Students must be able to ride a bike, and be fit enough to ride for several hours at a relaxed pace.

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

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

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Cost

Tuition: $10,634

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.

Accommodations

Off-campus student housing in residence halls. Single rooms with bath, wireless internet, and minimal kitchen furnishings including hotplate and refrigerator. Meals not included. Shared laundry facilities. Students will ride bicycles to campus (1 to 2 miles) and can also ride bikes to the city center (also 1-2 miles). Students will be provided with bicycles and with transit passes that can be used on trams to go the The Hague.

Destination

We will stay in Delft, a town with a large medieval center, many canals, and two weekly markets. Delft is a university town and is part of the metropolitan area of The Hague (1.2 million people). Day trips will take us to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Hague, ’s Hertogenbosch, Houten, and several smaller towns near Delft.