Live in a Dutch city for 5 weeks on a bike! Beyond just touring some great transportation infrastructure; see - as hardly any American has - what it's like to live in a place where it's safe and pleasant to go everywhere on a bike - to school, shopping, to the beach, everywhere. Until you've seen it, it's almost impossible to imagine that bicycling could be a safe and pleasant way of getting around in cities, or that transit could be fast, reliable, and attractive. Once you've seen it, you'll be changed forever. Cities across America are trying to become more bike, pedestrian, and transit friendly, and are eager to hire alumni of this program because they know that Netherlands is the international model. Meet leaders who will explain how Dutch cities including Amsterdam, the Hague, Haarlem, Utrecht, and Delft have made themselves so vibrant and ideal for "car-lite" living - and then you'll walk and ride a bike in those same spaces to see it for yourself. You'll be expected to ride a bike daily. The rides aren't strenuous, but some trips involve riding for several hours.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: October 20, 2017
  • * Priority Deadline: December 3, 2017
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
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, bicycle transportation, and/or transit. 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.

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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.


  • CIVE 4566 - Design for Sustainable Urban Transportation: 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.
  • CIVE 4567 - 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, transit-oriented development including planning for large scale urban expansion, 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: $12,140
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $1,500
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international roundtrip airfare from Boston, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

Additional Estimated Expense: $1,341
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program:  $1,071 on meals and $270 on incidentals.

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


Additional Resources


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: Off-campus student housing in Delft University residence halls. Single rooms. Baths may be in room, may be shared (depends on the residence hall). Cooking facilities provided, either in room or in a common kitchen. Dorms have internet. Meals not included. Shared laundry facilities. Students will ride bicycles to campus, and will have both bikes and transit cards for local travel.

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