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*Maastricht, Netherlands: Economics of European Integration (Summer)
Maastricht, Netherlands
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
 Courses Offered:
Business, Political Science
 Type of Program:
Faculty Led
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirement:
0 - none
 Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Strickler
 Internship Available:
 Non-Penn State Students:
 Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:

Maastricht, The Netherlands Economics of European Integration

June 26–August 8, 2014

This program is an in-depth exploration of the process of European integration. The students will have the opportunity to learn about the history, institutions, and policies of the European Union (EU). They will also explore contemporary issues such as the eastward expansion of the EU and the question of European identity. In this intensive course, the students will be immersed in the subject matter through readings, lectures, independent research, and class discussions. During the study tour part of the program, the students will have the opportunity to visit a number of the institutions they will study during the course work part of the program held in Maastricht. The destinations during last year's study tour included:

  • Luxembourg
  • Strasbourg
  • Paris, Reims
  • Bruges
  • Brussels.

Maastricht, with a population of 125,000, provides a mix of small-town charm and urban sophistication. Originally situated at a shallow ford on the Maas River, Maastricht was used by the Romans as a crossing point to reach their base in Aachen, Germany. In medieval times Charlemagne incorporated the city into the Holy Roman Empire. In subsequent ages, a number of European powers fought for control of Maastricht, due to its strategic location and formidable system of fortifications (still standing in many parts of the city). Today the city is best known for the Maastricht Treaty, which accelerated the process of European integration.

Maastricht is located in the southernmost part of The Netherlands, with easy access to many major points of interest in Europe. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague are three hours to the north. The city is only sixty-four miles from Brussels and a mere thirty miles from Cologne. The Maastricht Central train station provides easy access to all of Europe. In the past, students have used free time on the weekends to take advantage of these opportunities.

Education Abroad Credits

The academic program consists of four weeks of instruction and a study tour to political, economic, and cultural institutions in some of the major European cities within EU institutions. Each student must complete assignments as outlined in their specific course descriptions. Applications for the International Business and Political Science tracks are reviewed and evaluated separately by their respective faculty.

A minimum 2.75 grade-point average is required.

Students must apply to either the International Business and Political Science track.

Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

Students must enroll for 6 credits of IB 399 (3 credits of course work and the 3-credit study tour).

IB 399 Economics of European Integration (3 credits)
IB 399 Study Tour: European Political and Economic Institutions (3 credits)


This program is open to all Penn State students with a minimum 2.75 grade point average. Prerequisites are ECON 002 or ECON 102 and ECON 004 or ECON 104

Housing and Meals
In Maastricht, all students will stay in shared apartments located a short walk from the city center.  Cooking facilities are available in the apartments. On the study tour, students will stay in modest hotels. Students will be responsible for paying for all meals.  
Program Costs
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheet listed above. The budget sheet includes information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships
Students can request financial aid for the summer semester through the Penn State Office of Student Aid. Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. Students can also request financial aid for the summer semester through the Penn State Office of Student Aid.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.

For More Information

For more information about this program, please contact Maureen Desorcie, in the Smeal Office of International Programs.  You can also schedule an appointment with Whitney Strickler the education abroad adviser for this program.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 02/01/2014 
02/27/2014 06/26/2014 08/08/2014

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