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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Deventer, Netherlands; Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

The Netherlands Experience is an embedded course designed to provide students with an opportunity to experience another culture and learn how healthcare is delivered in the Netherlands. The Netherlands was recently ranked as one of the top three countries in healthcare based on care process, access, administrative efficiency, equity, and health care outcomes Schneider, E., Sarnak, D., Squirres, D., Shah, A., & Doty, 2017). Likewise, the Netherlands gained national recognition for its innovative care of older adults, including dementia care.

Prior to traveling to the Netherlands, students will participate in three seminars designed to provide students with an understanding of the Netherlands culture and history; an overview of the healthcare system with a focus on long term care management in the Netherlands and policies and regulations driving innovation in the long-term care sector in the Netherlands.

Students will travel to the Netherlands from March 7-14, 2020. During our time in the Netherlands, students will participate in a series of experiences and deliverables designed to enhance the students' understanding of the Netherlands' healthcare system and culture. In an effort to learn how the Netherlands achieves such impressive health outcomes students will meet with expert researchers, healthcare administrators, and other providers of care. The students will also have the opportunity to engage in intergenerational activities within the residential settings as well as future healthcare professionals (college students).

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Any pre-requisite courses are established by the faculty leader or department hosting the course.  The following have been listed as pre-requisites for consideration to enroll in this course and travel on the embedded education abroad program:
  • No pre-requisites.
  • This course is open to all majors and/or all colleges.
  • Admission in the course and permission to travel with the group are at the discretion of the faculty leader and/or academic department hosting the course.  Academic standing and disciplinary or conduct issues may impact eligibility.

Housing and Meals

During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of hotel/hostel overnight accommodations.

Program Costs

Students pay regular Penn State tuition (either in-state or out-of-state) for the credits associated with the embedded course.  Travel costs, lodging, meals, excursions, and other fees are determined by the program budget which is set by the program leader.  Please consult the program leader for additional information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Global Programs administers a scholarship that is specifically designated to support students studying abroad on embedded courses.  The scholarship is competitive, and the deadlines to apply are strictly enforced.  Please review the Embedded Programs Scholarship eligibility, deadlines, and application process.

For More Information

For more information about this course, please contact the program leader: Christina Daley by emailing

How to Apply

 The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department.  The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must complete an application and a submission statement of interest and minimum GPA. Rolling Admission process.


Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring- Embedded 2020 08/21/2019
Rolling Admission 03/07/2020 03/15/2020
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader Christina Daley emailing if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.

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