Dutch Sustainability: Is Orange the New Green?

This program is not offered this academic year. See this year's interims.

Basic information

  • Location: Netherlands
  • Dates: May 2-May 20, 2022
  • Cost: $5,045 (exact)

When faced with sustainability challenges, the Dutch have always innovated their way towards a more stable and resilient environment.

Through daily field excursions, students learn about this country’s richly varied history of land reclamation, water management, infrastructure design, energy production, food production, and environmental preservation. These innovations are each an important part of understanding the complex interrelationships between Dutch society, technology, and environment. Excursions throughout the Netherlands are guided by short online lectures, visits to historic and culturally significant sites, conversations with local experts, and class discussions. Course assessment is based on reflective assignments and online quizzes. Students can expect to learn some Dutch on this trip, but Dutch fluency is not required since most people in the Netherlands are also fluent in English. Prerequisite: Community and Commitments or Developing a Christian Mind core course.

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How to apply

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$5,045 (exact)

As a demonstration of its strong commitment to global connections and off-campus studies, Calvin has recently made the welcome decision to recalculate the fees for summer 2022 off-campus programs. The cost of tuition can now be applied to the direct costs of the program. As a result, the Dutch Sustainability program, which was priced at a $5725 (including tuition price), will now cost $5045 (including tuition price), resulting in a savings to each student of $680. 

We are pleased to be able to make our program more affordable to more students and hope that each participant will be able to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agent of renewal in this new place in the world! 

Questions / contact

David Koetje

David Koetje

Professor, Department Co-Chair
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Herman De Vries

Herman De Vries

Professor of Germanic Languages, Frederik Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture President of the American Association for Netherlandic Studies (AANS) 2021 – present
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Robert Hoeksema

Robert Hoeksema

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