Professional Study Abroad 2020: Active Transportation in the Netherlands

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Sunday, June 21, 2020, 8:00am PDT to Sunday, June 28, 2020, 5:00pm PDT
Utrecht, Netherlands and surrounding area
TBA; coordinated by John MacArthur of Portland State University
Est. One-week Program Fee: $4,000
36 AICP | 36 PDH

Practitioners are invited to attend this one-week, 36-credit study abroad course biking in the Netherlands. Curriculum will compare U.S. and Netherlands problems, priorities and solutions with specific emphasis on design and engineering principles. Leading bicycle professionals responsible for creating and maintaining the Netherlands' world-class bikeway system will teach the Dutch approach to bike and pedestrian planning and design through an intensive week of classroom sessions and tours. The instruction and interaction with other participants will bring you up to speed on innovative practice and research and teach you the skills and techniques you need to start incorporating Dutch principles into your next project, and adapting them for a North American context.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Select the appropriate bicycle facility design based on urban form, traffic conditions and multimodal context
  • Identify various options for treating intersections that incorporate bicycle facilities
  • Network with international experts from the various facets of bikeway design
  • Leverage land uses to better support active transportation
  • Feel rejuvenated and excited to go back to work and make an impact!
  • No previous language study required.


We've been hosting a two-week version of this course for university students for several years. See those photos from the 2019 course, 2016 course and 2015 course.

DAY BY DAY AGENDA (June 21 - June 28, 2020)

The daily itineray is subject to change.

Sunday, June 21Arrive in Utrecht Welcome Dinner
Monday, June 22Morning Activity: Get bikes! Orientation & bike safety. 

Take a tour of the city and watch welcome presentations from the instructors.

Tuesday, June 23

Lecture: Urban Transportation in the Netherlands—Biking, Bike Infrastructure, and Policy 

Bike Tour with Ronald Tamse (featuring bike parking, car-free zones in the center city, road diets, rails to trails, and a new bridge)

Bike Tour (featuring case studies of retrofit projects to accommodate more cyclists, and problem intersections)

Wednesday, June 24Bike Tour: Rotterdam (featuring bicycle infrastructure and programs)
Thursday, June 25Bike Tour: Houten (featuring Vision Zero, bike infrastructure and unique land use)
Friday, June 26

Bike Tour: Amsterdam (featuring transit facilities)

Saturday, June 27

Bike Tour: The Hovenring (a suspended cycle path roundabout between the localities of Eindhoven, Veldhoven, and Meerhoven)

Sunday, June 28Departures 


Transportation engineers, urban planners, advocates, policymakers, municipal staff and other transportation professionals interested in nurturing cycling in their communities. Participants must be able to bike up to 10 miles a day.

If you're a student looking for a two-week program geared towards the university level and credits, see our student study abroad program here.


See current info sessions available here. Contact us at if you have any questions.


Be notified when registration opensRegistration will be through Portland State University's Education Abroad, and you will need to complete the same application process as PSU students. Once accepted, you will need to enroll as a "non-degree seeking student at PSU" (additional $25 fee). Requests for reasonable accommodations are made through the registration process.



Additional instruction and support provided by John MacArthur of Portland State University.


Program Fee: $4,000
PSU Non-Degree Student Application Fee: $25
Additional Estimated Costs: $2,290.00
Total Estimated Costs: $7,090


  • Housing in a centrally located accommodation
  • Bike rental in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Delft
  • Round trip train tickets for day field tours to:
    • Amsterdam
    • Rotterdam: a major port city known for its ship history and modern architecture 
    • Delft
  • One-day Amsterdam public transportation pass 
  • PSU Education Abroad service fee 
  • International Health Insurance 
  • 24/7 on-site support


  • International round-trip airfare 
  • Transportation from airport to/from hotel
  • Additional meals 
  • Personal spending money
  • Passport or visa (US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program)


(Non-refundable fees: $50 app fee + $250 Ed Abroad fee)

You may officially withdraw from the program by providing written notification of your withdrawal to the Education Abroad Advisor in the PSU Education Abroad Office. You are not considered withdrawn from a program until written notification is received. Withdrawing from a program does not, however, absolve you of your responsibility of covering program costs. If you withdraw from a program after your online application status is “committed”, you will be billed the non-refundable fees, as stated above, as well as any non-recoverable program costs, as determined by each program refund policy.

The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and professionals through education.