Student Study Abroad 2020: Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands

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DATE: 
Sunday, June 21, 2020, 8:00am PDT to Saturday, July 4, 2020, 5:00pm PDT
LOCATION: 
Utrecht, Netherlands and surrounding area
SPEAKERS: 
John MacArthur, Portland State University
COST: 
Est. Two-week Program Fee: $4,800
CREDIT: 
Four-Credit PSU study abroad program (CE 495 / 595)

Offered through the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation program at Portland State University's Transportation Research and Education Center, this four-credit PSU study abroad program (CE 495 / 595) presents an introduction to sustainable transportation and land use applications in the Dutch context. If you're looking for the one-week version of this course for professionals, see here.

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The course creates an immersive experience to explore the Dutch approach to cycling, transit, innovative mobility and land use. The curriculum will feature material that provides a comparison between U.S. and the Netherlands problems, priorities, and solutions. Specific emphases on planning and engineering principles, policy, and practice will be explored through field trips, tours and guest lectures, while visiting Utrecht, Amsterdam, Delft, and Houten. Students completing this course will develop a broader understanding of sustainable transportation issues and expand their toolkit for context-sensitive solutions.

This study abroad program will examines how the urban areas and transportation systems of that nation have been designed to promote transportation by foot, bicycle, and public transportation.

Topics will include:

  • Design of bikeways, safe pedestrian crossings, and transit systems;
  • Urban expansion and land-use policies to promote travel by foot, bike, and public transport; 
  • Smart cities programs and projects;
  • Roadway system design for safety and to prevent roads from becoming barriers to walking and cycling; 
  • and design for transit priority on roadways and for high-quality rail, tram, and bus service.

Through design projects, offers students an opportunity to apply lessons learned to the U.S. context. Come rent your fiets and experience some of the best biking infrastructure in the world!

We've been hosting this university student course for several years. See photos from the 2019 course2016 course and 2015 courseNo previous language study required.

DAY BY DAY AGENDA (June 21 - July 4, 2020)

The daily itineray is subject to change.

 MORNING AFTERNOON
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 23Lecture: Urban Transportation in the Netherlands—Biking, Bike Infrastructure, and Policy 

Bike Tour (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 bike infrastructure and programs)
Thursday, June 25 Bike Tour: Houten (featuring Vision Zero, bike infrastructure and unique land use) 
Friday, June 26Bike Tour: Amsterdam (featuring transit facilities) 
Saturday, June 27 Bike Tour (Optional): The Hovenring (a suspended cycle path roundabout between the localities of Eindhoven, Veldhoven, and Meerhoven) 
Sunday, June 28 Day Off 
Monday, June 29Lecture at University of Applied Sciences Utrecht on Land Use Planning, Sustainable Development and other topics Work on design projects
Tuesday, June 30Tour: Delft 
Wednesday, July 1Lecture at University of Applied Sciences Utrecht on Pedestrian Planning Work on design projects
Thursday, July 2 Tour: Amsterdam (featuring Smart Cities and New Mobility)
Friday, July 3 Present design projects Farewell Dinner
Saturday, July 4 Departures  

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This two-week program is open to college seniors and graduate students from any university, as well as professionals. Capacity is limited to 15 participants, so apply early! Students studying transportation engineering, urban planning, transportation program development, aspiring policymakers, and anyone interested in nurturing cycling in their communities are welcome to apply.

If you're a professional looking for a shorter program, we are offering a one-week option here.

APPLY FOR THE COURSE

Sign up here to be notified when registration opens. Contact us at asktrec@pdx.edu if you have any questions. Requests for reasonable accommodations are made through the application process.

  • PSU Students: Students will need to complete an online application through the PSU Education Abroad site (applications are not yet open for 2020).
  • Non-PSU Students and Professionals: 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).

ESTIMATED COST

Program Fee: $4,800
Additional Estimated Costs: $2,290.00
Total Estimated Costs: $7,090.00

PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES:

  • 4 credits (CE 495/595)
  • Housing in a centrally located hostel
  • Bike rental in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Delft
  • Round trip train tickets for day field tours to:
    • Amsterdam
    • Rotterdam
    • Delft
  • One day Amsterdam public transportation pass
  • Two guest lectures by local experts on the following topics: Smart Cities expert session on "Smart Mobility", Transportation Planning and Bike Infrastructure in Rotterdam
  • Transit Infrastructure tour of Amsterdam (including the main rail and transit station)
  • Day trip to Rotterdam: a major port city known for its ship history and modern architecture
  • Education Abroad service fee
  • International Health Insurance
  • 24/7 on-site support

ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED COSTS INCLUDE:

  • 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)

Are you a PSU student looking for financial aid to take this course? See the PSU Education Abroad Scholarship Resources page for more information.

INSTRUCTOR

John MacArthur
Sustainable Transportation Program Manager, Transportation Research & Education Center (TREC) at PSU

John MacArthur currently manages a complex Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant to Develop and Test an Emergency Transportation Recovery Plan for the Portland, Oregon Region. This project requires close coordination and collaboration with a variety of public agency partners including city of Portland emergency management and transportation bureaus in addition to transit and other agencies critical to the region’s emergency transportation recovery efforts. MacArthur is the Principal Investigator for TREC's electric bicycle research initiatives. His research also includes low-/no-emission vehicle infrastructure in Portland metro, as well as a climate change impact assessment for surface transportation in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. 

WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY

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

Students may officially withdraw from a program by providing written notification of their withdrawal to the Education Abroad Advisor in the PSU Education Abroad Office.  Students 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 the student withdraws from a program after they have changed their online application status to “committed” they 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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will there be a visit to TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)?

The trip will most likely visit there. If for some reason we are unable to, it would be possible to schedule a visit after our day's sessions.

What work will students be expected to complete?

It is a four credit class, and so taking notes, reflecting, sketching, and daily summarizes are expected on the trip. A long term project will also be assigned. This would include at least three options from a variety of disciplines. Past topic examples include: analyzing U.S. challenges in urban design and applying a dutch strategy, analyzing Portland Intersections, answering policy land use questions, and urban development.

Are laptops required?

No.

What has been the size of past groups?

The groups have been about 12 students in size and the program caps at 15 students. Students are generally from urban planning or engineering backgrounds. All majors and fields of studies are encouraged to apply. Geographically most students come from Oregon with some from California, Washington, and Canada.

Do the Dutch speak English?

Yes, school there is taught in Dutch and English.

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.