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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2022 01/21/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Sponsorship: CWRU-arranged Click here for a definition of this term Program Purpose: Study
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Hotel Minimum GPA: 2
Program Director/Assistant Director: Dr. David B. Miller, MSASS ( Credit Type: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
Case Credit Type: Engineering Social Sciences Credit, Global and Diversity Credit, Social Work Minor Number of Credits: 3
Deposit: 200 Click here for a definition of this term Remainder of Program Fee: 2395
Included in Program Cost: breakfasts, Housing, In-country transportation Not Included in Program Cost: Admission Fees, Dinner, Flights, Lunch, Passport Fees, Tuition, Vaccinations, Visa fees
Program Description:


Please note that the below information is from spring break 2020 and updates for spring break 2021, including if the program will be offered, will be completed at a later date. For questions about the programs or to apply, please contact Valerie Rambin: 
SASS Netherlands

Mental Health Issues & Practice in the Netherlands (SASS 375B/575)

In-Country Dates: March 9-15, 2019
Pre and post trip seminars: January 26, February 23, and March 30 (Saturdays)
Faculty leaders:  Dr. Patrick Boyle (

Course Description: This 3-credit course will take students to a range of treatment settings and provide interaction with Dutch clinicians, managers and people receiving services. Through this immersion, students then realize the similarities and differences between how Americans and the Dutch view mental health and substance use disorders, and, more importantly, how we treat the people we serve. Included are visits to treatment clinics, residential treatment centers, hospitals, user rooms, prisons as well as universities. Presentations are given by government officials, practicing social workers, health care providers and some of Holland's most prominent scholars. The experience challenges students to compare Dutch mental health and co-occurring substance abuse treatment practices with those in the United States. Students with an interest in mental health and substance abuse issues are encouraged to enroll in this course.

There are two Saturday sessions held at CWRU prior to travel to the Netherlands. These classes and assigned readings will prepare students to critically analyze the social policies and practices they will experience first-hand in the Netherlands.
In Amsterdam the course begins with a brief orientation on late Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening is free to explore the city! Sunday is also an open day, but Sunday evening is reserved for a guided tour of the Red Light District by a Dutch expert. Students will have unstructured free time on the weekend after the course to travel (course ends Friday evening). Students and faculty stay at the Leonardo Hotel Amsterdam City Center, a comfortable and well-located hotel used by the Mandel School for over 10 years.
Planned Site Visits (subject to change)

  • Attend lectures from Dutch experts at Vrije Universiteit (Free University) in Amsterdam on Dutch tolerance, euthanasia, substance use and abuse, and sex work (prostitution)
  • Attend a symposium on Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT)
  • Visit the Dampkring coffee shop and converse with a local expert about the history of coffee shops in Amsterdam as well as see the products they sell
  • Visit an inpatient psychiatric hospital and prison based treatment program for forensic patients and experience how the Dutch treat people convicted of crimes and that have mental health disorders
  • Travel to Rotterdam and visit a user room and housing programs, where people with co-occurring disorders can find access to a range of services including employment and social services, in order to create a stable living environment for their recovery
  • Participate in the "Great Debate" at the end of the week: an opportunity to make persuasive arguments for or against practices or social policies learned over the past week 

When booking airfare, please note that mandatory course activities take place from Saturday evening (March 9) until Friday evening at 5:00pm (March 15).

Program Fee: $2,295 (billed to student account minus deposit) covers accommodations, in-country transportation, breakfast, workshops, agency visits, guest lectures, and emergency medical insurance abroad.
Out of Pocket Expenses: flight, lunches and dinners, personal spending money, vaccinations, visa fees, and passport fees (if applicable). Program fees are separate from tuition charges.
Visit and contact Valerie Rambin (, Assistant Director of International Education Programs at the Mandel School, or Dr. David B. Miller (, Director of International Education Programs, for more information on this or other Mandel School study abroad programs. Contact Nancy Issa ( for financial aid eligibility.