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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: Admission fees, breakfasts, Housing, In-country transportation Not Included in Program Cost: Dinner, Flights, Lunch, Passport Fees, Tuition
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: 


Social Justice: Health and Violence Prevention (SASS 325/575)

In-Country Dates: March 9-15, 2019 (second weekend free to travel)
Pre and post trip seminars: January 26, February 23, and March 30 (SASS 575) or April 13 (SASS 325) (Saturdays)
Faculty leader: Dean Gilmore (SASS 325) and Dr. Sarah Parran (SASS 575)

Course description: This experiential, hands-on 3-credit course during spring break is designed to familiarize students with Dutch social policies and practices for social justice systems. Students will have the opportunity to compare the United States and the Netherlands policies and practices by engaging with experts on prostitution, drug use, substance abuse, child welfare, mental health, violence prevention, criminal justice, homelessness, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. The trip includes guided tours of neighborhoods and social institutions such as hospitals, clinics, user rooms, and prisons. Presentations are given by government officials, practicing social workers, health care providers, and prominent Dutch scholars. The experience will challenge students to compare Holland with the United States and help students understand the strengths and weaknesses of social policies and human services in both countries. Students will be able to have direct access to both agency personnel and clients, which affords them an understanding and exposure that cannot be derived from text books.
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. 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.
Possible 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)
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 the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the largest tertiary care hospital in the country and meet with the medical director of the hospital to discuss how differently they manage their health care system than we do in the U.S.
Visit an inpatient psychiatric hospital for forensic patients and experience how the Dutch treat people convicted of crimes and that have mental health disorders
Travel to Rotterdam to meet with staff and clients at S Gravenhof, a halfway house for hard drugs users
Visit Horizon, a residential treatment center for severely physically and emotionally abused children ages 8-12
Observe a trial and visit the main courthouse in Amsterdam to meet with Dutch prosecutors
Participate in the "Great Debate" where you have an opportunity to make persuasive arguments for or against various Dutch practices or social policies as they apply here at home or not 

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 International Education Programs, for more information on this or other Mandel School study abroad programs. Contact Nancy Issa ( for Financial Aid eligibility.