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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Apeldoorn, Netherlands; Arnhem, Netherlands; Delft, Netherlands; Leiden, Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Wageningen, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Cornell, Jodi Program Director: Dekkers, Jack C., Juarez, Jessica
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging Cumulative GPA: 2
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Dutch
Online Course Catalog Available: No Sponsor: Iowa State
ISU Course: AN S 495 R, AN S 496
Program Description:

Informational Meeting: Monday November 7, 2016 at 5.00pm in the Ensminger Room (Room 1204), Kildee Hall

Group Leaders: Dr. Jack Dekkers - (  , Jessica Juarez (

Program Description : 
The Department of Animal Science will be offering a two-week Summer, 2017, travel course to The Netherlands, complemented by a Spring, 2017, pre-departure orientation program. 

Although The Netherlands is only 1/3 the size of Iowa and is has 5 times as many inhabitants, The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agricultural products in the world, next to the US, which includes a large livestock sector. So one of the main purposes of this study abroad course will be to gain an understanding of how such a small country can have such extensive livestock production and what the implications and considerations of this are with regard to the environment, sustainability, and acceptance by society.

The trip will include a wide range of visits to gain an understanding of the dairy and other livestock industries in The Netherlands, including (tentatively) Europe’s largest feed mill, an AI breeding station and museum, pig and poultry breeding stations, a dairy cooperative, livestock research stations, a factory that makes milk robots and other automation tools for livestock production, and of course several livestock farms, from small to large and from traditional to organic. Because of their greater accessibility, the majority of the farms we will visit will be dairy farms. Students will also have an opportunity to interact with fellow students at the Wageningen Agricultural University.

In addition students will visit the world’s largest flower show and auction and be able gain an appreciation of the culture and lifestyle in The Netherlands, including visits to the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, the Open Air Museum and the Royal Delft China factory, canal and harbor tours in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and ‘Venice of the North’; experience travel by bike and by public transportation; visit exhibitions and museums to get an appreciation of the centuries-long and ongoing struggle of the Dutch against the water; and experience traditional Dutch foods.

Cows and Windmill

Tentative Travel Itinerary

May 07 -08  Travel to the Netherlands
May 08 – 10 Amsterdam, Lisse
May 11 – 12 Rotterdam
May 13 – 14 Amsterdam
May 15 - Wageningen
May 18 – 19 Arnhem, Appeldoorn
May 19 – 20 Leiden, Delft
May 20  Amsterdam, Return to USA


Program Fee: Approximately $3,600 (includes: airfare, lodging, on-site transportation, transportation to/from Ames/Des Moines, and entrance fees, CISI health insurance).

Other Fees: 1) $10 application fee paid to CALS Study Abroad office at 0018 Curtiss; 2) $105 study abroad administrative fee charged by Study Abroad Center in 3224 MU. 3) tuition for 3 credits during summer 2017: $906 and fees : $235.50

Out of pocket cost: 1) $135 passport (if you don't already have one); 2 ) Incidentals: $250, 3) Meals on own: $170, 

ISU Summer Tuition and Fees:  There will be a CALS tuition scholarship available for Summer Tuition for CALS students, but not Fees, you will still need to pay fees.
Note: some students may pay more or less for ISU fees depending on their major.

Program fee, the $105 administrative fee, and the tuition and fees will be applied directly to your Ubill .

If you are a first time traveler in CALS, email or stop by 0018 Curtiss Hall to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed.


Course Information: 3 credits, An Sci 496, Summer 2017; R credit, An Sci 495 Spring 2017

There are scholarships available to apply for through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (0018 Curtiss Hall), scholarship application due March 1st 

This program is currently not accepting applications.