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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Amsterdam and Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Early Fall 2017
August 20 – September 16, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $3,800
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Trent G. Hill, Rose Paquet Kinsley
 Program  Manager Katherine Kroeger |
 Application    Deadline March 1, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Thurs. Feb 2, 12:30-1:30, MGH 173R
Mon. Feb 6, 3:30-4:30, MGH 224
Online: Tues. Jan 31, 7-8pm
Online: Thurs. Feb. 9, 6:30-7:30pm
  General The program will examine what “innovation” means and how it works in library, museum, and information-service settings, and how it intersects with issues of culture and diversity. Along with lectures, we will have numerous guest talks, site visits, and field trips.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

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Program Description

This program will be held in collaboration with faculty and professionals from several Dutch academic, research, and cultural organizations, including the Huygens Institute, the Dutch national eHumanities platform, the Delft Public Library (DOK), and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. It will be based in two cities: Amsterdam, the political and cultural capital of the Netherlands; and Rotterdam, Europe's largest port and the most ethnically diverse city in the Netherlands; approximately 48% of the population are of non-Dutch origin or have at least one parent born outside the country. It will provide us with an outstanding case study in how libraries, museums, and information services engage with diverse populations both in their everyday functioning and in their attempts at creating innovative programs and resources. Outside of the classroom, participants will get to take part in field trips and site visits to museums, libraries, and historical sites as part of their immersion in Dutch culture as well as to see how these institutions further their educational functions.

The course itself will examine how innovation works in library, information, and museum services, practices, and designs in the Netherlands and Belgium. It will look at what, exactly, "innovation" means in institutional settings; the interplay between culture and values in program design; the ways libraries and museums work with diversity; research, assessment, and the process of making a case for innovation; and innovation-focused program assessment. We will also look at digital humanities and digital scholarship in general and the role(s) they play in innovation in the contemporary library and museum worlds.


Amsterdam and Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Amsterdam and Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and Mons, Belgium


We will be staying in hotels and hostels we've used in previous versions of the iSchool Netherlands Exploration Seminar. We stayed at the Bicycle Hotel in Amsterdam from 2009-2012 and are returning to it based on their convenient location in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, the comfort of their rooms, and the price (which is quite low for a comparable hotel in central Amsterdam). The Hotel Baan was our primary base from 2008-2012. It's a small family-run hotel in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, convenient to public transit, dining, and nightlife, and is cheap enough to allow us to rent the entire hotel (which potentially allows us to bring up to 26 students). We stayed at Auberge de Jeunesse hostel in Mons in 2012. It's centrally located, very reasonably priced, clean, and relatively quiet for a youth hostel. All of these vendors accept wire payments and are willing to work with the study abroad office's disbursement schedule.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

This program will be of interest to students intrigued by Dutch and more generally European culture who are also interested in the relationship between culture and the concept and practice of innovation in a variety of settings, but specifically in museums, libraries, and information services both physical and digital. The primary audience for the program will be students in the Information School's masters programs (Masters of Library and Information Science & Masters of Science in Information Management), but we also anticipate interest from graduate students in the Museology program, along with undergraduate Informatics students. Previous iterations of the program drew students from the College of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering and HCDE) and Arts & Sciences. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and we will consider non-matriculated students on a space available basis. Students should be comfortable staying for extended periods in family-run European hotels, which might have small rooms and shared showers. Students need to be able to take public transportation and walk up a few flights of stairs.


5 Credits


INFX 597 (5 credits)

The course itself will examine how innovation works in library, information, and museum services, practices, and designs in the Netherlands and Belgium. It will look at what, exactly, "innovation" means in institutional settings; the interplay between culture and values in program design; the ways libraries and museums work with diversity; research, assessment, and the process of making a case for innovation; and innovation-focused program assessment. We will also look at digital humanities and digital scholarship in general and the role(s) they play in innovation in the contemporary library and museum worlds.

Learning Goals: 

Students will examine the concept of innovation as it applies to the creation and delivery of services and resources in library, museum, and information system settings;

Students will examine the role culture(s), at many levels, plays in innovation; Students will investigate the way successful programs in these settings address diversity in their development and ongoing assessment and improvement.

Students will accomplish these by successfully compiling and analyzing a case study based in an institution or service of their choosing. They will also submit a creative project that reflects on their experience of traveling and studying in the Netherlands.

Program Directors & Staff

Trent G. Hill, Information School, Program Director

Trent Hill has taught at the University of Washington for 15 years. Besides directing study abroad programs in Holland, he has traveled the country extensively by bicycle and public transportation and been a regular visitor there since 1996.

Rose Paquet Kinsley, Information School, Program Co-Director

Program Expenses

Cost: $3,800

Estimated Program Fee of $3,800, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $20 or less/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,000 - $1,200* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $3,800 October 13, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.