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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Autumn Quarter 2020 01/31/2020 02/01/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: Urban Design and Planning UW Program Director: Bargsk3, Millerd
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: renesm
Program Information:
 
QUICK FACTS    
Location Groningen, Netherlands
Academic Term Autumn Quarter
Credits 15 UW credits per quarter
Eligibility Registered Urban Design & Planning students in good standing
Language Instruction in English
Program Manager Urban Design & Planning | udp@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline February 2
HIGHLIGHTS
General Students will attend the University of Groningen through the Urban Design & Planning Department. They will have the opportunity to study in a historic city that has a very modern taste to it.
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Department of Urban Design and Planning has a continual exchange program with the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. It begun in 1989 and, since then, many students from the UW have participated in this program. Professor Jan Whittington is the faculty liaison for the exchange program and usually holds an information session for interested students in November.

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen is the second oldest in the Netherlands. It is situated in the historic city of Groningen, which is in the northeastern corner of that country. The university houses over 30,000 students, of which roughly 20% are international students. It is organized into eleven faculties, which collectively offer roughly 48 bachelor's programmes and 167 masters programmes.


For more information about this program, please visit the Urban Design & Planning department website.
 
LOCATION

Site

Groningen is a picturesque Dutch city that is located in the northeastern corner of the Netherlands. The city is known as being one of the best bike city and is home to many famous spots, including the Groninger Museum, Bourtange, and more.





 

 
ACADEMICS

Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this exchange program must be registered Urban Design & Planning students in good standing.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 15 UW credits per quarter. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.

Courses

Students take a course in Dutch planning and often a field study course, both of which are in English. The courses also usually include several field trips.

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.

 
ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

As an exchange student on this program, you are responsible for finding your own accommodations. This gives you the freedom to choose whatever housing is most appropriate to your level of comfort and your budget.

To begin your housing search, we recommend visiting the University of Groningen Housing website. On this website, you will find information about the housing application, housing FAQ's, a list of housing options, price overviews, as well as other tips, rules, and regulations.

University Accommodations: The University of Groningen does not offer on-campus accommodations.

Private Accommodations: University of Groningen Housing Office has many tips to help you find housing on the private market. We strongly recommend that you begin searching for housing at least 2-3 months prior to your arrival as finding a room after arrival is not common and housing options may be limited!

 
VISA INFORMATION

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 

 
FINANCES

Program Expenses

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.
 
APPLICATION

Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you 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.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

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

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 disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be 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. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.