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Affiliated Department: CHID Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Credits: 5
Estimated Program Fee: 4150 UW Program Director: Amy Peloff, Nicolaas Barr, Rachel Dunn
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Darielle Horsey UW Program Staff Email:,,
Program Information:

Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Academic Term Summer A-Term
06/16/2019 - 07/25/2019
Estimated Program Fee $5,650
Credits 6
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites or language requirements.
Program Directors Nicolaas Barr |
Amy Peloff
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions 1/18 12:00-1:00 in PDL C101
1/23 6:30-7:30 in Rose Auditorium, Conibear Shellhouse
General Explore the concept of tolerance in the narratives of Dutch national history and in contemporary debates about the place of public religion, race, class, and gender in Dutch identity.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

Program Description

Russell Shorto has called Amsterdam "the world's most liberal city," and indeed, the Netherlands is well known for its "tolerant" approaches to drug enforcement, legalized prostitution, and gay rights. However, recent events have brought this self-congratulatory attitude into question. In debates over immigration and multiculturalism, public commentators from across the political spectrum have argued for the limits of tolerance and the need to defend Dutch national identity against intolerant views, especially those allegedly associated with Islam. Large segments of the Dutch populace-and prominent politicians-have expressed fear, revulsion, and anger towards Dutch Muslims, whether recent immigrants or the children or grandchildren of so-called "guest workers" from Morocco and Turkey who helped power the Netherlands's economic recovery after World War II. This intensive, 10-day program contextualizes these debates by exploring the concept of tolerance in the narratives of Dutch national history and in contemporary debates about the place of religion, race, gender, and sexuality in Dutch identity. Using Amsterdam as our site of analysis, we will explore Dutch ideas and practices of tolerance and reflect on how these historical legacies are mobilized in contemporary debates over national identity. We will meet with Dutch academics, politicians, and local activists, and students will be asked to reflect on how these discussions intersect with their own experiences, both abroad and at home. This program is co-sponsored by UW Athletics and is designed to make study abroad accessible to student-athletes and other students with busy summer schedules. The program travel dates are June 15-25; independent study work will be completed in Seattle following the travel dates. Note that unlike other UW study abroad programs, this program's fee includes airfare and meals.




Amsterdam, Netherlands


Students will stay in the hostel section of the Hotel Van Gogh, which was recommended by another program director. 



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

There are no prerequisites or language requirements.


6 UW Quarter Credits


CHID 471: Tolerance, Identity, and Difference (5 credits) I&S, Diversity

"There is no tolerance except in the matter of evil things," wrote St. Augustine. Tolerance is widely considered to be a self-evident virtue in contemporary liberal democracies: we define ourselves by a willingness to accept-to some degree-those who are different from ourselves. Historically, there can be no doubt that tolerance is a significant advance over direct manifestations of hatred of others: in the European context, emerging from the wars of religion in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, it allowed for the coexistence of religious groups with conflicting worldviews. But as soon as the concept of tolerance is considered more carefully, it becomes evident that a fundamental asymmetry is presupposed between the subject who is doing the tolerating and whom or what is being tolerated. The potential or even necessity to exclude someone or something rendered inassimilable appears to be constitutive of tolerance itself; as the political theorist Wendy Brown puts it, tolerance is a matter of "regulating aversion." In this course, students will analyze tolerance using both theoretical and empirical approaches. We will see how conflicting views of the public place of religion, race, gender and sexuality, and cultural difference compete in debates over belonging and Dutch national identity. Students will develop a historical perspective on these contemporary conflicts and explore alternatives to the dominant narratives about the boundaries of Dutch society.

Learning goals include:
Students will learn about the genealogy of the concept and practice of tolerance in the Dutch context and how to analyze its rhetorical use in contemporary debates over religion, race, and gender.

CHID 470: Beyond Tolerance (1 credits) I&S

Following our return to Seattle, students will complete collaborative group projects based on their experiences abroad and present them to the rest of the group. Topics will be selected in consultation with the instructors.

Learning goals include:
Based on individual reflection and collaborative discussion, students will explore how the issues explored during the program intersect with dominant narratives and contemporary debates about American identity.







Nicolaas Barr
Part-time Lecturer, Comparative History of Ideas

Amy Peloff
Part-time Lecturer, Comparative History of Ideas

Rachael Dunn
Assistant Director of Learning Resources




Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,650

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • $350 CHID Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Program activities and program travel
  • Airfare
Not included in the program fee:
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 12, 2019

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.

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.


  • 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 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 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements 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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 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.

Additional Info

This program is designed for student-athletes and other students whose schedules may be too restrictive to participate in a longer study abroad program. Students will travel to Amsterdam from June 15th to June 25th; the coursework will be completed in Seattle between July 5th and the end of Summer A-Term.