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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Delft, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Program Information:

Titlesociology italy
Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 19- September 15, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,650
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites N/A
Program Directors Trent Hill |
Rose Paquet Kinsley |
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Extended Application Deadline March 1, 2018
Information Sessions Online: Thursday nights January 18 - February 8, 6:30-7:30 pm via Zoom meeting space at

Residential (MGH 015): Mondays 12:30-1:30 from January 22-February 5. 
General This program will explore the concept and practice of innovation, focusing particularly on innovative practices in Dutch libraries, museums, archives, and information services. We'll have a rich assortment of site visits and field trips in and to major Dutch cities, as well as the Mundaneum in Mons, Belgium.
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

This program will be held in collaboration with faculty and professionals from several Dutch academic, research, and cultural organizations, including DANS (Data Archiving and Network Services), 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 Delft, a historic university town centrally located between The Hague, which is the nation's capital, and Rotterdam, Europe's largest port and Holland's most diverse city. 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, Netherlands


Amsterdam and Delft in the Netherlands; Mons in Belgium.


In Amsterdam, we will be staying in a hotel we've used in previous versions of the iSchool Netherlands Exploration Seminar. We stayed at the Bicycle Hotel in Amsterdam from 2009-2012 and then again last year 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). I selected the Bridges House Hotel in Delft based on their cost (they submitted the lowest bid) and 3-star rating from the Dutch hotel licensing board. 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.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

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 UW Credits


INFX 597: Dutch Designs: Innovation in Library, Museum, and Information Services in the Netherlands (5 Credits)

The course 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 include:
- 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.



Trent Hill, Information School, Program Director

Trent Hill is a Senior Lecturer in the Information School, where he's been on the faculty since 2002. He has led numerous study abroad programs in the Netherlands and Denmark.

Rose Paquet Kinsley, Information School, Program Co-Director



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,650

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,200)
  • Food (about $25/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 2018

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 orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

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.