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  • Locations: Ede, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: J-Term
  • Restrictions: MU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
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Program Description:

The course is divided up into three sections: 1) Visit to the northern part of the Netherlands for the first two days; 2) Tour the central regions, including trips to Netherlands 2021Amsterdam and Rotterdam, home stays, interaction with Dutch college students at CHE, and a trip to Brussels where you will do a project involving street interviews; 3) The final portion will be in Amsterdam where you will be tested on your “street-wise” abilities to navigate in and around the city.
DO NOT APPLY FOR THIS TRIP if you do not know how to ride a bike, for you WILL be required to ride a bike while there. As the leader of the trip, I will be looking for adventurous, non-complaining, positive, inquisitive, and open-to-biking-in-the-rain, students.

Estimated cost of trip: $3800

Faculty Biographies:
John Bechtold, chair of the Psychology Department, is a veteran of many cross-culturals over his 30+ years at Messiah College. He considers it a privilege to introduce students to different cultures and to help students become more “world” Christians. He has lived in the Netherlands and twice has been a visiting scholar at Christelijke Hogeschool Ede (CHE), the University at which the students will be staying. He is spending his second sabbatical there this Winter and Spring, 2020. This will be his 9th trip he has led with students to the Netherlands. Many Dutch students claim that he knows more about their whole country and geography than they do, and even has been to more places in the country than they have been, which he considers quite a compliment.

Katy Bechtold is equally a veteran of many cross-culturals, providing emotional, spiritual, and social support for leaders and students alike. While not having traveled as many times to the Netherlands as John (someone has to stay and watch the kids), she likewise has lived –and biked - in the Netherlands. While not her ideal time for travelling in the Netherlands (she prefers the warm summers over the chilly winters), she will provide the support, encouragement and care that make up the “team Bechtold”. 

Other Information:
Extended Description of the trip.pdf

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.