Fight at the Museum: Dutch Colonial Legacy & Current National Identity
Amsterdam is the city of famous architects and painters, musicians, radical thinkers, and writers. While the wealth of Amsterdam was acquired through a vast global trading network, we’ll investigate the complex roots of the city’s renowned identity.
Amsterdam is the city of famous architects and painters, musicians, radical thinkers, and writers. While the wealth of Amsterdam was acquired through a vast global trading network, we’ll investigate the complex roots of the city’s renowned identity. The course will explore current debates surrounding the Dutch colonial legacy in a 21st-Century multicultural world and Amsterdam’s leading role in our reconciliation with the past.
Housing & Meals
You will live in shared rooms with fellow program participants. Welcome and farewell meals, and some additional meals are included in the program fee. We will take additional meals in the housing or at local restaurants and eateries.
Excursions in Amsterdam may include:
- Walking tour of old city center
- Tour of the Amsterdam Museum
- Visit to the Rijksmuseum
- Tour of the Black Archives Amsterdam
- Visit to the Tropenmuseum
- Black Heritage Canal Tour
- Tour of the National Maritime Museum and the "Amsterdam" VOC ship
- Visit to the Anne Frank House
- Walking tour of the Jewish Quarter & visit to a Synagogue
- A guided tour of the Bijlmer neighborhood
- Visit to the Resistance Museum and the "Rivierenbuurt"
All program participants will take the coordinated group flight to and from the program site. The cost of the group flight is included in the program fee that will be posted to your student account. Do not book your own flight; you will receive information from the Learning Abroad Center about your seat on the group flight once your participation has been confirmed.
- Socialize as global professionals who understand that human interaction and culture are relevant to achieving professional goals
- Discover and connect with the University of Minnesota campus and community
- Think critically, analyze topics, and appreciate diverse perspectives through pre-departure coursework, studying abroad, and guided reflection
- Function as an effective team member by utilizing personal strengths in a group setting
- Develop an understanding of the importance of future international and intercultural learning
- Understand the role of creativity, innovation, discovery, and expression across disciplines
- Acquire skills for effective citizenship and lifelong learning
Faculty & Staff
This seminar is taught by Dr. Jenneke Oosterhoff, a professor in the department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch, College of Liberal Arts
One 3-credit course
This is an on-campus class during the spring semester. On-campus Spring Semester 2023 course meets: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. on East Bank. Abroad term: Spring Break 2023
This program appeals to students looking to explore Dutch history and its impact on modern Dutch society. You’ll develop the skills to interpret and write about literary and non-literary texts as well as artworks in their historical and cultural context. You’ll keep a journal while abroad to collect reflections on your experiences.
Coursework will consist of one individual project featuring a topic of choice related to course concepts, one group project collecting materials around Amsterdam, journal entries, and a final reflection.
Receive Credit for: DTCH 1912
Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Spring Break 2023||March 3 - March 12, 2023||December 1, 2022|
Important Note: This program departs for the Netherlands on Friday, March 3. If you have any classes on that date, you may need to miss them in order to travel.
Program dates are subject to change.
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 20 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.
Join in-person or over Zoom. Register and learn more about this and other events on this website.
|Thurs. Sept. 22||10:00am||Peik 225|
|Wed. Sept. 28||2:00pm||Bruininks 123|
|Thurs. Nov. 17||12:30pm||HHH 289|
|Mon. Nov. 21||12:30pm||HellerH 230C|
On Campus Dates
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. on East Bank- Minneapolis Campus
Orientation Dates & Locations
Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
|Spring Break 2023||TBD||TBD|
The cost of participation includes educational costs, group flight airfare, program administration, housing, most meals, international health insurance, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, and local transportation. Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. Generally, program fees range between $4,500-$5,500. You must also budget for visa, passport and passport photos, meals not included, spending money, and miscellaneous living expenses.
If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.
If you are registered for less than 13-credits, or if you are a non-UofM student, you will be charged tuition for this course in addition to the program fee. Notify the Learning Abroad Center if this applies to you.
Billing & Payments
Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.
Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
Spring Break 2023
Freshman Seminar Abroad: Fight at the Museum: Dutch Colonial Legacy & Current National Identity
Spring Break 2023
|Tuition and educational costs||$2,711|
|International health insurance||$26|
|Housing and/or mealsShared housing with daily breakfast, welcome and farewell meals included.||$583|
|Transportation (if required and included in program fee)||$1,275|
|Total Program Fee||$4,995|
|Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable||$0|
|Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable||$4,995|
Estimated Additional Expenses
|Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.|
|Transportation to and from program site||$0|
|Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure||$150|
|Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country|
|Housing and/or meals not included in program feeMost lunches and dinners not included||$300|
|Essential daily living expensesCell phone required||$100|
|Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country||$400|
Total Estimated Cost of Participation
|Total Estimated Cost of Participation||$5,545|
|Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation||$200|
|Additional Notes & Information|
|* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.|
Be aware: Learning Abroad Center programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
Current US passport processing times are longer than normal. If you do not have a passport, or your passport expires less than 6 months after your return date from your time abroad, apply for a new passport now.
You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:
- Application Essay
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.
Register for On-Campus Course
Your participation on this program is secured by applying and confirming through the Learning Abroad Center application process.
You will also need to register for the on-campus course DTCH 1912.
Note: Registering for the course, but not confirming through the Learning Abroad Center, will not hold your spot in the program.
After You Apply
Before your program begins, review these resources.
Health & Safety
Learn more about staying healthy and safe abroad, including mental health and wellness, international travel insurance, and safety precautions.
Power of Attorney
Consider designating someone as your power of attorney to act as your legal representative while you’re abroad.
Consult our resources on student identities as you prepare for your abroad experience.
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