Utrecht Summer School
The Utrecht Summer School, founded in 1987 by
Utrecht University, is the biggest academic summer programme in The Netherlandsand belongs to the biggest summer schools in Europe. In 2008 more than 1250 students from over 80 different countries came to Utrecht to participate in one of 67 courses offered. Utrecht Summer School is a cooperation between Utrecht University, Utrecht University of Applied Sciencesand Utrecht School of the Arts.
The summer school started in 1987 with one course: Dutch Culture and Society, still one of the most popular courses. In the last two decades the programme developed into a broad selection of courses in virtually all disciplines Utrecht University is offering.
The courses are divided in six categories:
Culture, "E.g. Dutch Culture and Society, European Culture, History of Art"
Language, "E.g. Dutch Language, Psycholinguistics"
Social Sciences, "E.g. Peace, Human Rights and Justice"
Law& Economics, "E.g. Doing Business in Europe"
Science, "E.g. Life and Death of Stars, Physics of the Climate System"
Life Sciences, "E.g. Food safety, hygiene and (emerging) diseases"
Because accommodation is not easy to find in Utrecht, the summer school offers all participants temporary housing. The accommodations are located throughout the city, within easily accessible distances from various educational institutions.
Utrecht Summer School offers a social programme for all participants. The programme containes city trips through the Netherlands – for example The Hague -, nightcanoeing through the canals downtown Utrecht, a bbq, beachvolleyball- and soccer tournaments, a weekly social gathering, a pubquiz, (guided) trips to famous museums and an excursion to the Dutch dikes and deltaworks. And, every course starts with a city tour – including a climb up the Dom tower - to introduce students to Utrecht.
In 2007 a Summer School Film Festival was held for the first time. Dutch highlights were shown, such as Paradise Now, Simon and 06/05.
* [http://www.utrechtsummerschool.nl Official website Utrecht Summer School]
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