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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Breda, Netherlands; Delft, Netherlands; Houten, Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: City Planning and Urban Studies, Civil Engineering, Environmental Sciences, European Studies, Geography, Psychology, Public Health, Sustainability, Urban Design, Urban Studies
Housing Options: Hostel or Hotel Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:

The Netherlands: Bicycling the Livable Streets and Sustainable Cities of Europe

Summer 2019: Add your name to the Inquiry List below
Dates Abroad: TBA: estimated two-week program
Course Dates: TBA: one on-campus day prior to going abroad with online assignments before and after the dates abroad
Price: TBA

NOTE: Updates for 2019 coming soon. 


PROPOSED FOR 2019: During this two-week program, students will develop an understanding of the bicycle/pedestrian/auto transportation systems of Dutch cities in the Netherlands. The Delft University of Technology, in the city of Delft, will serve as the home base for students as they explore Delft itself and other cities across The Netherlands, including Breda, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Houten. A typical day will include a guest lecture from a practitioner in the local community followed by a field exercise. Lunch will be time to explore the local community. Students will be asked to document their experiences by collecting information (digital pictures and notes) throughout the day and uploading it to a daily blog. Students will be able to use perspectives from their own U.S. communities while contrasting the planning, engineering, and policy issues associated with the local Dutch and Danish examples. Students will gain an understanding of transportation concepts that have been implemented to address specific challenges within the cities visited.

The program will tentatively include one in-class day of biking near SDSU's main campus prior to departing for The Netherlands as well as online work both before the program begins and after the program concludes.  More details will be provided by the faculty.   


This program takes place in the European country of The Netherlands.  The city of Delft will serve as the home base for students with an additional overnight program in Amsterdam.  This program is expected to explore the cities of Delft, Breda, Houten, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam in The Netherlands (locations are subject to change. Updates will be provided)


All participants are required to register for the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” course.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies. 
  • GEN S 450: Bicycling the Livable Streets and Sustainable Cities: The European Experience (3 units of SDSU resident credit)
    • Fulfills the GE, Explorations, Area C: Humanities graduation requirement
HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirementsOtherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information.  


TBA: More information coming soon!

  • Bicycling tours throughout The Netherlands
  • Visits to local cultural museums
  • Guest lectures by experts in the field
  • Tentative overnight program in Amsterdam
  • TBA: More information coming soon!


Dr. Bruce Appleyard is an Assistant Professor of City Planning and Urban Design at San Diego State University and the Assistant Director of the SDSU Active Transportation Research Center. Dr. Appleyard has over 20 years of experience working as a Planner and Urban Designer, focusing on the intersection between transportation, land use, environmental quality, and community design in support of a diverse range of sustainability, livability, social equity objectives.

Dr. Appleyard also works as part of the award-winning, California Office of Traffic Safety funded Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Assessment (PBSA) team since 2008, and he has developed and taught numerous professional courses and workshops on bicycle and pedestrian street design for safety and livability. He is also the author of the "Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning" Section for the ICMA's 2007 Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice. He is also a co-author of 2007 book, The Transportation/Land Use Connection, which includes best practices for creating effective, multimodal TODs and transit-oriented corridors.

Dr. Appleyard has managed and worked on numerous streetscape design and planning projects. This work frequently involves participating in and presenting at public workshops designed to elicit the desires of community members and reach consensus on preferred design strategies.  Once a set of design alternatives has been developed, Dr. Appleyard analyzes their impacts on all modes of travel.

Dr. Appleyard is passionate about helping people bridge the technical and regulatory barriers to creating joyful and enriching communities that reflect their spirit and identity. For the body of his work with communities to research and improve their livability he was recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of the "Top-Ten Active Living Heroes", alongside Dan Burden, Wendi Kallins, Governor Mike Huckabee, and then Senator Barack Obama.


Payment Schedule:
   $TBA    Deposit due with application to the College of Extended Studies (CES) to reserve your space in the program
   $TBA    Second Payment Due
   $TBA    Tuition due with course registration to CES 
   $TBA    Total Program Fee 
Included in the Program Fee:
  • 3 units of SDSU resident credit
  • Travel medical & repatriation insurance
  • TBA: More information coming soon!
Not Included in the Program Fee:
  • Round-trip airfare to the Netherlands
  • Bike rental during the on-campus class at SDSU's main campus prior to going abroad
  • Passport and visa fees (Visas are not required for U.S. citizens entering the Netherlands; visit for more information)
  • Vaccinations, if necessary (visit CDC website for more information)
  • Travel insurance
  • TBA: More information coming soon!

Refund Policy

Program Costs Refund:
  • TBA: More information coming soon!
The following applies to fees paid to WorldStrides:
  • TBA: More information coming soon!
Course Tuition Refund:
Funding and Scholarship Information
  • Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • All class levels welcome to apply 
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities, and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.

Add your name to the Inquiry List below if you are interested in attending this program in Summer 2019.


  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • For course content, requirements, and specific information about the program contact the faculty leader Dr. Bruce Appleyard at
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Phil Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:, (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.