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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Breda, Netherlands; Copenhagen, Denmark; 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, Sustainability, Urban Studies
Housing Options: Hostel or Hotel Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:

Netherlands & Denmark: Bicycling the Livable Streets and Sustainable Cities of Europe

Summer 2019: Add your name to the Inquiry List below
Dates Abroad: TBA
Course Dates: TBA
Price: TBA

NOTE: Updates for 2019 coming soon. 


PROPOSED FOR 2019: Students will develop an understanding of the bicycle/pedestrian/auto transportation systems of Dutch cities in the Netherlands and Copenhagen in Denmark. Most of the time in The Netherlands will be in Delf--at the Delft University of Technology--with tours of 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.


Students will spend about nine days in The Netherlands and then three days in Copenhagen, Denmark.  This program is expected to visit the cities of Delft, Breda, Houten, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam in The Netherlands and Copenhagen in Denmark (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.  


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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.


Dr. Sherry Ryan is a professor of City Planning at San Diego State University's School of Public Affairs. She has more than 15 years of experience as a practicing transportation planner in California.

Ryan's career is devoted to non-motorized transportation planning ideals and research, teaching and practice efforts related to shifting communities away from automobile dependence and toward human-powered travel. In addition to her academic experience, she has served as project manager for multiple local bicycle and pedestrian master planning efforts, including the San Diego Regional Bicycle Plan, the City of San Diego's Bicycle Master Plan Update and their Pedestrian Master Plan - Phases 2 & 3, and Pedestrian Master Plans for the City of Chula Vista and the City of Carlsbad.


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
  • Passport and visa fees (Visas are not required for U.S. citizens entering the Netherlands; visit Students Abroad 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.