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Netherlands/ Iceland: A Documentation of Culture- Summer
Amsterdam, Netherlands; Reykjavik, Iceland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 04/01/2014
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2015 03/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Name: The Netherlands/ Iceland: A Documentation of Culture Country: Iceland, The Netherlands
Program Type: Faculty-led, Service Learning GPA Requirement: 2.75
Academic Fields Available: Arts and Performing Arts, Interdisciplinary/ Open to all majors, Social Sciences
Program Description:

About The Netherlands/ Iceland: A Documentation of Culture Program

A faculty-led tour of the Netherlands, with an emphasis on the documentation of culture through photography, writing, group discussions, and experiential observations. The tour will integrate a Sociology course and a Digital Photography course, collaboratively taking each course to a higher level of understanding and conceptualization, as we explore Amsterdam and surrounding areas including Reykjavik, Iceland. The goal of the trip is to learn about and participate in Dutch and Icelandic cultures through the lens of the camera and social observations. The trip includes a service learning project in Amsterdam and will culminate with a Student Gallery Exhibit.

The study abroad experience will be an intriguing exploration of Dutch culture utilizing social comparisons and observations as a platform for peer discussions and self-expression through photo-documentaries of the experience. The students' experiences will culminate with a Gallery Exhibit upon return to the United States.

Click here for the program flyer



The program is faculty led by Josephine Kearney, MA (, and Heather Jones, MFA ( The program is jointly sponsored by The College at Brockport and Genesee Community College. The program is administered by The College at Brockport.

Josephine Kearney is a Fulbright Scholar, M.A. in Sociology, full-time Social Sciences instructor at Genesee Community College, photographer, and world traveler. Her most recent adventure was to China and Tibet.

Heather Jones is a full-time instructor at Genesee Community College, M.F.A., professional artist, and has traveled extensively in Europe. In addition to teaching, she is the Owner/Creative Director of a publishing service business.

Housing & Orientation


Students will stay in hotels and hostels throughout the trip.


The program is faculty-led, students will be traveling with faculty members who will be available to answer any and all questions. Students will meet at GCC at the start of the program for a bus ride to the flight out of Toronto.


Fees for the "Documentation of Culture in the Netherlands" Program

Summer 2014 (est.): $5,250.00

Estimated Budget Sheet: Amsterdam Sum 14 EST.pdf


  • TUITION (6 credits)
  • Program acceptance fee
  • Pre-departure orientation materials, advisement and counseling
  • Round trip Airfare from Toronto to Amsterdam
  • Local Travel
  • Program Activities
  • Most Dinners and Breakfasts
  • Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services.


  • Health Insurance*
  • Passport
  • Transportation to/from departing city
  • Various campus-specific fees** (college fee, technology Fees, etc.)
  • Residence permit
  • Textbooks
  • Additional Meals
  • Personal Expenses

Financial aid applies towards fees.

The actual amount that you will spend depends heavily on your style of living, and will vary with each individual's personal spending habits, entertainment preferences and travel choices.

*SUNY regulations require that participants in Overseas Academic Programs have "adequate" insurance coverage.  Students whose current health insurance is not "adequate" may purchase appropriate coverage for $95.50 per month (this is the current cost and is subject to change).
**Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition.


Students will receive 6 credits for the program.

This program has been approved to meet the following General Education requirements: S (Social Science) for Social Problems and Issues-Documenting Dutch Culture and Society  and P (Fine Arts with Performance) for Digital Photography.

The first course, Social Problems and Issues--Documenting Dutch Culture and Society, taught by Josephine Kearney, will be on-site experiential learning designed to explore culture and society in both an urban and rural context. The course will consist of a series of tours, visits, presentations, group discussions, writing and experiential observations. Some of the topics will include the healthcare system, urban/rural differences, and contemporary social issues. Students will document and create visual/written journals that will be showcased upon completion of study and travel.

Click here for the Summer 2013 Syllabus- Social Problems and Issues

In the second course, Digital Photography, taught by Heather Jones, students will learn how to take successful photographs, technical use of the digital camera, and creative ways to use the camera in documentary photography. Students will travel through Amsterdam, Leiden, and The Hague as they explore many artistic, cultural, and historical venues that will give them insight into Dutch culture and society. Students will participate in a Gallery Exhibit upon return to the United States, showcasing their observations and insights into Dutch society.

Click here for the Summer 2013 Syllabus- Digital Photography

Trip Highlights:

  •     Iceland Golden Circle Tour
  •     Paddleboat in the Canals
  •     Vangogh Museum
  •     Rembrandt House
  •     Anne Frank House
  •     Rijke Museum
  •     Red Light District Tour
  •     Muiden Castle
  •     Windmills & Dutch Cheese
  •     Concerts Vondel Park
  •     Bicycle Tour
Amsterdam Amsterdam


Summer 2014:   June 18th - July 8th, 2014