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All blog posts are by University of Michigan students who have participated in a CGIS program. The following blogs are students studying abroad in the Netherlands.

Spring/Summer 2018

Caleb reflects on his spring term in the Netherlands

I leave for Amsterdam in a few days, and I want to take this time to reflect on what I will expect or will do to prepare myself for this trip. I am almost packed, and I did some research on the weather. It appears to be close to what I am used to in the Upper Peninsula, so I will pack a wide variety of clothes. I am excited to go on this journey to study abroad.

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Miriam reflects on her spring term in the Netherlands

Today was my first official day of class! Lecture was three hours from 9 to noon—that is the schedule each weekday. The rest of the day is free for exploring, reading (there is a lot!), and the various excursions we will go on (Brussels, the Hague, etc.). Our teacher for the class is awesome. He seems very knowledgeable and is also enthusiastic and passionate about the topic (the European Union). Overall, the class will cover the EU’s history, institutions, and policies. Today we spent about an hour covering class expectations and assignments—there will be two papers, one policy statement, one model EU, and one final exam. Each day there are readings to do to prepare for each lecture.

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