Welcome to the homepage for the University of Vermont’s 2018 and 2019 travel study courses to the Netherlands!

In this course, students explore Dutch water management and sustainability practices and technologies while touring the Netherlands via bicycle and other sustainable transportation. With 18 million inhabitants and more than two thirds of the country lying at or below sea level, managing water and living sustainably are essential for human safety and ensuring strong economy.

Students learn from and interact with professionals when visiting green buildings, innovative flood control and critical historic water infrastructure projects, museums, and sustainable greenhouses.

Along the way, students learn how the Netherlands history has shaped its water resources and sustainability management practices, and learn to calculate a Community Water Footprint. They communicate their experiences here, so be sure to check back soon!

Cover photo: this satellite image captures the Wadden Sea, a tidal wetlands area spanning 450 km (280 miles) along the coasts of the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark.
CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO European Space Agency