Learning, Culture & Technology in Europe program, Michigan State University College of Education

During this program University of Michigan Students spend 3 weeks visiting a wide range of public and private international schools in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, and Germany as well as build marketable teaching and management skills of global cultural competence, critical reflection, and intercultural relations.

Program Highlights


Visit culturally diverse European schools

Students have opportunities to visit progressive Dutch, German, and French schools as participant observers. Schools were chosen for their cultural diversity, opportunities for interactions with students and teachers, and potential for illuminating interesting comparisons to US schools.

Learn about the world of International Schools

We have plans to visit a number of International Schools in The Netherlands and Germany. Students can learn more about what International Schools are, what it is like to be an International School teacher, and how to get connected to the International School network to find a job.

Become more proficient with educational technology

The students' field experiences will be the basis for considering the core issues of this program: the intersection of learning, technology, and culture. Technologies such as digital photography and video, podcasts, and blogs will be used both as means to look more closely at phenomena related to learning and culture. Technology will also be central to representing and sharing ideas. By the end of the program, students will have greater proficiency at using a wide range of technologies and a deeper understanding of how technology can be used effectively by themselves and others.

Live in beautiful, modern, cosmopolitan facilities
During the three weeks, students will live in Amsterdam, Maastricht, Paris, and Brussels. Most of the time will be spent in Maastricht, the oldest city in the Netherlands and home to one of the finest universities in The Netherlands. Maastricht University is in the scenic historic district of the city.

Experience Europe

This program offers students the opportunity to experience four countries: The Netherlands, France, Germany, and Belgium. All visits are made even more memorable because we will have a native guide and many opportunities to spend time with teachers and students.