GL/POLS 4400 6.0: The Netherlands and Europeanization


Course Dates:

  • July 3-23, 2022 (plus prior orientation & course preparation)

  • None
Open to Non-Majors?

  • Yes, but priority given to Political Science Majors

Image of Dutch Parliament

Course Overview

Interested in European politics and policies? This intensive summer course fosters an understanding of political, social, and economic transformations in the European Union (EU) by focusing on one of the original six member states, the Netherlands. Through lectures, meetings with policymakers, and study tours of Dutch and EU institutions, this course takes a ground-level perspective on Europeanization from The Hague, Maastricht, Brussels, and Rotterdam. Students will also visit museums and take course field trips to Amsterdam, Leiden, the Groesbeek Canadian war cemetery, Utrecht, and elsewhere.

Program Highlights:

  • Study tours of Dutch and European Institutions
  • Meetings with policymakers and experts in Dutch and European politics
  • An immersive experiential course building professional skills and abilities
  • Museum tours and cultural activities

The course is taught by Willem Maas, Jean Monnet Chair and Professor of Political Science, Public & International Affairs, and Socio-Legal Studies, who teaches and writes on EU and multilevel citizenship, migration, borders, free movement, and politics focusing on Europe and North America.

Financial assistance includes a $500 York International Mobility Award, up to $1000 York University mobility funding and awards, and several free or subsidized meals and activities. Because the course is 6 credits, students will maintain OSAP eligibility over the summer.

Student quotes from the 2020 and 2021 (virtual) versions:

“Professor Maas was remarkable at planning, structuring, responding, and accommodating throughout the duration of the course. Topics were completely relevant (articles dated in 2020) and full of useful information to better understand the Netherlands as a country. It was interesting to have the opportunity to compare both Canada and the Netherlands in various topics to see similarities and differences. Overall, the course was great (as was Professor Maas) and I highly recommend future students to take POLS 4400.”
“An awesome way to gain an international perspective on politics. This class was a great experience and I learned a lot about the EU.”
“The course was absolutely phenomenal. I loved the atmosphere and interviewing big political leaders. The instructor treats his students like professionals and always holds himself and students to the highest standard. His course work was designed to over deliver. He specifically assigned work not only to evaluate the student's comprehension but to push students to grow.”
“I found the course readings and interviews incredibly interesting because they helped to show me how politics function in the Netherlands. This course provided me with the once in a lifetime opportunity to interview professors and politicians about the policies of government in the Netherlands and about important institutions such as the Hague and the EU. From start to end this course was intriguing and one of my favourite courses that I have taken at York.”


This political science summer course is open to majors and non-majors who will have completed at least two years of university-level study by summer 2022. Admission is by application which includes an unofficial transcript plus a short statement of interest.

Program Fee

Estimated $2600 for single room or $1900 for double room (subject to availability and compatibility).

Deposits and Payment Deadlines

To secure a spot in this course, you'll need to submit a non-refundable deposit of $500 to York International. Contact Renee Marks ( for payment procedures. 

  • Deposit ($500): May 2, 2022
  • Outstanding program fee: May 9, 2022

PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to come to York International Office. All payments will be conducted online. We only accept Visa and Mastercard. No cash or cheques.

Financial Support and Budget Planning

All York participants of this course will receive the York International Mobility Award (YIMA) upon completion of the Pre-Departure Training and Travel Risk Requirements. Additional funding may become available.

Financial assistance includes a $500 York International Mobility Award, up to $1000 York mobility funds (i.e. LA&PS International Study Abroad Award), and several free or subsidized course meals and activities. Because the course is 6 credits, students will maintain OSAP eligibility over the summer.  


  • Tuition Fees: Course fees (tuition) are paid to the Registrar’s Office just like how you would register for any other York course. Some domestic students may be eligible for OSAP. Review OSAP page
  • Program fees: This includes shared accommodation, lectures from partner faculties and topic experts, museum pass, study trips, special hosted events (reception), and health insurance.Students must purchase an individual public transport card and load it with funds individually using a credit card (each student must have a working credit card) for various course trips. Estimated amount required for transportation $300 - 500.
  • Return direct flight: approximately $1100 airfare to and from Netherlands and travel insurance
  • Departing Toronto: Sun Jul 3 - Arriving Toronto: Sat Jul 23. Students may choose to arrive earlier or stay later at their own additional costs.
  • Meals and other personal expenses:
    • Meals: $600 - $800 (20 days x $30-40/day)
    • Personal outings and souvenirs: $200 - $800

Funding Supports

  • Course qualifies for OSAP (6.0 credits). Domestic students should check OSAP page for more details
  • $500 York International Mobility Award (YIMA). Students accepted to participate in the POLSCI 4400 Course are eligible for YIMA.
  • Up to $1000 York University mobility funding and awards (i.e. LA&PS International Study Abroad Award, Glendon Experiential Education Funding, others).

Pre-Departure Training and Risk Management

Attending a Pre-Departure Session is mandatory for all YorkU students participating in the GL/POLS 4400. York International provides pre-departure training to York students who are scheduled to participate in global learning programs (exchange, internships and other short-term programs).

Content covered at Pre-Departure Sessions include:

  1. Travel preparations (research about destination, flight, accommodation arrangements)
  2. Risk Management (waiver, emergency contact card, Registration of Canadians abroad)
  3.® Insurance
  4. Funding and Finances
  5. Inter-cultural awareness

York Students traveling abroad for international programs are required to purchase® insurance.To ensure safety and well-being of York students traveling abroad, York University has developed a partnership with® Insurance. It provides comprehensive insurance coverage and benefits that are in the best interest of the students and the university at-large.® covers medical, emergency, evacuation, and 3rd party liability, among others. Please read the® benefit summary for more information. Students must register directly with®.

More information on registration will be outlined in the link below.


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