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New Study Abroad program in Netherlands will focus on peace, justice, international courts

March 6, 2013
The Hague University. Photo courtesy Christopher Jones.

The Hague University. Photo courtesy Christopher Jones.

The NIU Study Abroad Office, in partnership with the NIU University Honors Program, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Political Science, is launching “Peace, Justice, and the International Courts: The Hague and Amsterdam, Netherlands (Holland),” a short-term Study Abroad program and a Vision 2020 initiative.

NIU students, both undergraduate and graduate, and students from all other fully accredited colleges and universities, are welcome to participate.

Students participating on this program, which takes place from Sunday, June 2, through Friday, June 14, will receive three semester hours of political science credit.

The program will take place in The Hague, Netherlands. There will be trips to Amsterdam, tours of The Hague (city), and other side excursions.

The primary purpose of this program is to provide participants with the opportunity to focus on the implication of mass violence and genocide through an examination of on-going tribunals and matters before the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice, both in The Hague.

The Hague Palace. Photo courtesy Christoper Jones.

The Hague Palace. Photo courtesy Christoper Jones.

Consisting of in-class “traditional” lectures as well as interactive sessions with court personnel, jurists and scholars, the program will provide real-world and practical training in the field of conflict resolution.

Although the trip is an exceptional academic opportunity for students in any field, those interested in political science will benefit from exposure to world political issues and develop different approaches to those issues.

Money concerns? Students are able to use financial aid, including grants, loans and scholarships to pay for any study abroad program. Currently, Honors students are eligible to apply for the Honors Provost Travel Grant for Study Abroad.

Any questions about the program or the application to this program can be directed to the NIU Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or [email protected]. For more information, email program director J.D. Bowers at [email protected] or Chris Jones, associate vice provost for honors, at [email protected].