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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; The Hague, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Political Science Program Type: Cosponsored, Study Abroad
Class Eligibility: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Student At Large Housing Options: Hostel, Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Program Description:

    Peace, Justice, and the International Courts
    The Hague and Amsterdam, The Netherlands



Faculty Director(s):
Dr. J.D. Bowers

Program Overview

From the end of the nineteenth century to the present, genocides have been some of the most notorious events in world history.  These atrocities disturb virtually all states and peoples and, notably, have repercussions that transcend the immediate violations of life and which play out through the decades and centuries that follow. 

Since the end of the Holocaust in 1945 one of the most significant facets of the world’s response to genocide has been the conduct of subsequent trials and tribunals with the intent to bring the perpetrators to justice.  For over sixty years, from Nuremburg and Tokyo then to Rwanda and Cambodia today, we are able to talk about a legacy of tribunals stemming from historical events in every continent and region of the world, as well as indictments and accusations for ongoing violations and contemporary genocides. 

Over the course of this program (both while we are abroad and during meetings held prior to and following our travels), we will examine the intertwined issues of genocide, peace, and international justice.  We will focus on the meaning of justice and its various dimensions (do we seek retribution, restoration, or some transitional middle ground), and how the historical pursuit of  justice has been complicated by issues such as sovereignty, denial of genocide, prolonged periods of conflict and violence, and an outright rejection of international jurisdiction.  Specific historical and political foundations of various case studies, treaties, and policies will be examined, antecedents explored, and policy-makers engaged.  By using an actual historical case study from the conflict in Bosnia (1995) students will learn more about the possibilities and problems of international justice, its failures and successes, and the future potential for the world’s communities and the pursuit of justice.

To download the complete PDF, please click  Netherlands The Hague 2015 (2).doc  

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Course Offerings

For satisfactory participation in the program, participants will receive 3 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate credit in one of the following NIU courses.  A student may receive up to 3 additional credits (for a total of 6 semester hours) if they participate in a pre-arranged Independent Study option. 
    POLS 498 or POLS 498H Seminar Abroad       3 semester credit hours
    Description:  A foreign study course (POLS) to be arranged with the department chair.
    Prerequisite: None.
    POLS 498H Honors Seminar Abroad       3 semester credit hours
    Description:  A foreign study course (POLS) to be arranged with the department chair and with the approval of the program director.
    Prerequisite: None.
    TBD        3 semester credit hours
    Description:  Students who wish to receive credit in another department (HIST, LAW, etc.) must contact their Director of Undergraduate Studies to inquire about Independent        Study and initiate the process of obtaining authorization.  Such students, should they be approved, will have a modified syllabus contract for the course.
    Prerequisite: Varies.
    POLS 798 Foreign Study and Internship       3 semester credit hours
    Description:  Individual research study and work abroad.
    Prerequisite: None.

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Student Life

Participants will reside in either a local hostel just five minutes from campus in shared rooms with a shared bath or in a residence hall room (shared) and kitchen facilities on the campus of THU.  If in residence at THU Residence Halls we will shop at the local grocery store and cheese shops and make some of our own meals (most likely breakfast and/or a few dinners) but we will also eat in some of The Hague’s many restaurants and we will also host an end-of-program celebration dinner, including our friends and faculty from THU, at the end. 

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Application Information

APPLICATION FORMS AND DEPOSIT:   Click Peace Justice and the International Courts  or visit the NIU Study Abroad Office website (and search for “The Netherlands” or the “Peace, Justice, and the International Courts” program) to begin the online application process for this program.  The webpage provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program.  Please note that at the time of application, applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office.  More detailed instructions can be found at website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or
$200 APPLICATION FEE/DEPOSIT:  A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants.  The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit.  Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost.  The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the deadline.
The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students’ NIU Bursar account.  (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students).  Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200.  More detailed instructions can be found on the application website mentioned above.  

IMPORTANT – All applications will be categorized as “Pending – No Deposit” until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received).  The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit.  In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of application.  After 14 days applications without a deposit will be inactivated.  


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The program is open to undergraduate and/or graduate students who meet the NIU general admission requirements, and who are interested in the topic of genocide studies, justice, peace, international conflict resolution, and more (please see “Program Audience” above).  Currently enrolled students must meet College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and/or University Honors GPA requirements.   Graduate level students must also meet NIU Graduate School admission, course and GPA requirements.
Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with NIU or their home institution at the time of application.  Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to participate in study abroad programs.  Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements.  
Students cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records.  Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., the Graduate School, Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.
For undergraduate students to be admitted to the program, an applicant’s official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office.  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant.  Students who want to participate in the program and earn academic credit from NIU who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, should ask the Registrar at their institution to forward an official transcript as soon as possible to the Study Abroad Office.  (Student-issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)  Questions relating to the admission requirements or transcripts should be directed to the Study Abroad Office.  
Students who desire to obtain graduate credit must either be admitted to a graduate program within the NIU Graduate School, or be admitted to the status of a "student-at-large" (SAL) within NIU's Graduate School.  For students to be admitted to the program for graduate credit, the applicant's official transcript must be on file in the NIU SAO.  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript.  However, students who will participate in the program in order to earn academic credit as an SAL (students who have not currently enrolled, nor are previously enrolled at NIU) must provide a transcript from the baccalaureate institution and from any institution at which graduate credit has been earned.  This document must be provided to the SAO before a student can be admitted as an SAL to the program.  (Student issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)

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Program Fees

      The program cost pays for the following cost related services:
1)    Accommodations and three (3) meals daily while the group is in The Netherlands.
2)    Hotel accommodations in Amsterdam during the in-program weekend trip to the city and residential or hostel lodging while in The Hague.  
3)    All land transportation in Holland (except if a student decides to take a taxi or train for personal travel)
4)    Admission fees to cultural and historical sites visited as part of the daily schedule
5)    Internationally-known lecturers from US, Netherlands, and UK
6)    On-site instruction at the ICC, ICTY, and other sites of International Justice
7)    All textbooks and educational program  reading materials
8)    Tuition for NIU undergraduate or graduate credit (3 or 6 hours)
9)    NIU major medical insurance
10)   International Student I.D. Card
    PROGRAM  COST:  $ 3,595 per student  (not including airfare)
All prices quoted are subject to change. The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented. Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.

Non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad. Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution.

•    Airfare
•    Costs of acquiring a passport (approximately $130, including 2 passport pictures).
•    Additional costs associated with obtaining a visa for non-U.S. passport holders.  There is no visa required for entry into or exit from The Netherlands for       US citizens.
•    Immunization fees (if immunizations are required).
•    $40 Undergraduate application fee for non-NIU undergraduate students.
•    Independent travel and visa costs associated with independent travel.
•    Expenses for free-time pursuits.
•    Expenses and purchases of a personal nature.

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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, applicants may be eligible for:  Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization.
University Honors has already substantially underwritten the entire cost of this program making it possible for many students who would not otherwise have been able to participate, to do so.
NIU students should be aware that there are substantial resources available to support their participation in this program.  Both the Provost's Travel Grant for University Honors Students Application - Summer 2014 and Provost's Travel Grant for Study Abroad Application - Summer 2014 are available.  The Honors Travel Grant is a $1250 award for summer programs while the general award is up to $1000.  Both must be applied for no later than April 1, 2014.  
Please visit for more information on these and the many other options open to you, or contact Pamela Rosenberg, International Programs Business Manager, Williston Hall 407, (815) 753-9530, for more information.
NIU University Honors students should also contact Dr. Bowers to discuss additional travel support through the Earl and Cindi Rachowicz Fund.

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Withdrawal Policy

Applicants withdrawing from the program after Feb 27, 2015 will not be refunded the $200 program deposit.  (Withdrawal date dependent upon program dates.)

Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf.  This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $200 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.

If the applicant must withdraw after Feb 27, 2015 for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:

1)    The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
2)    NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents.

CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM: The Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained.  If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for The Netherlands all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program.  If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program.

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Passport/Visa Information

All participants are required to possess a valid passport by Feb 27, 2015 . U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas.
Individuals who do not currently possess a valid passport should apply for one immediately upon acceptance into the program. After Feb 27, 2015 applicants may need to request expedited services or apply in person at the Chicago (or nearest) Passport Agency.  Information on acquiring a U.S. passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s website: Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.

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Contact Information


Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700

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This program is currently not accepting applications.