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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Q4 Course
  • Restrictions: SUNY Oswego applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Q4 Course
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Type: Faculty-led SUNY Code: 842
Program Coordinator: Mary Kerr - Faculty Leader: Casey Raymond (, Jeffery Schneider (
Program Description:
AMS Canal  AMS Windmill   AMS Het Ij Brewery

The Program
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system, and narrow houses with gabled facades. Its Museum District houses works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and modern art at the Stedelijk.  And everything is an easy walk or tram ride away, though the locals love to ride their bikes.  In fact, at times it seems that there are more bikes than people!  No matter how you choose to get around, Amsterdam is a vibrant city with plenty to offer everyone. 

In this course we will explore the production of cheese, beer, and jenever first-hand.  We'll tour the small breweries, like Jopenbier in Haarlem and Het Ij in Amsterdam, as well as the no-so-small brewery Heineken in Amsterdam.  We'll also take a workshop where we'll make our own cheese in Utrecht.  Ever heard of jenever? Probably not, but you have heard of gin, which is a close relative.  At the House of Bols we'll learn how jenever is made and how it is used.  Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  You won't be disappointed! 

Learn the science of fermentation in GLS 316: Impact and Influence on Fermentation Science in a Global Society during Q4, then spend a week at the end of the spring semester in Amsterdam visiting some of its most famous breweries and tasting its wide variety of beers and cheese.

Course Meeting Time
Q4 2018 - Classes Start March 19 Monday, Wednesday 5:30 - 6:30pm TBA

Tentative Itinerary
Monday, May 14 Depart from the U.S.
Tuesday, May 15 Arrive in the Netherlands, Red Light District tour.
Wednesday, May 16 Rijksmuseum, House of Bols
Thursday, May 17 Jopenbier tour in Haarlem
Friday, May 18 Het Ij Brewery.
Saturday, May 19 Market, Anne Frank House
Sunday, May 20 Cheesemaking Workshop in Utrecht
Monday, May 21 Heikeken Experience
Tuesday, May 22 Free Day
Wednesday, May 23 Return to USA

Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in a hotel. Breakfast is provided.

Program Costs (Budget Sheets)
The cost information (with details of included and additional costs) can be found by clicking the link below.


Payment Dates
  • December 1st:   $250 deposit due
  • January 15th:      Program Balance due
Financial Aid
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Contact the Financial Aid office (206 Culkin) for information.

Course Enrollment & Requirements
The study visit is a required component of the 3 credit "GLS 316: Impact and Influence of Fermentation Science in a Global Society" course. The course meets weekly during Q4, and a course syllabus will be provided with course requirements.
Updated 7/5/17

This program is currently not accepting applications.