UCA in Amsterdam: Business and Health Sciences – 2024


Important Dates

Tentative Travel Dates:  May 13-31, 2024

Interest Meetings: View on Office of Education Abroad event calendar here.

Scholarship Application Deadline: November 1, 2023

Application and Deposit Deadline: January 15, 2024

 Program Description

Students will live among the Dutch and experience Amsterdam in a way only afforded by a culturally immersive, multi-week experience.  Amsterdam is referred to as “The Venice of the North” for good reason: canals encircle and run throughout the city’s ancient and renowned architecture.  Residents thrive in a country known for biking, windmills, tulips, excellent public transportation, safety, and a way of life that is the envy of even other Europeans.
Come experience Amsterdam first-hand and learn how the world transitioned from tall sailing ships transporting goods from the far east to container ships fulfilling the same purpose through Europe’s largest and most modern ports.  Learn how the Dutch improve health through biking and other personal mobility solutions.  Walk through tulip fields and tour windmills in close proximity to businesses crafting some of Holland’s finest wares.  Learn how a nation’s health is influenced by the interaction of geography and supply chain principles.  We will visit culturally significant locations such as Anne Frank’s house, the Van Gogh Museum, the Dutch Royal Palace, and Muiderslot Castle.  Students will tour Amsterdam on its renowned canals and taste world class food in addition to visiting ports, factories, and businesses in a country known for its health, hospitality, and beauty.  Our time in Amsterdam will broaden your horizons and allow you to compare life in a thriving, European cultural and business center to that found in the United States.  Take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to transform your worldview and broaden your horizons.  Welkom!


 NOTE: Enrollment is limited to 30 participants.

Health and Safety 

Students registering for programs should carefully read through all health and safety information provided during the application process. In addition, students should honestly complete the ‘Health and Safety Form’ so that any health related concerns may be adequately accommodated on study abroad programs.

Participants will be enrolled in comprehensive international insurance for the duration of programming. It is the student’s responsibility to extend insurance cover if they stay abroad beyond UCA’s planned program dates. For information about international insurance coverage: https://uca.edu/globalstudy/health-and-safety/

Students must attend one health and safety meeting during the spring semester. Meeting dates will be announced after the application deadlines.

Faculty Leaders and Course Offerings

Dr. Denise Demers, CHES, is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Health Sciences Department. Having been on a European education abroad program as a graduate student, Dr. Demers now loves to take students to share her love for that area of the world. She is excited to convey to students the many opportunities to improve themselves as people as they study in a foreign country. Her hope is for everyone to fall in love with the world abroad and adventure as she has, and to find a part of themselves that may be hidden at this time. Come see the world with Dr. Demers!

Courses offered by Dr. Demers:

  • HBST 1377 Education Abroad Seminar [LD UCA Core: Diversity in World Cultures]
  • HLTH 4365/5365 Field Study in Health Education
  • HLTH 6360 International Health





Dr. Doug Voss (Ph.D., Michigan State University) serves as Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Central Arkansas and holds the Scott E. Bennett Arkansas Highway Commission Endowed Chair of Motor Carrier Management. Doug received his Ph.D. in Logistics from Michigan State University and an M.S. and B.S. in Transportation and Logistics Management from the University of Arkansas. Before beginning his position at the University of Central Arkansas, Doug served as a post-doctoral research associate at Michigan State University and worked in the motor carrier industry. Doug has traveled all over the United States and abroad to Europe, the Caribbean, and South America (well, St. Lucia….but that’s really close to South America).

Courses offered by Dr. Voss:

  • BUAD 2301 – COB Travel Class for Critical Inquiry [LD UCA Core: CI-Social Science]
  • BUAD 2302 – COB Travel Class for Diversity in World Cultures [LD UCA Core: Diversity in World Cultures]
  • BUAD 2303 – COB Travel Class for Responsible Living [LD UCA Core: Responsible Living]
  • MGMT 4320 – Selected Topics in Management
  • MKTG 4320 – Selected Topics in Marketing
  • MBA 6390 –  Special Problems


HONC 3310 credit may also be offered to students currently admitted to Schedler Honors College.

Program Cost

The program cost for last year’s program, held in Vienna can be viewed here.

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