Support and Safety
UCEAP students are supported by a network of people throughout the world. Your study abroad experience will be guided by trained staff that are there to support you as you prepare to study abroad, when you arrive, and throughout the program.
There is no study center in the Netherlands and students are supported by staff that coordinate the programs from an office in Utrecht, on the University College Utrecht campus. Students have access to the support systems like health services available at each of the host universities in the Netherlands. Meetings (in person or online) can be scheduled upon request.
Talk to program support staff about:
- Academic questions
- Navigating the local culture
- Health and safety concerns
Student activities are also supported by the ERASMUS Student Network.
Carla Kist (she/her)
Program Manager in Utrecht, the Netherlands
Carla helps students understand the academic environment and learn about the country’s culture. She advises students on safety and security and solves problems. She also plans student events and cultural activities.
She says, “Try to immerse fully in student life and learn some basic Dutch language.”
Carla hopes students are inspired by The Netherlands and how much they learn academically and personally when they are so far away from home. Looking at cultures and customs outside the US can help students be more open-minded and apply that perspective to their future daily lives.
To help navigate the transition of leaving home and going abroad, you’ll attend in-person and online events. At these events, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and meet the staff who will be supporting you while you study abroad. You’ll learn things like:
- What student services are available at your host location
- Where to find local health care
- How and when to register for classes
- What to do and who to contact in an emergency
- How to travel to and from where you live to classes
- How to handle money matters like opening a bank account
- How to use technology, including your phone, and get access to the Internet
Most on-site orientations include a tour of the campus and local sites. You will also meet other students on your program and local students who will be part of your experience.
Students with dis/Abilities
Students with dis/abilities can and do study abroad. A successful experience is dependent upon careful planning, coordination, and communication.
Focus on programs that best fit your interests, academic goals, and career aspirations. You'll work with the staff at the disability services and study abroad offices on your UC campus. They can help you identify strategies to remain flexible and think creatively about accessibility and realities abroad as some international locations can be different than what you are typically accustomed to in the US. They can also help you get the necessary paperwork you'll need to apply.
After you apply, your UCEAP program specialist will coordinate with the institution abroad and connect you with those who can arrange for an accessible experience. If your needs cannot be accommodated at any point in the process, your advisors will help you choose another program. You will not be alone in this decision.