Study Abroad 2019: Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands
Monday, June 24, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, July 5, 2019 - 5:00pm
Study Abroad 2019: Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands

This event is being hosted by the Transportation Research & Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University.


Before you apply for the program (applications not yet open), attend one of multiple information sessions on this study abroad program:

Tuesday, November 27th (12 - 1PM) in KMC 605 on the PSU Campus (615 SW Harrison St, Portland, OR 97201)

Friday, January 11th (12 - 1PM) in KMC 465 on the PSU Campus (615 SW Harrison St, Portland, OR 97201)

PROGRAM OVERVIEW (June 24 - July 5, 2019)

Brought to you by our Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), this four-credit program presents an introduction to sustainable transportation and land use applications in the Dutch context. The course creates an immersive experience to explore the Dutch approach to cycling, transit, innovative mobility and land use. The curriculum will feature material that provides a comparison between U.S. and the Netherlands problems, priorities, and solutions. Specific emphases on planning and engineering principles, policy, and practice will be explored through field trips, tours and guest lectures, while visiting Utrecht, Amsterdam, Delph and Houten. Students completing this course will develop a broader understanding of sustainable transportation issues and expand their toolkit for context-sensitive solutions.

This study abroad program will examines how the urban areas and transportation systems of that nation have been designed to promote transportation by foot, bicycle, and public transportation.

Topics will include:

  • Design of bikeways, safe pedestrian crossings, and transit systems;
  • Urban expansion and land-use policies to promote travel by foot, bike, and public transport; 
  • Smart cities programs and projects;
  • Roadway system design for safety and to prevent roads from becoming barriers to walking and cycling; 
  • and design for transit priority on roadways and for high-quality rail, tram, and bus service.

Through design projects, offers students an opportunity to apply lessons learned to the U.S. context. Come rent your fiets and experience some of the best biking infrastructure in the world!

No previous language study required.


This program is open to seniors and graduate students—both PSU students and non-PSU students. Students studying transportation engineering, urban planning, transportation program development, aspiring policymakers, and anyone interested in nurturing cycling in their communities.

  • PSU Students: Students will need to complete an online application through the PSU Education Abroad site. Details and application link to come.
  • Non-PSU Students: To apply, you will need to complete the same application process as PSU students. Once accepted, you will need to enroll as a non-degree seeking student at PSU (additional $25 fee).


Registration through Portland State University's Education Abroad is expected to open in December 2018, fill out this form to be notified. Contact us at if you have any questions.


This is an estimate based on previous years, and is subject to change. Final costs for this course will be announced in late 2018.

Estimated Total Cost: $6,000–$6,500

--Program Fee/Tuition: $4,100

--Additional estimated costs [airfare, meals, personal expenses]: $1,900–2,400


John MacArthur
Sustainable Transportation Program Manager, Transportation Research & Education Center (TREC) at PSU

Mr. MacArthur currently manages a complex Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant to Develop and Test an Emergency Transportation Recovery Plan for the Portland, Oregon Region. This project requires close coordination and collaboration with a variety of public agency partners including city of Portland emergency management and transportation bureaus in addition to transit and other agencies critical to the region’s emergency transportation recovery efforts. In addition, this project is creating national training program that will be tested in six cities in early 2018. MacArthur is the Principal Investigator for TREC's electric bicycle research initiatives. His research also includes low-/no-emission vehicle infrastructure in Portland metro, as well as a climate change impact assessment for surface transportation in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Before joining the TREC staff, John was the Context Sensitive and Sustainable Solutions Program Manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation’s OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program.

Aaron Golub, Ph.D.
Director, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at PSU
Urban Studies and Planning at PSU
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Aaron Golub is an associate professor in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University (PSU), moving to PSU after eight years at Arizona State University and ten years studying and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work focuses on the social contexts of urban transportation systems, explored in three ways: 1. the effects on social equity of current transportation planning practices – how people participate in planning, and who wins and loses from transportation plans, 2. planning, research and advocacy in support of alternatives to the automobile (especially public transportation and bicycles), and 3. the historical roots of automobile dependence in the United States. At PSU, Dr. Golub teaches courses on urban transportation policy, planning research methods, transportation finance and public transportation..

The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and young professionals through education.