Application Deadline & Fee

                   February 1, 2024; $75                        Application fee is non-refundable.

Program Dates

           Travel: May 10 - June 2, 2024         Online Course Dates:  First Summer Block    

Program Details

The main focus of this program is to expose students to the parks and public lands in W. Europe as well as these countries’ efforts toward livability, quality of life and happiness for citizens.  Students will be interacting with businesses, government policy-makers, neighborhood groups and academic researchers during the program through tours, outdoor recreation activities, presentations and interviews.  The locations for this program - Valencia, Spain; Strasbourg, France; and Utrecht, Netherlands - were chosen deliberately for their efforts at sustainability and community-building, bicycling infrastructure, public policy and proximity to public lands. Students will be traveling locally and from city to city using public transportation and bicycle.

Anticipated Curriculum

*Student should take one of the following courses. 

REC 490R - Topics in Recreation (3 credits)

REC 2200 - Foundations of Recreation (3 credits)


Course pre-requisites may be waived for students admitted into the study abroad program by the faculty program director

Program Requirements*

Must be 18 years of age at the time of departure

Minimum G.P.A.: 2.0 or Higher

Physical Requirements: Students must be capable of hiking, cycling and kayaking.  Cycling will be our primary mode of transportation while in the Utrecht and Valencia urban areas, and we will be kayaking and hiking throughout the program.  Students with mobility issues are not precluded from participation, but they must be fit enough to move throughout the city by bike and public transit.  Uneven terrain throughout the program.  We will have a pre-program meeting in Orem where we go over biking and kayaking basics to ensure full student ability to participate.

Each international destination has its own Covid-19 rules and it is the traveler's responsibility to find out what is required. UVU will not be responsible for covering the cost of hotel quarantine or COVID testing in foreign destinations. Students may be required to test negative for COVID at their own expense by host countries as a condition for entry.

*Accessibility services vary from country to country. Contact the Office of Education Abroad if you require such services. Students with significant physical or mental health needs should discuss their suitability for study abroad travel with their medical professional, UVU Student Health Services, UVU Accessibility Services, and/or family before making the decision to apply.

Estimated Program Fee*

Fee covers in-country housing and transportation, meals, guide services, international insurance. The program fee does not include the listed Additional Estimated Costs. 


*This cost is tentative and based on program plans and the exchange rate at the time it was posted. This cost may or may not be updated due to exchange-rate fluctuations, program revisions , and program date changes.

*Within 5 days of acceptance into a Study Abroad program, you will be required to pay a $500 non-refundable commitment deposit to confirm your spot. See the Refunds and Cancellation policy.

Additional Estimated Costs

The student is responsible for these additional costs:

  • UVU study abroad tuition* ($495 for 3 credits at $165 per credit hour)
  • International Flight (approx $1200-$2000+)
  • Meals (approx $400 for lunches)
  • Transportation ($707 Eurail pass and bike rental)
  • Discretionary spending (approx $100 - $500 based on personal spending needs)
  • Passport ($165)
  • ETIAS European Travel Authorization (approx $8)

Students over the age of 73 at the time of travel may be required to purchase a supplemental international health and evacuation insurance plan through GeoBlue (approx $200-$500+)

Students should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for travel disruptions including lost luggage, possible COVID tests or quarantine stays if required by the host country for entry or exit, missed flights, etc.

All students are required to pay a $75 non-refundable application fee .


*UVU study abroad tuition is charged as an additional study abroad fee in your student account. It is separate from the study abroad program fee and regular UVU summer tuition. It is not factored into the "equal payment" calculation of the UVU Tuition Table. Study Abroad students are advised to only take study abroad courses during the block of their study abroad program.


There are some scholarship opportunities that are available from UVU and nationally. These scholarships are competitive and have varying application dates. Please click here for more information.

Financial Aid

Pell Grants and Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. Speak to the UVU Study Abroad Advisor (LA 111) and a Financial Aid Advisor for more information (BA 105).

UVU Faculty/Staff Dependent Tuition Waiver benefits may not be used to pay for study abroad tuition or fees.

Program Directors

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Travel Report

Students are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department’s country information webpage for the most up-to-date information on travel advisories, entry, exit, and visa requirements, safety, security, health, and other important travel factors.