Sky High, Down Under

Due to the COVID-19 situation the studytour 2020 has been postponed from quartile 1 to quartile 4 of the study year 2020/2021. This has as a result that we have three empty spots. Would you like to join us on this educational trip? Read the instructions below and send us your application letter.

Where will we go?

First, we will visit the citystate of Singapore where we will stay for about a week. From Singapore, we fly to Sydney, Australia where we will also stay about for one week. Sydney is the financial hub of Australia and the largest city of the country with 5.2 million residents.

Lastly, we will travel from Sydney to Melbourne. Melbourne is the fastest growing city in Australia and the second city of the country with 5.0 million residents. We will stay for about one week in Melbourne. After the three weeks it is possible to directly return to the Netherlands or to travel for yourself. It is important that you inform the committee about your plans as soon as possible after the application period.

Note that the program is subjected to change.

What does the ‘study’ part in study tour mean?

Except for the experiences, you also have to learn from the study tour. That is why the tour is accompanied by two courses that will take place before the trip, in the first weeks of quartile 4 of the study year 2020/2021. Each course is centred on a study. The studies are on a macro, meso and micro scale and will be done in groups. During the trip, you will also be working on these studies and afterward you will present your findings.

  • Macro study: Aimed to make participants familiar with the destination countries and/or cities.\
  • Meso study: Deepening your knowledge of the workings of a particular civil sector in the destination country and/or cities.
  • Micro study: A study mainly done during the study tour. The study complements excursions of the study tour. The micro study includes formulating research questions, an anticipated method and so on.

As an MSc-student the study tour will grant you in total 10EC’s (given you have completed the track with sufficient marks). These 10EC’s can be used as part of your 120EC MSc-degree as free electives.

What is expected of the participants?

Participants need to take the study tour pretty seriously. You commit yourself to a trip for three weeks,  with several weeks of preparation time. So you need the enthusiasm to go and sufficient resources. We aim to keep the level of the study tour high. That’s also why it is aimed at MSc-students (at the time of the study tour). BSc-students are not excluded. However it is (highly) uncommon for them to participate. If you are a still a BSc-student at the time we leave and you want to join, let us know.

Firstly, there’s the money. The admission fee is set at max. €1500. This can be paid in three payments. A participant also needs to do a research contract for a (civil engineering) company of around 120 hours. This usually takes place in the summer vacation. We, as the committee, will look for an appropriate contract for you. This in total will get you the trip to and from the destinations, excursions etc., which makes the trip a total package. Of course, other luxury goods you need to pay yourself on the trip.

Next, there’s the effort. We want students who are committed to go on such a trip and won’t mind to do some extra effort for that. It’s a study tour, so you take the trip and the study component seriously.

Lastly, there’s your study planning. We’d like to have students that are well on their way with their study. For BSc-students it is required to have completed module 1 till and including 8 by the time we leave. That being said, we prefer MSc-students and would like to limit the amount of BSc-students we take along. Therefore, it is important will-be master students stay on track with their courses. Now second-year BSc-students also have to make sure to reach the set standard. Therefore, we ask of all our participants to make a realistic planning for the coming year including the study tour and its components. You need to take into account that you need to devote the fourth quartile of college year 2020/2021 at the study tour. It’s not recommended to follow any additional courses next to the course of the study tour.