Spring Semester Course Dates: See Canvas
International Travel Dates: May 6 - 17, 2019
(Depart from U.S.A. - Depart from host country)
Today's sport horse industry owes it roots to centuries of careful breeding and training in Europe. During this program, students will be immersed in the German and Dutch cultures and gain an appreciation for the unique aspects of the horse industry in these two countries.
This program will be approximately 50% equine-focused and 50% focused on the cultural and historic aspects of The Netherlands and northwest Germany. Students will learn more about the history of this now global industry through visits to breeding, training, sales, and competition facilities as well as breed registries. In addition, it will include visits to companies producing tack and equipment for sport horses.
Germany and the Netherlands are rich in cultural history, and participants will have the opportunity to visit many important historic sites. In Germany, students may visit sites such as the moated castles in Muenster and the Bremen Market Square. While in the Netherlands, students may visit and the Bloemenmarkt, the world's only floating flower market, and take a canal cruise.
For a tentative day-by-day itinerary, click here!
- Visit such sites as the Hanoverian State Stud farm, Verden and Vechta auctions, the Olympic Training Facility in Warendorf and more!
- See internationally-recognized training facilities for dressage, eventing and show jumping.
- Experience the local culture, food and drink in a variety of picturesque cities and towns in Germany and the Netherlands.
This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.
UK Faculty-Directed programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
- Students will enroll in AEC 300/EQM 396: Equine Study Abroad: Germany and The Netherlands (3 credit hours).
Housing & Meals
Students will reside in hotels or hostels for the duration of the program. Some meals may be provided, but students will be responsible for the cost of all other meals on their own.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Costs and Budget" information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.