The Voice: Summer 2003

The Voice

N-SPICE program will continue

With the signing of a new five-year contract, Dordt students will continue to be able to spend a semester in the Netherlands at the Zwolle Gereformeerde Hogeschool, a Reformed University of Professional Education. Dutch officials were on the Dordt College campus on April 28 to arrange for the extension of the cooperative program named N-SPICE, Netherlandic Study Program in Contemporary Europe. The program allows up to thirty students each year to travel to the Netherlands, where they live with Dutch families, attend college classes, and have the opportunity to go on European excursions.

“This is a celebration of the good relationship that we’ve had for the past three years,” said Ken Bussema, director of the N-SPICE program. “The student response has always been positive…there’s already a list of several students eager to participate in N-SPICE 2004,” he added. Bussema travels to Zwolle a couple times each year to oversee N-SPICE, for which Dordt College carries the overall and final educational responsibility. The role of the Gereformeerde Hogeschool is to oversee the day-to-day affairs and assure the quality of the courses, which include Dutch art, architecture, culture, society, and history.

Some of the primary objectives of the N-SPICE program are to help students develop an awareness of the variety of peoples and cultural traditions in Europe; to understand the contemporary political, economic, religious, and social structures of the region; and to develop skill and sensitivity in cross-cultural communication.