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Winter Course - Values under Pressure

Winter Course - Values under Pressure

This is the site with information about the CHE Winter Course

For the third subsequent year we will host the Winter Course in the Netherlands for Christian students from all over the world. We invite you to participate in 14 days of extensive learning; sharing and multiplying.
You will be our guest at CHE (Ede Christian University of Applied Sciences), located in the center of our small country.

Some key concepts of the program:

  • experiential learning
  • personal approach
  • never a dull moment (with a lot of different activities)
  • cross cultural all over the place (especially since you will stay with Dutch students and families at their 'room')
  • challenging conversations about all the important aspects of life (faith, relationships, parties, etc.)

The program is open for students with all kinds of majors. The learning process is essentially experiential and not topic-oriented. Three subjects will play an important part, but they can be connected to each major. These topics are: professional ethics; challenges in Europe and cross cultural self management.

Wiel in sneeuw 

Week Subject CHE Faculty Course Leader
 1 Profession and Ethics Harm Hilvers, Jan Lok Harm Hilvers
 2 European Culture and the Global Crises Jan Lok, Harm Hilvers Jan Lok

During the CHE Winter Course excursions will be organized to Zeeland, Brussels, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.


We kindly invite students from all universities around the world with different cultural backgrounds to participate. Yes, we are open to all kinds of students. We especially invite Christian students from 'secular' universities to join us in two weeks of in depth experiences.

You will stay with Dutch students and/or families in their apartments to really experience Dutch culture at student level.

Students will gain knowledge and personal skills on these subjects and learn to study and work with people from different cultural backgrounds.

Expected expenses

The CHE Winter Course is free of tuition. The expected costs for the students will be around € 300 per week, including board & lodging transportation costs and a bike. You probably need around € 50 per week for additional costs (meals during trips, specified below).

For more information, please contact us:
Everything about the organizational aspects (housing, food, transportation, finances, a.s.o.): Martine de Gier at international-MO@che.nl.
Everything about the content of the Winter Course: Jan Lok (Project Manager Winter Course) at jlok@che.nl.  

If you want to apply, contact the International office of the CHE by internationaloffice@che.nl


The first week

Saturday January 7

Arrival in Amsterdam, between 10:00 and 11:00 AM at Dwaze Zaken (also called the Samaritans Inn), Samaritans Inn is YWAM Amsterdam’s most visible facility due to its high-traffic location opposite the main entrance of Amsterdam Central Train Station and its lightened signs reading ‘Jesus Loves You’. Address: Prins Hendrikkade 50
Meeting with Jan Lok of CHE (cell phone 0031629534948)
After a good cup of coffee (welcome to the Netherlands), we will head for our new hotel, Multatuli, a walk of just five minutes.
Dropping your luggage at Multatuli hotel. 
Walking tour (dealing with jet lags by extensive use of your jet legs ;-)
- Dutch fast food lunch (somewhere on the streets)
- Differences between a coffee shops and a place to taste coffee
- The quietness of the Begijnhof
- Using a ferry to visit the EYE (where we will buy museum cards at €60 to give you free entrance to almost all museums and exhibitions in the Netherlands)
- A canal bout tour (the best way Amsterdam presents itself to visitors)
a small waking tour through the dioubtful parts of the Center with some attention to several (Christian) NGO's in the Red Light District
A simple dinner provided by CHE in one of the 1900 restaurants
Evening off (recovering from a jet lag)

Sunday January 8

Leaving the hotel aroung 9:00 AM for a trip by metro to the 10:00 AM Service of Hillsong Amsterdam in het Tropentheater
Q&A with Petra Schoen, colleague at CHE and member of the Hillsong Leadership Team
Time off in the afternoon and evening. Major chance to visit one of the great Amsterdam museums (suggestion: Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh Museum, free entrance, using your museum card).
Another suggestion: take Tram 2 as a tourist attraction
Lunch and dinner at your own expenses

Monday January 9 Leaving in the morning for Ede, by train (Train leaves from Amsterdam Centraal at 9:55, track 4a - arrival in Ede-Wageningen at 10:47) 
Walking to CHE (15 minutes - luggage by car)
Lunch provided at CHE.
Handing over your main transport system for 12 days: a rented bicycle
Introductory lecture about the Dutch culture and the program of the two weeks (Room S0.060)
Tour around the University (it can be done in 15 minutes ;-))
Meeting with your host where you will stay for one or two weeks

Tuesday January 10

Morning: Start of four day course in Profession and Ethics (8:45 AM, class room S1.050)
You have to develop (within a cross cultural project group) a movie clip about a challenging moral dilemma in a professional context 
Afternoon: Visit to Holland Open Air Museum in Arnhem.
Leave at 12:30 at main entrance CHE

Wednesday January 11  Morning: working in project groups (organized by the students)
Afternoon: company visit to Permar. 15 minutes walking. Start at 12:30 at main entrance CHE
Followed by debriefing at CHE (in room S 1.019 until 16:00) with a challenging assignment: describe as specific as possible what you want to learn about
- living in another culture
- Christianity abroad
- Europe
- yourself
So: define your personal learning objective; share it and ask support from the rest of the international students.

Thursday January 12 Working in project groups. Finalizing the movie clip.
Important: make specific arrangements about times and locations for collaboration
Optional: a trip to Utrecht in the afternoon / evening (arrangements have to be made by the students themselves)

Friday January 13 Morning: sleeping in ;-)
Afternoon: Presentation of the videos. See Grading Scheme for some relevant information.
Start at 13:30 in room S1.050. After several rounds the winners will be honored around 16:00
16:00 (still in S1.050) -> explanation about the 'research-assignment' of next week. Prepare to make pairs for doing interviews ont the streets...

The second week

The second ending
Saturday January 14 A day at the waves. A trip (by bus & car) to the magnificent province of Zeeland, where there is a continuous struggle with the sea, mud & poles
We leave at 9:00 AM from the main entrance at the CHE, which is closed on a Saturday (park bicycles outside bicycle park and connect them with your chain locks)

Sunday January 15 We will organize two trips but you are also free to join your hosts on their Sunday program (please communicate this the latest on Thursday January 11 to Jan)
Morning: visit (by bicycle, leaving at 9:45 from main entrance CHE) to the International Church Fellowship of Wageningen
Afternoon: visit to the Kroller Muller Museum in Ede with plenty van Goghs and other impressionists

Monday January 16

Everything today in room P 2.185 (the new building, second floor)
10:30 - 12:00 History of Europe, an interactive lecture by Harm Hilvers
12:15 - 13:30 Current dilemmas in Europe, by Jan, providing background information for the assignment of this week.
13:30 - 14:30 Developing the research subject and main questions  (to be done in pairs)
14:30 - 15:00 Presenting the research subject to each other
Optional: a visit to Utrecht (suggestion: Pancakes, all you can eat at De Oude Muntkelder)

Tuesday January 17 Travelling to Brussels (Belgium) by bus. Leaving at 9:00 (back entrance CHE)
Dropping stuff at Centre van Gogh Youth Hostel
Visiting main spots of the European Union, including a tour around the European Parliament (starts 12:45). We suggest you to bring a packed lunch.
Exploring the center of Brussels (Dinner at your own expenses)

Wednesday January 18 Interviewing people on the streets of Brussels (in the center) about a current challenge within Europe
Some time for shopping in the center
14:30 -> walking to the hostel
15:00 -> leaving Brussels and going 'home' to Ede (arrival around 18:00 at CHE)

Thursday January 19

Morning: Leaving for Rotterdam (the 9:12 train from Ede-Wageningen. Meet each other at the platform)
10:30 Start of Walking Tour by an 'experience expert', organized by NGO de Ontmoeting. Start and finish at Pauluskerk (5 minutes walk of Rotterdam Central Station)
12:00 Reflection, together with a local representative of the Salvation Army, about the way the Dutch deal with the 'weak' neighbors within society.
13:00 Some touristic elements in Rotterdam.
Suggestions: the MarkthalEuromast (a tower with an exceptional view for €9,75); 
the Rotterdam Harbour Tour (take the 14:00 boat for €13,25)
For free with a museum card: de Kunsthal (modern art); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (all kinds of art) and the Architecture and Design Museum.
We take the 16:35 train from Rotterdam Central (platform 14) and we hope to arrive in Ede-Wageningen at 17:47 
Suggestion for lunch... a kapsalon (a cross cultural innovation, invented in Rotterdam)
Afbeeldingsresultaat voor kapsalon eten rotterdam

Friday January 20

Morning: preparing for sharing the learning outcomes of the two weeks
12:00 - 13:30 Sharing the learning outcomes and the results of the street interviews in class room P0.163
18:00 - 20:00 farewell party at the home of one of the hosts -> Beekhuizerzand 17, 6718 MD Ede 

Saturday January 21 10:00 AM Dropping off the bicycles at the main entrance of the CHE.
A walking tour to the train station (the car of Jan is avaiable to take the luggage to the train station)
All group members will leave for Amsterdam, accompanied by Klaas Pieter Maas, who  will stay with the Messiah students
The end ;-( of the organized part op the trip
All activities (including train tickets) from now on at your own expenses

Sunday January 22 Visit to unknown parts of Amsterdam and probably a day at the museums, Anne Frank House, boat tour (this time with open eyes)  
Monday January 23 All of the American and some of the Canadian students leave from Schiphol International Airport  

 Disclaimer: this schedule is still very flexible