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UVA Curry in Ghent and Eindhoven: International Communication Disorders Research
Eindhoven, Netherlands; Ghent, Belgium (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01-FEB-2018 10-FEB-2018 13-MAY-2018 23-JUN-2018
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by February 15.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel, With program group Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty directed
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Martha Sadler
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Program Description:

University of Virginia
Curry School of Education
Program in Ghent, Belgium
and Eindhoven, the Netherlands

International Communication Disorders Research
EDHS 3220 (6 credits)


"Some of the most exciting aspects of my experience abroad were,
being hands-on with a research project, interacting with SLP's from
diverse workplaces, and strengthening my relationships with faculty -
all while soaking up the beauty and culture of Europe!" - El'licia Price

The University of Virginia's Curry School of Education Program in Ghent, Belgium and Eindhoven, the Netherlands gives students the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of an international research project. In order to be eligible for this program, students need to have taken EDHS 4030 Speech and Hearing Science at UVA.


Student in Ghent

Students will work at the University College Ghent, Belgium analyzing speech samples and spectrograms of special populations. Their research will be focused on discovering patterns in the acoustic characterizations of speech under specific conditions.

At Fontys University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, students will explore applications of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), i.e., communication adaptations for individuals with limited functional natural speech. At the end of their projects, the students will report on their data and findings at a local conference. In both locations, students will attend lectures and visit sites of interest for the field of speech, language, and service delivery.

Once back in Virginia (in the Fall), the students can continue to further work and apply their data.

Located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, and once one of the largest cities in medieval Europe, the metropolitan area of Ghent boasts only half a million residents today. Established in 1995, University College Ghent is the outcome of two successful mergers in which fourteen institutions of higher education were involved.

The second site for participants is Eindhoven. Located in the south of the Netherlands, this city is home to several universities, including Fontys University, the largest Dutch university of applied sciences. The university has around 44,000 students, over 3,000 of which come from abroad.

Course and Credit
Students participating in the program will receive 6 credits of EDHS 3220 upon successful completion of the course.


Students visiting Fontys University
in Eindhoven

In Ghent, students will live in a centrally located hostel. It is a 25 minute walk or short bus ride to Ghent University campus. Breakfast is provided daily and kitchen facilities are available for participants who wish to prepare their own meals. Cafes and restaurants are also nearby. In Eindhoven, the students are also housed in a centrally located hostel with kitchen facilities and access to bicycles. During weekday evenings, the beauty of Ghent and Eindhoven can be explored. During the extended weekends, students can visit major European cities in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, England, and Germany (all within a two-hour train ride).

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

Filip Loncke is an associate professor in the Communication Disorders program of the Curry School of Education. He has worked and conducted research both in Europe and in the United States. His research interests include typical and atypical communication, augmentative communication and psycholinguistic processes.

Paul Corthals is the Belgian (Ghent) site instructor. He holds a Ph.D. in Speech Pathology from the University of Ghent. He teaches and conducts research in acoustic phonetics, applied statistics, research methods, and psycholinguistics.

Further Information
Program Director:
Filip Loncke,Associate Professor
Curry School of Education
PO Box 400400
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904