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  • Locations: Antwerp, Belgium; Brussels, Belgium; Duisberg, Germany; Düsseldorf, Germany; Köln, Germany; London, United Kingdom; Tilburg, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Summer Session
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Required: 2.5 Housing Options: Hotel
Program Term: Summer Language of Instruction: English
Program Provider: RWU Areas of Study: CORE Curriculum, Senior Seminar
Program Location: Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom Scholarship Eligibility: Short Term Only
Program Description:
Beer culture, instruction
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Program Description

Discover the Craft of Brewing Beer - Tour world famous breweries, meet brew masters, see grain and hop fields and tour malting facilities.

Experience the Cultural Role of Beer - Visit internationally known European pubs and museums to examine the cultural and historical significance of beer.

Learn about the Chemistry of Beer - Delve "hands-on" into the science of the brewing process by brewing and bottling your own beer.

Study the Industry of Beer Production - Learn about modern developments in the beer industry.

Find information on the 2019 Study Abroad trip, and see video of last year's Germany/Belgium/France program to study BEER CULTURE at the website

Click here for a Customized Google Map of the places you will visit during this experience.

Program Capacity: 10
Required Credits:


Open to All Majors

Program Prerequisites:

  • 21 or older by first day of course
  • University Pre-Req to enroll in a Senior Seminar (completed CORE 100s)
  • Good academic and judicial standing

Application Deadline: December 1st 
Beer Culture, watch and learn

Academic Details

Courses Offered:

  • CORE 430: Beer Culture- Through visits to world-famous breweries, interaction with professional brewers, trips to farm and field harvesting sites, historical consumption locations and museums, along with hands-on lab activities to produce and sample beers, this course examines four specific aspects of this essential product:  1) The Chemistry of Beer leads students to understand the role various ingredients play in the makeup of beer varieties.  They will understand the chemical process by which grains are converted into alcohol, how hops bitter the liquid, and the importance of yeast in the fermentation stage.  2) The Craft of Brewing Beer will provide a hands-on introduction to the equipment and techniques required to produce beer from selecting a style to developing a grain bill, performing mash and hop addition calculations, through final bottling.  A command of the range of the world’s beer styles will also be gained.  3) The Cultural Role of Beer will review the deep role beer has played in the histories of many cultures, will examine the prominence of beer in art and literature, and will engender an understanding of the German-Belgian sensibility in which beer is inseparable from the cultural identity.  Finally, 4) The Industry of Beer Production will consider the commercial monetization of beer, its large-scale production and marketing, the recent craft and micro-brewery movements, as well as job opportunities in the field.

Beer Culture, hops


Student accommodations will consist of shared doubles or triples in 2-3 star hotels located in the various traveled areas.


Beer culture, waffles

Program Dates

May (pre-trip learning modules and independent field trip, online via Bridges) (Dates TBD)
May 24, 2021 - June 8, 2021 (abroad)
Post-program lab (Date TBD)

Financial Details

Program Fee: $4,595
  • Includes tuition, lodging, in-country transportation, admission to events, allowance for two meals per day
  • Does not include airfare

Payment Deadlines:
December 15:  $500 NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit
February 28: Remaining Balance

Financial Aid and Scholarships
RWU students applying to RWU-sponsored short term study abroad programs are not eligible for financial aid, however, they may apply to one or both of the scholarships listed below.  Students apply for the scholarship(s) at the same time they submit their application for a short-term program abroad. In order to be considered for the Global Engagement Scholarship, they must submit their application by stated program application deadline.

The Bridging the World Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on academic merit only
Scholarships awards based on financial need and academic merit 

The Global Engagement Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on financial need only (limited funds available)

More Information

Faculty Leaders:
Professor Robert Cole, Communications
Office: GHH

Professor Cliff Timpson, Chemistry
Office: MNS 228


Health and Safety:

Students should review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for complete information regarding the health concerns and vaccine recommendations specific to the program. Students should also review the U.S. State Department’s consular information website for complete information on safety and security.

All information subject to change - Roger Williams University reserves the right to cancel any faculty-led program offered during the academic year for insufficient enrollment or for any other reason. These reasons may include safety and security concerns at the program location. Should it prove necessary to do so, the School will promptly notify all registrants.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Session 2021 12/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.