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International Biology Internships: Netherlands

Dates: Approximately 8 weeks during fall semester 2022 or winter semester 2023
Application Deadline:
Fall: 1 August 2022
Winter: 1 November 2022

Leiden, the Netherlands

Students will live in Leiden, the Netherlands from August to late October for the Fall 2022 program, or mid February to mid April for the Winter 2023 program. While there, students will focus on databasing dragonfly wings and label data for a larger project funded by the National Science Foundation. The internship is at Naturalis Biodiversity Center. The goal is to produce wing morphology data to explore the evolution of flight strategies over the evolutionary history of dragonflies (insect order Odonata). A stipend is provided, as is at least a portion of airfare and accommodation.

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Seth Bybee
4057 LSB
(801) 422-3152


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Frequently Asked Questions
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More Information

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Students are required to register for a minimum of 12 credit hours during the fall or winter semester internship. These credits may be:

BIO 399R—Internship or other directed readings/research credit
BIO 494R—Biology Research

Students may also take other courses as arranged by their faculty director.

Students may also be interested in investigating the local culture by taking IAS 380—Cultural Proofs for 1–3 credit hours. This self-guided course allows students to do independent intercultural research, interview locals, and experience local culture.

Participants may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Students will pay BYU Latter-day Saint undergraduate tuition for 12 credit hours and receive internship placement and international health insurance coverage.

Includes a stipend for housing, living, and airfare.

Does not include international airfare, meals, local transportation, international cell phone/data plan, and personal expenses.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants. Biology scholarships may be available to Biology majors. The Biology Department has National Science Foundation grants available to qualified students. Contact Dr. Seth Bybee for details.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Accepted students are required to participate in preparation meetings with Dr. Bybee and ISP representatives prior to departure.

Accompanying spouses need to be credit-bearing participants on the program, meaning they will also need to apply online and participate in preparation meetings.

All participants are required to show proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) at least two weeks prior to departure.
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Finding housing is the responsibility of the students. Students will receive a stipend to help pay for housing.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293

Due to the pandemic, students are required to fly directly to the Netherlands and fly home directly from the Netherlands. Travel to other countries prior to, during, or after the program is not allowed.
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information document.

Application Deadline:
Fall: 1 August 2022
Winter: 1 November 2022
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Seth Bybee, a professor in the Biology Department, is the faculty director of the program.

4057 LSB
(801) 422-3152
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International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.