Summer University 2017


Burgundian Bicycles Vol. IV: Biking through the Lowlands

Organized by AEGEE-Tilburg & AEGEE-Leuven

In cooperation with Civic Education Working Group, Drinkwise

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Has it always been your dream to visit the low lands of Belgium and the Netherlands? Experience living below sea level? Ride a bike from city to city? And live the Burgundian lifestyle? Well, this is your chance! This summer you will be visiting the best spots in Belgium and the Netherlands, while learning how you can save the environment.

This two-week adventure will start in Leuven, Belgium, where you will be visiting the beautiful cities of Ghent, Brussels and Bruges. In Leuven we will experience the Belgian student life, which will involve hanging out in one of the pubs around the old market in the city center. We will also visit the Provinciaal Domein, a very big park in which you will find a bee house, an ecohouse and a lot of animals and meadows. We'll explore Belgium in a culinary way in Brussels, eating the best fries the country has to offer, and visit one of the nicest tourist locations, Bruges, with its famous old town that makes you think you're in a museum. Besides all the travelling and visiting, you will also have the chance to gain some insights into sustainability initiatives in Belgium. Stay tuned!

After the first week we will travel north to Tilburg, the Netherlands, by hitchhiking! Here the largest funfair of the Netherlands will welcome you and you will be introduced to Pink Monday. From here we will make a day trip to the capital Amsterdam. The city known for its canals, museums, coffee shops and… the red light district. We also will pay a visit to 's-Hertogenbosch, the historical capital of the province Noord-Brabant. Last but not least we will visit Rotterdam, the biggest harbour city of the Netherlands which is why it’s called Gateway to Europe. In Rotterdam we will also visit Kinderdijk which has 19 windmills and is on the UNESCO world heritage list. Afterwards we will chill out on a nice city beach! Because this will be a Green SU, you will be spending a lot of time on a bike in the Netherlands!

Are you up for it? Don’t worry, you will love it!

General Information:

From: Sunday, July 16th
To: Sunday, July 30th
Starts in: Leuven
Ends in: Tilburg
Type: Travelling Summer University info_outline
Thematic categories: Green SU /
Fee: 196€ info_outline
25 Friends
Accomodation: Gym, participants will need to bring their own mattress and sleeping bag
Confirmation: Pay 100% of the fee in advance
Optional fee: 40€
Used for: Row clinic, day in Rotterdam, Brewery tour in Leuven
Language: English
Special equipment needed:
Suited for disabled people: No


Teaching and showing how everyday choices can be sustainable in your personal life


Phone: +31 6 31 93 53 38

Our ideal participant:

    Are you interested in sustainability? Do you always share your shower sessions to save water? Do you always hold in your farts, to save the ozone layer? No, don’t worry about it. We can help you to save this planet! When you join our Summer University, we will show you how to be responsible for our earth without getting this extreme. While discovering our great countries we will bike a lot so we need you to be able to ride a bike well! Are you also social, funny, adventurous and most of all crazy? Then you will fit right in! Besides that, do you share our mindset of being tolerant towards others? So, open for new cultures, different opinions and a variety of sexual orientations. Do you recognize yourself in our description of the ideal participant? Then we will welcome you with open arms and a warm smile!


  • Biking tours to for example Provinciaal Domein Leuven and Loonse Druunse duinen in Tilburg
  • Pub crawls in Leuven & Tilburg
  • Visiting Leuven, Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, Tilburg, 's Hertogenbosch, Amsterdam & Rotterdam
  • Sustainability workshop at Greenpeace
  • Hitchhiking from Leuven to Tilburg
  • Pub quiz in Leuven & Tilburg
  • European Night in Leuven
  • Guided walk by a forester through a national park
  • Visiting Brussels' beer cafes
  • Attending Ghent Festival
  • Environment & hitchhiking workshop
  • Pink Monday in Tilburg
  • Boat tour in Rotterdam
  • Crazy 88 in 's Hertogenbosch
  • Beer pong & Dutch Night
  • Cantus in Tilburg

Course Information:

Course: Workshops, presentations & tours
Timetable: 10 hours per week
Course level: Beginner
Course given by: Greenpeace - Campaign coordinators Midas Veraart - Experienced member AEGEE-Leuven/ Gökhan Sancak - Experienced member AEGEE-Tilburg and Greenpeace activist/ Gert Brunink - Experienced guide & forester/ Novadic Kentron - Experts on drug addiction prevention
Equipment: Paper, pens & beamer
Supported by University: No

Join the Summer University and visit:


The city of Brussels is the capital of Belgium and (!) the capital of the EU. The secretariat of AEGEE-Europe, the Benelux and the headquarters of the NATO are also located in Brussels. Brussels is just a few kilometres north of the boundary between Belgium's language communities—French in the south, Dutch in the north. Historically a Dutch-speaking city, it has seen a major shift to French since Belgian independence in 1830. Today, although the majority language is French, the city is officially bilingual.


Ghent is the capital and largest city of East Flanders. The Ghent Festival is one of the biggest festivals and attracts around 1 - 1,5 million visitors each year. It has an old city centre with the third largest port of Belgium.


Amsterdam is the capital city and most populous city of the Netherlands. Notorious for its red light district and its abundance of coffee shops, Amsterdam is also colloquially known as Venice of the North because of its lovely canals that crisscross the city, its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges. There is something for every traveller's taste here; whether you prefer culture and history, serious partying, or just the relaxing charm of an old European city. Amsterdam is one of the most diverse and multicultural places in the world.


Rotterdam has the largest port in Europe and is sometimes called 'Gateway to Europe'. It is the second largest city in the Netherlands and is also famous for it's bridges. It has a beach near called 'Hoek van Holland'. There is a world known village called 'Kinderdijk' which has a large amount of windmills and is a big tourist attraction.


Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, in the northwest of the country. The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It is oval-shaped and about 430 hectares in size. Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam and Stockholm, it is sometimes referred to as The Venice of the North.