- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
- Examine the history, cultural norms, and political structures that help shape attitudes toward sexuality and gender from Dutch and international perspectives.
Students at the Drag Queen Olympics on the Homomonument during Queen’s Day celebrations
Pragmatic, socially liberal Netherlands is known for tolerance and openness, but issues of gender and sexuality are now a visible fault line between cultures in this increasingly multicultural society.
Internationally, the Netherlands promotes gender as a crucial aspect of economic and social development, and the country provides material support to women’s as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Coursework begins with a strong foundation in critical theory of sexuality and gender. All students attend the guest lecture series, which is presented by academics, service professionals, and grassroots activists. The range of disciplines includes political science, anthropology, women’s studies, homo studies, sociology, and sexology. Students participate in a Field Study practicum with a Dutch or international organization. Module choices include: Critical Theory - feminist, queer, modern, and post-modern theories Use theory as a way to better understand and analyze issues of sexuality and gender identity as experienced in the world. Oral history – life stories and narrative as a research method Students attend workshops on oral history and conduct life story interviews. Students may participate in an oral history project as their practicum. Independent Study Projects may use oral history and narrative methodology
Please inquire for costs: Fees include tuition, full room and board, all field trips and related fares, health and accident insurance, and other direct program expenses. Participants pay for international airfare and domestic travel to the point of departure from the USA.
- Setting Description:
- Based in Amsterdam, this program explores the intersections of Dutch and international perspectives related to sexuality and gender. Units of study include sex education, same-sex marriage rights, sex work, sexuality and global issues, and gender and migration. Students select one Sexuality and Gender Seminar program module from choices including Critical Theory, Tolerance and Sexual Health Education, or others. Students participate in a Field Study practicum with a Dutch or international organization. A two-week excursion to Morocco provides additional international perspectives on program themes.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- Please see our website for more information.
Based on 5 Reviews
- SIT Netherlands09/06/19
Without a doubt, choosing the SIT Netherlands program was the best decision I could have made. As a Sociology major and a Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies minor, I was incredibly excited about the coursework, excursions, and independent study project.
I had high expectations going into this program, but was still completely blown away by the experience. Although there is an emphasis on gender and sexuality, all of the professors make a committed effort to also discuss other intersections including, but not limited to, race, immigration and citizenship status, ableness, and religion. The various excursions, guest lecturers, and independent work also all helped in creating an incredibly positive, inclusive, and vast learning environment. I never felt as though we were missing out on learning opportunities and greatly appreciate all of the work done by the professors and staff to make sure that we explored a range of topics. Amsterdam itself is also an unbelievable city to live and study in. I have never felt safer in a city and loved being able to explore everything by bike. And, although everyone has different homestay experiences, I have to say that mine was nearly perfect. The SIT homestay coordinator did a wonderful job matching students with families and keeping in touch to help sort out any problems. I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in learning more about the interplay of gender, sex, sexuality, race, and migration in the Netherlands!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The best experience08/31/18
When I first signed up for this trip I didn't know what to expect. Everyone would tell me how unforgettable it would be. After going on it for myself I say the same thing to others. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything else. I will remember my
trip and the people I was with forever and use what I learned on it for the rest of my life. This is something that is once in a lifetime and if you have the opportunity to do something like it, always take that chance to do it. This was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and would 100% recommend this trip to anyone who asked me about it.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Experiment’s LGBTQ+ and Human Rights Program09/01/17
To say that the Experiment’s LGBTQ+ and Human Rights program changed my life would be an understatement. I had an incredible time learning about the way the Netherlands approaches topics of gender and sexuality. We explored not just Amsterdam, but Rotterdam,
Utrecht, and Friesland as well. During the program, I had opportunities to learn and open my mind to Dutch culture and their encouragement of sexual education at an early age; as well as unlearn the ideas of utopia and complete acceptance that associated with the Netherlands. I left my trip with a new understanding of myself, the Netherlands, and 13 new friends from all over the country. While I do wish that the program was longer and that we had a chance to explore non-white queerness in more spaces, I had an unforgettable experience that I would do anything to relive.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- I found a family08/24/17
I went into the program not knowing what to expect and I came out with experiences that will shape my life forever. From an exhibit about sex in the Amsterdam Children's Museum to the sexual education that begins in kindergarten, I fell in love with the
open attitudes people have about sex. We had amazing speakers who were all so knowledgable in their field. But really the best part of the trip for me was the people I went with. I loved my group leaders and the other students were some of the most open minded and inclusive people you could ever meet. By the end of the three weeks I felt like I had a family. The ability to bond with the other participants in the hostels was probably my favorite part. Although we didn't get much sleep, I learned so much about other people's perspectives on the word during our late night talks about everything from gay hookup culture to police brutality. Because everyone had such diverse backgrounds, we we all able to come at topics with a different perspective. My favorite memory was the last hostel stay where we all stayed up late into the light talking about life, death, body image, activism, queer* culture, kink, sex, private schools, institutional racism, and so much more. Before lessons in the morning those early to the office would have coffee together and talk about activism and queer* culture and sexual education. That is the kind of environment that this SIT fosters. I learned both inside and outside of the classroom. The people that want to be having these conversations are the ones that go on this trip. Be prepared to share your perspective and have it pushed by others. The title of this trip was LGBTQ+ Rights & Dutch Culture, but I would say it's more about LGBTQ+ rights and human rights. We spent very little time on Dutch culture (not including our own explorations of the city which were amazing but more of a self learning) and had only one lesson in Dutch. However, I do not think that this negatively impacted my trip an any way. We learned about the African Diaspora though music, and got to visit an interactive museum about the challenges and hardships of immigration, and have a tour of everything queer* at the zoo (fun fact pretty much every animal has gay sex). And those experiences I would not trade for a lesson in Dutch that I wouldn't be able to remember after a few weeks. The one (and only) negative aspect of this trip was that my host mother did not understand that I was genderqueer. She was a wonderful person and took great care of me. But I wish the program would have had some sort of training for the host families-- especially for a program centered on LGBTQ+ rights. TL;DR This program was amazing and I loved it with all my heart. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to study LGBTQ+ rights or sexual education. Or anyone just looking to make some really well informed friends. Probably the best experience of my life so far. And one that will shape my future.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Netherlands: Opening up the door to talk about gender and sexual studies08/18/17
I really enjoyed my experience at SIT, and would definitely recommend the program to anyone interested in studying human rights from the perspective of a different country. The program opened my eyes to the different problems the LGBTQ+ community faces
all around the world, and the different work being done to eradicate the prejudice the individuals in this community face every day. I would say this program helped me be a better ally to my LGBTQ+ friends and family which I will be eternally grateful for. This program not only allows you to learn more about human rights, but also allows you to travel the beautiful country of The Netherlands, and learn about its complicated history. Overall, it was a special and enlightening experience.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend