All students receive a certificate for participation. Student may also choose to take the course for credit and will then receive a transcript from the University of Amsterdam
The Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society at the Graduate School of Social Sciences , Universiteit van Amsterdam, is an intensive four-week summer course, which focuses on the study of sexuality across cultures and is taught by an international faculty team.
The Academic Director:
Dr. Diane di Mauro
Some scholarships are available.
The aim of the course is to explore and study the social and cultural dimensions of human sexuality and gain training in areas of sexuality research - both theory and method - not commonly available in other institutions.
The participation of an international multidisciplinary faculty and students from different educational and cultural backgrounds provides a fruitful and challenging atmosphere enjoyed by students and faculty alike. During seminars, lunches, and weekly "get-togethers," conversations, and activities, informal contacts between the faculty, students, and guest lecturers flourish. The sharing of varied experiences, research, plans of work, and perspectives provide a unique networking opportunity, thereby increasing participants' knowledge within an international context.
Additionally, Amsterdam is an ideal location for the Summer Institute. The open atmosphere and small scale of the city is experienced by both western and non-western students as a refreshing stimulant for active discussion of sexuality and culture.
The Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society was founded in 1995.
The idea for the Summer Institute was sparked by a collaboration between Dutch and American scholars, during the conference Culture, Sexual Behavior, and AIDS in 1992 (see: ten Brummelhuis and Herdt, Culture and Sexual Risk, New York: Gordon & Breach 1995).
In 1995, the programme was offered for the first time through a cooperative effort between Han ten Brummelhuis of the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Bill Leap of the American University in Washington and Gilbert Herdt from the University of Chicago. In 1997, the Summer Institute became part of the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences, Universiteit van Amsterdam.
"The Summer Institute of Culture, Sexuality and Society July 2009 was a life changing experience."
Nancy Onyango, Nairobi, Kenya - Attended Summer 2009
"The Summer Institute has become an annual high spot for all those engaged in the serious discussion of sexuality in a broad social context. The relaxed but engaged atmosphere, the commitment of faculty and students, the informal discussions and well thought out programme - all these make the Institute a model for the development of a critical involvement with issues of sexuality. I warmly recommend it."
Professor Jeffrey Weeks, South Bank University London
University of Amsterdam
The Summer Institute is open to students with a focused interest in sexuality research, MA and Ph.D. students, students at one of the Dutch research schools, participants in other International School programmes, and students or professionals from NGO's engaged in AIDS and/or sexuality research.
Students with no previous experience in the field should consider taking an introductory course prior to applying to the Summer Institute.
Since 1995, we have had over 385 students from 40 different countries. Twenty-five percent of the participants were professionals working for NGO's. The others had diverse educational backgrounds; in the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, psychology), women's studies, history, public health, or human sexuality studies.
# of Credits Required:
International Student Requirements:
Students are accepted on the basis of i) their previous qualifications, ii) their knowledge of English, iii) an essay on their motivation, and iv) a letter of reference.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition In-State Full Time:
Financial Aid Offered: No