Application & Admission Criteria

Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

Student profile

PhD and MA students preferred; BA degree required.  Selection of applicants is based on academic achievement, relevant work experience and commitment to the field of sexuality as demonstrated in the application form and submitted letters of reference.  

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, 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 our 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.

Entry requirements

Students should hold a minimum GPA of 7.5 to participate in the summer school. Professionals should show relevant experience and a concrete way they’ll apply learnings in their work.  

Early admission

The Summer Programmes Office is offering early admission to applicants. There are many benefits to early admission: plan your summer in advance, take advantage of booking airfare at lower prices, and secure university provided housing. All students who apply by 10 January 2018 will be considered for early admission. Admission decisions will be made by 1 February. If you are succesful, you must confirm your attendance by 1 March to secure your place in the course and housing. Students who are not offered early admission will be automatically considered in the general admission period.

Deadlines for application

Early admission - 10 January 2018

Regular admission - 1 May 2018

Application fee

The application fee is €25 and can be paid by credit card.

Application Procedures

Please have the following supporting documents ready to upload to the online application form:

  • A recent photo of yourself (this will not be distributed)
  • A scan of your passport
  • A copy of your transcripts
  • An up-to-date copy of your CV/Resume
  • A letter of motivation (details in the online application) stating why you want to enroll in this summer programme
  • A letter of reference from an academic or professional to support your application sent from your referee directly to

Once you submit your applicaiton and pay the fee, you'll hear back from us as soon as possible! if you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us at In all communications, be sure to include your full name and state the programme you're applying for.


Published by  GSSS Summer Programmes Office

5 April 2018