Programme information

Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

Each year, the Summer Institute is comprised of a multidisciplinary international faculty and student body from a range of social and cultural backgrounds, offering a rewarding and challenging learning experience.  Students engage with faculty and guest lecturers via a specialized program of course modules (twice daily), weekly get-togethers, and informal conversations during daily group lunches.  Students benefit from an exceptional networking opportunity through the sharing of experiences, works in progress, research plans and diverse perspectives.

As the host city for the Summer Institute, Amsterdam is an ideal location.  The open atmosphere and small scale of the city offers a refreshing setting for engagement and discussion of sexuality, culture and society.

UvA Summer School

Photo: Maartje Strijbis

Track 1 or Track 2

Participants can apply to either Track 1 or Track 2.
Check the PDF Programme Schedule for a better understanding of track 1 and track 2.

Track 2 is for participants who want to further conceptualize, develop and refine a "work in progress" proposal that reflects a sexuality and health issue and which is being pursued for purposes of degree completion (PhD or Masters) or programmatic support in the private or public sector. If accepted into Track 2, the student will take part in a proposal development module, in place of either the module on "Religion and Sexuality" or "Sexuality and Meanings Across Time and Place."


As a Summer Institute student you receive a participation certificate and a transcript with an official seal from the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Students who wish to earn credits receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained. The programme is the equivalent of a 10 European Credits (or 5 US credits) module. Students are responsible for ensuring that their home university will accept the credits and final credit conversions need to be made by the home university.

Published by  GSSS Summer Programmes Office

2 August 2017