Graduate School of Social Sciences

Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

Degree programme
10 ECTS, 4 weeks
Language of instruction
Starts in
July, august

We have just completed the 2015 summer programme. We are in the process of updating our summer programmes and websites for 2016.

Admission criteria:

Minimum: completed Bachelor's degree
with strong background

in related topics (sexuality,
anthropology, sociology).
Most candidates are enrolled
in a graduate or postgraduate
programme.  Professionals are also welcome.

Programme dates:

10 July - 5 August 2016 (tentative)

Academic opening:

Sunday 10 July 2016

Housing dates:

to be announced

Academic Director:

Diane di Mauro, PhD 

Assistent Academic Director: Laurens Buijs, MA
Programme Director: Mirjam Schieveld, MA
Application due date:

to be announced

Application fee:

€25 (waived if submitted before 1 February)

Tuition fee:

Non-credit €2350
Credit €2700

Housing fee:

€600 (tentative)

*No rights may be claimed from the information on the website.  All pertinent information will be sent via email to the students directly upon request or acceptance.* 

The Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society at the Graduate School of Social Sciences , University of 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 Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society will provide students with a unique opportunity to explore the social and cultural dimensions of human sexuality, and to gain knowledge of cutting-edge research on sexuality as conceptualized and practised globally, pertaining to both theory and methodology.

Each year, the Summer InstituteI 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.

Alumni quotes

“The knowledge I walked away with was life-changing and priceless. Not only did I learn new information to take into my practice as a therapist, but I made international professional connections and friends.”

“In my country, we need more young people with fresh knowledge about how to deal with different groups of people. The course provides an in-depth insight into issues about sexuality, which should be an open and liberal discussion in my community.” 


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.

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