Graduate School of Social Sciences

Alcohol, Drugs & Addiction

6 ECTS, 2 weeks
Language of instruction
Starts in
June, july

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 enrolled in an MA or
substantial work experience

Programme Dates:

 26 June - 8 July 2016 (tentative)

Academic Opening

 Sunday 26 June 2016

Housing dates

 to be announced

Academic Director

 Dr Dennis McCarty
Application due date:

 to be announced

Application fee:

€ 25  (Waived if submitted before 1 February)

Tuition fee:

Non-Credit € 1350
Credit € 1500

Housing fee:

€400 (Tentative)

This two week Institute seeks to provide a multi disciplinary approach to the study of addiction. The course will focus on policy models, prevention, evidenced based treatment, and how they intersect. Bridging the gap between research and treatment practice and policy will also be highlighted throughout the course.

SI Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction - 2013

Alumni 2013

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“The UvA Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction has been a timely and insightful, rich experience. I am grateful for what I have learned from the interactions classmates and experts in the classroom and throughout the beautiful city of Amsterdam” - Oralia Loza, PhD - 2014 Alumnus

Lifetime Achievement Award for Academic Director 

Dr Dennis McCarty has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA) in the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section.

Congratulations to our Academic Director!  It is a well-deserved award as Dr McCarty has worked tirelessly on bridging the gap between policy, practice, and research related to alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention.

To read more about Dr McCarty and his award, please see the link below. 


Substance abuse and its accompanying health and social problems are considered major problems around the world with tragic consequences for individuals, families and countries.

Addiction is not a new problem, but few countries have sufficient resources allocated to address it. Moreover the concept of addiction brings to the forefront social, medical and moral questions. The intertwined dynamics of health systems, economic considerations and moral (inter)national politics have a combined effect upon the prevention and treatment of addicts. Questions like these will be addressed in the Summer Institute on Addiction.

There is a dire need for exchange of empirical knowledge and theoretical insights into evidence based treatment in the international sector. The Summer Institute seeks to provide a multidisciplinary approach to the study of addiction and to promote opportunities for international networking among participants.

ZonMw supportĀ 

In previous years, the Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction has been supported through a generous grant provided by ZonMw, The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development. ZonMw funds health research and stimulates use of the knowledge developed to help improve health and healthcare in the Netherlands. This includes research on addiction. The current program is a continuation of the program that was developed in collaboration with ZonMw.


In this Summer Institute professionals, graduate, and postgraduate students will:

  • gain knowledge and insight in the different policy models
  • gain knowledge and insight in evidence based treatment strategies
  • will have been updated on the latest research developments in different disciplines
  • gain insight into theories and concepts as they have been developed in the field of addiction studies
  • gain insight into a multidisciplinary approach to various topics in the field of addiction studies
  • gain knowledge of and insight into the complexity of (social) problems associated with addiction treatment

More alumni statements

“Other individuals who are working in the treatment and research of individuals with substance use disorders could gain important knowledge and experience from participating in this program.”

“This program allowed me to collaborate with other professionals in the field whom work in settings all around the world, which expanded my perspectives of interacting with individuals with substance use disorders” - Mandy Owens, PhD - 2014 Alumnus

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Graduate School of Social Sciences