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Summer programmes

Summer Programmes Office

Meet the world in Amsterdam!

The Summer Programmes Office at the Graduate School of Social Sciences offers interdisciplinary summer programmes for international students. Every year, we welcome hundreds of students from around the world to follow one of our courses. Are you looking for an international experience with open-minded and inquisitive people? Complete an application and come join us.

Programmes 2020

  • About our office and programmes

    About us

    We are proud to bring together academics and professionals in our programmes, creating a dynamic and inviting classroom environment that doesn’t shy away from asking big questions, confronting norms, and seeking productive and creative responses to today’s problems. That’s because our summer programmes are more than just lectures and assignments: they give participants the skills and viewpoints necessary to understand the diversity, complexity, and changing nature of the world today.

    About our programmes 

    Each course takes an interdisciplinary approach to a field of research to dig deeper and ask broad questions from multiple perspectives. We will be tackling subjects from urban studies to sexuality studies, from branding to game theory, from the migrant crisis to urban "flows", and beyond. 

    Where our students call home

    Over the years, the reach of the Summer Programmes Office has grown exponentially. With growing knowledge of our programmes comes the widening of our academic and social network and community. Over the past 25 years, we are proud to have received numerous applications from every continent, corner, and region of the globe. Due to increased globalization, technological advancements and the newfound and tenuous hybridity between the local and the global, our students come from diverse backgrounds, and bring their academic and cultural traditions with them whether they’re from Boston or Bangkok.

  • What we offer

    Amsterdam: a truly global city

    Whether you're joining us from Toronto or Tbilisi, New York or New Delhi, St. Petersburg or Sao Paolo, Amsterdam is a place for you. As one of the most diverse cities in the world, you'll find something new and exciting on every corner, and around the bend of every canal, but with all of the comforts of home. When you study with us, you won't be in a bubble. Thanks to our truly international classroom, we bring together students from over 70 different countries every summer to one of the planet's most international cities.

    Services: we've got you covered

    Getting to Amsterdam is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Fly from nearly any airport in the world to Amsterdam Schiphol, and transfer seamlessly with the train into the heart of downtown in 15 minutes. Amsterdam is small enough to be easy to navigate, and with our digital classroom smartphone app, you'll have all of the information you need right at your finger tips. Enjoy the perks of being a UvA student with your student card and public transit pass.

    The UvA: a top global university

    The University of Amsterdam's Roeterseiland Campus is a brand new complex in Amsterdam centre/east. Our state of the art classrooms, communal spaces, and dining facilities mean that you have everything you need. As a UvA Student, you have access to the library and online catalogue, and study spaces. The UvA Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences was recently rated as one of the best in the world, and is the largest such faculty in the Netherlands. 

    Residences

    As in any major city, housing in Amsterdam is scarce. So we help students book accommodation with housing corporations in Amsterdam. Participants are housed in single or shared dorms with easy access to the university and city centre. Residences are shared with your fellow classmates to help build the sense of community that we all crave.

    Excursions: explore the biggest small country in the world

    Whether you're in class on the weekdays, in Rotterdam or The Hague on excursions on Friday, or visiting one of the nearby cities, villages, or national parks on the weekend, the Netherlands is the biggest small country in the world. And Amsterdam is its beating heart. We have suggestions for everything from bike rides, to museums, and more. We hope you fall in love with The Netherlands as much as we have.

  • Tailor-made programmes with partner universities

    Interested in creating a tailor-made programme with us? Email us at summer-info-gsss@uva.nl for more information. 

    Are you interested in collaborating on a summer programme in the heart of Amsterdam? With our team's expertise, our dedicated and highly acclaimed faculty, and our state-of-the-art campus, the Summer Programmes Office at the Graduate School of Social Sciences is the ideal partner.

    With over 20 years of experience in making programmes for partner universities around the world, we'll help you create the ideal programme for your students. By providing faculty and staff in consultation, we ensure that students who come to the University of Amsterdam get the best cultural and educational experience to broaden their horizons and make the most of their time in our city.

    We can help create an entire programme from scratch or facilitate a programme based entirely on your wishes. As part of the University of Amsterdam, we have access to all facilities and you have the advantage of working with one of the world's top research institutions.

    We offer high quality, short-term study abroad programmes at a reasonable cost. With insider knowledge of the city of Amsterdam and an impressive list of guest speakers and faculty, we have developed programmes that offer a truly authentic Amsterdam experience, and the possibilities are endless.

    Plan your programme with us and let us arrange classrooms, to lecturers, and housing for your staff and students. We organize everything from public transportation cards to onsite-staff to get you from A to B with a stop at that hidden gem in between. We pride ourselves on providing high quality educational programmes. Students return from our facilitated programmes with not only a understanding of Amsterdam but a deeper intellectual understanding of the subject matter they are exploring, and having made life-long friendships.

  • Our team

    Mirjam Schieveld, MSc | Programme Director 

    A Cultural Anthropologist by training, Mirjam grew up in and around Amsterdam. Mirjam is the founder of the Summer Programmes Office, starting with the Summer Institute on Addiction and the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture & Society over 24 years ago. Mirjam is an alumna of the University of Amsterdam, and has devoted her professional life to the creation and development of academic programmes. Mirjam also gives lectures in summer programmes, and is a lifelong fan of Amsterdam's football team, Ajax, and a major foodie. Along with Grace, Ian, Charlotte, and Luzie, Mirjam leads the Summer Programmes Office's year-round team in order to bring quality programmes and experiences to students from across the world.

    Grace Yano, MSc | Programme Manager 

    Originally from the United States, Grace has been living and working in the Netherlands after completing her studies (MSc) at the University of Amsterdam in Political Science. Grace has developed many programmes, among them our courses on Security Governance and Conflict Resolution, as well as Migration and Integration, and Economics and Game Theory. Grace is also responsible for managing curricula, and our extensive scholarships network, and developing new summer school programmes. Grace's scholarly interests lie in political science, (cyber) security, and economics.

    Ian M Kenny, rMA | Programme Coordinator 

    Ian moved to the Netherlands from Canada to undertake a degree in Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. Ian is responsible for managing summer school programmes, developing partnerships, and coordinating the media landscape of the office. He is the main contact person for students in Amsterdam throughout the summer. Ian's academic work surrounds education practices and cultural memory/cultural institutions in (post) colonial societies.

    Charlotte Luttik, MA | Programme Coordinator 

    Charlotte joined the Summer Programmes team after gaining exposure in summer 2018 as the UvA Student Scholar for the programme, Urban Studies: Planning and Living in Cities. Charlotte is now responsible for coordinating a variety of our ongoing programmes, and helping to develop new ones. Charlotte holds an MA in Cultural History from the University of Utrecht, focusing in cultural studies and sociology, and is also responsible for our social media presence.

    Luzie Voss, BA | Assistant Programme Coordinator 

    Luzie is joining the Summer Programmes team after working as an intern in summer 2019. Luzie's research interests lie in European Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is a true world citizen, raised to German parents in Shenzhen, China. Luzie is passionate about education and equity, environmental sustainability, and dogs. When not at the office, you can find her supporting various social movements and communities both in Amsterdam and abroad.