University of Amsterdam Summer Programmes GSSS
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University of Amsterdam Summer Programmes GSSS

A modern university with a rich history, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) traces its roots back to the Golden Age. Today, UvA boasts more than 30,000 students, 5,000 staff members and 250 study abroad programs including options in Bachelors and Masters degrees. A member of the League of European Research Universities, it also maintains contact with leading research universities throughout the world.

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Greg
Male
57 years old
Melbourne, Australia
University of Melbourne

A great course!

10/10

This is a fantastic program. The lecturers were excellent and covered many different topics of theoretical addiction models, policy, and treatment. We looked at local and international policy; adolescence; prevention and education; genetics and addiction; treatment via internet; future policy and trends; psychology, behavior; international research; novel treatment programs and much more.
We had great excursions to facilities around Amsterdam such as a Dutch youth prison; 'coffee' shop management; residential facilities for chronic substance users; AA meeting; drug testing
Accommodation was with student housing so it was basic but good and very inexpensive. My partner and I had an apartment for less than 30 Euros a night. It's even cheaper if you are single and share rooms.The student housing was good as you also got to mix with all the other students and go out socialising in Amsterdam together.
Our course had 17 students from 14 nations so we had a really great mix of ideas and experiences from around the world. It was a fantastic group and we all became good friends very quickly.
Amsterdam is a lovely little city and is especially great in Summer. We had beautiful weather for the entire 2 weeks. Sunny and warm everyday!
There is much to do and see in Amsterdam and all the other students are very friendly so we had a great time going out after classes finished for the day. It has been really great staying in touch via Facebook with the friends that I met during this course. This is a fantastic course and I had the best time!

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Kiran
Male
32 years old
Singapore
Other

A must do

8/10

This summer institute was a great experience from academic, professional and social point of view. The composition was excellent and I got to meet very good set of people from diverse backgrounds, from academics to professionals and social workers in field of sexuality studies/ research/work. The faculty were no less. in four week period we covered in depth, diverse topics from concepts and theories to art and media to urban tours of sex districts and sexual politics. Such a diversity with depth combination is hardly covered in any usual sexuality courses where they are limited by disciplinary boundaries. But Summer school at UvA just did the unusual. The teachers were distinguished and well versed and also open to critiques and sensitive to contextual differences. I made great friends with faculty and students and hope to reap these professional connections for my professional work in future.

Apart from school Amsterdam is a great place to explore, given its openness in attitude and tolerance to sexual difference. The gay pride gave a taste of its vibrancy as much as the sex district or Dutch people themselves. AS walk through the city lets you learn so much. I enjoyed my daily doze of Frites and felafel, fresh cheeze and lots of dutch friends. I miss the WTF parties very much.

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LunaticMu
Female
24 years old
St. Louis, MO
Washington University in Saint Louis

Great summer experience

10/10

It's a fantastic summer program. Professors gave us interesting lectures and provided us with basic knowledge of the social policy in Amsterdam. The most amazing part is that we went to different sights to see what it was in reality. That's pretty easy for us to understand what the conception and idea professor taught in class.

How can this program be improved?

I would say the program is a little bit too loose from academy perspective. Most students didn't read literature after class.

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Birce
Female
32 years old
Ankara, Turkey
Other

Once in a lifetime opportunity

9/10

The location, the lecturers, the people were all amazing. This was something i would never forget. My only difficulty was speaking English everyday, but I managed to handle it after a while. It was the best way to spend your summer; making friendships, staying in an amazing city, and learning the most valuable subjects by very good lecturers.

How can this program be improved?

I believe the weekly topics could be different. I would like to see something related to TV or print media; since they are highly relevant for the subject of gender and sexuality.

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sian
Female
24 years old
Amsterdam
Other

Summer Institute on Sexuality and Society

9/10

The course was extremely academically beneficial, with fantastic teachers and support staff. I felt instantly welcomed and the whole thing was very well organised.
In terms of a social experience, it scores 10/10, it gives you the opportunity to meet such an array of interesting people who you can learn an infinite amount from.
Amsterdam as a backdrop to the study is perfect, a welcoming and vibrant place to spend a summer!
I would highly recommend the programme to anyone considering it.

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