SIT Study Abroad: Netherlands - International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender

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Acquire an intersectional understanding of the complexities and paradoxes that surround issues of gender and sexuality in the Netherlands -- commonly believed to be one of the world's most progressive and tolerant countries.The program examines th... read more

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I learned more about my interests in the field of gender and sexuality studies and potential career directions. - Franklin & Marshall College View Entire Review
I learned mainly more about myself and what I care most about. It made me want to be more active in my work and the social justice work I want to do. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My experience abroad was absolutely worthwhile. The experience helped me to become more independent and self-sufficient. I learned a lot about the Netherlands and about gender and sexuality, and I made some really good friends. I developed a close and lasting relationship with my host family. - Smith College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the Netherlands, the United States by comparison and myself. This experience was amazing but definitely more so on the personal level than an academic one. I suggest anyone looking to expand and explore themselves in a new, safer environment to consider this program. Particularly queer and allied folk. I ha... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Dutch history, culture and politics. The way gender and sexuality plays out in Dutch migrant (Moroccan, Turkish, Indonesian, Caribbean) communities and in the major cities of Morocco. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I really enjoyed being able to conduct my own independent study project. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
YES! - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
1. That I am not worldly 2. I need personal time even though I am an extravert 3. I learned so much about the Netherlands 4. I feel more cultured. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was worthwhile because of the people but academically it was the worst experience of college thus far. - Anonymous University View Entire Review
It was worthwhile in that I learned how not to do a study abroad program and I learned a lot about myself, but the program is poorly set up. - Berea College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile but very stressful due to the lack of communication and extreme structure, which both take some time getting used to if you're more accustomed to a flexible schedule. - Fordham University View Entire Review
I had incredible cultural exposure and absolutely loved the topic and conversations I was able to have throughout. I gained a lot of confidence and a more global world view. I wouldn't have traded the experience for anything. I simply wish the staff for the program were more academic, supportive and organized. - Austin College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender
I learned so much about myself on this program. I am generally unhappy with the program, but I wouldn't give up my experience for the world. I learned about the Dutch/European culture, which I am in love with. I met my hosts, who I will always stay and contact with and hope to go back to. I had an introduction to research even ... - University of Hartford View Entire Review

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Acquire an intersectional understanding of the complexities and paradoxes that surround issues of gender and sexuality in the Netherlands -- commonly believed to be one of the world's most progressive and tolerant countries.

The program examines the intersections of gender and sexuality with race, class, and religion, and highlights the experiences of the growing number of postcolonial and post-migration subjects living in these intersections. Apart from looking at theories and applications of gender studies, LGBT studies and sexuality studies in activism, the program interrogates how identity is affected by gender, sexuality, race, religion, and class, both as they are experienced and as they are perceived. During the program, you will make field visits to different NGOs and organizations advocating for gender, LGBT, and sexual rights; an excursion to Morocco provides additional international perspectives on program themes.

Major topics of study include:

- Queer and LGBT activism in the Netherlands
- Paradoxes surrounding same-sex marriage rights
- Feminist and sex-positive activism in the Netherlands
- Sex and gender education in the Netherlands
- Sex work and sex workers’ rights in the Netherlands
- Attitudes toward gender, sexuality, race, class, and religion within postcolonial communities coming from the former Dutch colonies (Indonesia, Suriname, the Dutch Caribbean) and post-migration communities (Morocco and Turkey), as well as the gendered and sexualized perceptions of these communities

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
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