About the Location
A relatively small country of about 17 million people, the Netherlands borders Belgium and Germany, and has an extensive coastline along the North Sea. Nearly 20% of the inhabitants are not Dutch. The program is based in Amsterdam, the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands. Amsterdam’s wealth of community organizations focused on sexuality and gender issues makes it the ideal place to delve into these social issues.
The International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender program
explores the intersections of Dutch and international perspectives related to sexuality and gender. Units of study include queer, LGBT, and feminist movements; migration, gender, and sexuality; sex education; same-sex marriage rights; sex work; and transgender issues. Students participate in a community volunteer experience with a Dutch or international community organization. A two-week excursion to Morocco provides additional international perspectives on program themes.
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
View information on course offerings for the Netherlands, Amsterdam: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender program.
Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available through the GEC website (Elon password required).
General Program Dates
Fall Semester: Late August to early December
Spring Semester: Early February to mid-May
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
SIT offers need-based scholarships to students studying on SIT programs, including a Pell Grant Match Program. Details are on the SIT website. Students apply for scholarships at the time of application to SIT.
Students live with a homestay family in Amsterdam for 12 weeks. Hosts include LGBT households, single parents, and traditional families, all of whom offer unique insights into issues of sexuality and gender within a Dutch or international context. Host families
provide a safe and welcoming environment, allowing students to experience the different facets of Dutch home life firsthand. Many students consider the homestay experience to be one of the most meaningful parts of the program.
Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by SIT Study Abroad.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
View the pre-departure orientation schedule for the semester programs.
Additional Information and Links
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