Program Overview

SIT semester programs include the following components: one-week orientation, intensive language study, homestay (in urban and rural areas), thematic seminar, field methods seminar, independent study project (last month of program), and program evaluation.

In the International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender program you will study the history, cultural norms, and political structures that help shape attitudes towards sexuality and gender. Pragmatic, socially liberal Netherlands is known for tolerance and openness, but issues of gender and sexuality are now a visible fault line between cultures in this increasingly multicultural society. Internationally, the Netherlands promotes gender as a crucial aspect of economic and social development, and provides material support to women’s and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Based in Amsterdam, you will explore the intersections of Dutch and international perspectives. You will select one Sexuality and Gender Seminar program module from choices including Critical Theory, Tolerance and Sexual Health Education, or Filmmaking with a Sexuality and Gender Lens. You will also choose a Field Study practicum with a Dutch or international organization.

All students take the following required courses:

  • International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender Seminar.
  • Introduction to Dutch Language and Culture.
  • Field Study Seminar.
  • Independent Study Project.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: International Perspective on Sexuality and Gender

Additional requirements

  • Previous college-level coursework or other preparation in sexuality and/or gender studies, as assessed by SIT.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to the International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender program, we strongly advise you to meet with a program coordinator prior to applying.

SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill long before the published closing dates, you are strongly advised to apply by the above priority deadline.

Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. You should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.

IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts:

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the SIT application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20204/15/2020Late AugustEarly December
Spring Semester202010/1/2020Early FebruaryMid-May

Travel Advisories

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