Study Abroad

SU Amsterdam

The SU Amsterdam Program is a 3.5-week, 4-credit program specially designed for Southwestern students who are interested in exploring sexuality and culture across disciplines in The Netherlands. Program is approved for 2022, 2023 and 2025.

Students apply for this program directly through Southwestern


Traci Giuliano

Professor of Psychology



Traci Giuliano

Professor of Psychology

Amsterdam's “Dancing Houses” on the Amstele River.

SU Amsterdam Study Abroad Program


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Amsterdam brochure

  • Information Sessions:  Held in Prothro 233 on the following dates

    Tues. 10/5 5:00-6:00pm
    Wed. 10/27 12:30-1:30pm

    Application Opens:  October 1, 2021

    Application Deadline:  December 1, 2021

    Program Start Date:  May 17, 2022

    Program End Date:  June 10, 2022

  • The estimated cost (summer 2022) for this three-and-a-half-week program will be $5785-$6435 (double occupancy rate for accommodations). Cost is based on enrollment and may change.

    The program cost includes:

    • $500 non-refundable deposit
    • 4 credits of tuition
    • Pre-departure materials
    • All housing (double rooms) and some meals 
    • In-country transportation costs
    • Dedicated staff support for the program, led by an on-site program coordinator, with other staff as needed
    • Orientation program including cultural activities, health/safety briefings, introductions to local culture, and other topics
    • Guest lectures, site visits, and excursions
    • Day-to-day support from local staff for health or safety concerns, cultural questions or other personal needs
    • Health insurance coverage for the duration of the program
    • Re-entry discussion on the last day of the program

    The program cost does not include:

    • International airfare
    • Baggage fees and travel insurance
    • Passport and visa expenses
    • Personal expenses: laundry, toiletries, activities, snacks, personal travel, souvenirs, etc.
    • Most lunches and dinners

    Note: it is possible there will be a $900 supplement charged for single rooms in the event that COVID-19 health and safety measures require it.

  • All students will take the following course:

    PSY33-364: Sexuality and Culture: A Comparison of the Netherlands & the U.S. (4 credits) 

    This course is designed to increase awareness and knowledge of cross cultural differences in sexual attitudes and behaviors. Specifically, students will learn how sex education, sex work, and sexual health differ in the Netherlands compared to the United States. In addition to this in-depth comparative analysis of sexuality, students will study the history of marginalized groups in the Netherlands, including the LGBT community. Students will also be immersed in Dutch culture through guided tours, visits to museums, and participation in other cultural activities.

    There are no prerequisites for this course. This course satisfies both the Social Science area requirement and the Social Justice requirement. It also counts as an upper-level Psychology elective for majors and minors.

  • For the duration of the program, students will be lodged in a hostel within easy access to the Program Center in Amsterdam. Breakfast is included at the hostel and students will also have access to kitchen facilities. There will be both a welcome and farewell group meal.

    For the most part, students will be responsible for their own lunches and dinners.

  • Excursions & Cultural Activities

    The SU Amsterdam Program will include several class-related excursions as well cultural activities within Amsterdam during the program.

    Local course-related visits or presentations include: 

    • IHLIA LGBT Heritage Library
    • The Prostitution Information Center
    • LGBTQI walking tour of Amsterdam
    • Cocktail Program (or similar organization)
    • Mama Cash
    • CASA Clinic or Women on Waves
    • Bridge2Hope
    • NEMO Museum
    • Secret Garden

    Day Trip: Utrecht

    • Guided city tour
    • Non-profit visit
    • Group lunch

    Cultural activities include:

    • Amsterdam Canal Tour

    On top of those activities, students will have plenty of free time to explore Amsterdam on their own, and to travel throughout the Netherlands or visit other cities in Europe during the weekends.