3 reasons to study gender and sexuality in the Netherlands

June 22nd, 2022   |   SIT Study Abroad

By Eric House

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community has a long history of advocating for equal rights and recognition. It is at the forefront of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts while championing human rights globally.

SIT’s International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender program in the Netherlands studies the complexities of gender, sexuality, and their intersections with race, class, and religion.

Here are three reasons why this program is unique in advancing gender and sexuality studies in today’s world.

Expand your understanding of gender and sexuality in a unique location

As the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, The Netherlands is a great place to learn about gender and sexuality. You'll hear from sexual and gender minorities and community organizers at the forefront of human rights efforts.

You'll have the chance to talk about sex workers' rights at the Prostitution Information Center or attend classes on topics like sexuality and disability, sex education, and more.

You can also complete an internship at a range of organizations, allowing you to link your learning to real-life experience.

A group of students at a table; the image of a rainbow flag is on the screen in front of them
Students gather for a lesson on sexuality.

Gain a different perspective on culture and identity

The migration of Muslims to the Netherlands has sparked new conversations and perspectives regarding gender, sexuality, and identity.

In a two-week excursion to Morocco, you’ll explore how gender and sexuality intersect with ethnic identity, religion, class, and immigration.

You'll also visit historical sites in cities like Marrakech, Rabat, and Safi; hear from activists and academics; and experience Moroccan cuisine and culture.

Young people seated on the floor help themselves to food on a cloth spread in front of them
Students enjoy a meal of traditional Moroccan cuisine.

Explore the beauty and history of Amsterdam and other Dutch cities

When you stay in Amsterdam, you'll experience the city's classic cobblestone streets and water canals. You can also bike to different parts of the city to see its historic landmarks.

You’ll also visit the modern, bustling city of Rotterdam and the charming Utrecht, known as the City of Students. When you’re not learning from activists and academics, you’ll encounter exceptional art, architecture, and shops in a country like no other.

Two young woman smile as they are encircled by a rainbow flag.
Students show their pride in Amsterdam.

If you're ready to embark on a life-changing educational and cultural experience in the Netherlands, click here to learn more about applying today and discover more of our academic programs.