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Amsterdam Summer - Society, Culture & Gender in Amsterdam

Why Amsterdam?

Amsterdam, a city long associated with notions of tolerance and openness, is the perfect place to study Gender through the lenses of Art History, Literature, and Sociology. We invite you to explore Amsterdam’s history and present, and to consider how these notions are—or are not—changing.

What You'll Study

Amsterdam is your classroom, with course-related trips to world-class museums and notable Amsterdam sites playing a major role in each course. For example, you will study the representations of gender and sexuality in Rembrandt’s work and visit the Anne Frank museum.

This program also takes you on a four-day course-related trip to Berlin to further investigate your topics of study.

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad experience possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

We offer unique courses that explore the themes of gender and sexuality through an in-depth and interdisciplinary approach. Our world-class professors enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

Enroll in two 3-credit courses in a variety of disciplines, all taught under the shared theme of Gender Studies.


This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.

Field Trips & Events

Although your adventure begins in Amsterdam, our field trips take you to other great destinations in Europe to provide contrast and context for what you are learning.

Past field trip destinations include:

  • Medieval castle of Muiderslot.
  • A blue-tile painting workshop and guided walking tour in the city of Delft
  • A visit to "the Venice of the Netherlands:" Giethorn​​​​​​

These trips are included in the program fee.

Course-Related Trips

As part of your studies, we organize a one-weekend course-related trip to Berlin every summer.  In addition, we organize course-related trips around Amsterdam that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to your general knowledge of Dutch culture and society. These course-related trips are mandatory.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Amsterdam is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.


During your first three days in the Netherlands, you get to know our staff, the city, and your fellow students on a field trip to the Zaanse Schans and boat tour of Amsterdam's historic canals. IES Abroad orientation addresses intercultural understanding, academics, personal safety, and practical aspects of life in Amsterdam.


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best restaurants—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Amsterdam, it will feel like home.


Live in a co-ed, international student apartment with easy access to public transportation. Single and double apartments are available; single rooms incur an additional fee. In the double rooms, two students share a studio apartment with a bathroom and kitchenette. In the single rooms, students have a studio apartment with a private bathroom and kitchenette. Meals are not provided.

Get to Know Your New City

Cycle Everywhere

Rent or buy a cheap bike and get around Amsterdam the way the Dutch do!

Enjoy Traditional Dutch Dishes

From excellent coffee and sweet stroopwafels and poffertjes (tasty little pancakes), to more unusual fare like thick fries with Dutch-Indonesian peanut sauce or stamppot (a hearty dish of potatoes, onions, kale, root vegetables, and sausage), eating in Amsterdam is a real treat.

Shop the Amsterdam Street Markets

Stock up on fresh produce, cheese, and other food, as well as souvenirs and gifts at the Albert Cuypmarkt. Or dig for the perfect find at the I-J Hallen vintage market.

Appreciate Art

Amsterdam is home to so many art museums, from the “big ones,” like the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum to lesser known gems like the Museum Willet-Hothuysen and the Foam Photography Museum.

Swing Out Over Amsterdam

For a thrill, try riding the swings found on the observation deck on the new A’DAM Tower. Or just marvel at the beautiful 360° views of the city.

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Summer 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2019 $5,290 $1,775 $135 $7,200

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Need-Based Financial Aid
Up to $1,000

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

  • Level of financial need as determined from infromation provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
  • IES Abroad program location.
  • IES Abroad membership status of home campus
Vera Isaacs Schwartz Endowed Stipend
$500 cash stipend

The Vera Isaacs Schwartz Endowed Stipend has been established by Alan and Ronnie Schwartz in loving tribute to Alan’s mother. Vera valued learning in the classroom, but also recognized that there is an education to be had in museums, cafes and pastry shops around the world. Alan is a current member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors and he has established this stipend to honor his mother Vera and her commitment to providing her grandchildren funds to expand their college education outside of the classroom.

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Our Center

The IES Abroad Amsterdam Center is housed in the Oranje-Nassau Kazerne, former military barracks that has since been turned into offices and apartments, and located across from the famous Artis Zoo. Features include: a small library, classroom space, staff offices, WiFi access, and space for students to meet and study. Center office hours are Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm (unless otherwise specified).

Our Staff

Chantal Omloo

Center Director

Chantal Omloo earned an M.A. in the History of International Relations at the University of Utrecht and an MSc in Development Studies at the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her academic focus was centered on economic development in Sub Saharan Africa and she has published a number of articles in this field.

Prior to joining IES Abroad in 2001, Chantal worked for Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), an NGO based in the United Kingdom. Chantal managed customized programs for IES Abroad out of the London Center before moving back to her native Netherlands to become our Amsterdam Center Director.

IES Abroad Staff

IES Abroad Staff

Chantal Omloo
Center Director

Flor Macias Delgado
Student and Diversity Affairs Specialist

Rosa de Hoog
Senior Academic & Customized Programs Coordinator

Anabelle Goulette
Student Affairs and Housing Manager

Diana Kaekebeke
Academic Programs Manager

Natacha Berbers
Academic Programs Coordinator

Marie Cambridge
Center Administrator



Depending on your program, you will be taught by faculty from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit, Universiteit van Amsterdam, or the IES Abroad Amsterdam Center.