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 yourtopics of study.
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.
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.
Shrimp boat and seal rescue center on the beautiful island of Texel.
The famous cheese market in Alkmaar
As part of your studies, we organize a one-week course-related excursion to Berlin every summer. In addition, we organize course-related excursions around Amsterdam that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to your general knowledge of Dutch culture and society.
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 two 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, 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.
Apartments 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
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.
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.
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.