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UK Sponsored: Sexuality and Sexual Health Education in the Netherlands (Education)
Amsterdam, Netherlands (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 2
The UK Education Abroad deadline for adding this program has passed. To determine if it is still possible to add this program to your Education Abroad Application, please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad (
Fees and Policies Summer 2
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Anthropology, Education, Gender and Women's Studies, Health, Human Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Pre-Health, Public Health, Queer Studies, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology
Course Language:
Housing Options:
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Laurence Tuccori
Program Director:
Kristen Mark
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
Sexuality and Sexual Health Education in the Netherlands

Dates TBD - Applications will be accepted for the 2015 summer program once dates have been established!

Program Overview

This program will introduce students to the cultural comparative study of human sexuality and sexual health education in a context where sexual health outcomes are the best in the world. The Netherlands has comprehensive sex education, regulated and decriminalized prostitution, and was one of the first to legalize gay marriage. With their openness to sexuality and emphasis on talking about sex and sexuality with parents, peers, and educators from a young age, sexuality is seen as a healthy part of human development rather than something of which to be ashamed. Students will be immersed in this culture and learn from their model of sexuality and sexual health education.


  • Guest lecture from Dr. Lisette Kyuper, a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Social Research and leading expert on LBGT sexuality issues.
  • Visit to Amsterdam's Red Light District with staff from the Prostitute Information Center.
  • Visit to Afro-Caribbean community, with discussion of sexual health and education issues particular to immigrant communities.
  • Visit The Hague: The International Criminal Court with a discussion of gender in international humanitarian law, and HIVOS International Development Organization, which supports women's and LGBT groups around the world.


This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines.
Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting/transient students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting/transient student go to UK Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to participating in the program to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.

Academic Credit

  • UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings.
  • Undergraduate students will enroll in KHP 220: Sexuality Education (2 credit hours) and KHP 395: Independent Study (3 credit hours).
  • Graduate students will enroll in KHP 609: Sexual Health Promotion (3 credit hours) and KHP 695: Independent Study (3 credit hours).
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).

Housing & Meals

  • Students will reside in homestays with local host families. In keeping with the academic goals of the course, the homestay hosts will include LGBT households, single parents and traditional families, all of whom offer unique insights into issues of sexuality and gender within a Dutch or international context.  Students will be lodged in a hostel or small hotel for the first two nights of the program (orientation period).
  • Breakfast and dinner will be provided for students throughout the program, typically with the host family. Some group meals will be provided. Students will be responsible for lunches on their own

Local Transportation & Communication

Transportation to and from the airport will be provided on the start and end dates of the program. Additional details will be forthcoming. Additionally, students will receive a transportation stipend at the start of the program. Students can choose to use this stipend for public transportation or for renting a bicycle.
Students will also have the opportunity to purchase local cell phones with prepaid call credits if desired.

Required Applications

This program is run in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and SIT Study Abroad. Students must complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and a supplemental application with SIT Study Abroad. The supplemental SIT application will be provided to all accepted students after the application deadline.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
  • The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline for application materials is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.

Program Costs

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Participants who wish to extend their stay in the country beyond the program start and end dates and those who are not U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations at the website of the Government of the Netherlands.

Travel Medical Insurance

All participants of this program will be enrolled in HTH Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. The cost of Travel Medical Insurance is included in the program fee. Please see the Education Abroad at UK Health & Safety webpage for more information. 

For More Information

For additional information about this program, please contact:

  • EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall.
  • Dr. Kristen Mark, Assistant Professor of Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Mark will be directing the program.

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
The UK Education Abroad deadline for adding this program has passed. To determine if it is still possible to add this program to your Education Abroad Application, please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad (