Overview

Live and learn in a city famous for its canals, coffeehouses and liberal politics.

Narrow, winding streets and gabled 17th century rooftops, Rembrandt Square, the Flower Market and the Anne Frank House. Although Amsterdam is known for its rich artistic heritage and important historic landmarks, its mindset is definitely not stuck in the past. Here you’ll explore issues surrounding queer identity and LGBTQ equal rights in one of the world’s most open-minded societies. Amsterdam makes for a fascinating case study and living laboratory for your summer studies as you delve into LGBTQ news and developments in the here and now – and then compare this with the state of affairs in the U.S. Outside of class and community activism, you’ll still have time to soak up the culture and summer sun. Live in a hostel with friends, bike along the canals, and take in the sights and sounds of summer. Visit an open-air market, try the legendary Dutch fries with mayonnaise, and get your fill of gooey stroopwafel and puffy poffertjes. Festivals celebrating music, art, dance, theater, film and food offer something for everyone. Over the month you’ll track your daily takeaways and intercultural connections in a multimedia journal – and then present your final insights in an interactive classroom presentation. Come home with lasting memories and a renewed commitment to social justice in all aspects of life.

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