Summer School - Alcohol, Drugs & Addiction, 10 - 21 July 2016, Netherlands

Publish Date: Feb 24, 2016

Deadline: Apr 01, 2016

Event Dates: from Jul 10, 2016 12:00 to Jul 21, 2016 12:00

Alcohol, Drugs & Addiction

Substance abuse and its accompanying health and social problems are considered major problems around the world with tragic consequences for individuals, families and countries.

Addiction is not a new problem, but few countries have sufficient resources allocated to address it. Moreover, the concept of addiction brings to the forefront social, medical and moral questions. The intertwined dynamics of health systems, economic considerations and moral (inter)national politics have a combined effect upon the prevention and treatment of addicts. 

This two week Institute seeks to provide a multi disciplinary approach to the study of addiction. The course will focus on policy models, prevention, evidenced based treatment, and how they intersect. Bridging the gap between research and treatment practice and policy will also be highlighted throughout the course.

Programme information

Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction

The programme is built around four themes: an overview of policies and the history of the concept of addiction, contemporary prevention services, the current state of affairs, and an assessment of treatment innovations. Each module concludes with a workshop integrating concepts into daily clinical, policy, and research practices. Two excursions supplement classroom presentation: a visit to a coffee shop, harm reduction service, and a police officer in the Hague; and a morning visit at the the municipal Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD).

A central aspect of the institute is the opportunity to learn from colleagues from around the world. During the course, participants will be invited to briefly present in their areas of specialization the current state of affairs in their home countries (e.g. policy, prevention, treatment). Following the presentations, facilitated workshop session assist students to integrate the research and practice information from instructors and peers into tangible goals and plans for applying course information to their professional work upon their return home.

Programme dates:  July 10 - July 21 2016
Academic opening:  Sunday 10 July 2016
Housing dates:  After 15:00, 9 July - 24 July 2016 
Academic Director:  Dennis McCarty

Study Load

The academic dates for the programme are July 10 - July 21, beginning with a mandatory Orientation on Sunday 10 July. The programme schedule from Monday to Thursday includes:

morning lecture (2.5 hours)

lunch break (1 hour; provided by the University)  

afternoon workshop (2.5 hours).

On Fridays, participants will go on  excursions (participation included in tuition fee).


Two full-day excursions are part of the programme and will illustrate the current state of affairs in the Netherlands. During discussions in class with the lecturers and each other, parallels can be drawn and comparisons will be made to the students’ home countries. Site visits include:

  1. Coffee shop (Q&A with owner)
  2. Presentation by Trimbos Institute on DIMS at PsyQ
  3. Lecture by police officer 
  4. GGD Amsterdam: Heroin Treatment (Integrated Care)


As a Summer Institute student you will either receive

  • an official certificate (non-credit)
  • or both a certificate and a transcript (credit)

with an official seal from the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Students who wish to earn credits receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained. The programme is the equivalent of a 6 European Credits (or 3 American credits) module.

Tuition, Costs & Scholarships

Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction


Students have the option to take the Summer Institute for credit or non-credit. The table below details the price difference between the credit/non-credit options.

Length of programme:   2 weeks
Tuition (non-credit):  € 1200
Tuition (credit):  € 1350

The tuition fee includes:

  • lunch on class days
  • public transportation card
  • access to course materials on Blackboard
  • excursions and site visits
  • Farewell drinks
  • certificate of attendance
  • credit students also receive a transcript

The tuition fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam nor housing.


As in many major European cities and combined with growing tourism during the summer months, there is a shortage of affordable housing in Amsterdam.

Participants can either arrange their housing through providers in the private sector such as Airbnb and, or participants can request accommodation through the Summer Programmes Office and our housing partners for a reduced rate. For those that would like our assistance in booking accommodation, the Summer Programmes Office reserves two types of furnished short-stay accommodation. 

The first type is basic dorm-style student housing, provided by the housing corporation, De Key. The second type is a hotel room at The Student Hotel (The Student Hotel functions as a both a hotel for tourists and visitors, and a short-stay accommodation for students, young professionals, and interns).

In the online application for the programme, you can choose the type of accommodation that best suits you. There is a limited number of rooms, so it is first come, first serve. If you have a strong preference on room type, you should apply early. We recommend the Student Hotel for graduate students and those over the age of 30.

 For more detailed information on the two types of accommodation offered by the Summer Programmes Office, please see the table and PDFs below. 

Housing dates: 9 July - 24 July 2016
Location: Basic Student Housing The Student Hotel
Housing fee: € 425 € 625

Cancellation Policy

Students may cancel their participation in a summer programme for a full refund, minus €250 administration fee (and potential housing costs), if the Summer Programmes Office staff is notified in writing (email is also valid) at least 30 days before the start of the programme (orientation/opening date).  No refunds will be given after this date.  If students know there is a chance they may have to cancel, we encourage them to contact us as soon as possible so that non-refundable items are not booked for them. 

In the event that a programme must be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances or an insufficient number of students, students who have paid tuition and housing fees will be reimbursed in full.  If applicable, students will be offered a spot in another programme, if a similar programme is available. 


NIDA Scholarship 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse ( NIDA) is offering two students from the US a full tuition scholarship (not including housing).  Students should follow the regular application process for the Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction.  The deadline for NIDA scholarship application is March 15, 2016. NIDA will then review the applications and inform the Summer Programmes Office as well as the candidates of their final decision in April. 

Please mark on your application if you are a US citizen, working in the US and you would like to apply for the scholarship.  You can do this under the scholarship section of the online application.   

Students receiving this scholarship are required to submit a report on the programme to NIDA and the Summer Programmes Office at the conclusion of the programme.   

U21/LERU Partial Scholarship

If your university is a member of the  Universitas 21 network and/or  LERU network then you may be eligible for a partial scholarship of €500.  You must also be a current student at that university when you apply for the summer programme.  If you graduate before the start of the summer programme but were a student at the time of submitting your application, you will still be eligible for the scholarship.  

Students studying at Dutch universities on these lists are not eligible for these scholarships.    

You must verify that your home university is a member of the LERU network and/or the U21 network. The Summer Programmes Office GSSS will then be able to submit your application to the U21/LERU scholarship fund. The final decision on granting these scholarships is made by the UvA following acceptance of the candidates into the summer programmes. The €500 scholarship will be deducted from your tuition.  

  • Step 1: Check your eligibility by making sure that your home university is in the   LERU or   U21 network.
  • Step 2:  Apply to the programme and indicate that you are applying for a LEUR or U21 scholarship in the scholarship field.  
  • Step 3: Upon acceptance you will hear if you have received the partial scholarship.  

Amsterdam University Fund (AUF Travel grant)

The Amsterdam University Fund has several travel grants to offer participants in the Summer Programmes (  AUF Travel grant). These travel grants are for third year bachelor and master students. The travel grant can only be used to cover travel costs.  It cannot be used in conjuncture with other scholarships (i.e. LERU/U21/GEP). The Amsterdam University Fund (Stichting Amsterdams Universiteitsfonds) is a joint initiative of the University of Amsterdam Alumni Association (AUV) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). In order to apply for the travel grant, you must have a complete application on file with the Summer Programmes Office.

Further Funding

Below you will find links to scholarship databases and other known places to look for funding. There is also information for American and Canadian students who are interested in applying for a loan.

Application & Admission Criteria

Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction

Deadline for application

April 1, 2016

Student profile

Applicants should have at least a completed Bachelor's degree and relevant coursework or experience in a field related to the topics discussed in the programme.  

The Institute welcomes individuals with a focused interest in addiction research and treatment, Master and PhD students, NGO staff working on addiction-related issues, professionals in human services, practitioners and advocates.

Preference will be given to students based on the following criteria:

  • current graduate students
  • students currently working towards a PhD
  • professionals who are working or want to work with the government, NGOs, or otherwise in a field related to the topic of the Summer Institute
  • policy makers


Summer Programmes of the Graduate School of Social Sciences

Postal address 

Summer Programmes Office
Graduate School of Social Sciences
University of Amsterdam
PO Box 15725
NL - 1001 NE Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Visiting address

University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam Roeterseiland Campus 
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  
1018 WV Amsterdam

Our room is located on the 8th floor of the B/C-building. 

Tel: +31 (0)20 525 3776


Skype: summer-gsss-uva

Graduate School of Social Sciences

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