Summer School - Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction, 9-21 June 2017, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Publish Date: Feb 22, 2017

Deadline: Apr 15, 2017

Event Dates: from Jul 09, 2017 12:00 to Jul 21, 2017 12:00

About the summer school

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.

Study Load

The programme schedule from Monday to Friday includes:

morning lecture (2.5 hours)

lunch break (1 hour; provided by the University)  

afternoon workshop (2.5 hours).

one full day ecursion to The Hague (included in tuition fee)

visit to the GGD Amsterdam: Heroin Treatment (Integrated Care)


Two 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 receive a participation certificate 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 4 European Credits (or 2 American credits) module. Students are responsible for ensuring that their home university will accept the credits and final credit conversions need to be made by the home university.


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 those that would like our assistance in booking accommodation, the Summer Programmes Office reserves basic, dorm-style student housing with a housing corporation.

In the online application, you can state whether you would like our assistance booking a student room at our special price listed in the table above, or you can always arrange your own accommodation in the private sector. There is a limited number of rooms, so it is first come, first serve. 

NIDA Scholarship 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is offering two applicants from the US a full tuition scholarship (not including housing).  Eligible applicants may be graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or full-time employees in the US. Applicants should follow the regular application process for the Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction.  The deadline for NIDA scholarship application is March 15, 2017. 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, an enrolled student or 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.

Applicants 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.

More scholarships are available.

Application and admissions

Student profile

  • Have you completed a Bachelor's degree?
  • Are you currently enrolled in a Masters or a PhD?
  • Do you currently work in the field of human services (policy makers, NGO staff working on addiction-related issues, professionals in mental health, practitioners and advocates)?

If you fall into one of the categories above, then please fill-in our online application for the programme.

Deadline for application

15 April 2017

Application fee

The application fee is € 25 and can be paid by credit card.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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