We are proud to announce a study abroad course that includes elements of cultural immersion and experiential field trips

with Dr. Justin Lehmiller as our guide!

Sexual Health Alliance 5 day study abroad program will be cutting edge, transformational and exceed your expectations of studying human sexuality in a different culture and country. If you’ve seen Dr. Justin Lehmiller before in any capacity, you know this will be an incredible week learning from a Harvard Award Winning Educator and professor and his stellar guest speakers. This will be unlike any conference or program we have conducted as it includes elements of immersion, experiential and educational excursions.

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, founder of the blog Sex and Psychology, and author of the bestselling book Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life. He has over a decade of experience teaching sexuality courses in colleges and universities and has led several popular workshops for the Sexual Health Alliance. He also has experience teaching study abroad courses in the Netherlands and thus has extensive knowledge of country and culture, as well as many local connections. For example, last year, his students had a chance to meet the Fokken twins, 77-year-old sisters who have been sex workers for over a half century (he wrote a fascinating blog post about what he and his students learned from that experience here). To learn more about Dr. Lehmiller’s previous study abroad courses, check out these blog posts.

This course offers students the opportunity to perform a comparative analysis of sexual attitudes and behaviors in the Netherlands and the United States. The Netherlands provides a fascinating cultural contrast because, in addition to having the best sexual health outcomes in the world, the Dutch were among the first to legalize same-sex marriage, they have mandated comprehensive sex education, and they have decriminalized and regulated the sale of sex. We will explore the Dutch model of sexuality in depth and consider what we can learn from it. Students will also learn about LGBTQ issues in the Netherlands and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Dutch culture in order to enhance their cultural sensitivity and global perspective.

Actual classroom of previous study abroad program!

Actual classroom of previous study abroad program!

5 day program includes

Cultural immersion elements in regard to sexuality education

Guest Speakers from across Europe

One bigger cultural event each day (e.g., a bike tour of the city, a food tour, a canal cruise)

Classroom sessions

Free time to explore the city

Program cost includes one meal each day

Includes 20 AASECT CEs

May 2nd - May 7th, 2020 —> SOLD OUT!!

NEW! Second Section: May 9th - May 14th

Below is the link to reserve your spot for this second section!

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Each day includes classroom time in addition to one or more of the elements listed above. Topics include but not limited to sex work, sex education, and LGBTQ issues—all through a cross-cultural lens.

We recommend students arrive no later that the morning or early afternoon of May 2nd. We will have a group welcome dinner and visit a sex museum that evening. We will do intensive work and cultural immersion days on the 3rd-6th, and leave the 7th as a free day to explore the city (and people can tack on extra days as they wish).


  • Touring a sex museum

  • Exploring the Red Light District

  • Presentation and Q&A with sex workers at the Prostitution Information Center

  • Bicycle tour of the city (note: for students who are not experienced with biking, an alternative walking tour will be arranged)

  • Four hour food tour of a historic Dutch neighborhood and market

  • Indonesian rijsttafel (rice table) dinner (Indonesian cuisine is extremely popular in the Netherlands!)

  • Sunset boat cruise on the canals of Amsterdam

Note: The “partner(s) ticket” includes all the excursions and activities listed in this section. All of these activities are also already included in the overall course fees.


Core topics to be addressed include:

  • Sex work, including the link between sex work and mental health and how that varies cross-culturally

  • Sex education, including different approaches and their effectiveness

  • Sexual health, including how and why this varies cross-culturally

  • Sex trafficking, including how to detect it and the mental health impact on victims

  • LGBTQ issues, including how the mental health of sexual and gender minorities differs cross-culturally


Course cost is $1,150 per student for early registration. We have VERY limited seats in this program, so we recommend securing your spot early. This cost covers the course itself (i.e., all lectures/workshops and guest speakers) plus cultural excursions (bike tour, food tour, boat cruise), and one meal per day. Students will be responsible for own flight and hotel accommodations.

Non-refundable deposit of $250 secures your spot. Course cost starts at $1150 (includes deposit) and increases $50 a month starting November 1st. If you’d like to mail a check, please make is out to Sexual Health Alliance, email us for the mailing address and then let us know when it’s on it’s way so we can save you a spot.

Note that Amsterdam has great public transportation, so if students want to stay a little further out in order to save money, that’s always an option. We will also offer students the option of pairing up with other students to share rooms and save on hotel costs as the program gets closer. Classroom will be very centrally located and near city center.

Did you register for the first section? Make your final payment at the link below.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller

Dr. Justin Lehmiller




This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for AASECT CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact