Programme information

The Everyday City and Beyond

The three-week programme will consist of (guest) lectures, workshops and excursions within and outside of Amsterdam. In a parallel ‘RapidLab’, students work in interdisciplinary groups developing a Placemaking strategy for a selected site.

Students reflect on the programme in a photo-blog, collaborate in groups and write an individual final essay.

Students will explore the following types of topics:

  • The past, present and future of Amsterdam
  • Democracy, citizen participation and citizen initiative
  • The design, programming, functions and experience of public space
  • (Hyper)Diversity
UvA Summerschool bij Eye Filmmuseum

Photo: Maartje Strijbijs

Study Load

The programme schedule includes:

morning lecture(s) and excursions (2.5 hours)

lunch break (1 hour; provided by the University)  

RapidLab afternoons with workshops and field work (2.5 hours)


A core component of the Everyday City and Beyond programme is the RapidLab, a studio in which students work together on a specific case study in Amsterdam. Across the three weeks, students develop the practical skills involved in a placemaking process. From start to finish, these include research skills such as observation, mapping and stakeholder analysis, process management and communication, and visual/tangible presentation methods. The interdisciplinary groups spend the afternoons doing field work and following workshops on and off site.


Included in the tuition price are thematic excursions that illustrate the content of the programme. Excursions and site visits include:

  • Boat tour of Amsterdam
  • 'Walk and Talk' tours of various Amsterdam neighbourhoods
  • Rotterdam


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 6 European Credits (or 3 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.


Published by  GSSS Summer Programmes Office

7 December 2017