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Urban Studies: Planning and Living in Cities

In this three-week programme, students will explore the fundamental issues that are shaping the development and evolution of cities in the 21st century. With a focus on real urban places, set in both contemporary and historical contexts, the course will examine subjects such as neighborhood development and regeneration, housing finance and policy, city planning and sustainability, and the impact of household and demographic change on urban lives and spaces.

  • Programme at a glance
    Mode of instruction: On-campus (3 weeks) 
    Academic dates: Sunday 9  July - Thursday 27 July 2023 (tentative) 
    Housing dates: Saturday 8 July - Friday 28 July 2023 (tentative) 
    Academic fees: €1650 read more about what is included in the fees.
    Housing fees:

    Between €500-650 and a €75 refundable deposit. Housing is optional, and different types of rooms are available at different prices. Room types and prices will be noted in an offer of admission. Read more about university-organised accomodation.

    Credits: 6 European Credits. Read more about credits and credit transfer.  
    Early admission deadline: Wednesday 1 February 2023. Applications are processed throughout the year on a rolling basis. 
    Regular admission deadline: Saturday 1 April 2023
    Who is this programme for?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For current university students (3rd & 4th year Bachelors and Masters) in good academic standing in the arts and social sciences with an interest and background in urban studies. Working professionals with a desire to continue their education in this field are also welcome to apply.
  • Programme description

    In this program students will explore housing, planning and policy issues in European cities as well as consider how these apply in other regions of the world. With a focus on real urban contexts, the course will examine subjects such as neighbourhood development and regeneration, housing finance and policy, urban planning and sustainability, and the impact of household and demographic change. Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most vibrant and attractive cities, providing a fascinating laboratory for the exploration and examination of urban issues.

    This programme includes lectures on the following topics:

    • City spaces and urban places
    • Urban development and redevelopment in a European context
    • Homes, housing and household issues
    • Neighbourhoods and neighbourhood development
    • Housing finance and policy
    • Non-profit housing associations
    • City living, social segregation and inequality

    After engaging with expert faculty and guest lecturers in the morning, participants will go on relevant excursions such as neighbourhood tours throughout Amsterdam and other cities within the Netherlands to gain insight into different urban environments, putting theories learned in class in practice. 

  • Academic director

    Dr. Dominic Teodorescu is a postdoctoral fellow at the universities of Uppsala (Sweden) and at the University of Amsterdam. His ongoing research focuses on the housing exclusion of Roma and Traveller groups in the Netherlands. Within the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), he is a member of the working group on Political and Economic Geography. His interests further cover urban segregation, housing inequalities, spatial racialization, Europeanisation processes in eastern Europe, and anti-Roma racism. He is originally a graduate of the University of Amsterdam and holds a PhD in Social and Economic Geography, awarded by Uppsala University.  

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Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS, 3 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in July