Netherlands, Amsterdam

Urban Studies: Planning and Living in Cities

when 28 June 2020 - 16 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1700

[Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this programme has been cancelled for summer 2020. If you are interested, please visit the programme website and send us an email. We will keep you posted about online alternatives, other developments and summer 2021].

Housing and urban issues have come to the forefront of social, economic and environmental debates in recent years as metropolitan modes of living have become even more widespread and globally pervasive.
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 architecture and neighborhood design, housing finance and policy, city planning and sustainability, and the impact of household and demographic change on urban lives and spaces.

Course leader

Academic Director: Prof. dr R. (Richard) Ronald is a professor at the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam and holds a Chair in Housing and Social Change at the University of Birmingham in the UK.

Target group

Are you in your 3rd or 4th year of your undergraduate (Bachelor) degree studying in social sciences, urban studies, humanities or planning? Or are you a first-year Master's student? Are you a professional in the field with a desire to learn more? Are you curious about studying urban development from a social science perspective?

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

Course aim

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 architecture and neighbourhood design, 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.

Including lectures on the following topics:
Dutch architecture and urban design
City spaces and urban places
Homes, housing and household issues
Housing and Finance
City living and social segregation
Non Profit Housing Associations
Housing/urban planning/Issues in other countries
Urban development and redevelopment in a European context

Credits info

6 EC
Upon successful completion of the programme, students who wish to earn credits will receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained.

Fee info

EUR 1700: Tuition fee. Including lunch on class days, all course materials, excursions and events.
EUR 500: Housing fee (optional).


There are several scholarship opportunities. Please check the course website for more information and scholarship deadlines.