Netherlands, Amsterdam

Planning the Cycling City

when 16 June 2019 - 4 July 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1575

This graduate level programme unravels urban cycling from a critical and interdisciplinary perspective. We draw on historical and current events and thinking and engage with top Dutch and international experts and leader. Students learn a host of essential skills that support meaningful understanding, developing and fostering of cycling cities.

Together we examine the impacts of history, policy, infrastructure, planning, and culture within the context of urban cycling in the Netherlands. Next to this, the programme invites students to bring and share their personal views and experiences on cycling cities.

As the world’s cycling capital, Amsterdam offers a premier environment for engaging with all of this.

Course leader

Academic director: Marco te Brömmelstroet
Programme Coordinator: Meredith Glaser

Target group

Are you a Master's student with a keen interest in urban planning?
Are you curious about studying cycling from a social science perspective?
Are you a professional, already in the field (e.g. practitioners, activists, designers, professors) looking to explore cycling on a deeper level?

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

Course aim

This course follows a flipped classroom approach in which Amsterdam is both a story board and a lab. Experience and experiential learning are key components of the course. Students are encouraged to independently explore and examine the city through the lens of the learning material; to get inspiration, to struggle with concepts or to “translate lessons" to their local context.

The course includes intimate discussions with the absolute leaders in fields ranging from sociology to transport engineering, and including influential academics and practitioners. To develop a rich understanding of a cycling city students engage in fieldwork, excursions, small group discussions and course projects. Seminal and recent contributions to the relevant literature are discussed throughout the course.

Fee info

EUR 1575: The tuition fee includes:
a bicycle for 3 weeks;
lunch on class days;
public transportation card;
all programme events, excursion and site visits.
EUR 600: Housing fee (optional).


U21/LERU Partial Scholarship: if your university is a member of the Universitas 21 network and/or LERU network then you may be eligible for a partial scholarship of €500.

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