Amsterdam, Netherlands

Planning the Cycling City

when 27 June 2024 - 17 July 2024
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1750

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

Dr. Meredith Glaser and Prof. Dr. Marco te Brömmelstroet.

Target group

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

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.

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 1750: Tuition fee. Including lunch on class days, all course materials, excursions and events and a bicycle for three weeks.
EUR 800: Approximate housing fee for the duration of the course. Arranging housing through our office is optional.


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