Netherlands, Amsterdam

Planning the Cycling City

when 15 June 2018 - 6 July 2018
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 1550

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. practioners, 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 1550: The tuition fee includes:
a bicycle for 3 weeks
lunch on class days
public transportation card
1 day of professional presentation skill-building with Debatrix
access to course materials on Blackboard
Excursion to Rotterdam
All site visits
Welcome Dinner and Farewell drinks
certificate of attendance
Transcripts from the UvA
The tuition fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam nor housing.
EUR 525: Housing fee


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. You must also be a current student at that university when you apply for the summ

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