Netherlands, Groningen

Society, Environment, Transportation and Space (SETS)

when 3 June 2021 - 27 June 2021
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1990

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, all programmes for 2020 have been cancelled.

The Summer School ‘Society, Environment, Transportation and Space: The Dutch Experience’ of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences of the University of Groningen is a combination of interesting lectures and many excursions and site visits. You will learn about Dutch spatial-economic problems and the implemented planning policies.

Two typically Dutch core themes are highlighted in the course: ‘Water management’ and ‘compact city policy’. The excursions and site visits allow you to see and experience the theory. In this way, you will develop an accurate level of understanding. After successful completion of the summer course, you will receive a certificate worth 6 European Credits.

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences offers this 4-week course each year in June. If you are interested in issues in sustainability, environmental planning, sustainable transportation/bicycle usage and infrastructure, urban and regional planning, water management and related disciplines, you are welcome to join the SETS summer course.

Course leader

Drs. Paul van Steen

Target group

For undergraduate and graduate students in the field of planning, urban geography, transportation, environmental engineering, architecture and design, and other fields that have a clear link to settlement and livability issues

Course aim

The aim of the summer course is to develop an understanding of the ways The Netherlands, considered by many as "The Gateway to Europe", deals with economic, environmental and settlement challenges. These challenges are to be placed in the context of increasing levels of globalization, the expected effects of the changing climate on water management and flood protection systems, as well as sustainability concerns related to increasing levels of mobility in general and car usage and ridership in particular – all of which seem to exercise even stronger impacts on the population of one of the most densely populated countries of the world.

Credits info

6 EC
Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Successfull completion of the course will result in a certificate. The course is worth 5 European Credits, which for most USA universities translates into 3 credits.

Fee info

EUR 1990: Standard participant fee

The course fee includes housing in an international student house (single room, shared facilities ), rental of a good quality used bicycle, all excursions, as well as a number of social events and dinners.

Participation fee for students from a partner university outside Europe: € 1790
EUR 1690: Participation fee for students from a European university: € 1690
Participation fee for students from a European partner university: € 1590