Amsterdam, Netherlands

Pre-university Honours Programme: Sustainable Cities

online course
when 26 July 2021 - 6 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 850

This programme introduces high-school students to sustainability within urban studies, and more specifically, within the context of the cities in which we live. We live in a crucial moment when the transition to sustainability is more important than ever: we will delve into environment and economic sustainability, as well as investigate sustainable lifestyles in our complex and ever-growing cities, with examples from urban farming to behavioral psychology.

Sustainability means satisfying the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Young people today have grown up in a world where sustainability is one of the most pressing issues. But aside from its definition, what does it really mean, and how do we implement best practices in order to ensure a livable future for ourselves and the generations that will follow?

Course leader

Afra Foli

Target group

For current high school students (must be 16+) interested in urban studies, sustainability, and the social and behavioural sciences.

Course aim

This programme is designed for high school students to experience studying (online) in a competitive, international environment at the Graduate School of Social Sciences of the University of Amsterdam. The lectures and all course materials are in English. Participants in the course will develop study skills and become acquainted with learning methods that will give them an advantage as they continue their education at University.

In an urban environment, sustainability is practiced and planned for in many ways. This programme will begin by framing the topic in the varied forms that it takes within a city. We will begin with the most pressing questions of environmental sustainability, and branch out from there to discuss social and economic sustainability more broadly, and investigate key developments in these fields.

Fee info

EUR 850: The tuition fee includes all course readings and materials, access to the digital library at the UvA, welcome and wrap-up sessions, live and pre-recorded lectures, access to the digital learning environment, individual feedback from our instructors on all course assignments, and a transcript or certificate of participation.


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