Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Malmo, Sweden; Munich, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.7
Housing Option: Hotel Areas of Study: Architecture, Arts and Sciences, City and Regional Planning, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, The John Glenn College of Public Affairs
Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 Academic Credit: City and Regional Planning
Education Abroad Coordinator: Leslie Roberts
Program Description:
Cities banner



Program Cities tab 1

Students in this program will explore how diverse approaches to planning and urban design found in Europe, address the general principles of sustainability, and examine in the field how some of these principles have been put into practice. Students will focus on historical precedents, cultural differences, and planning and design priorities, and not only gain an understanding of the planning, design and social function of some European cities, but discuss and analyze how applicable these approaches and technologies might be for U.S. urban areas (especially applied to cities in the Midwest).

The diverse approaches to planning, landscape architecture, urban design, public infrastructure and development found in Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen and Malmo will be the focus of the international study program for 2018. The physical and social structure of cities will be analyzed. The course will take an in-depth look at 4 major European cities and other sites of interest in four separate countries that have made a conscious and comprehensive effort to become more “sustainable” in a variety of ways.
While the emphasis of the program is on experiencing important cities and sites, a number of academic exercises are required to facilitate critical analysis and reflective thought. This course is an intensive field study program that includes guided field trips, lectures, site visits, group activities and prescribed small group and individual activities.

Read more about the student experience here.


The program will take place in multiple locations in the Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Malmo, and other sites of interest. The travel includes site visits to key locations in four separate cities that have made a conscious and comprehensive effort to become more "sustainable" in a variety of ways. Innovative and trend-setting projects in sustainable design and construction are of particular interest. Specific topics of study include: urban design strategies, ecological design, parks and plazas, eco-neighborhoods, new town planning, waterfront redevelopment, public transportation systems and social infrastructure. Students will explore some cities by riding bicycles. 

Locations include:
  • Denmark: Copenhagen and Humlebaek
  • Sweden: Malmo
  • Germany: Berlin, Weimar and Potsdam
  • Spain: Barcelona and Monserrat


Students will stay in shared rooms in hotels for the duration of the program.

Resident Directors

Dr. Jesus Lara
Associate Professor, Knowlton School of Architecture

Education Abroad Coordinator

Leslie Roberts



Courses and Credit Cities tab 2

Students will earn a total of 3 credit hours for City and Regional Planning 5798 for Summer 4-Week Session 1. This is a graduate and undergraduate course number. Instructions to register will be included in the acceptance letter.



Application Requirement Cities tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. Students may also be asked to submit a work (or writing) sample to Dr. Lara, and have a personal interview with the Resident Director.

This program is open to students of all majors but preference may be given to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in the Knowlton School of Architecture. 

All students will be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. 


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a
passport, go to



Program Costs Cities tab 4

The figures provided are from 2018. Please note that the costs for future program offerings will differ based on changes to the program itinerary, fluctuations in exchange rates, and other variables.

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3,451 program fee. The program fee includes in-country transportation, breakfasts, lodging, and excursions. It does not cover international airfare, most meals, personal expenses, passports or immunizations. 

The actual cost for Ohio State to run this program is $4,451 per student; this cost is subsidized by the College of Engineering in the amount of $1,000 (subject to change). 

The detailed breakdown of costs can be found on the budget sheet.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.



Information Sessions Cities tab 5

  • Join us for the Education Abroad Expo on Tuesday, September 4th, 2:00-6:00pm located in the Ohio Union East Ballroom
  • Engineering and Knowlton Abroad Expo, Tuesday, October 9th, 3:00-5:30pm in E100 Scott Lab
  • Friday, October 5th, 12:40pm: Enarson Classroom Building, room 160
  • Friday, November 2nd, 12:40pm: Enarson Classroom Building, room 160
  • See Leslie Roberts in Enarson Classroom Building during walk-in advising hours every Wednesday from 1-4pm to discuss the program further.


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


None at this time.

I gained a greater knowledge of city and regional planning practices, European culture, and individual independence. This program is both personally and professionally rewarding and engaging.  
     — Summer, 2017 Participant
Read what others have said about this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/03/2019 01/15/2019 05/07/2019 05/30/2019
NOTE: Program dates include travel to and from the U.S.