Students in this program will explore how diverse approaches to city 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).
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.
The program will take place in multiple locations including Munich, Berlin, Copenhagen, and Stockholm, 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 and analyzing the public infrastructure.
Germany: Munich, Berlin and Potsdam
Denmark: Copenhagen and Humlebaek
Sweden: Stockholm and Malmo
Students will stay in shared rooms in hotels for the duration of the program.
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.
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 travel.state.gov.
Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3,708 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 $4,708 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.
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.
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.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (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.
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The most valuable aspect of this trip was getting the opportunity to develop my own perspective of European cities, rather than hearing from others. Prior to my departure from the United States, the idea of being in Europe felt like a fairytale. Denmark, Germany, and Spain were all places that I always felt were geographically too far away to ever care about. Participating on this trip brought things into perspective for me. Copenhagen is no longer an unobtainable land of perfect bicycle infrastructure. Berlin is no longer a place I only associate with war history and events. I no longer think of Barcelona as a simple tourist destination that people visit simply to take beautiful pictures on the beach.