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Urban Development - Urban and Regional Planning

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    5 Months

Everyone would like to live pleasantly in their own way. Now and in the future. Even though society is developing rapidly and interests can sometimes clash. As a spatial planner, you look for ways to get all facilities in the right place in the city. For everyone. For now and later.

This is an exchange programme from the School of Governance, Law and Urban Development.
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Team work

During the programme, you and students from other Urban Studies courses work together to carry out projects. You will be trained to become an interdisciplinary ‘urban professional’, who knows how to connect people, design places, take a businesslike approach and define policymaking.

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Future perspective

You will create future visions and perspectives when designing solutions related to different issues. You will apply your knowledge and skills and will act resiliently to a rapidly changing society in which many challenges occur.

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Additional skills

While working with students of Climate & Management, Urban design and Public Administration courses, you will learn how to be creative and innovative in designing ideas and solutions to tomorrow’s urban challenges. Additional courses on Research and (intercultural) Communication will be taught to further develop your competencies as a young urban professional. 

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Urban and regional planning

As a spatial planner, you are the 'designer and director' of the environment we live in. Your aim is to make it more pleasant and more beautiful for everyone. You are able to identify the interests, needs and requirements of local residents, authorities and businesses, and are able to combine residential, leisure and traffic usages with green spaces in SMART and creative ways. You are the spider in the centre of the web responsible for developing a joint plan with stakeholders involved and you will translate your ideas into futureproof plans.

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Course content



At the School of Governance, Law and Urban Development, we use teaching, skills training workshops and projects to teach students how to become urban professionals. All subjects relate to Urban and Regional Development. During projects, students from different disciplines work in teams and with professionals on real-life projects in what we call our CityLab. You will be trained to be a multidisciplinary ‘urban professional’, who knows how to connect people and places. You can analyse existing situations but also look to the future. Focussing on your in-depth knowledge and skills, you can respond in an agile way to a rapidly changing society. Working closely with other students from different backgrounds, you will learn how to think creatively and come up with new ideas and solutions to tomorrow’s urban and regional challenges which involve economic, social, spatial and sustainability issues.

  • City Lab (9 EC)
  • Portfolio assignment (3 EC)
  • Research skills (3 EC)
  • Effective communication in an intercultural context (3 EC)

  • Urban land uset & Mobility (3 EC)
  • Sustainable area development (3 EC)

Free electives (you can choose 2)

  • Urban models (3 EC)
  • European policy and politics (3 EC)
  • System & flows (3 EC)
  • European and international law (3 EC)

  • You will work together with other international but also Dutch students and will learn from each other’s perspectives on urban and natural places
  • You will work with business professionals on real-life projects in the City Lab
  • Living technology: you will learn to design SMART solutions 
  • Additional courses on research and intercultural communication
  • High-quality supervision by instructors who mostly are from the workfield
  • You will get to know the Dutch way of living and its national and professional culture in urban planning
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Your student life in the city of Deventer

Hanseatic city, Koekstad, Boekenstad, but of course the most important: student city. The narrow streets with nice boutiques and the Brink make Deventer very cozy. It is a city where you are quickly known, but where there is always something new to discover.
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