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Sustainable Planning, Development, and Design in the Netherlands

Program full for summer 2024

The program has reached capacity, but you may still apply if you wish to be added to the summer 2024 waitlist. We hope to offer this program again in a future summer.


Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell, Ph.D.

Mirle-Rabinowitz-Bussell_Head-Shot-2018.jpgMirle Rabinowitz-Bussell is Associate Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Urban Studies and Planning Program. Her research focuses on affordable housing and community development in underserved communities. Professor Rabinowitz Bussell teaches many of the foundation courses for the USP Program. She is the recipient of a Barbara and Paul Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Bussell received her Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA and also has a B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Regional Planning from Cornell University.


Sue Peerson, FAICP 

Sue_Peerson.jpgSue Peerson is a Continuing Lecturer in the Urban Studies and Planning Department. In addition to teaching urban design, visual communication, and site analysis courses, her research focuses on the contemporary city and community-based placemaking. She is the recipient of a Barbara and Paul Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award. She served for eight years on the City of San Diego Planning Commission, including one year as chair. She has a B.S. in City Planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Both professors traveled with a group of six students to Bauhaus University in October of 2015, led a Global Seminar to Weimar, Germany in summer 2018, and a Global Seminar to Amsterdam, Netherlands in summer 2022.


Why you should go

The Netherlands is a leader in numerous dimensions of sustainable planning, development and design including innovations in multi-modal transportation, green architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, alternative energy sources, green infrastructure, affordable housing, and strategies to combat sea-level rise. You will have the opportunity to visit and study examples from across the Netherlands from our home base in Amsterdam and also visit the nearby cities of Utrecht and Rotterdam.

Who should go

This program would be valuable for any student interested in architecture, urban planning, design, visual and/or fine arts, and history. It would be particularly useful for students interested in working on projects that can be added to their professional portfolio. Consult your academic advisor to determine officially how the courses will apply to your graduation requirements.

Information Sessions

See the Info Session Calendar


Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 29, 2024
Arrival: Sun., June 30, 2024
Program-Start: Mon., July 1, 2024
Last Day of Class: Fri., August 2, 2024
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 3, 2024

Flight Information

  • You will be responsible for purchasing your own airplane tickets, and your program coordinator will provide guidelines and resources during the pre-departure process to help you find an appropriate flight.
  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has reached minimum enrollment.

Global Seminar Fees

All fees subject to change. See for current tuition and campus-based fees.

  UCSD Other UC Non-UC
Program Cost:
(includes $500 administrative fee)
$6,841.76 $6,841.76 $6,841.76
Estimated Tuition and Campus-Based Fees:
$2,514.43 $2,564.43 $3,454.43
(not including airfare or personal expenses)
$9,356.19 $9,406.19 $10,296.19

Budget Sheet

Funding Options

See the funding options page to learn how financial aid and scholarships can help you pay for this program.


Extensive walking tours of public spaces, multi-modal transportation network, canal system, and award-winning architectural design projects including social housing and sustainable design:


Home to some of the 21st century’s most architecturally important creations designed by world-renowned contemporary architects like Rem Koolhaus and Sir Norman Foster. As a seaport, the harbors and shipping channels have defined it’s postwar rapid growth and brought with it one of the most ethnically diverse cities in Europe. Rotterdam is also known as a world leader in sustainable design.

  • Round trip transportation
  • Tours of architectural and planning sites with a focus on design/sustainability
  • MVRDV architecture firm


The Hague

Excursions are subject to change without prior notice. No refunds are possible.


  • TBA

Included Meals

  • Welcome and farewell meals

Classroom and Computer Access

  • Classroom location TBA
  • Students must bring their own laptop
  • Wireless access may be intermittent due to local conditions; No refunds or price adjustments are possible


  • Pick up from the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) during arrival window
  • Transportation provided on all group excursions
  • A ticket for return transportation to the airport on the departure date is included


  • Students must have a working cell phone for emergency contact purposes while abroad
  • Cell phone is not included in the program fee

Insurance, Health, and Safety

  • Comprehensive international travel and health insurance package 
  • An in-depth orientation will be given on the morning after arrival, including health and safety procedures
  • Program partner staff will be available by telephone after hours
  • All students must register for UC travel insurance. This is free coverage, but registration is required prior to departure
  • You are responsible for reading and undertanding the CDC COVID-19 Travel Recommendations