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  • Locations: Tallinn, Estonia; Tartu, Estonia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB and other SUNY students Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligibility: Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
Area of Study: Architecture, Environmental Design, Urban Planning Term: Summer
Housing Options: Off Campus Program Advisor: Olga Crombie
Program Description:

Evolution of the Built Environment in Estonia and the Baltic States

Tallinn, Estonia     Tartu, Estonia     Riga, Latvia
The course takes place in the Baltic States and is centered in Estonia, recognized for its high standard of living, wholesome way of life, up-and-coming economy, and export of technology. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Republic of Estonia has experienced sweeping social changes and fundamental shifts in its government and economy. Estonia’s membership in the European Union increases cross-border connection and trans-national interaction. Government policy and local infrastructure—formerly developed and controlled under centralized policy constraints—have undergone significant geo-political changes in recent years, which are reflected in metropolitan spatial structure and the design, construction, and use of the built environment.

A summer study abroad course for urban planning students provides opportunities for broad learning about new cultures, knowledge acquisition about new environments, and, perhaps most importantly, engagement with the world, which is a critical component of the education today and helps prepare students to live in, and lead, our globally interdependent society.

The Estonia program is an intensive overseas 6-credit study course focusing on urban sustainability, comparative urbanization, and contemporary cities and planning in Europe. Both courses include guest lectures and discussion, tours, hands-on exercises, and site visits. Course meetings will take place at Tallinn University of Technology—where UB students will have the chance to interact with Tallinn University of Technology students—and Estonian faculty will give guest lectures and lead tours. [Students are required to attend pre-departure meetings during the Spring semester.]

END480 (Lecture) | URP586 Contemporary Urban Planning in Europe (3-credit)
Instructor: Dr. D. Hess
In this course, students first investigate the nature of cities and explore different theoretical approaches to understanding cities and urbanization. Taking European and Baltic cities as examples, the course carefully examines the architecture and built environment of these cities and explores their foundations in history, politics, economics, culture, urban planning and building laws. It looks particularly at the different histories of national intervention and local initiatives, as these gain new importance in regard to European unification. While this course concentrates on Europe, the analysis provides a backdrop for students’ understanding of American cities and urban and regional planning in the United States.

END480 (Lab) | URP588 Comparative Urban Sustainability (3-credit)
Instructor: Dr. D. Hess
This course compares urban sustainability planning and policy in Europe and the U.S. Students will meet with planning officials, urban planning scholars, and activists to learn first-hand about the sustainability issues facing northern Europeans. The course will explore various pressures that Europeans face—including population growth, immigration, built environment, transport, air quality— and investigate how planners and government officials cope with them.

During most of the visit, students will lodge in Tartu, Estonia at Domus Dorpatensis, a cultural foundation that provides host apartments equipped with kitchens. Students will also lodge in budget hotels in Tallinn, Estonia and Riga, Latvia. All accommodations are located in or near historic city centers, giving students access to all parts of the cities and ample opportunity for exploration.

Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer.

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.

Please contact the Faculty Program Director:

Dr. Daniel B. Hess

This program is currently not accepting applications.