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Estonia: Evolution of the Built Environment in Estonia and the Baltic States (Summer)
Tallinn, Estonia; Tartu, Estonia (Outgoing Program)
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer||2017||02/12/2017 **||Rolling Admission||05/21/2017||06/10/2017|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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|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|
Evolution of the Built Environment in Estonia and the Baltic States
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact the Faculty Program Director:
Dr. Daniel B. Hess