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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Berlin, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Hamburg, Germany; Multiple Sites, Multi-Country; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
This program will not be offered in 2019, but may to run again in summer 2020.
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Quick Facts

The diverse approaches to planning, landscape architecture, urban design and development found in Northwestern Europe (Copenhagen, Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Paris) will be the focus of the international study program for 2017. The physical and social structure of cities, villages and the rural landscape will be analyzed to understand historical precedents, cultural differences and planning/design priorities. Innovative and trend-setting projects in sustainable design and construction are of particular interest. Specific topics of study will include:

  • Urban Design and Pedestrian Zones
  • Urban Park and Plaza Design
  • New Town Planning and Urban Development
  • Historical Palace and Estate Garden Design
  • Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning
  • Vernacular Landscapes and Townscapes
  • Sustainable Planning/Design and Green Building


Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


City View

Location Details

Copenhagen, Denmark - May 31-June 4
The vibrant city of Copenhagen accommodates modern life within the historical fabric of the traditional Danish capital. Known for exemplary design worldwide and as one of the world's most livable cities, Copenhagen has embraced sustainable urban design strategies that including extensive bike paths, numerous public spaces, markets and lively pedestrian zones. The Danish capital’s cool, laid-back lifestyle blends in perfectly with 1000-years of history, and innovative architecture and design mixes in serenely with royal castles and historic buildings.

Berlin, Germany - June 4-8
Berlin's tumultuous past is expressed in its diverse urban fabric. Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century but it's real draw is it's alternative urban vibe. Reminders of the city's turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall's graffitied remains. Divided during the Cold War, its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification. Since reunification, the building boom brought some of the world's most notable architects and designers to create a new epicenter of cutting edge buildings and design.

Hamburg, Germany - June 8-11
Once a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire, a city-state, and one of the 16 states of Germany, Hamburg is now a progressive urban center and location of the current International Building Exhibition (IBA) where innovative strategies of sustainable urban development and green building are being implemented throughout the city. With over 70 cutting-edge projects showcasing experimental green building design, sustainable urban metro zones and city-based climate change responses, it is a virtual laboratory for urban and building experimentation.

Amsterdam, Netherlands - June 11-15
Dutch architects, planners, landscape architects, and designers are making innovative contributions around the world. This small country is comprised of some of the best examples of creative and sustainable design and planning found anywhere. Amsterdam will serve as a base for exploring projects in the city and surrounding areas including the dynamic city of Rotterdam.

Paris, France - June 15-19
Paris and its environs are home to a number of the most notable historic and contemporary structures, parks and landscapes. Its urban structure represents one of the great examples of urban design at city scale, from Haussmann's plan of the Napoleonic era to the more contemporary strategies for the new corporate district of La Defense. Paris blends new and old in a dynamic urban mosaic.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.



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, joint projects and workshops with European university students, group activities and prescribed small group and individual activities. Approximately one day per week is allocated for student free time. The course schedule outlines study topics, group and small group or individual activities. Group activities are undertaken by all students at appointed times and locations. Small group or individual activities are undertaken during unstructured periods and allow students to complete required site visits and critical analysis at their own pace. The principal purpose of small group (2 or 3 students) or individual activities is to ensure that students are allowed greater exposure to local culture and places without the insulation of a large group. Non-ASU students please click here for application instructions.


This is a 6 credit hour intensive field study course.

LAP 485 International Field Studies (6)
LAP 598 International Field Studies (6)



Faculty Director

Edward Cook, Professor
The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts


Program Housing

Lodging is prearranged for shared rooms (2-4 students per room) in modest pensions or hotels. Travel between cities and on excursions out of cities will be by 9 passenger minivans. In cities, public transportation (metro and buses) will be used. Students are responsible for public transportation costs out of their own daily expense funds. Students should anticipate walking extensively in various cities.


Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Germany, older city sections and more rural towns are less accessible due to centuries-old architecture, which promises cobblestone streets, narrow staircase entry-ways, and small indoor spaces. In France, while there are a variety of accessible forms of transportation, Paris Metro stations remain largely inaccessible to people with mobility disabilities. Students may find that sidewalks are narrow and uneven, and cobblestone streets make access difficult in some areas.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in Germany and France, racism and discrimination do occur, but seem to be directed more towards immigrants from Africa or the Middle East.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2016 is $5,190.

Program Fee includes: tuition, program fees, lodging, ground transportation between European cities, entrance fees for group activities, health insurance. Not included: airfare to and from Europe, meals and public transportation in cities. Daily expenses for meals, public transportation and miscellaneous items are estimated at $40 per day.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.


Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.