NEW 2016 course announced for VT and UVA students!


  • There will be an info session on Tuesday January 26th at 1pm in Architecture Annex room 200. The Architecture Annex (AA) is located at 140 Otey St. NW, close to downtown. UVA students can join via WebEx at
  • The application deadline is February 1st, so approaching quickly!


Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime journey to explore planning and policy-making in contemporary Europe. We will meet policy-makers and other stakeholders, examine some of Europe’s most pressing challenges and innovative solutions, and see a variety of cities through the eyes of locals. This three or six credit study abroad program has four components:

  1. Fundamentals of sustainability and environmental policy-making in modern Europe (online prior to trip);
  2. Making urban transport sustainable: How European cities promote walking, cycling, and public transport (Germany and Switzerland);
  3. Sustainability in an expanding Europe, and the role of civil society (Switzerland, Italy and Budapest); and
  4. Addressing Europe’s wicked sustainability challenges (Italy and the Czech Republic).

The trip will afford multiple opportunities to explore how the unique histories, urban form, and current activities of European cities shape human behavior, and advance and challenge long-term sustainability. The group will start in Freiburg, Germany, examining its state-of-the-art cycling, walking, and public transport infrastructure. Virginia Tech’s Steger Center in Riva San Vitale (Ticino), Switzerland will serve as a base for exploring sustainability in that region and hosting lectures and discussions. The next stop will be Venice, Italy, with a focus on the multi-billion dollar MOSE project constructed to tackle acute flooding. The group will visit a couple of organizations in Budapest, Hungary to get a sense of how environmental policy is shaping an expanding Europe, and the roles of civil society. The last stop will be the industrial city of Ostrava, Czech Republic to examine a challenging case study that involves environmental, economic and cultural dimensions.

For more information, please see the FAQ/Q&A and Faculty pages, or contact us via the form below. Applications must be submitted via the ORED web portal.