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Program description

Specialize as an urban professional!

IHS studentsThis course is designed for urban professionals with at least 3 years of working or research experience. Students can tailor the study program to their own needs and interest by choosing one of the six offered specialization courses:

  • Land
  • Environment & climate change
  • Economic development
  • Housing and social development
  • Infrastructure
  • Services and planning

The housing and urban development program provides an excellent opportunity to enhance and develop your professional skills as an urban manager. Courses in the different specializations on housing, land, regional and urban environmental strategies will be paired with case studies, field trips and group discussions. 

Course structure

The course is structured over three periods as follows:

  1. Introductory period
    A common, one and a half week introductory period, with activities that introduce key issues of urban policy, management and governance, and preparing a common ground of trends and innovations in all six fields of the specializations offered.
  2. Specialization period
    There are two periods with each a four weeks specialization course. Participants have to follow one compulsory course in their own specialization, while the second course is an optional to be selected from the other specializations.
  3. Closing Period
    During the 2 weeks closing period, students will be examined and graded as well as finalize and present their individual study papers.

Admission requirements

Applicants interested in applying for the program should meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in a field related to the chosen course.
  • Evidence of a sufficient command of English. If English is not your mother tongue an English language test or, in some cases, other proof of English proficiency is required. See section on English Language Test below for further information.
  • Certificates from TOEFL or IELTS as official language tests.
  • Have the ability to interact and work with people from very diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • At least 3 years working experience relevant to the course. 

Tuition fees

Tuition for the program is:

  • € 5,950

Please note that for EU participants, the VAT of 21% will apply. The tuition fee stated above is excluding the VAT.


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Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies IHS Erasmus Rotterdam University

Founded in 1958, The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is an international center of excellence in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. IHS has 60 years of experience in the field of urban management and development in these different areas of...

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Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies IHS Erasmus Rotterdam University

Burg. Oudlaan 50, Mandeville Building, 14th floor
3062 Rotterdam
The Netherlands

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