UVic - Europe Sustainable Cities Field School

Netherlands, Europe France, Europe Spain, Europe Germany, Europe Past Program Interdisciplinary Geography

Program Description: Europe Urban Sustainability Field School, offered through the Geography Department at the University of Victoria, provides a unique experiential education opportunity. The travel-study program focuses on innovation in urban sustainability and, more generally, cultural geography following an exciting itinerary through Western Europe. Geography field schools provide unique transformative learning opportunities. The benefits of getting out of the classroom to learn in the field cannot be overestimated and include: personal growth, expanded worldview, and enhanced career opportunities.

This summer the 8th Annual Sustainability Field School will travel through Europe on an exciting itinerary traveling south to north, through Spain, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. En route we will meet with activists, urban planners, scholars, and other engaged individuals, learning about Europe’s cultural geography and particularly the challenges and opportunities for building economically, socially, and ecologically sustainable and resilient cities.

We travel by train, bus, ferry, bike and local transit to various sites of interest. Hostel or equivalent affordable accommodation will be arranged. Most days will involve structured activities (e.g. guided field trips, hands-on workshops, discussions) with time available for individual exploration and group reflection.

  • Discipline: Geography (with wider interdisciplinary application) 
  • Region/Country: Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands
  • Program Start Year and Month: May 6-June 13
  • Note: No specific pre-requisites, but student must be able to take third-year level Geography courses or get permission from the instructor
  • Application Deadline: November 30, 2018 with $500 to claim a spot. Applications are available online 
  • Contact: Cam Owens camo@uvic.ca

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