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Welcome to the website of the International School of Spatial Policy Studies (ISSPS) of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences of the University of Groningen. The International School offers various courses as well as excursions for visiting international students, and provides information for Dutch students in search of study abroad and student exchange options. Each of the sections below brings you to a new section of our website.

1. Visiting the Faculty of Spatial Sciences as an exchange student

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences welcomes exchange students (for example, participants in Erasmus+ or participants in bilateral student exchange agreements with universities outside Europe). How can you apply, and what do you need to do? Please consult the checklist of new exchange students for more information. General information can be found in the 2021-2022 fact sheet.

2. Courses for visiting international students

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences offers a growing number of courses in English for visiting international students (bachelor and master level), including the course "Spatial Problems and Spatial Policies: The Dutch Experience".

3. Dutch Manscape Excursions

The Dutch landscape is very much a man-made landscape. Each semester, two different excursions highlight a different aspect of this 'manscape':

  1. the 11-hour excursion 'Dutch Water Management at Work', which focuses on water management and flood protection measures, and
  2. the 14-hour excursion "Randstad Holland and the Green Heart"

4. Summer course SETS (Society, Environment, Transportation and Space)

A four-week summer course, offered each year in June. The course focuses on the ways The Netherlands deals with economic, environmental and settlement challenges, in the context of increasing levels of globalization, the expected effects of the changing climate on water management and flood protection systems, as well as sustainability concerns related to increasing levels of mobility in general and car usage in particular. Many excursions are incorporated into the learning experience. In 2021, the course is scheduled to run from Wednesday June 2 (arrival date) to Sunday June 27 (departure date). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, summer school SETS will not be delivered in 2021. For more information, please have a look at the SETS summer course website.

5. Summer/Winter course PASF (Pathways to Sustainable Futures)

Full title: Pathways towards Sustainable Futures. Dutch Urban, Environmental and Transportation Planning in an Era of Turbulence. To be delivered in 2019/2020 in cooperation with the University of Brasilia (UnB) in Brazil. The course discusses Dutch planning concepts, policies and strategies and their transferability possibilities to Brazil. The summer/winter school PASF consists of two parts, in 2019/2020:

  • The first part is delivered December 2 - 6, 2019 in Brasilia (Brazil) by faculty members from the Faculty of Spatial Sciences of the University of Groningen. This one week course is open free of charge for Brazilian students (in Brazil) who have completed at least 4 semesters in their undergraduate program.
  • The second part is delivered January 15 - 28, 2020 at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and focuses on site visits and excursions to see and understand the planned Dutch landscape. The fee for part 2 is EUR 550 excluding housing, and EUR 900 including housing. In both cases, the fee covers the costs for excursions, a bicycle, various meals and admission/entrance fees.

Participants are urged to take both the Brazilian summer and Dutch winter school, but can also choose to take either part 1 or part 2. More information can be found on the PASF summer/winter course website.

6. Study abroad and student exchange options for Groningen students

Students of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences of the University of Groningen have many options to spend part of their (bachelor or master) curriculum abroad - students can take courses, can conduct their bachelor project or work on (part of) their master thesis at one of the many partner universities of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences throughout the world. More information is available on the Student Portal.

7. Network on European and US Regional and Urban Studies (NEURUS)

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences offers it's master students an opportunity to conduct the master thesis at a leading university in the United States. Seminars, workshops and a distance learning course help to enrich the learning experience. More information can be found on the NEURUS website.  

Want to know more about studying in The Netherlands? Check YouTube.  

Last modified:12 February 2021 10.49 a.m.