The Department of Urban Planning offers a variety of international study opportunities, including summer programs (Geneva), internships (China and India), international/comparative planning workshops, and international exchange agreements (Sciences Po, University of Marne-La-Valle, FIPSE, Hertie School of Governance).
Schoolwide, the Global Public Affairs at UCLA Luskin program introduces students to an increasingly interconnected world, where global challenges require global solutions. Students in the International Practice Pathway program often seek out individual abroad opportunities, with the help of program faculty. For firsthand accounts of abroad experiences, visit the UCLA Luskin Abroad blog site.
China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD). Since 2007 the Department of Urban Planning has had a research exchange agreement with China’s leading urban planning agency, the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD). Under this agreement the Department of Urban Planning hosts managers and senior staff from CAUPD each year to attend courses on physical planning and urban design.
In addition the CAUPD provides scholarships
for Urban Planning MURP students to work in China. Students are selected to
work in Beijing with the staff of the CAUPD for up to three months between June
and December and they may travel elsewhere in China depending on the projects
they work on. Projects may be in developed or undeveloped regions of China, in
a metropolis or small town, including rural areas. The country has about 100
cities with populations over a million, all growing and transforming rapidly.
The students may earn independent study course credit and room and board is
provided by the CAUPD.
Urban Planning students who have participated in this program include:
Chengdu Institute of Planning and Design An exchange agreement was initiated with Chengdu Institute of Planning and Design in 2010. CIPD sends mid-career planning professionals to visit UCLA to attend and complete the requirements for up to 3 courses each term as well as participate in a weekly one hour seminar to discuss comparative China/U.S. urban and regional planning issues.
UCLA sends two to four interns to visit CIPD during the summer. The CIPD assigns each intern to be part of a planning project work team with an English speaking supervisor to work 300 to 500 hours on CIPD planning projects. Interns are responsible for paying their own air transportation and incidental expenses. The CIPD provides each intern with workspace, room and board and covers all work related travel expenses in China.
Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University (CEPT). In 2011 the Department of Urban Planning established a student/faculty exchange agreement with CEPT in Ahmedabad, India. Ahmedabad is a dynamic, rapidly growing region, and CEPT is home to one of the premier planning programs in India.
CEPT faculty, alumni, and students frequently collaborate on applied planning programs and projects in Ahmedabad region; this work typically involves both research and implementation. These programs and projects are usually conducted through one of ten CEPT research centers:
CEPT hosts up to four UCLA students during the summer to work on applied planning projects. Because of the focus on implementation in these projects, UCLA students selected for a summer internship at CEPT will receive internship credit toward their MURP degree. Further, CEPT has agreed to waive all summer program fees and will pay the students interns ~$450/month to cover accommodations and living expenses in Ahmedabad (the cost of living there is dramatically lower than in Los Angeles). Student interns will otherwise be responsible for paying their travel and immigration fees. The timing and duration of the internship is subject to negotiation between the CEPT project faculty member and the student intern.
Urban Planning students who have participated in this program include:
Since 2001 students have organized international/comparative planning workshops. These workshops usually take place during the summer or spring break. Students may receive academic credit for these workshops through course 212. The courses have a faculty sponsor and generally meet for half a quarter of instruction with a syllabus, assigned readings and assignments prior to the field trip. Students are required to submit a term paper and do a presentation.
SPRING BREAK 2014
MEXICO CITY UP 212 Comparative Transportation Policy
Professor Brian Taylor
The Mexico City trip crossed disciplinary lines to understand transportation access in the context of a global metropolis. With many similarities in structure and environment as Los Angeles, 28 students from all three UCLA Luskin departments used the Mexican capital as a source for new ideas in social justice, equity and community empowerment. The sessions packed into the five-day schedule, spanning such topics as bikesharing, parking management, women's needs, sustainable development and public space programming, will be distilled into a post-trip event at UCLA Luskin. The group posted updates to a dedicated website during the trip.
June 30 - July 31, 2008
TOKYO, JAPAN: UP 212 International/Comparative Planning Workshop
Professor Evelyn Blumenberg
With a population of 12.58 million, Tokyo is the most populous city in the world and one of the most densely developed. During spring break 2008, students from the Department of Urban Planning traveled to Tokyo as part of UP212 International and Comparative Planning Workshop. The purpose of the course was to help students develop a comparative understanding of transportation and urban development issues in global cities. Specifically, the students focused on the relationship between density and myriad planning issues including transit and port planning, sustainable development, disaster planning, and transit-oriented development. Based on the course readings as well as interviews with Tokyo-based planners, students developed presentations highlighting the lessons that can be learned from Tokyo and their potential application to Los Angeles.
To complete the course, students were required to (a) read background literature on each of the topics (b) set up two appointments with professional planners in Tokyo (c) complete the trip and attend each of the scheduled meetings and (d) during spring quarter, develop and present a polished PowerPoint presentation.
The legacy of colonialism has left an indelible mark throughout most of the world -- probably most pronounced in Latin America. Urban Planning graduate students visited Brazil and Cuba in Spring 2007 to explore how two Latin American countries have sought to achieve stability through different means: Brazil through capitalism and Cuba through Communism. The students witnessed first hand the issues and the individuals that shape policy in these diverse economies.
In Brazil groups of students looked at Urban Design and the Built Environment (transportation, infrastructure and the public transportation system) and Spatial Justice and Participatory Planning (the landless workers movement, the roofless workers movement, participatory budgeting, development of the Rio de Janeiro Favela and Favela youth and hip hop).
In Cuba they looked at housing policies and practice; environmentalism under socialist policy; energy consumption and Havana's urban agriculture.
CAIRO: International and Comparative Planning: Sustainability and Development in Cairo, Egypt
Professor Randall Crane
This course will helped students develop a critical and comparative understanding of urban development issues in a global context. It focused on how sustainable development practices, in housing, environmental management, economic development and transportation impact access and livelihoods of low-income people.
Mexico City, Mexico
Professor Leo Estrada
In Spring 2005, Professor Leo Estrada led a student-organized field learning trip to Mexico City, Mexico. Students met with nearly ten organizations representing social services, government planning, transportation, community development and the environment. In addition, students experienced cultural sites, bonded with classmates, made professional contacts, and built greater confidence around speaking Spanish and maneuvering in one of the world’s largest cities.
INDIA: Housing, Land Use and Transportation in Bombay
Professor Vinit Mukhija
This field-based course examined the structure, implementation, and impact of various urban development strategies on access opportunities in international cities. Topics covered included urban governance, land use planning, transportation and infrastructure planning, housing development, and industrial location policy. The course focused on how physical planning strategies impact access opportunities for low-income groups.
In Mumbai, the class spent a week meeting planners and
policymakers, activists and nonprofits' representatives, researchers and
academics to develop a grounded understanding of urban development and
planning issues in the city. Workshop participants wrote a term paper
on the basis of their field-study and independent research.
Professor Brian Taylor and a group of Urban Planning students spent spring break in Berlin meeting with planners, activists, and transportation officials as part of a comparative urban transportation policy course. The course which compared and contrasted transportation policy and planning issues in two world cities: Berlin and Los Angeles, focused on the role of transportation policy and planning in facilitating access to such things as employment, housing and culture. Students teams planned the trip and took the lead in arranging each day's field activities.
BRAZIL: Community Development in Brazil
Professor Abel Valenzuela
Professor Abel Valenzuela and a group of students went to Brazil during the spring break to study community development and built environment strategies in Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro. Students met with planning officials, community economic development scholars, practitioners and activists to learn first-hand about community development issues facing Brazilians. They also examined housing, the role of community based organizations, transportation, and environmental and sustainable development strategies.
Professor Brian Taylor and a group of Urban Planning students spent spring break in London meeting with planners, activists, and transportation officials as part of a comparative urban transportation policy course. The course which compared and contrasted transportation policy and planning issues in two world cities: London and Los Angeles, focused on the role of transportation policy and planning in facilitating access to such things as employment, housing and culture. Students teams planned the trip and took the lead in arranging each day's field activities.
University of Marne-La-Vallee,
Faculty Coordinator: Professor Michael Storper
Initiated in 2011, this reciprocal exchange program allows the exchange of up to three graduate students from each institution per year. The exchange students pay required tuition at their home institution. Exchange students must be proficient in the language of instruction in the host institution. The period of exchange is normally one quarter or semester. Exchange students under this agreement are accorded normal student privileges.
For three years, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05, the Latin American Studies Interdisciplinary Program and the Urban Planning Program were be part of a federally funded exchange program with three Brazilian Univeristies: Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Campinas (both in Sao Paulo) and the Federal Univeristy in Recife, the Brazilian Northeast. Students will study for one quarter with a stipend from the Department of Education. Course offering focused on comparative development. regional economics, participatory planning and questions of governance. In addition to course work, students also carried out their own research projects. Courses at Brazilian universities were taught in Portuguese
Directed by Professor Leobardo Estrada, Dr. Babak Hedjazi and Dr. Maria Pineda and associated with the Collaborative Agreement program between the UCLA School of Public Affairs and the Institute for the Study of the Environment at the University of Geneva, this summer program offered since 2009, is designed for both graduate and undergraduate students. It enables study of global change in the context of international governance in Geneva.
– Summer 2010 testimonial from Florentina Craciun, M.A. ’11