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  • Locations: London, England; Sheffield, England
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

STFL London reProgram Overview

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the planning and real estate development systems in England. While it is often assumed because of shared language and close historical ties that the US and England have a similar approach to planning, development regulation, property rights, development finance, and real estate development. Yet in practice, the two systems are quite different. This course will allow students of US urban planning and real estate development to study and learn about and learn from the English system and to begin to acquire a greater appreciation of different planning and development philosophies and approaches.

Beyond a basic understanding of the English system, students will also explore the different approaches to promoting regeneration and sustainability being tried there. This course will explore the national level policies on affordability, livability, and green development; the attempts by local planners to implement these policies; and the reaction of financial interests and developers to these policies. In particular, students will learn about policies aimed at restricting outward urban growth, promoting brownfield redevelopment, and reducing carbon emissions in new developments.

Over the course of a week in Sheffield and London, students will meet with representatives of national government agencies tasked with developing new policies and programs to promote sustainability in the planning and development process, and academics that contribute to the research on and local government officials responsible for implementing these policies and programs. The group will also meet with representatives of the development finance, real estate development, and planning consultation fields who will reflect on how they are responding to these policies and programs. These meetings will be supplemented with tours of recent and ongoing projects.


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Urban Studies and Planning
Travel Dates September 5 - 13, 2020
Areas of Study All Majors welcome, however, this course is
especially relevant to the following fields of study:
  • Community Development
  • Community Health
  • Globalization Studies
  • Management
  • Public Administration
  • Real Estate Development
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Studies & Planning
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes, specific dates and times TBD Summer 2020
Course & Credit 4 credits - USP 510: International Planning & Property Development
Recommended Previous Coursework For Undergraduate Students: USP 323U - 4 credits

For Graduate Students: USP 523 (Real Estate Development 1) or USP 541 (Dynamics of Planning Practice) - 4 credits
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  English
Housing Double occupancy hotel 
Students room with other PSU students
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate
  • Open to Non-PSU Students
Minimum GPA Requirements Graduate: 3.0
Undergraduate: 2.75

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Application Requirements
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Unofficial Transcript (from banweb)
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
    • This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments. 
    • This cannot be submitted by the program leader
    • These must be Professional or Academic in nature
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$4,405 $1,375 $5,780
  • 4 credits
  • Most meals
    • Daily breakfast included in hotel accommodations
    • Most group dinners provided 
  • Local transportation
  • Housing in double occupancy hotels
  • Professional site visits
  • Ed Abroad Service Fee
  • International Health Insurance

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*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.