Sustainable Development in Urban Spaces

  • Learn about Sustainable Development Goals in relation to sustainable cities
  • Course combines three columns of sustainable development: ecology, economy, and society
  • Courses and workshops offered in block style and meet daily in the morning and afternoon

The implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development responds to a global consensus to promote progress in developed and developing countries. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), especially Goal 11 on Sustainable Cities is particularly relevant and succeeds in combining the theme of development with the fundamental elements to lead our cities towards a sustainable future, respecting the three columns of sustainable development - ecology, economy and society. 

In this summer course, students will discover that development cooperation in combination with sustainability is able to promote sharing knowledge and experiences, as well as useful elements for future development, in urbanism, architecture and engineering. In this way, the students develop cross-disciplinary and cross-continental methods that contribute to the achievement of both global sustainability and climate goals.

Sustainable Development in Urban Spaces is an interdisciplinary course. Students and working professionals with academic backgrounds in development, project management, architecture, urban development, urban design, city planning, social sciences or international development cooperation are encouraged to apply. The course has open enrollment and the target audience includes both domestic and international students. Maximum capacity for the course is 30 participants. 

Students can earn a total of 5 ECTS points for the completion of the course. For students needing 6 ECTS points in order to transfer their course credits back to their home university, we offer an opportunity to acquire an additional 1 ECTS with an extended version and by doing extra work. This means the student will attend the summer university course, and after finishing the course and returning home, work on an extra assignment under online guidance of our course coordinator. The extra assignment will be given to you during the summer university and the student will have two weeks after the course ended to complete the assignment.  

Sustainable Development in Urban Spaces has a total of 76 in-class contact hours during the on-campus summer program. A single ECTS point is defined as the equivalent of 25-30 hours of student workload, which includes class hours, readings, preparation for class activities, as well as an assessment measure.

The program fee for Sustainable Development in Urban Spaces is €890. Students who register until May 1, 2020 benefit from a reduced fee of €790. Students who are currently enrolled at partner universities of Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences are eligible for the reduced program fee of €790 at any time. Students at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences are eligible to apply for a scholarship in the amount of €500, reducing the program fee to €290. International students who book housing themselves are eligible to recieve a discount of €250 from the early registration price of €790, reducing the program fee to €540. 

What is included in the program fee?

  • 2 weeks of academic courses (5 – 6 ECTS points) 
  • Accommodation for two weeks in double occupancy
  • Insurance covering illness, accidents and personal liability 
  • Local transportation within Frankfurt for the duration of the program

Please send any questions regarding the Sustainable Development in Urban Spaces summer program to Course Director Professor Erik Röthele at Erik.Roethele(at)

last updated on: 06.04.2020