Quick Info

  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Environmental Studies, Urban Studies
  • : May 4, 2019 - June 1, 2019
  • : $5,199 - In-State / $5,399 - Out-of-State
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


Pitt in Amsterdam will offer two courses, Sustainable Cities I: Theories and Concepts, and Sustainable Cities II: Applied Field Research.  Though viewed as "upper-level" courses they are open to students from all backgrounds and require no prerequisites.  

You may think of cities as engines of pollution and where excessive consumption of scarce resources takes place; however, cities may also be part of the solution to our environmental problems. This undergraduate course is designed to familiarize the student with the concept of sustainability and how it applies in the context of cities; specifically cities in Europe and Amsterdam in particular. The idea of sustainable cities provides a framework for interdisciplinary planning of contemporary cities. We will explore sustainability and urban design in both a global and local context by focusing on the processes that shape the form and function of the built environment. Technological, social, and cultural innovations for sustainable cities will be demonstrated during the course. Through lectures and field visits in Amsterdam, we will explore the theory and practice of urban sustainability, including the history and philosophy of sustainability, ecological footprints, green buildings, alternative energy, innovative transportation solutions, and waste/water management. This constitutes an effort to build better places that are more livable, more equitable, more energy efficient and ecologically sound, and more prosperous for all. See the sample syllabus for the course here.

The course Sustainable Cities I: Theories and Concepts explores the idea of sustainable cities as a framework for interdisciplinary planning of contemporary cities. It focused on sustainability and urban design in both a global context and on-the-ground local level in Amsterdam through studying the processes that shape the form and function of the built environment. Sustainable Cities II: Applied Field Research provides an opportunity for the student to build on knowledge from the prerequisite course by developing an independent project which will result in a substantial research paper on a topic relating to Amsterdam as a sustainable city. See the sample syllabus for the course here.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Ola Johansson is a Professor of geography who joined the Pitt-Johnstown faculty in 2002, coming from the University of Tennessee. His main teaching and research focus is urban geography, particularly urban governance and policy. He also conducts research in music geography. As a native of Sweden, his regional interest is mainly Europe, and as a former Tennessee Valley Authority employee, energy geography is a secondary interest as well. At Pitt-Johnstown, Dr. Johansson teaches Earth and People, Urban Development, Urban Planning, Economic Geography, Geography of the United States, Geography of Europe, and Energy, Environment and Society.


Students will stay in shared quad rooms in a hostel in the city center. Hostel will be equipped with wifi.  There are cafes available in the hostel for students to purchase meals.  Alternatively, it is also quite common to buy your breakfast/lunch/dinner at the grocery store. The most seen grocery store in Amsterdam is called Albert Heijn and there is one very close to the hostel. Here you can find all kinds of food, such as fully prepared salads, sandwiches, fruits etc. 

Pricing And Dates

 Summer 2019

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$5,199 $5,399
Arrive in Amsterdam Depart Amsterdam
May 4, 2019 June 1, 2019

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.





Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Housing in shared quad accommodations
  • Transportation passes for public transportation
  • Cultural events
  • Site visits

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative fee - $300
  • Airfare 
  • Meals
  • Travel or activities not directly related to this program.  

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Oksana Stalczynski

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at Oksana.stalczynski@pitt.edu or 412-383-3237!