By 2030, over 60% of the world’s population will live in cities, a majority in the Global South, calling for students studying in the United States to pay greater attention to these global transformations.
Spending a semester in a foreign country in the developing world, such as India, Colombia, Mexico or the Philippines, will provide students with an immersion into issues and challenges facing cities and people in these countries.
Exposure to European cities and contexts is also critical to understanding histories of urban development in the countries of the industrialized north. Students can take advantage of programs that have a focus in Urban Studies at HECUA in Oslo, Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Rome, London and Paris, among others.
The Urban Studies program strongly encourages students to spend a semester in a foreign country in their junior year and take advantage of the numerous study abroad programs offered by the Center for Global Education at the University of San Francisco.