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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Spring 2022


Rebecca Dlubac

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

SIT - School for International Training


Opportunity Description

Explore social justice in urban environments. Examine how four cities around the world work, how they operate within the global economy, and how their citizens live and organize to create more just cities.

What is unique about this program?

  • Explore politics, economics, geography, and culture in the built environment.
  • Learn how to critically “read” a city and understand interconnected systems.
  • Meet renowned academics, thought leaders, elected officials, and NGOs.
  • Observe community activism, media, and businesses that make a culture thrive.
  • Live and study in three world cities undergoing rapid change and facing unique challenges.

What is unique about these locations?

Cape Town, South Africa (5 weeks)
Witness firsthand how South Africa, grossly unequal by design, seeks to transform itself into a nation that bridges the urban-rural divide and provides equitable economic opportunity for all. Speak with local government leaders, social activists, and academics involved in Cape Town’s post-apartheid transformation. See the ways in which the social landscape is inscribed upon the geographic one and learn from community leaders in apartheid-legacy townships. A place of contradictions, learn while also experiencing the awe-inspiring beauty of Table Mountain and
Cape Point, where the currents of the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet, as well as the charming cobblestone streets of Green Market Square.

Delhi, India (5 weeks)
Examine the challenges and opportunities of Delhi, the capital city of India and confluence of history with modernity. The Master Plan for Delhi-2041 aims for “housing for all” with upgrades to urban systems like traffic, water, and waste management in a sustainable way through technology even as CoVid-19 pandemic continues to deepen inequality and the divide between the ‘haves and have-nots'. Meet with city planners and organizers, and NGOs to learn more about, challenges, synergies and solutions.

Bilbao/Barcelona, Spain (5 weeks)
Explore how Bilbao is integrating territory, environment and sustainability, transportation, well-being, identity and art to balance the needs of institutions, corporations, NGOs, and, of course, its people. Learn how civil society becomes part of the discussion about how cities function and how housing is—or is not—emphasized as a right amid the pandemic and the attendant economic crises. You will have the opportunity to compare and contrast Bilbao’s experiences with other cities, including, Barcelona. In Barcelona, explore a very different approach to the challenges facing international cities, where the theory of “The Right to the City” is ostensibly becoming reality under an administration led by Barcelona’s first female mayor.

Things to consider before applying

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How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.)