Program Overview

Study bicycle planning, design, policy, and culture as a sustainable and economically viable form of transportation in key urban locations in Western Europe. This program will focus on the practices and policies that foster safe, convenient, and accessible bicycle infrastructure and the underlying culture that supports a high rate of bicycle use. Explore how and why Denmark and the Netherlands became great places to bike and consider how to make similar changes within the United States. The program also includes a bike excursion to Malmö, Sweden.

Due to the generous support of the Scan Design Foundation and others, Faculty-offered scholarships are available in amounts ranging from approximately $2,000 to $2,500 depending on the number of students enrolled. These funds are automatically distributed equally to all eligible program participants (US citizens only, based on funding source). No application necessary.
Program scholarships are available in amounts generally ranging from $500 to $1,500. Awards are determined by financial need and academic merit. US and international students who are eligible for this program are invited to apply. Scholarship applications are located within the program application. Other scholarships may also be available; visit the GEO scholarships page for further information.
Additional information about the program, including the working itinerary and a link to the book produced by previous students, is available on Professor Schlossberg’s website.

Additional requirements

Admission is also open to individuals holding an undergraduate degree but who are not currently enrolled in a degree program.

Academic Details

You will observe and experience a variety of cycling facilities in urban, suburban and rural locations; meet with local officials and government representatives for formal presentations and informal dialogue about their bicycle transportation planning and design; and engage in conversation with program faculty to reflect on the day’s activities. There will be a pre-course community observation assignment to get you into the spirit of looking at uses of streets differently. You will keep a reflection journal and a field notebook to record observations and lecture notes, and will take photographs to document your observations. The class as a whole will also work on a whole class project that will result in a publication to share your insights with the larger world. The format of this publication will be decided by the group.

Course objectives include:

  • Understand the role of bicycling in urban transportation;
  • Understand the role of policy and planning in shaping urban form and transportation choices;
  • Understand the contribution of design, safety, and legal issues toward bicycle planning;
  • Learn the critical components of successful integration and promotion of walking and bicycling into communities.

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Faculty and Staff

Marc Schlossberg is a Professor of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon. His applied research focal areas revolve around sustainable transportation, especially in retrofitting communities to better support biking and walking. This work ranges from bottom-up, participatory GIS approaches to more standard analysis of urban form and transportation to the production of user-friendly materials that give broader access to good bike/ped design. 

Housing Description

Stay in specially arranged hostel accommodations located in the city centers of each program site, with convenient access to the city by bike. Students will be responsible for their own meals, although some will be provided.

Dates and Deadlines

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Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.