Green Cities for Eco-efficiency, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 19 days
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #72 (WUR) ,
Cities are the primary source of growth and innovation but at the same time large consumer of energy, and raw materials. Most anthropogenic causes of greenhouse gas emissions are associated with urban activities. Green Cities for Eco-efficiency course is offered at Erasmus University Rotterdam.


The actual “de-compacted functional” and unsustainable model of our cities together with the advent of climate change, the shortage of fossil fuels and natural raw materials are forcing cities to rethink their way of planning and growth. In this context cities are responding with arrays of options or levers at their disposal when it comes to the task of improving their overall environmental performance and eco-efficiency.

Green Cities for Eco-efficiency course is offered at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Course content

The green city concept is one approach cities around the world are implementing to try to improve their overall environmental performance in order to become more competitive, equitable and sustainable. The green city approach is derived from different theories and concepts developed in the twenty century such as sustainable development, sustainable cities, green architecture, compact cities, green urbanism, sustainable urbanism and eco-cities.

The green city course provides a collection of concrete local solutions and policies cities in many countries are applying for integrating green concepts into their planning and managing processes. Examples of these approaches are the promotion of a more equal balancing between green and built spaces, reducing energy consumption; increasing water-sensitiveness & water conservation; more sustainable and smart transportation systems; greening urban services (wastewater treatment, drainage systems, solid waste systems); promoting eco industrial parks; and experimenting new methods in urban agriculture (such as vertical urban farms) which reduces energy consumption as well as improves food security by bringing location of food production nearer to the consumer markets.

The course will also look at the green economics & green growth tools being used by cities to help them to become green cities. Several visits to Dutch experiences using green city approaches as well as the invitation of guest lecturers from different countries bring practical contributions to help the participants to prepare two practical exercises: how green is your city (measuring city environmental performance) and Green City Action Planning.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date If you require a visa, we advise you to apply at least one month before the IHS application deadline. 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 19 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Thematic areas

Thematic coverage of the course is built upon the Green City Concept developed at IHS. It provides a framework of entry points and enablers that play a critical role in making green cities. Thematic areas covered in the course are: 

  • Green City Concept, IHS
  • Spatial Form for Green Cities
  • Green Transport, Buildings and Energy
  • Greening Urban Services and urban agriculture
  • Green City Action Plan
  • Green Economy/Green Growth

For more information, please visit the course website.


This course addresses local and national elected representatives, policymakers, city community leaders such as mayors and councilors, high officials in central government, NGOs and private sector, Urban planners and professionals involved in improving the urban environment and well-being of the citizens.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

The application process is done by the IHS. Interested in participating in this post-graduate diploma course? Make use of the IHS online application system.

For more information, please visit the course website.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2750 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2750 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 19 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2750 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2750 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 19 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Please note that for EU participants, the VAT of 21% will apply. The tuition fee stated above is excluding the VAT.

Living costs for Rotterdam

  • 760 - 1270 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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