Developing Social Housing Projects, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 19 days
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #72 (WUR) ,
One of the characteristics of developing countries is fast growing cities and the lack of affordable and adequate housing. Developing Social Housing Projects course is offered at Erasmus University Rotterdam.


Social housing policies try to address the housing problem but have often been implemented in such ways that the people in real need are not reached and/or the social housing projects do not improve the overall living conditions of people or lack a contribution to sustainable urban development to their problems.

Developing and therefore allowing for better implementation of social housing contributes directly to the living conditions and to the growth of cities in the developing world.

Developing Social Housing Projects course is offered at Erasmus University Rotterdam.


At the end of the course, participants will be able to successfully develop a social housing project proposal defining designs and plans, financial instruments, management structure and the institutional set-up. Many social housing projects do not reach low to middle income households, because they are unaffordable or the design and location is inappropriate. The development phase, where social housing policies are translated into action, is crucial in ensuring that social housing reaches low- to middle-income households.

The course provides a balance between theory and practice which is ensured by the different training methods, including guest lectures, interactions with social housing professionals in the Netherlands, exercises and meetings with relevant organizations.

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

Course curriculum

The course will draw on the long-term experiences and experiments of social housing in the Netherlands and of other international best practices. It focuses on the crucial elements that make social housing projects work. Subjects included will be: 

  • Module 1 - Housing policy
  • Module 2 - Key considerations, whom to deliver for and where
  • Module 3 - Financing social housing and cooperation with public and private partners
  • Module 4 - Technical and management aspects of social housing

For more information, please visit the course website.


  • This course is primarily designed to build the capacity of social housing developers in both private and public sectors. Social housing is understood here as an affordable formal housing solution, delivered by private and/or public sectors. It targets housing and planning officials in national and local governments, housing professionals from housing-related institutions, the private sector, NGO sector, real estate developers and councilors involved in housing delivery. 
  • The professionals targeted are developers, architects, urban designers, building inspectors, (construction) engineers, policy makers and housing programme/project managers. 

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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