The Economics of Urbanisation, Short Course | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The Economics of Urbanisation

7 days
785 EUR/full
785 EUR/full
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In The Economics of Urbanisation course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will learn about the economic forces that underpin urbanisation and shape cities.


Along the way, you will be equipped with knowledge and skills that help answer questions such as: Why are firms and people moving to cities? How do we measure the performance of cities? What factors explain why some cities thrive, while others struggle? What can policy makers do to improve the economic, social, and environmental performance of cities? To gain insight into these questions, students will participate in lectures, self-directed work, and field visits.Amsterdam provides a unique base to learn about cities. From humble beginnings as a bridge over the river Amstel, Amsterdam rose to prominence during the 17th century as a centre of international trade. Today, Amsterdam forms part of a large, prosperous, and inter-connected metropolitan region that sits at the heart of Europe.  

Learning objectives of The Economics of Urbanisation course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Have a solid understanding of the economic mechanisms that drive urbanisation, determine why some cities are more successful than others.
  • Gain insight into the policy challenges that metropolitan areas face and the pros and cons of the instruments that can be used to tackle these challenges.
  • Develop experience in conducting and presenting applied research, including evaluation methodologies used in benefit-cost analysis.

Programme Structure

  • The course is delivered by the Department of Spatial Economics at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, whose 60 staff members are actively engaged in multi-disciplinary academic research and policy development. 
  • Publications by the Department’s staff are internationally recognised and rank in the top 5% of institutions worldwide in relevant economic disciplines. Many staff also have prominent advisory roles for government and media institutions, linking research to practice.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 7 days

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • We welcome students from a wide variety of disciplines, including but not limited to: Economics, geography, political science, engineering, mathematics, data science, business, operations research, policy, planning, and psychology.
  • Apart from Bachelor's and Master's students, we also welcome PhD candidates and professionals to apply to the course.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    785 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 785 EUR for the full programme during 7 days.
  • EU/EEA

    785 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 785 EUR for the full programme during 7 days.
  • Students, PhD students and employees of VU Amsterdam, Amsterdam UMC or an Aurora Network Partner: €525
    • Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam: €680
    • Students and PhD candidates at non-partner universities of VU Amsterdam: €785
    • Professionals: €995

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 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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