The next edition of the Summer School will be held between 16 and 27 July 2018. Applications will be open on February 1st until April 15th 2018.

There are 80 places available. TU Delft will contact applicants after careful selection on APRIL 30th.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write to Summer School TU Delft.

The Summer School Planning and Design with Water for Sustainability takes place every JULY  at the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). The Faculty of Architecture is located in the historic city of Delft, in The Netherlands.

The School is organised by the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy led by Professor Vincent Nadin, in partnership with international partners.

WHO CAN APPLY? In order to participate you need to be enrolled in a higher education course* [However, we also accept students who have graduated recently. Please, explain your situation in your letter of motivation]. The school is intended for 3rd year or up Bachelor or Master students (this means, students who have had at least 3 years of higher education in a discipline related to the built environment/ urban development).

A planning, architectural or design background is indicated, but not necessary. The Summer School welcomes architects, urban planners, engineers, designers, geographers, historians, sociologists, and students of other areas concerned with the built environment. However, you must be willing to understand URBANISM.

We are looking for enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, open minded progressive students from all over the world who can help bring back ideas to their communities.


Not really,  but most of our students have an architectural background. The Summer School is run by the Department of Urbanism. Urbanism is a discipline concerned with the broader built environment and blends urban planning, urban design and engineering. We are located in the Faculty of Architecture of TU Delft, but we focus our efforts on urban planning and urban design. Although the architectural object is an essencial part of the built environment, we do not focus on building design. However, architects enjoy our school because it is a very good exercise in city making, urban design and planning. Architects who want to understand urban planning and design in depth are encouraged to apply.

To understand what Urbanism is at TU Delft, please look at this presentation and at the mind-maps produced by our students. It is also useful to understand how we use design in academic research.


Yes, and no. Engineering elements are taken into account, but the emphasis is on urban planning and design of the built environment. Engineers generally enjoy this school, because it enables them to understand how urban planning and design “work” and how they must work together with engineering.  They find it useful for their careers.


Yes, it is, but only as far as this technical approach helps us plan and design a better urban environment. Therefore, technical approaches are introduced and discussed, but only as a part of understanding how to achieve a sustainable and fair urban environment. More emphasis is put on strategy and plan-making.


The Summer School is an exercise on spatial plan-making and design in multi-actor environments. It reproduces the approach of the Department of Urbanism, which blends the human sciences, the physical sciences and design. Its main objective is to produce a vision and strategic plan  to make an urban area resilient and sustainable, including the spatial interventions (spatial designs) necessary to make that vision happen.

You will be invited to contribute to a plan and a design from your own professional and academic perspective. We believe that spatial planning and urban design  are trans-disciplinary activities, so your contribution is really welcome.

IS THE SUMMER SCHOOL FIT FOR PhD CANDIDATES and Post-Doc researchers? No, it isn’t. The Summer School is a mix of lectures and exercises in spatial planning and design. It has a practical character, underpinned by research. We do not think the Summer School can add to your doctoral studies. We are, however, putting together a specific winter school for doctoral candidates.

HOW ARE PARTICIPANTS SELECTED?  There is only a limited number of places (80). Students will be chosen according to their background, years of study, a short motivation letter and a really short movie uploaded on the web. We cannot evaluate your portfolio or extensive CV.

Therefore, it is really important that you explain why you want to participate in this summer school and how it can help your PERSONAL, ACADEMIC and PROFESSIONAL development in the motivation letter. You can tell us what makes you  special by letting us know what are your passions, interests, hobbies and extra-curricular activities. Why are you different?  Do you have interesting hobbies? Are you an activist? Do you make your opinions known by writing and publishing or by any other means of expression? Maybe you have a BLOG? You need to make your point in 400 words and in 2 minutes of film.

PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH. The language of the Summer School is English, hence you need to be able to communicate well in that language. You need to mention what your level of proficiency in English is in the motivation letter. This is important, because the vocabulary we use at the Summer School is rather sophisticated, hence you will not enjoy it if you don’t speak English well.

FEE AND OTHER COSTS. The fee for the 2018 Summer School is 400 Euros. Payment instructions will be sent to students who have been selected to participate in the Summer School. There are a few scholarships available and they are explained HERE.

WHAT DOES THE FEE COVER? Your participation fees cover all activities connected to the Summer School, including social activities, a number of meals, materials, site visits and the final certificate. Fees do not cover accommodation, travelling costs and your normal meals. Students must pay for their own accommodation and food. TU Delft advises you on how to find accommodation in Delft for the period of the Summer School, but you are responsible for finding accommodation. You must be in Delft at least one day before the beginning of the Summer School and you may leave after the delivery of certificates.

WHY SO CHEAP? We often get asked why this Summer School is so cheap compared to similar schools offered by other top universities. We keep a low-fee policy because we do not want to “select” participants based on their ability to pay.  Our goal is to have a diverse, dynamic group of students who are future leaders in their communities. Moreover, we do not provide accommodation. We believe students are really good finding their own accomodation (friends, Airbnb, hostels and other solutions).

VISA REQUIREMENTS. Nationals from the European Union, Switzerland  Norway, Canada, US, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and many other countries do not need a VISA to enter the Schengen area. You can check if you need a visa HERE.

TU Delft provides invitation letters for foreign students who need to apply for a visa after careful investigation. However, TU Delft is not responsible for the granting of the visa. Only the Dutch authorities may grant you a visa, at their discretion. We advise you to get information about visa requirements at the Dutch Consulate website of your country of origin as soon as possible. Visa applications might take some time to complete. You can get basic information about student visas HERE. Again, TU Delft is not responsible for the delivery of a visa to you.

The Dutch visa allows you to travel within the Schengen Area. Note that this area does not include the UK, Ireland and other countries in the European Union. The Schengen area includes most EU states,  Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. Please, make absolutely sure you know what kind of visa, if any, you need.


  1. Please, write your 400-word motivation letter after reading the information on the website. Don’t forget to check for grammar and spelling.
  2. Fill in the form below carefully and as completely as possible. We cannot process your application without the information required in the form. (The form is not open at the moment. It will be open on FEB 1st 2018)
  3. Copy and paste your motivation letter to the specific field in the form.
  4. Submit the form and wait for the confirmation email.
  5. Check if you have received a confirmation email saying that you filled the form correctly. If you have not received the confirmation email, please check whether the email you provided us is correct.
  6. Make a very short (3 minutes maximum) video with your phone or camera and upload it HERE. In this video, you can introduce yourself, tell us where you live, where and what you studied, the main challenges you see in your city and add a few words about why you wish to participate in the Summer School.
  7. Wait for our response. We will get back to you at the end of the subscription period (April 30th)

*If you are pre-selected, we will ask you to mail us proof that you are enrolled in a higher education course. If you are not enrolled in a course right now, you can still participate, but please send us an email to discuss your case. Write to

** If you cannot visualise the form, please make sure that you are able to access Google services from your country. Alternatively, please try this LINK.


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