School of Planning International Programs


Sint-Lucas School of Architecture in Brussel/Ghent (Hogeschool voor Wetenschap & Kunst Sint-Lucas)

The educational Program is structured in three fields of activities: History/Theory, Building Techniques (Structure, Construction, Infrastructure), and Design (Presentation Techniques, Exploration of Forms, Design Studio). The Design Studio is the center of training. The educational program has a modular organization, in order to optimize exchangeability both in Belgium and abroad and to increase the flexibility of study.


Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/UFRJ)

This program includes a graduate program in town planning (Programa de Pós-Graduação em Urbanismo – PROURB). The program’s purpose is to address the need for research in this field of knowledge and to prepare qualified professionals who will be responsible for the physical configuration of the city. PROURB’s faculty focuses its research and teaching on the city and its physical-spatial organization, and on policies and projects for urban areas.

Federal University of Paraná (Universidade de Paraná/UFPR)

The technology sector at Paraná in Curitiba places an emphasis on sustainability and the built environment.  Research in the Setor de Tecnologia is organized around nine areas: waste reduction, alternative construction materials, theory and practice of “lean construction”, drywall manufacturing technology, information management, digital building monitoring, project management, facilities management, and building operations and management planning.

Federal University of Pernambuco (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco/UFPE)

Recife is an old Dutch/Portuguese/Brazilian coastal city in the Northeast of Brazil. Today the city is 1.5 million people in a metropolitan region of about 3 million. The Aurora neighborhood is in the old historic center of Recife. The historically important neighborhood has about 100 acres of land, which today is poorly designed and utilized. The economic activities are not well articulated with the urban fabric and the public spaces are of low quality. At the same time, it has been designated a special zone of cultural interest, has been attracting high tech activities.


Beijing University of Technology (BJUT)

Established in 1960, Beijing University of Technology is a comprehensive university for science, engineering, management, and liberal arts, and has been designated as one of China’s “One Hundred Key Universities” for the 21st century. This program will be at the undergraduate level unless graduate students want to take engineering courses. The college working with this program is the College or Architecture and Urban Planning.


Travel-Study Course on the Enlightenment (23PLAN3090)

The University of Cincinnati Honors program is particularly interested in introducing their students to the Enlightenment and, to meet their need, the School of Planning has created a travel seminar called Nasty, Brutish, & Short: How the Enlightenment Transformed Our Lives and Gave Us the Modern World (23PLAN3090). The 15-week seminar features lectures and discussions on all aspects of the Enlightenment. It is followed by a study tour to London and Cambridge University where students meet eminent scholars of the Enlightenment as well as leaders of organizations associated with the movements called “21st Century Enlightenment” and “Re-Enlightenment.”

Travel-Study Course on “Great Cities of the World” (Proposed)

To understand cities is to understand human society in its myriad forms – its aspirations, dilemmas, achievements, and failures. For this reason, it is important to provide UC students with a comprehensive, integrated approach to the study of specific cities that weaves together general and cultural history and shows how changing economic, technological, and political conditions give rise to changing urban forms. The city chosen to be the subject of the seminar would differ from year to year and could be chosen, in part, to align with other, strategic considerations of the University. As with the Enlightenment seminar, the course should feature content presentations and associated discussions by professor from several UC colleges and departments.


Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University (CEPT University)

CEPT was founded in 1962 with the starting of School of Architecture, followed by the CEPT School of Planning 10 years later. This student exchange is made between UC’s School of Planning (up to two graduate students) and School of Architecture and Interior Design (up to two graduate students) and CEPT’s School of Planning and School of Interior Design.


Mahasarakham University (MSU)

This unique opportunity is part of a broader agreement with MSU and is open only to first year MCP students. The program is intended solely for students willing to write a master’s thesis on some aspect of planning in Thailand. It includes a preparatory independent study course in the spring semester of the first year of MCP study, a three-month summer internship at Mahasarakham, which includes both project work with Thai students and field research for the thesis, and then two thesis courses, one in each semester, in the second year.

Admission is by invitation only and takes place at the start of the first year of graduate study. A special characteristic of this program is that the internship in Thailand is fully funded by MSU, so the chosen students need only pay for the airfare. Only students with the maturity and experience necessary to live comfortably in and contribute positively to a culture quite different from the U.S. will be considered.


University of Amsterdam (Universiteit van Amsterdam/UvA)

As one of the largest and most prominent universities in the Netherlands, UvA is located in the heart of this fascinating, cosmopolitan, vibrant city. The planning program is situated within a large geography unit and is the perfect place to learn about the progressive planning policies in the country. Land use and regulation, as well as transportation policy, are quite different from those in the U.S. Living in a well-functioning and exciting urban core brings planning students additional benefits.


Istanbul Technical University (Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi/ITU)

This exchange takes place in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the Faculty of Architecture at ITU. Founded in 1773, ITU provides American students with an unparalleled opportunity to learn from both European and Middle Eastern planning traditions in one of the world’s most beautiful, exotic and problematic urban areas, which displays both the difficulties of a modern metropolis and the struggles of a developing country.

Dominican Republic (proposed)

Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM)

This exchange is new and will take place over spring break in 2015 for the first time. It will be a studio held in the Dominican Republic and at the University of Cincinnati, alternating location each year. The logistics are still being worked out and more information will be forthcoming as the program details are finalized.