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SIT IHP/Comparative: Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning and Politics

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Program Information


Barcelona, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cape Town, South Africa; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Multiple Locations


Fall, Spring



Minimum Language Requirement


Area of Focus

Social Sciences




Explore how geography, politics, economics, and culture shape social relations and the built environment — and with what consequences — in cities across the globe. This program combines an innovative urban studies curriculum with fieldwork involving key actors and stakeholders — public agencies, planners, elected officials, NGOs, and grassroots organizations. You will spend time in four cities across the globe to better understand the interconnected social, physical, economic, environmental, and political systems affecting urban environments. In addition, you will complete an independent comparative research project on a topic of your choosing.

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Detailed information about this program, including courses, housing, and fees, is available on the program website.

In order to study abroad for credit, you must complete two applications. You will need to both apply to your program for admission (via the program website) and apply to Yale for approval to receive credit.

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SIT offers two tracks of the IHP/Comparative: Cities in the 21st Century program. The tracks take place in different locations and may not be available both in the fall and spring. 

Admission to IHP/Comparative programs is rolling and available spaces normally fill well before the stated deadlines. We recommend applying early.