Smart Sustainable Cities

In almost two weeks, we will dive into several highly relevant themes such as clean air, mobility, waste, energy, health and also innovation, inclusiveness, participation and smart solutions to these issues.



Course Level
ECTS credits
Course location(s)
Utrecht, The Netherlands


What does the city of the future look like? Since the beginning of the 21st century the majority of the world population have lived in urban areas. That is not so strange, because cities are attractive places where more and more people want to live, work and relax. Cities are increasingly becoming the ‘engine of our economy’. Cities are the creative spots where you can develop yourself. Cities offer art, entertainment, and culture.

However, there are also important challenges for the cities of the future. How do we solve problems related to clean air, safety, energy, mobility, health and waste in the city? How do we make sure that new innovative businesses will provide sufficient employment in the city? How do we ensure inclusiveness, participation and tolerance in the city? How can we solve this in a smart way, for example with the help of ICT? These questions challenge us to develop integrated sustainable solutions for economic, social and environmental problems. The future of humankind depends to a great extent on whether we will be able to boost the sustainable development of cities.

In this summer course, experts will guide you in looking at these topics in various ways. It is not a calculation course. We will present different models and theories that will give you a better understanding. You will apply these models and theory to a city case, so that you gain an insight into possible solutions.

Are you concerned and interested in achievable solutions? And do you want to analyze a city case taking a systemic design thinking approach? Sign up for this great summer course on Smart Sustainable Cities!

The Summer School Smart Sustainable Cities will take place on-site.

“Met some lifelong friends and loved living in the Netherlands for 2 weeks !!” “Good” “Great experience! I would do it again” “Amazing course! I loved the Netherlands and hope to be back” “Thanks for the lovely two weeks in Utrecht, I believe it’s the best city in the Netherlands :)”

What previous students (summerschool 2023) wrote about the course

Day to Day Documents

preliminary programme summercourse Smart Sustainable Cities - August 2024 - Utrecht_1.pdf

Target audience

Bachelor students and professionals.

Aim of the course

Understanding the concept of smart sustainable cities, its challenges and solutions; apply different models and theory to a city case study.


  • Course fee: €880.00
  • Included: Course + course materials + lunch
  • Housing fee: €400
  • Housing provider: Utrecht Summer School

From Wednesday in week 1 until Friday in week 2. A Dutch lunch will be provided.

Additional information

Although the course starts on Wednesday, student housing is available from 10 August onwards. 

The housing costs do not include a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag. This is a separate product on the invoice. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please deselect or remove the sleeping bag from your order. 


For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • C.V.